Ledesma a top producer for HomeBridge

A Lihue mortgage loan originator has been named one of the top producers in the state. Kauai’s Lisa Ledesma and the Big Island’s Ronnie Strickler were recognized as February’s top producers, according to HomeBridge Financial Services in Hawaii.

Groundhog Day in the Hawaii Senate

You may remember “Groundhog Day,” the 1993 film starring Bill Murray. In it, Murray played a Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, found himself caught in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again.

Hawaiian Air buying Boeing 787-9s

Hawaiian Airlines has an agreement to purchase of 10 Boeing 787-9 aircraft with purchase rights for an additional 10 aircraft, the airline announced Tuesday.

Leaders look for solutions to avoid overtourism

Tourist destinations around the world are reacting to growing numbers of visitors adding to congestion, increasing costs of living and disrupting fragile ecosystems. “This is our state’s largest industry, so we have to do a better job of addressing our parks, traffic and safety,” said state Rep. Nadine Nakamura, a Democrat who represents Wailua to the North Shore.

By the way, could we have $50 million more?

Our Legislature is now in session, and one of the big functions of the money committees — the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Finance — is to balance the state budget.

Business is booming

Business is booming and consumer confidence is growing — including on Kauai. Island residents are purchasing second vehicles, buying new clothes and going out to dinner, while the increasing number of visitors is steadily impacting the economy.

A penny for education

One of the bills making its way through our legislative system this session is one that would create a special fund for public education, and then funnel to that fund 25 percent of all the money that our General Excise Tax brings in.