Maui Business

Central Pacific Bank to serve as title sponsor for MIL Championships

Central Pacific Bank announces it will serve as the first ever title sponsor for Maui Interscholastic League sports championships for the next three school years (2023-24 through 2025-26). The financial support will help enhance the player and audience experience at the title games.

State opens public comment period on draft Hawaiʻi Digital Equity Plan

Digital equity objectives include the availability and affordability of both fixed and wireless broadband; the accessibility and inclusivity of online public resources and services; digital literacy; awareness and use of security and online privacy and cybersecurity; and the availability and affordability of consumer devices and technical support for those devices.

Pediatric Therapies Hawaiʻi reopens West Maui clinic

Pediatric Therapies Hawaiʻi reopened its Lahaina clinic on Monday, Oct. 2 2023. The business provides pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy services to children in West Maui. 

Central Pacific Bank brings back debit card promotion with chance to win a 2023 RAV4

Central Pacific Bank customers have the chance to win a brand new 2023 Toyota RAV4 XLE and other prizes by using their personal debit cards for purchases between Sept. 25 and Dec. 1.

Applications available for Maui County Agricultural Micro Grant Program

Maui County small farmers and ranchers can apply for grants of up to $25,000 through the Agricultural Micro Grant Program 4.0, a $3 million initiative funded by Maui County and administered by Maui Economic Opportunity’s Business Development Center.

2023 marks banner year for Made in Hawaiʻi Festival with more than $2M in revenue

In the wake of the wildfires that devastated South Maui, the festival this year contributed $58.2K from ticket and t-shirt sales, as well as direct donations, to the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. Vendors together donated approximately a quarter million dollars to Maui wildfire relief efforts. 

Maui County Federal Credit Union Lahaina reopens in temporary location 

Maui County Federal Credit Union’s Lahaina branch has reopened in a temporary new location at the Fairway Shops in Kāʻanapali at 2580 Kekaʻa Drive, Suite 117, between China Bowl and Keller Williams Realty.

Island Grocery Depot in Lahaina has reopened

Island Grocery Depot in Lahaina reopened Tuesday with modified business hours. The store will not have ice, fresh meat and select produce items until water is safe.

New UHERO dashboard highlights areas of Hawaiʻi housing crisis

The University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization launched a publicly available, interactive housing data dashboard on Sept. 26, that allows users to customize their data reports based on location, with information such as property and rental market, demographics, zoning and housing stock. UHERO designed the dashboard to inform discussions on the way forward for housing in Hawaiʻi.

More than $3.5M in grants to promote food security in Hawaiʻi

The grants, made possible through the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program, will provide support for small-scale gardening, herding, and livestock operations to increase the quantity and quality of locally-grown food in communities experiencing food insecurity.

Update on price freeze for commodity sales, landlord-tenant code for the Island of Maui

This price freeze, which is scheduled to remain in effect until Nov. 6, 2023, unless terminated or superseded by separate emergency proclamation, does not extend beyond the Island of Maui. During this declared emergency, the price freeze now in effect for the Island of Maui means that the essential goods and services that are subject to the price freeze must be sold at pre-emergency price levels.

Wildfire impacts result in decrease in Maui vacation rental supply, demand for August 2023

Due to the Maui wildfires that occurred in Lahaina on Aug. 8, 2023, many vacation rental units in West Maui became unavailable for the rest of August, resulting in dramatic decreases in unit night supply and unit night demand in the West Maui area.

Aloha Petroleum holds commemorative mug design contest for Hawaiʻi high school students

Aloha Petroleum invites Hawaiʻi high school students to participate in its annual commemorative mug design contest. This year’s theme is “What Does Aloha Mean to You?”

Hawai’i Regional Council of Carpenters pre-apprenticeship program now accepting applications

As demand for construction workers is estimated to rise due to housing and infrastructure initiatives, the Hawai’i Regional Council of Carpenters aims to attract more individuals to the trades through its pre-apprenticeship program.

Office of Head Start officials visit MEO to offer assistance

A team from the Office of Head Start visited Maui Economic Opportunity to provide support and assistance to staff and parents affected by the wildfires.

Hawaiʻi Catholic Community Foundation names Rojas director for Maui Disaster Relief

Longtime community development specialist Toni Rojas has been appointed as Director of Maui Disaster Relief by the Hawaiʻi Catholic Community Foundation. The position was created to support the ongoing efforts of Catholic Charities of Hawaiʻi and the 11 parishes on Maui to aid in the recovery of the Lahaina and Kula communities, which were severely impacted by wildfires on Aug. 8, 2023.

UHERO: ‘Wildfires deliver heavy blow to Maui economy,’ rebuilding challenges detailed

The report shows Maui lost more than $13 million of visitor spending each day in the weeks following the fire. With the planned Oct. 8 reopening of unaffected West Maui resort areas, economists are not anticipating a rush to travel, but a gradual recovery instead.

FHLB Des Moines awards $5 million to support Maui relief efforts

FHLB Des Moines awarded $4 million to the Hawaiʻi Bankers Association who will regrant funds to the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund, the United Way of Maui and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. FHLB Des Moines donated $1 million to the Valley Isle Chapter of the Hawaiʻi Credit Union League, who established the Credit Union Wildfire Relief Fund. This fund provides direct and immediate support to those in need, addressing their most pressing needs at any given time.

Depo Market to host grand opening celebration of Wailuku storefront, Sept. 23

A month after sustaining the devastating effects of the wildfires that destroyed Lahaina and its neighboring communities, Depo Market– a handcrafted jewelry company employing adults with disabilities, is pleased to announce the official grand opening celebration for their long-awaited storefront location in Wailuku.

MHLA Announces Newly Elected Board of Directors

Along with celebrating the appointed, MHLA also recognized the wildfire relief efforts of its members during the Annual Meeting. Maui’s visitor industry is experiencing a daily economic loss of nearly $13 million a day since the August wildfires.
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