Maui Business

Central Pacific Bank breaks ground on state-of-the-art Kahului Branch

Central Pacific Bank begins construction on its new Kahului Branch, promising a modern space that fosters community connections while prioritizing sustainability.

29th Made in Hawaiʻi Festival, Aug. 18-20

The 29th Annual Made in Hawaiʻi Festival will be held for the first time at the iconic Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Aug. 18-20, 2023. The three-day event will showcase made-in-Hawai‘i products, including products from vendors in Maui County.

Last chance to register for Western Regional Native Hawaiian Convention in Las Vegas

The Western Regional Native Hawaiian Convention takes place in less than two weeks at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Taking place June 19-22, 2023, the convention will feature discussions on cultural perpetuation, housing and tourism, as well as evening hula showcases and other Hawaiian entertainment.

$40,000 to be awarded to food entrepreneurs through Mahiʻai Match-Up

Kamehameha Schools invites food systems entrepreneurs to apply for Mahi‘ai Match-up, a program that aims to grow and develop food systems-related businesses. In partnership with Ulupono Initiative, entrants compete for a chance to win cash prizes as well as access to strategic business development resources, including a three-month customized mentorship program.

DBEDT: Hawaiʻi economic recovery continues despite possible recession in the nation

Department officials say many economists believe that the US economy will experience a recession during the second half of 2023. However, the Hawai‘i economy has not recovered from the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Salvation Army recap: Love Beyond campaign raises $689,064

The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division’s Love Beyond campaign raised $689,064 and distributed 30,283 Angel Tree gifts during the 2022 holiday season.

Applications open for Low-Income Energy Credit Assistance Program on Maui

Applications for annual federally funded energy credit assistance for low-income residents, who are not in crisis but require help to pay their heating and cooling bills, are now being accepted via mail or in-person through the end of June.

Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i names David Kauila Kopper as new executive director

Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i appoints David Kauila Kopper as its new executive director, succeeding Nalani Fujimori Kaina.

AARP Hawaiʻi appoints Grant Chun to executive council 

AARP Hawaiʻi has added Grant Chun, former Maui County managing director and executive director of Hale Mahaolu, to its Executive Council.

8 Hawaiʻi businesses in Japan’s International Food Ingredients & Additives Exhibition

Eight Hawaiʻi companies participated in the 27th International Food Ingredients & Additives Exhibition, held from May 17-19, 2023, at Tokyo’s Big Sight venue.

Young Professionals Program hosts inaugural Cost of Living Summit

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi’s Young Professionals Program hosted the inaugural Cost of Living Summit on May 18, bringing together more than 100 young professionals, executives and policymakers.

AAA Hawaiʻi: gas prices held steady over Memorial Day weekend

Hawaiʻi’s gas prices remained stable as Memorial Day travelers returned home, according to the AAA Hawaiʻi Weekend Gas Watch.

The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua welcomes Melissa Lee as new hotel manager

The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua announced the appointment of Melissa Lee as Hotel Manager, where she will oversee all hotel operations. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the luxury hospitality and culinary industry. “With her wealth of leadership experience and passion for nurturing talent, we are certain that she will be a remarkable […]

Maui Youth & Family Services receives $5,864 from ʻOhana Fuels program

These funds benefit Maui Youth & Family Services programs, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, emergency shelter and therapeutic foster homes, outreach and advocacy, independent living and substance use prevention programs.

BEHawaiʻi launches Lei Poinaʻole Project to revitalize Hawaiʻi’s lei industry

The nonprofit BEHawaiʻi launches a new program called the Lei Poinaʻole Project, to revitalize, strengthen, and support the Hawaiʻi lei industry.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program applications period starts June 1

Electric customers in need may apply for a one-time credit to reduce their energy bills under LIHEAP–the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Visitor spending on Maui in April 2023 was up 36% from pre-pandemic 2019

Visitor spending was $544.8 million in April 2023, compared to $496.7 million in April 2022 (+9.7%) and $398.6 million (+36.7%) in April 2019.

AARP Hawaiʻi hosts webinar: Learn to invest and save to make your money last

AARP Hawaiʻi hosts free webinars to help people prepare their finances. The Make Your Money Last seminar is set for June 10; and the Understanding IRAs webinar will be held on June 17.

Merriman family donates $25K to Maui United Way’s Matching Grant Challenge

Maui United Way is pleased to announce a generous donation of $25,000 from Peter and Victorine Merriman towards the Bendon Family Foundation Matching Grant. This grant, with a potential total of $100,000, enables both new donors and returning donors who haven’t contributed in that capacity to double their contributions to MUW.

Smart Charge Hawaiʻi launches in effort to help EV drivers optimize charging

As part of their participation, customers will be given access to’s mobile app that provides EV drivers with the ability to track their EV charging costs and consumption at home and on the go.
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