Happenings for Sunday, September 15, 2002

• Maui college funded to train Kauaians • Aloha Dance begins fall class schedule • Kaua’i fruit sales fell sharply in 2001 • Aloha Festivals a meeting topic • Aloha to begin Rarotonga service • HMSA, A&B, others support public TV • Kaua’i travel agents get ASTA discount

Maui college funded to train Kauaians

Maui Community College recently received $6.9 million in U.S. Department of Labor grants for rural development and job-training programs on all the Neighbor Islands.

On Kaua’i, the Rural Development Project and Rural Job Training Initiative will work to offer job training, including computer training, to Kaua’i residents to meet the needs of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands. Funds will also be used to improve the recruitment and retention of locally trained employees.

Aloha Dance begins fall class schedule

Classes are scheduled to begin tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 16, at Aloha Dance Studio, Inc., in the Lihue Shopping Center Annex at the corner of Kuhio Highway and Hardy Street. Owner Tiffany Dodge is offering a variety of dance styles. For more information, please call 245-1810.

Kaua’i fruit sales fell sharply in 2001

Kaua’i fruit sales decreased by 20 percent last year, to $3 million, from $3.75 million in 2000, according to the state Department of Agriculture. Guavas, papayas and tropical specialty fruits accounted for most of the value last year, with bananas, avocados and citrus combining for the remainder.

Aloha Festivals a meeting topic

The monthly meeting of the Lihue Business Association is this Friday, Sept. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Hawaiian Classic Desserts restaurant on Rice Street in Lihu’e. Hosted by YeeCorp Financial, the meeting will include talks from Wallis Punua, chairman for Aloha Festivals on Kaua’i, followed by John Brown, president of The Fun Foundation. Coffee and pastries will be provided free of charge.

Aloha to begin Rarotonga service

Aloha Airlines recently announced that it will commence nonstop flights between Honolulu and Rarotonga, twice a week, beginning Monday, Dec. 9. Halfway between Hawai’i and New Zealand, Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is a popular destination for travelers from Vancouver and Southern California.

A new 737-700 jet, the ninth in Aloha’s transpacific fleet, will seat 124 people, and be used for the Rarotonga service. For more information, please see www.alohaairlines.com.

HMSA, A&B, others support public TV

The Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (A&B) and Commercial Data Systems (CDS) have continued their support of various Hawaii Public Television shows. HMSA offers exclusive sponsorship of “Taking Care,” a locally produced children’s wellness show, and support for “PBS Keiki Time,” the block of children’s shows each Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon.

A&B sponsors “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” and CDS has renewed its sponsorship of “Evening at Pops,” the Public Broadcasting System’s summer music series.

Kaua’i travel agents get ASTA discount

The American Society of Travel Agents’ 72nd World Travel Congress is in Waikiki Sunday through Friday, Nov. 3 to 8, and Hawai’i travel agents are being offered a special two-day rate of $159 if they wish to attend only portions of the event. See www.astanet.com/conference/index.asp, or call 1-703-739-2782.

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