Nothing beats fresh flowers

WAILUA — Hawaii could be marketed as a stronger wedding destination, said Hitomi Gilliam, a floral designer from Canada, during the recent Wedding Celebrations 2019 presented by the Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association at the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay.

Jobs increase by 1,200 over-the-year

HONOLULU — The state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced last week that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 2.8 percent, the same rate for the fourth consecutive month.

Boivin leads Legal Aid board

The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii welcomed Joseph Boivin Jr. as the new president of its board of directors for a two-year term ending in June 2021.

Poipu resort group closes doors

The Poipu Beach Resort Association has been achieving its goals for more than 35 years, marketing Poipu and Kauai as world-class destinations for over 120 participating members and those advocating for Poipu as a top-notch place to live, work and play, the group said.

Work together to form the best of our civilized society

Every so often, the news reports on people who deny the legitimacy of the government we have here in Hawaii. “We’re not subject to those laws,” they say, “so we don’t have to follow rules or pay taxes.” It pains me to read stories of people who lost their homes after being told that they didn’t have to pay back their mortgages because the laws under which they were made were invalid in Hawaii.

New leadership at First Hawaiian Bank

First Hawaiian Bank Chairman and Chief Executive Office Bob Harrison announced that Sharon Shiroma Brown, First Hawaiian Bank Foundation president and senior vice president in charge of FHB’s Community Relations Division, retires today after 38 years with the bank.

Gather FCU awards $10,000 in scholarships

LIHUE — Ten students were presented $1000 scholarships by the Gather Federal Credit Union, last Thursday before an audience of Gather FCU staff, parents and family members of the scholarship recipients.

Ray Duarte fixes Dwayne Johnson’s shoes

LIHUE — The Rock had a problem. His calves were too big. Last year, Dwayne Johnson was on Kauai shooting a movie called “Jungle Cruise,” set to premier July 24, 2020.

Stepping into second homes

Kauai real estate executive Chad Pimentel is helping grow the state’s luxury second-home market and recently joined the Lifestyle Asset Group as a joint venture partner.

Upward and onward

Billy Zeffiro was 17, out of high school, when he landed a job as a baggage boy with Hawaiian Airlines.

HI-5: The leakage hasn’t stopped yet

Just three months ago, the Hawaii State Auditor released the latest in a series of reports over the years on the Hawaii Deposit Beverage Container Program, known as HI-5.

Kauai hideaway for $6.8M

Lee Unkrich, the Oscar-winning director behind “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” is listing his Kauai hideaway, complete with big sky viewing platform above a secluded corner of Kauapea (Secret Beach), for $6.8 million.

Ledesma earns Homebridge award

Homebridge Financial Services in Hawaii announced that Team Hi Five (Preston Sims and Rylan Maddox) of Oahu and Lisa Ledesma of Kauai are May’s top producers.