With a resolute focus structured on Safety, Health, Professionalism and Economic Stability, Hawaiʻi Events Coalition serves the well-being of the businesses and individuals who make up the LIVE EVENTS INDUSTRY throughout the State of Hawaiʻi.

Member and Business Resources

Committee Chair:

Jack Hufstetler
President/Owner, Theatrix Hawaii
Bachelor of Arts at University of Hawai‘i – Mānoa
Veteran US Army Officer and Helicopter Pilot

Theatrix Hawaii is an Entertainment Production Company which specializes in Event Management, Stage Design, Event Lighting, Corporate Audio, Broadcast Video, Entertainment Rigging, LED Screens and Staging. They have been making amazing events for over 20 years.

Co-Chair:

Jim Swanson
Managing Partner
Mid-Pacific Audio Visual LCC

Jim has 41 years (32 in Hawaiʻi ) experience in various levels of Audio-Visual Event production & management.

Formed in 2018, Mid-Pac Audio Visual is primarily focused on design and execution of A/V presentation systems and technical direction/production coordination for Corporate Events, Conventions and Entertainment programs throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Mission:

Our Member and Business Services Committee’s goal is to help Live Event Industry professionals get connected with other members and programs that will allow them to prosper in Hawaiʻi’s Live Event business climate.

Helpful Tips

06/26/21 – Hawaiian Electric Automatic Payment Arrangements

As the moratorium on utility disconnections draws to a close, HECO plans to automatically place some customers on an automatic payment plan in order to catch up with their collections.

HECO encourages anyone who is behind on their electricity payments to contact them immediately to arrange a payment plan; at the close of the moratorium all payments in arrears will become due unless a plan is put in place by the end of July. With plans as personally tailored as possible, HECO hopes that customers in need will reach out and start the process now, rather than wait until the last week. Delays on the customer’s part will only lead to delays in confirming arrangements by the moratorium end date.

Various plans are posted on HECO’s website on this page, and the aforementioned automatic payment plan is outlined below.

Using HECO’s own example, if you are $1,200.00 behind in payments, this amount will be divided by 12 months (the time over which you will pay it back), resulting in the sum of $100.00 per month. This $100.00 per month will be added to each of your future bills until it is paid off. In the short term, this may cause additional hardships on customers, so it’s vital to contact HECO directly if you require a different plan.

For more information go to their website: https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/

06/26/21 – INCREASED CHILD TAX CREDITS

Don’t forget…this year’s Child Tax Credit has been increased!

  • New credit amounts are up to $3,600 per child under 6, and $3,000 per child age 6-17.
  • Eligible families will receive advance monthly payments of up to $300/month per child under age 6, and $250/month per child age 6-17. These monthly payments will be sent between July and December 2021. The balance of your credit is claimed on your tax return.
  • Low-income families who don’t normally file taxes can sign up to receive the Child Tax Credit at childtaxcredit.gov.

06-26-21 – INCREASED MEDIAN INCOME LIMIT FOR RENT RELIEF

With funds still available for distribution, the City and County of Honolulu has increased the income limit for those seeking Rental and Utility Relief. the new limit for consideration is 80% of Oʻahu’s area median income.

This means that the limit for a single person is $70,500 per year, and the limit for a household of eight is $132,950 per year. If your income was too high to apply during the first rounds, but you now qualify under the new limits, we encourage you to visit oneoahu.org/renthelp to start the application process. You’ll need to verify your need but the process is pretty easy and outlined in the FAQ section on the same page.

06/22/21 – MANDATORY JOB SEARCHES

The week of June 13, 2021 marks the start of mandatory job searches for both regular UI recipients and PUA recipients. This means that everyone in either system must complete a minimum of three (3) qualified job searches each benefit week.

What does this mean for you and your circumstances?

  • For regular UI, this means searching for jobs for which you are qualified.
  • For PUA, this means searching for jobs for which you are qualified, or advertising your services, or otherwise promoting the partial or impending reopening of your company.

The State of Hawaii has released a FAQ to help clarify each situation, as well as introduce newcomers to RESEA, or Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment. RESEA is a cross-training program that matches your existing skills and modifies your job searches to include more types of industries – especially useful if youʻre looking to make a career change or youʻre in a low-hiring industry.

Visit https://www.hawaiiunemploymentinfo.com/work-search/ to read up, and if you have any questions, drop us a line via the form below.

Weʻre here to help!

Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi published an easy-to-follow info page outlining the rules surrounding mortgage and rental moratoriums and their effect on evictions. It was published on 06/15/21 and is the latest information available.

To understand the eviction process and your rights under the CARES Act, as well as to find useful housing-related information, please visit their website: Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi.

Important Links

COVID-19 RELATED RESOURCES

SNAP – Food Stamps & Financial Aid
Maui County Grants

World Health Org COVID-19

Honolulu Re-Opening Framework Document

Hawaii Dept. of Human Services

Center for Disease Control COVID-19

SBA Covid-19 Relief Options

NAV – Small Business Help

National Institute of Health COVID-19

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Grants

Aloha United Way Resources

NON-COVID-19 RELATED RESOURCES

Patsy Mink Center for Business & Leadership

Coalition of Labor Union Women

State Listing of Aid Services
MedQuest Health Services Info

OUTER ISLAND RESOURCES

The Small Business Development Center has resources to assist small businesses and offers help with SBA-based initiatives and projects. Each county has its own office:

MAUI
Website
Maui Research & Technology Center
590 Lipoa Pkwy – Suite 264
Kīhei, HI 96753-6913
Phone: (808) 875-5990 Fax: (808) 875-5989

KAUAI
Website
2970 Kele Street – Suite 101
Līhu‘e, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 241-3148  Fax: (808) 241-3229

HILO
Website
100 Pauahi Street – Suite 109
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 933-0776 Fax: (808) 933-0778

KAILUA-KONA
Website
73-970 Makako Bay Drive – Suite 108
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Phone: (808) 333-5000 Fax: (808) 333-5900

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