Rising costs

According to the state self-sufficiency study, a single adult with no children needs to earn an hourly wage of $17.41 to be economically self‐sufficient. A two‐adult couple with no children needs a combined hourly wage of $22.80 to be economically self‐sufficient.

Minimum wage goes up

Hawaii’s minimum wage jumped from $9.25 to $10.10 per hour starting the first day of the new year. Entry-level employees will benefit most from the 85-cent increase, while some small businesses may experience negative financial impacts.

A third of Hawaii families struggle financially

Many Kauai residents are struggling to make ends meet. Among them is Gilbert Medeiros, a Vietnam-era Army veteran. Growing up in a plantation camp and working since the age of 12, Medeiros was employed as a mechanic and machinist. He worked as a licensed driver for Kauai Freight, Rego Trucking, Garden Island Disposal and finally Thronas Concrete for more than 30 years before taking early retirement.

Scams and fraud prevalent in Hawaii

Scams and fraudulent activities, especially those targeting kupuna, remain a problem. “There are so many scams out there that people are being taken advantage of,” said Eric Nordmeier, volunteer for Senior Medicare Patrol.

Kauai Harley-Davidson keeps cruising

Kauai Harley-Davidson keeps cruising the island despite declining sales nationwide. The Milwaukee-based company is placing a renewed emphasis on attracting more customers as the industry grapples with years of declining sales and an aging customer base.

Getting into the swing

The newly named band is a regrouping of musicians from the iconic Starlighters big band that played swing music on Kauai for more than six decades.

Gas prices remain steady

Hawaii gas prices continued to remain mostly stable over the past week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

Time for ‘the talk’

Sex education can be an embarrassing topic, but the YWCA is going to tackle it. Women’s health nurse practitioner Virginia Beck will present a factual-but-humorous adventure during free classes at the Lihue Public Library.