BBB: Tips to shop safe this holiday season

It probably comes as no surprise that consumers see a surge in sales and too good to be true deals during the holidays, however, the Better Business Bureau urges consumers to watch out for scammers who wish to take advantage of the shopping frenzy this time of year. Experts believe consumers may pay more attention to killer deals this year as we enter a new season of economic uncertainty.

Sheraton treats kupuna to lunch

Chuck Brady of the Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort said Monday that he never realized how many of the more than 200 people he knew.

McDonald’s blessed in ‘Ele‘ele

Kumu Hula Troy Hinano Lazaro of Ka Pa Hula o Hinano halau said everyone has their favorite, on Saturday during the blessing and ribbon cutting of the McDonald’s restaurant in the ‘Ele‘ele Shopping Center.

TAX MAN: What it takes to spend $600M on housing in three years

As we have written about before, last year’s Legislature approved $600 million to our Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) to reduce the monstrous waiting list of Hawaiians waiting for homestead lands. The catch, however, is that DHHL needs to spend the money, or enter into a contract to spend it, by June 30, 2025. Otherwise, the money goes back to the general fund.

BBB: Providing outstanding service during the holidays

Whether you are a brick-and-mortar retailer or an online business, the holiday season is sure to bring a flurry of activity to your doorstep. This may be especially true this year, as experts like the National Retail Federation forecast a healthy growth in retail sales during the holidays, even with shoppers concerned about inflation and economic uncertainty.

TAX MAN: New administration has tax priorities

In a recent interview with Hawaii News Now, Governor-elect Josh Green outlined the top priorities he has for his first 100 days in office, presumably including the start of this year’s legislative session.

TAX MAN: Want to fight corruption? Follow the money

In a recent op-ed in Civil Beat, Robert Harris, who recently became the executive director of the Hawaii State Ethics Commission, mused about his role in the grand scheme of things. His first reaction was to describe his job as just enforcing the State Ethics Code and the Lobbying Law, but then saw a broader role for his agency as helping to restore public trust in government.

CAK installs new leadership, gives special awards

LIHU‘E — The Contractors Association of Kaua‘i hosted its 65th annual meeting on Thursday where the 2023 slate of officers, the directors, and special award presentations were made at Royal Sonesta Kaua‘i Resort Lihu‘e.

Pop-Up brightens Lights on Rice parade

LIHU‘E — Tisha Ruiz of the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i said everything was last-minute on Friday while she got help from Michelle Panoke and Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i board member Sonia Topenio at the parking lot behind the Kaua‘i Museum.