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Webinar to give veterans leg up on competition when applying for farm start-up funds from Farmer Veteran Coalition

Hoʻōla Farms is hosting a free webinar, “How to Apply for the Farmer Veteran Coalition Fellowship,” Feb. 7 online via Zoom.

Keauhou Shopping Center in Kona spreading the love with special Valentine’s Day events

There are many forms of love and the shopping center is highlighting them all this February.

Regal Keauhou Stadium 7 in Kona on list to close due to Cineworld’s bankruptcy

Cineworld plans to reject the leases starting in February of 39 of its more than 500 Regal theaters across the United States, including the Keauhou Stadium 7 in Kona, as part of its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Hawaiʻi’s Hannemann, Ingram appointed to US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

Mufi Hannemann and Peter Ingram have been appointed to a two-year term on the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board by US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.

Do you want an agricultural career? This Big Island residential program might be for you

The HIP Agriculture residential program offers a holistic approach to farming in Hawai‘i, featuring immersive learning that takes cohort members from managing soil health all the way through harvesting food from the land.

Congressional spending bill has provisions to help Hawaiʻi small businesses, tourism

The recently passed $1.7 trillion Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill includes several initiatives to strengthen Hawaiʻi’s dominant tourism and small business economies and assist Hawai’i workers with their retirements.

Parker Ranch partners with Waimea Butcher Shop to double down on Big Island-grown products

The deal is expected to close in early 2023.

Big Island travelers feel impacts of Southwest Airlines’s widespread service disruption

Approximately 15,700 Southwest Airlines flights, including many to and from the Big Island, have been canceled since winter weather began disrupting air travel on December 22.

UH Study: Local farmers struggle with depression in Hawaiʻi

Hawaiian farmers 45 years old or younger are going into 2023 facing unprecedented mental stress, with a recent University of Hawaiʻi study finding 48% have experienced depression and 14% have struggled with suicidal thoughts. 

Hawaiʻi Lumber Products Association to dissolve after 20-year run

The association was founded in 2003 during a time of uncertainty in Hawaiʻi’s lumber industry, when lumber professionals were struggling to compete with other building material businesses.

Big Island hotels’ occupancy rate at 71% for November 2022

Hawai‘i hotels statewide reported stronger revenue per available room and average daily rate and occupancy rate in November 2022 compared to November 2021.

Free ‘Winning Edge Leadership for Women’ training on Jan. 13 in Hilo

Sylvia Dolena, an external business consultant with major corporations, will present a free training on Jan. 13, 2023, called “Winning Edge Leadership for Women.”

Pacific Media Group to expand on Kaua‘i with purchase of KFMN

Pacific Media Group, or PMG, has entered into an agreement to purchase KFMN on Kaua‘i. The purchase is pending Federal Communications Commission approval.

UH economic forecast: Global war on inflation will hinder Hawaiʻi growth

Rising interest rates, dwindling COVID-19 pandemic era savings and a coming U.S. downturn will cause a pause in growth next year for the state.

First Hawaiian appoints new Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer

First Hawaiian, Inc., the parent company of First Hawaiian Bank, has appointed James M. Moses as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of First Hawaiian, Inc. and First Hawaiian Bank, effective Jan. 3, 2023.

Alexander & Baldwin promotes Lance Parker to president

Lance Parker is a 28-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry.

What happens if Saddle Road is closed because of the Mauna Loa eruption?

The Daniel K. Inouye Highway, or Saddle Road, is quite possibly the most important roadway on the island.

Bananarama Bakery in Pāhoa to host anniversary, grand opening celebration

The celebration is Dec. 10-12 and will feature sales, discounts, giveaways and some surprises.

Mayor Roth’s message to tourists: ‘There is no better time to come to the Big Island’

This is the first time in 38 years that tourists and resident can witness simultaneous eruptions of Mauna Loa and Kīlauea.

‘Ohana Fuels donates $6,400 to Hawai‘i County Economic Opportunity Council

The Hawai‘i County Economic Opportunity Council was selected by ‘Ohana Fuels as its “Fuel up. Do good.” beneficiary for the months of July through September 2022.
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