AINA KOA PONO asked the state Legislature yesterday to support a 15 percent tax credit for building a refinery in Pahala

`AINA KOA PONO asked the state Legislature yesterday to support a 15 percent tax credit for building a refinery here in Pahala. Chris Eldridge, who also owns American Mattress stores around the state, is an `Aina Koa Pono partner. His testimony for yesterday’s hearing describes former sugar lands, now largely used by the cattle...

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Maui Nei

The 25-passenger van slammed into a deep trench. Rotarians and court reporters bounced out of their seats. The abused van’s windows rattled while keeping heat and dust at bay. A small air conditioner at the rear of the vehicle provided marginal cooling. Driver Tony Vierra – one of only two men allowed to take...

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Isle ethanol efforts stall

two surviving ventures face high hurdles Ask just about anyone involved in the effort to start a home-grown ethanol industry in Hawaii and invariably the word "challenging" comes up. Challenging, it turns out, is an understatement. Four years ago companies were lining up to build ethanol production facilities in Hawaii after the state launched...

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