Governor congratulates small business owners and robotics winners

Posted on May 30, 2017 in Capitol Connection, Featured

Maui Brewing owners tops in U.S.

Maui Brewing owners Garrett Marrero and Melanie Oxley took top honors recently as the 2017 National Small Business Person(s) of the Year. The award from the U.S. Small Business Administration recognized the husband-and-wife team for transforming their business, started in 2005, into the largest craft beer company in Hawai‘i.

The company produces such popular beers as Bikini Blonde and Big Swell IPA and has revenues exceeding $10 million. With their new restaurant in Waikīkī and two more set to open in Kailua and Kihei, they expect to employ more than 700 people. They emphasize using local ingredients and working with a network of Hawai‘i farmers and producers.

SBA WINNERS: Maui Brewing owners Garrett Marrero and Melanie Oxley with Governor Ige.

Aiea-Pearl City Town Hall draws crowd

LISTENING SESSION: Governor Ige answered a wide range of questions at a May 3 Aiea-Pearl City Town Hall.

Pearl City Highlands students and supporters celebrate the school’s teams who represented the state at the World Lego Festival for robotics in Houston.