Biz Quickies: SolarCity Expands On Big Isle

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National solar energy systems installer SolarCity recently opened an operations center in Kona with 12 employees and now plans to add 12 more, Pacific Business New reported. The 6,300 square-foot storage facility, warehouse and business office is a “commitment” to serve the entire Big Island, SolarCity policy-maker Yoshimura told the newspaper, despite a recent downturn in statewide solar installations. Chairman of Solar City is Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.

Trader Joe’s Adds Chocolate Kona Coffee Truffle
The California-based gourmet grocery chain announced a new product in February made with 100% Kona coffee beans, considered “among the world’s most prized specialty coffees, admired for their richness of flavor and easy drinkability,” says Trader Joe’s website. “Chocolate Kona Coffee Truffles” are also available at In 2012, Trader Joe’s was honored by the Kona Coffee Farmer’s Association for introducing “Kona Coffee Shortbread Cookies” to its product line along with 100% ground and whole bean Kona coffee.

Ku Heads Arc of Kona
Michele Ku has been named new president/CEO of Arc of Kona. Ku, a US Army vet with nine years at Arc, starts her new position July 1, replacing Gretchen Lawson. Reach Ku at [email protected].

Waimea Sports Expo Vendors Needed
The 2nd annual Waimea Sports Expo is looking for sports vendors, affiliates, health, wellness, fitness groups and community organizations to set up sales and information booths at the July 26 Expo at the Waimea Park complex. Call Waimea Recreation Director Melissa Samura, 887-3014, or email [email protected] for info. Deadline is May 30.


Renovations at Hilton Waikoloa
Hilton Waikoloa Village will be renovating its convention center ballrooms, including 235,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor meeting space, pre-function and exhibit facilities, beginning July 26. The $7.5 million project is expected to be complete in time for the Taste of the Hawaiian Range agriculture festival on Sept. 26.


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