Social media workshop slated for May 19
KIHEI - A "Social Media Boot Camp for Beginners" workshop will be offered by High Tech Maui, a program of the Maui Economic Development Board, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19.
The cost is $65. Seating is limited to 30 people for the session at the Malcolm Center, 1305 Holopono St., Suite 5.
Peter Liu, who has more than 30 years' experience in the computer industry, will discuss social media strategies for businesses and give an introduction to popular social networks.
For more information, call 875-2300 or go online to www.hightechmaui.com.
Tax revenue up 13 percent through April
HONOLULU - Hawaii officials say the state's tax revenues are up nearly 13 percent for the first 10 months of the fiscal year through April.
Department of Taxation Director Frederick Pablo says the state's general fund now has more than $4 million after more than $500,000 was raised in April.
The fiscal year ends in June.
Nearly half the state's funds for April, more than $245,000, came from general excise and use taxes.
Pablo says general excise and use taxes increased more than 8 percent during the 10 months compared with the same frame last year.
Queen's mulls buying Ewa Beach hospital
HONOLULU - The parent company of The Queen's Medical Center is exploring the possibility of buying and reopening Hawaii Medical Center West, the hospital in Ewa Beach that closed last year after declaring bankruptcy.
The Queen's Health Systems said Friday that it signed a letter-of-intent and confidentiality agreement with St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii, which owns the Oahu facility.
Queen's will determine the feasibility of re-establishing the West Oahu hospital campus as an acute care hospital.
West Oahu has been without a hospital since Hawaii Medical Center West closed. The facility's closure has also put pressure on other emergency rooms around the island.
St. Francis Healthcare System sold its two hospitals to Hawaii Medical Center in January 2007. Hawaii Medical Center later went bankrupt.