Meadow gold and two mainland dairies are being sued in federal court for falsely advertising mainland milk as locally produced.Read more
Kauaâ€˜i Professional Association Says Renegades Are Impacting Business Thereâ€™s no argument the photos are stunning, with brides and grooms perchedRead more
Hawaii’s foreign-born residents make up about 20 percent of our population and are not only essential workers, they are our relatives, our co-workers, and our friends.Read more
Hawaii sportswear brand Kahala this week released aÂ special edition aloha shirt marking the 40thÂ anniversary of Hawaii chapter of The NatureRead more
“This is the number one drop zone in the world. More people jump out of airplanes at Dillingham than any place else in the world, so itâ€™s a travesty.”Read more
â€œThe pandemic has caused tremendous financial hardship for many people… We want to offer them the opportunity for a new career in the real estate industry.”Read more
Like most cat cafes in the United States, Popoki and Tea will house rescue cats until they are adopted out. To enter the “cat lounge,” guests pay a contribution that goes toward the care and housing for the 15-20 cats.Read more
A new cat cafe is coming to Honolulu. Popoki and Tea has signed a lease for a streetfront retail spaceRead more
The AccesSurf mural, which will be on display at The Barn at SALT at Our KakaÊ»ako, will help raise awareness of the nonprofitâ€™s mission of building an inclusive community that empowers people with disabilities, through accessible beach and water programs.Read more
Official statement from LimeBike: Yesterday, the City offered us a rationale behind impounding our scooters, citing our low-speed electric scootersRead more
Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) unveiled its new logo today, designed by the legendary Hawaiian artists and storytellers of Sig ZaneRead more
Hawaii-basedÂ iTravLocal has set its sights on the growing Chinese travel market, hoping to connect local vendors with visitors who areRead more
Honolulu massage therapist Charisma Koffman has introduced a new type of bodywork called “Sarga Bodywork,” which puts a new spinRead more
Longtime Island newscaster Diane Ako has opened her own public relations firm, â€œDiane Ako PR.â€ She specializes in media placements for traditional media as well as online articles, but will handle a scope of public relations tasks that include media-training, crisis communications, producing company videos, and more.Read more
The number of startups in Hawaii has increased from 18 in 2013 to 145 in 2016 and total capital (revenueRead more
Consolidated Theatres announced the opening of Olino, the company’s ninth cinema in Hawaii and its first to break ground sinceRead more
Hawaii’s progress in fostering and capitalizing on innovation can now be tracked on a new interactive dashboard launched today.
The “Hawaii Innovation Matters” dashboard was created through a partnership between UHERO and local coding bootcamp DevLeague, with support from the Hawaii Business Roundtable.
UHERO said that innovation is the key to economic growth and prosperity, accounting for roughy half of the increase observed in U.S. gross domestic product. As a result, “it is important to be able to track our progress over time and to see how Hawaii stacks up against other states and localities.”Read more
Two local experts in manufacturing and product development have co-founded the Startup Connector, a Honolulu-based manufacturing accelerator program. Startup ConnectorRead more
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Services (FAS) calling on the agency to provide greater visibility to Hawaii macadamia nuts on its export list to foreign markets.
Hawaii farmers in the macadamia nut industry generated more than $36 million in revenue in 2013. Growth in this industry would expand business and employment opportunities in rural Hawaii communities. Industry leaders like Troy Keolanui, John Cross, and Richard Schnitzler applauded Congresswoman Gabbardâ€™s efforts to encourage FAS to prioritize macadamia nut exports.
â€œPromoting Hawaiian Macadamia nuts to foreign markets is a big boost to our industry, and we are grateful to Congresswoman Gabbard for again taking the lead to represent the farmers of Hawaii,â€ said Troy Keolanui, co-owner of the Hilo-based OK Farms.Read more
The Energy Excelerator selected 17 startups from a pool of high quality applicants to transform Hawaiiâ€™s energy system. Fifty percent of the new portfolio startups has principal team members with previous exits.
â€œWe are excited to work with a new cohort of startups with a ton of experience in running successful companies,â€ says Dawn Lippert, Director of the Energy Excelerator. â€œThese are really smart people that have vetted technologies and are eager to partner with our local businesses to help solve some of our most difficult energy challenges.â€
The Energy Exceleratorâ€™s goal is to strategically address Hawaiiâ€™s energy challenges across many different sectors. The 2015 cohort consists of startups with innovative solutions for the Stateâ€™s energy, transportation, water, and agriculture industries.Read more
A local technology commercialization company is working with two mainland biotechnology firms to encourage the adoption of microbial treatments to boost agricultural productivity while reducing water consumption as well as cutting the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
â€œEverything weâ€™ve been taught about farming is incorrect,â€ declares Vincent Kimura, president of Inovi Green. â€œHistorical and current agricultural processes of crop fertilization and soil tilling are falling out of favor, damaging ecosystems and producing diminishing returns. Environmentally-friendly microbial treatments have evolved to do this work far more effectively.â€Read more
Hawaiki Cable Limited, the New Zealand owner and developer of Hawaiki submarine cable system, has selected Hawaiian Telcom as itsRead more
Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) opened and began a new venture highlighting the peoples and cultures of Polynesia through entertainment, arts, education, and personal interaction.
