WAILUKU – The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) and Lokahi Pacific announced today that a total of $48,303 in Small Business Revitalization grants has been awarded. The grants were awarded to businesses in Hana, Moloka’i, and Lana’i, which have been identified as the areas in MauiCounty hardest hit in their ability to recover from the economic downturn of the past few years.
The matching grant program requires the business owner to contribute 40 percent to the project, with the grant covering the remaining 60 percent. The grant awards are intended to provide assistance to businesses for projects they did not have funding for, such as purchasing new equipment, renovating, creating or enhancing websites, purchasing marketing materials and other purposes that will help the businesses grow, prosper and sustain jobs.
Grant awards were made to the following companies and owners:
1. Michael & Terry Kristiansen/Kristiansen Associates of Hawaii, Inc.; $4,200
2. Eileen Comeaux/Hana Herbs & Flowers LLC; $5,000
1. Bruce Harvey dba Tommie II; $5,000
2. William Dierssen dba Lanai Construction Advisors; $5,000
3. Barbara Zigmond/M-B Zigmond Inc., dba Pele’s Other Garden; $5,000
4. Steven Lichter/ independent ice maker/distributor; $3,319
5. Sam Dimaya, Jr./Island Appliance Sales and Service, Inc.; $4,507
1. Edwina Pico/Red Dirt Construction LLC; $3,000
2. Taryn Waros/Rockstead, Inc., dba Kalele Bookstore & Devine Expressions; $1,434
3. Suzette Kahana/B&S Kahana Corp. dba Kalapaki Girl Dezigns; $2,946
4. June Kapuni-Denison/Kapuni Farms, LLC; $4,800
5. Harmonee Williams/Trees of Molokai LLC; $3,500
6. Michael Kahinu/Na’ike (sole prop); $597
Some examples of the projects applied for include the purchase of a specialized sewing machine, repair of a warehouse packing facility roof, the purchase of a used truck, and the purchase of a new laptop computer to replace an 8-year-old model.
Mayor’s Office of Economic Development Director, Teena Rasmussen, said that in each case, “these projects are a terrific way to infuse a small amount of cash into a small business and get big returns.”
Lokahi Pacific was selected by OED as the master grantee and manager of the Small Business Revitalization grants. Susie Thieman, Lokahi Pacific Executive Director, said this has been an exciting project for the agency. “It’s not about the size of the grant; it is all about what the grant can do for the businesses,” Thieman said. “Following our workshops in these three communities, we could see the valuable opportunities this grant offered small businesses. We are helping 13 such businesses with various needs and the benefits will be felt not only by them, but the customers they serve as well.”
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has a variety of grant programs targeted to different sectors in the economy. For more information on grant availability, visit the OED website at www.mauicounty.gov/OED. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MauiOED.
Drivers traveling from Hana through Kipahulu (Highways 360/31) may experience brief delays on Monday September 9 through Tuesday September 10 when traffic will be reduced to one lane at times on the “back side” of Hana.
The usually uncluttered and quaint commute may experience delays of up to 15 minutes. To improve pedestrian safety, highway traffic in the Kipahulu section of Haleakalā National Park will be restricted to one lane while road crews paint pedestrian crosswalks that lead from parking lots to park trails. For more information please visit www.nps.gov/hale .
A California visitor died today at the pools of Oheo Gulch – the place some guide books call “The Seven Sacred Pools.”
At 5:30 this afternoon, Hana fire fighters as well as Maui Fire Department Rescue 10 with Air-1 responded to Oheo Pools in Kipahulu, Hana for a missing swimmer. Fire crews arrived to find Maui Police Department personnel performing CPR on the victim next to the shore of one of the 23 pools. The victim, described as a 38 year-old male, was pulled from the water by bystanders. Fire and Medic units took over performing CPR, but were unsuccessful in resuscitating the victim. Medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
The male was a visitor from California. Their investigation continues.
Working through the brunt of the storm, Maui County Public Works crews have made it possible for residents in Kaupo, Nu’u and Kipahulu to reach Hana Town.
Pi’ilani Highway remains impassable betwen mile markers 28 and 38 due to bloackage from debris, mountain run off, boulders and branches - but now there is releif and access available to at least three communities.
Scattered power outages have preceded and – in some cases – followed the landfall of Tropical Storm Flossie on Maui. As of 5 p.m., electrical service has been restored to parts of Hana. Customers in the Huelo to parts of Hana (Kalo Rd., Waianapanapa Rd., Maia Rd., parts of Hana Hwy, and laterals) remain without power at this time. MECO crews remain on the scene and are working to restore power to remaining customers as efficiently and safely as possible.
An update will be provided as soon as more information becomes available.
Meanwhile, unil the danger passes, Haleakalā National Park will be closed until Wednesday at noon due to storm conditions caused by Tropical Storm Flossie. We will update advisories as conditions change. Please call 572-4400, visit our website, or visit our Facebook page for the latest information.
Wailuku – The American Red Cross is recruiting disaster services volunteers on the Island of Maui in the Hana area. All Disaster Services training is provided free of charge. Volunteers in Hana are needed to help with feeding and damage assessment following a local disaster.
To become a volunteer, the first step is to register online at www.redcross.org/hawaii
All new disaster volunteers must take a series of basic disaster classes. New volunteer candidates must register for, and attend, the entire series. New volunteer training series at the Hana Community Center, 5091 Uakea Road in Hana.
Friday, 8/2/13 – Disaster Services: An Overview, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8/3/13 – Shelter Fundamentals, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, 8/3/13 – Disaster Assessment Basics, 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 8/4/13 – Disaster Action Team: An Orientation, 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
For assistance, please call the Maui office at 244-0051. For more information about volunteering or other opportunities at the American Red Cross, please visit redcross.org/Hawaii.
The Red Cross encourages all families to make a disaster plan to include an evacuation plan with two different routes of escape, a communications plan to help families reconnect after disaster and a disaster supplies kit that is readily available to aid in a quick evacuation. Information on developing a family plan is available to the public at www.redcross.org, or a brochure can be requested by calling 244-0051.
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