Chamber takes pulse of businesses; feelings are mixed

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce recently sent a survey to all of its members, and the results concluded that most businesses rank the safety and health of the people of Kaua‘i as a top priority before their own business needs. Yet there were still some mixed responses.

Lydgate Farms selected to represent the US

The Fine Chocolate and Cacao Institute, founded by Harvard Professor Carla Martin, will hold its FCCI Origin Series: United States event virtually today at 11 a.m., featuring Kaua‘i’s Lydgate Farms.

Bill opens up Hawai‘i to hemp industry

‘OMA‘O — The team at Kaua‘i Hemp Company Farms and Nalu Botanicals Lab stand in front of the “Ka la hiki ola” mural overlooking its farm in ‘Oma‘o, thinking that it truly is a “dawning of a new day.”

Businesses awarded grants

As of Friday, the Kaua‘i Small Business Boost Program approved and awarded 650 grants to local businesses, totaling $5 million of the county’s share of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March, according to a press release.

Spectrum relocates to Kukui Grove

LIHU‘E — Spectrum Mobile Kaua‘i Area Manager Faith Pau said everyone is ready to go, Wednesday, as she flitted between putting up an array of smartphones and other late-minute details that come with the opening of a new facility.

Wall art graces Koloa Village

A new concrete wall of hand-sculpted art is being built along Weliweli Road, and passers-by have contributed to the design.

Elite merges with Corcoran Pacific Properties

Elite Pacific Properties, a luxury real-estate brokerage specializing in properties throughout the state, has become a franchisee with another high-end brokerage in the state — Corcoran Pacific Properties.

Sushi Katsu closing after 24 years

LIHU‘E — Conditions from the COVID-19 pandemic trimmed the usually full Sushi Katsu to exclusively phone-in and take-out orders at the Japanese restaurant that takes over once the day is complete at the Tip Top Cafe.

County offers small business a boost

LIHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i has announced that its Small Business Boost Grant Program will be open for applications starting on Monday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m. The program is funded by the county’s share of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Making ends meet

LIHU­‘E– Kaua‘i business owners who receive their goods weekly through Young Brothers shipping company are bracing themselves as Hawaii Public Utilities Commission announced on Monday their approval of Young Brothers’ emergency request to increase rates by 46% over the next 12 months.