Biz Quickies: Cool Pahoa, Hilo Lanes Grill, Kona Surf Fest

January 31, 2014, 10:37 AM HST
* Updated January 31, 12:05 PM
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Vote Pahoa ‘Coolest Small Town’
Budget Travel is asking website visitors to vote for the America’s “Coolest Small Town” and Pahoa is one of 15 finalists vying to claim bragging rights to the title. Voting ends Feb. 28.

Bowlers Eat Too
Hilo Lanes Grill in the Kinoole Street bowling alley has been closed for about eight months but the 50-seat restaurant’s now listed for lease, said Ernest Medeiros of Ala Kai Realty. It’s a turn-key operation with a “captured audience” among Hilo’s active bowling community, he said, and there’s been interest in it. The mid ’60s-era design includes a drive-through service window.

Kona Surf Film Fest
After two years at the Mauna Lani, the Kona Surf Film Festival returns to Kona where the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel will be the host hotel for the first time in the festival’s 10-year history.The King Kamehameha is offering a special festival rate of $129 this weekend during the festival, Jan. 31-Feburary 1, 2014. The festival showcases independent short and feature films from surf filmmakers from around the world. Call 329-2911 for info.

Hawaii’s Woodshow Dates
The Hawaii Island Forest Association announced that its 22nd annual Hawaii’s Woodshow, Na La au o Hawaii, will be held Aug. 31 through Sept. 14 in Honolulu where the Big Island is well-represented in the juried exhibition. Visit Hawaii’s Woodshow website or call Andy Cole at 808-778-7036.

Boost Your Business
Learn “Social Media and Internet Marketing for Business” in three two-hour sessions beginning Feb. 19 at Hawaii Community College. Entrepreneur Ian Hatch will show you how Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest can boost your business. Call 934-2700 to register.


Rates Up, Guests Down
Big Island hotels’ average daily rate continued creeping up to $212.17, while occupancy rates continued to decline, falling 2.8 percentage points to 76.2% for the week of Jan. 12-18, according to visitor industry research reports cited in Pacific Business News.


Career Prep
The Individualized Career Achievement Network, or ICAN, helps students improve their reading, writing, math, and computer skills to prepare for careers in agriculture, energy and health care. The self-paced, 120-hour program is designed to suit students’ needs but you must be 18 to register. Call Serrylee at Workforce Development, 981-2860 (ext. 232) to register.

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