Company fined for ocean pollution

HONOLULU — A federal judge in Hawaii has ordered a Singapore-based shipping company to pay $1.75 million in fines for allegedly dumping bilge waste directly into the ocean.

The ConAm Returns

Two years ago, we as voters were inundated with impassioned arguments on both sides of a proposed constitutional amendment (“ConAm” for short). The amendment would have given the State the power to impose a surcharge on real property tax, ostensibly to fund teacher pay raises.

Survey: Kaua‘i is good place to start a small business

LIHU’E — A recent study from SmartAsset, a New York Financial company discovered that Kaua’i is one of the top islands in the state to start a small business. Maui comes in at first, with Kaua’i at second, Hawai‘i Island at third and Oahu in last.

Gifts from the heart blow in

LIHU‘E — The rains came and went and the winds were blowing Thursday at Kukui Grove Center, where Sienna Agpaoa of Claire’s was finalizing the placement of Valentine’s Day decorations in the store’s window.

Peaceful demonstration at Lihue Airport

LIHU‘E — On the first day of negotiations between Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants and the board of directors, a handful of flight attendants held a peaceful demonstration at Lihue Airport.

Rental car company owner says investigation unfair

LIHU‘E — The state Office of Consumer Protection is investigating a Lihu‘e rental car company after a review of one customer’s contract revealed “numerous violations” of state laws, raising suspicions that the business “was likely engaging in unfair or deceptive acts,” according to court documents.

Hawaiian Airlines reports on company activities

LIHUE — Hawaiian Airlines Chief Financial Officer Peter Ingram didn’t have much to say about Southwest Airlines stepping into Hawaii airspace during his annual talk at the Thursday Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Lodging employees honored

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s tourism industry came together Thursday to honor the best and brightest employees in a variety of categories.

Don’t let them double up on us just yet

Following a major U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2018 (South Dakota v. Wayfair), many States, including ours, enacted “economic nexus” legislation, which means that we consider any business that transacts $100,000 or more in Hawaii sales or 200 or more Hawaii transactions to be subject to Hawaii tax laws, and we require such a business to comply with the law by registering and paying tax.

Credential stuffing affects many types of online accounts

Admit it. Most of us are guilty of using the same username and password on multiple accounts – it’s just so much easier to remember. But here’s the thing, that one simple short cut puts you at a much higher risk of getting hacked than ever before through a new method called “credential stuffing.”

Servco gives nearly $400K

HONOLULU — Servco Pacific Inc. raised nearly $400,000 for Aloha United Way during its annual Servco United Campaign through employee e-pledges, fundraisers, and a special program by the Servco Foundation that donated $100 for each team member that pledged.

What really is a minimum wage?

Happy New Year! It’s now 2020 and talk already has begun about raising our minimum wage. $10.10 an hour is not a living wage, some say, so we should be hoisting our minimum wage to say $15 or $17, which some say is the minimum required to make ends meet here in Hawaii assuming you are working 40 hours a week.

New manager at Waimea Plantation Cottages

WAIMEA — Waimea Plantation Cottages, a 43-acre oceanfront property with 61-authentic plantation cottages that is operated by Coast Hotels, announces the appointment of Janice Ishihara as its new senior manager of sales and marketing.

Housing on LBA agenda

LIHUE — Kauai housing, issues and answers, is the subject of the Lihue Business Association’s meeting 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Duke’s Canoe Club on Kalapaki Beach.