Here is the grim reality of unemployment taxes

In this space, we have been doing a lot of guessing on possible legislative proposals. We will find out for sure what they are on or before January 25, the date of Governor Ige’s State of the State address.

Outpost Coffee to open in Kilauea

After taking over an old, abandoned coffee orchard in Kalihiwai which hasn’t been looked after for over seven years, Ben Fitt, a coffee enthusiast, business owner and farmer, got an agreement from the orchard’s landowners to launch a new coffee company called Outpost Coffee in mid-February of this year.

Mayor hopeful for more federal funds

LIHU‘E — At the Lihue Business Association’s video conference on Thursday, Mayor Derek Kawakami spoke on Kaua‘i’s economic recovery plans in his first term.

Filipino chamber installs 2021 leaders

PUHI — The Kaua‘i Filipino Chamber of Commerce took care of business within the confines of COVID-19 rules and guidelines during the installation of the organization’s 2021 officers and directors at the Kaua‘i Philippine Cultural Center on Wednesday.

Lawai Market gives locals options on the Southshore

LAWA‘I — While some businesses struggled to stay open during the pandemic, a new grocery store in Lawa‘i opened with the motivation of being a place of convenience for residents of Kaua‘i, but was forced to delay their grand opening from February of 2020 to September of 2020.

Timeshare industry supports Kaua‘i youth

LIHU‘E – The Hawaii Chapter of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) recently donated $2,500 to the Kauai Planning & Action Alliance for the Kauai Resilience Project (KRP). KRP supports Kauai’s youth by assisting them with overcoming adversity and becoming successful.

Aloha Ginger Beer offered in Lihu‘e

LIHU‘E — Aloha Ginger Beer, a non-alcoholic beverage company on Hardy Street in Lihu‘e across from the Lihu‘e Civic Center, started from humble beginnings and a passion to help local farmers and businesses throughout the pandemic.

Holey Grail donut shop opens on O‘ahu

Hana and Nile Dreiling’s vision to create a food product using locally-produced agriculture to promote sustainability started as a part-time venture and transformed into a full-time, family-run business.

Scrutiny needed for the big agencies

There has been a lot of flip-flopping and waffling going on in government. President Trump groused about, panned, and then finally signed a second stimulus package on Sunday, Dec. 27.

Opakapaka Grill and Bar struggles through another downturn

WAINIHA — The last restaurant at the end of the road of Wainiha on the North Shore of Kaua‘i is holding on by a thread this week with the lowest sales since opening three years ago, while still recovering from the April floods of 2018 and from the government shut down in March of 2020.