The Grassroot Institute reflects on 2024 legislative session on Kauaʻi

“I always love getting a chance to go out to Kauaʻi and talk with people,” said Ted Kefalas, the organization’s director of strategic campaigns, in an interview following the event.

Kaua‘i shines at 2024 Hawai‘i on the Hill in Washington

The event, now in its tenth year, is a collaboration between U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and the Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i.

Global firm to rebuild controversial Coco Palms resort by 2026; promotes ’boutique luxury setting’

IHG Hotels & Resorts – headquartered in England – intends to rebuild under its Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brand.

Kaua‘i rum earns ‘Best in Show’ at international spirits competition

The third annual TAG Global Spirits Awards featured an international panel of industry experts assessing over 100 categories.

Fonda’s Daughter is Kaua‘i vintage shop dedicated to father’s ‘treasure hunter’ legacy

Natalie Fonda grew up on O‘ahu, where her father Fulvio taught her about antiques, adventure and aloha.

Hawai‘i building industry celebrates new class of nearly 200 journeymen carpenters

Eleven Kaua‘i residents graduated the Hawai‘i Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund apprenticeship program last Saturday.

Hawai‘i gender pay gap largely driven by motherhood, according to latest report

A new University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) report, authored by UHERO Research Economist Rachel Inafuku, uses data from ACS to take a deeper look into Hawaiʻi’s gender pay gap to further understand the role of gender in the workforce.

Poʻipū resort Kukuiʻula on Kaua‘i names new sous chef, philanthropy manager

Shelly Gerardo serves on the board of directors for Kaua‘i United Way; Allan Duldulao is known as a championship-winning soccer coach.

UH farmer training program holding open house on Kauaʻi

Anyone interested in joining the farm training program, as well as community members and organizations looking to collaborate, is encouraged to attend.

Creative Industries Educator Externship held to advance skills for Hawai‘i teachers, enhance student workforce readiness

The event was a result of the Creative Industries Sector Partnership’s Career Awareness initiative, a workforce development collaboration between employers and educators.

Counties poised for slower growth, inflation surpasses national average, UHERO forecasts

Maui rebuilding and the incremental return of international travelers will support tourism, helping to offset a moderate pullback in the continental U.S. market.

County to open registration for youth Summer Fun Program on May 15

The 2024 Summer Fun Program will run from June 17 to July 26, on weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays. It’s open to children 5 to 11 years old.

Google invests in improving Hawaiʻi’s internet infrastructure

“We are truly grateful for Google’s transformative investment in our state’s digital infrastructure,” said Lt. Gov. Luke.

Department of Health issues a recall alert for Gibson Farms bulk organic California shelled walnuts due to potential e. coli contamination

The recalled product may have been distributed at Hoku Foods Natural Market, at both the Kapaʻa and Koloa store locations.

Two Hawai‘i Island businesses partner to create the low-methane burger

The Ola Brew taprooms in Hilo and Kona will offer the Smash Burger — Earth Day edition — while supplies last.

Ambulance service providers vying for contract as procurement process restarts following controversy

“We look forward and we’re very confident in our ability to provide all thatʻs required and requested and more,” said Speedy Bailey, the regional director for American Medical Response (AMR) in Hawaiʻi, in an interview on April 19.

County of Kaua‘i issues reminder of upcoming job fair

Over 50 businesses representing a variety of industries on Kaua‘i will offer an assortment of employment opportunities at the job fair.

Applications to Homeowner Assistance Fund program on Kaua‘i closes May 1

The HAF programs were funded through the American Rescue Plan signed into law by the Biden Administration with the goal of preventing foreclosure in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both counties of Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i participate in this program.

County of Kauaʻi officials assessing damages following recent storm

Two displaced boats were found damaged at Running Waters, a nearby beach in Lihuʻe. One of the boats reportedly had a person on it, who was able to swim safely to shore.

Hale Puna restoring oldest house on Kaua‘i as prior success Kōke‘e Lodge ramps up events

The Gulick-Rowell House in Waimea was built using coral limestone cut from offshore reefs. A nonprofit hopes to transform the nearly 200-year-old building into a community space.
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