It was October 14, 1963, when the PCC welcomed its first guests. Today, more than 37 million guests later, the PCC continues to thrive on Oahuâ€™s North Shore as the only cultural tourist attraction of its kind in the world.Read more
The Navyâ€™s Office of Naval Research, under the Asia Pacific Technology Education Program, announced today that it will invest $30 million dollars in the Hawaii-based Energy Excelerator. The new Navy commitment triples the funding that the program operated with over the past three years, showing that they recognize the value of Hawaii as an ideal place for new energy innovation.
The Energy Excelerator funds seed-stage and growth-stage startups with compelling energy solutions and immediate application in Hawaii.Read more
The Founder Institute, the worldâ€™s largest startup accelerator with over 800 graduate companies, is announcing its launch in Honolulu. AfterRead more
The Hawaii Venture Capital Association awarded its 2012 HVCA Deal of the Year to Darren Kimura, CEO of Sopogy, maker of concentrated thermal solar collectors. In addition five local entrepreneurs were acknowledged in various categories with the HVCA Entrepreneur of the Year award.
The Young Entrepreneur award went to Scott Mercer of Volta Industries, makers of advertising driven free electric vehicle charging stations. Dan Leuck, co-founder of CONTIX and CEO and founder of Ikayzo won the Software Entrepreneur award. Ken Berkun, founder of Labels That Talk won the Inventor Entrepreneur award for his patented invention, Soundpaper. Winner of the Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year award is Elyse Petersen, founder of Tealet, a social enterprise that connects tea drinkers with small tea growers around the world. David Watumull, co-founder of CARDAX Pharmaceuticals and former CEO of Hawaii Biotech was acknowledged for his many years of devoted entrepreneurship in biotech as the 2012 Legacy Entrepreneur.
â€œThese entrepreneurs are local heroes and role models. They have worked long hard days, made personal sacrifices and taken extreme risks that prove there are people in Hawaii that have what it takes to build great companies,â€ said Bill Spencer, President of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association.Read more
An official â€œFlip the Switchâ€ ceremony and Hawaiian blessing was held today to mark the completion of more than 4,300 solar panels installed at the Pearl City Solar Energy Facility. Capable of generating 1.23 megawatts of electricity, it is now the newest and largest utility-scale solar photovoltaic project on O’ahu.
This project marks the fourth utility-scale solar facility that developer Forest City Hawaii has completed in Honolulu, making it one of the largest renewable-energy developers and owners in the state.
At todayâ€™s ceremony, Jennifer Sabas, chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, praised the projectâ€™s vision, and Governor Neil Abercrombie commended the project for advancing the state’s clean energy goals. These sentiments were echoed by other event attendees, including Jerrod Schreck, president of Hoku Solar, and Connie Lau, president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries, chairman of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. and chairman of American Savings Bank.Read more
BizGym.com, an online rapid business plan building program based in Hawaii, has formed a partnership with CyberPort, the largest information technology accellerator in Hong Kong. The relationship was sparked by BizGym.comâ€™s recent partnership in â€œHawaii Tech Asia,â€ a business development tour organized by Hawaii Business and Entrepreneur Acceleration Mentors (HiBeam).
The two companies will create a Chinese language version of the BizGym online entrepreneurâ€™s toolset, branding it as the â€œCyberport Business System powered by BizGym.â€ It will feature team-matching, collaborative business planning and a direct link to Cyberportâ€™s micro-fund application process. Operations will begin by year-end in Hong Kong and mainland China.
Cyberport is a government-owned enterprise, and when breaking news of the partnership on Hawaii Public Radioâ€™s Bytemarks Cafe show last week, BizGym.com founder Steve Sue said that the co-branded arrangement with a prominent Hong Kong organization will likely discourage copycats from diluting the BizGym.com model in Asia.Read more
It will now be faster and simpler for many residential and some small commercial customers to receive approval for on-site solar photovoltaic installations without worrying about the need for a possible interconnection study, Hawaiian Electric announced today.
As of October 1, most residential and some commercial customers of Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light Company can install certified single-phase PV systems up to 10 kW on single-phase transformers and participate in Net Energy Metering (NEM) with no interconnection study.
In addition, any customer of the three companies who paid for an interconnection study and system upgrades to install a 10 kW or smaller single-phase PV system will be refunded the cost of the study and any upgrades.Read more
AT&T has turned on its 4G LTE network in Honolulu, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. WatchRead more