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Cruise ships calling on Nawiliwili
Kaua’i unemployment rate remains low
One year ago, Hawai’i’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.1 percent, while the U.S. seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 5.4 percent.
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Pasha has no plans to raise fuel rates
Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines is a joint venture between leaders of The Pasha Group, a Corte Madera, Calif.-based global transportation and logistics provider, and Strong Vessel Operators LLC, a Stamford, Conn. based ship owner and operator. The Pasha Group is a 58-year-old, diversified logistics- and transportation-services company whose employees provide specialized services in marine-terminal management, processing and total-supply-chain logistics for finished and privately-owned vehicles, relocation services for the U.S. government and private corporations, domestic and international logistics management for general commodity and project cargoes, and vessel stevedoring of vehicles, steel products, general cargoes and containers.
It’s lu’au time, and Delta put Hawai’i on sale
To celebrate the new service to these Hawai’i destinations, for a limited time Delta officials are offering special introductory fares ranging from $274 to $284 for low-season travel, and from $299 to $309 for high-season travel. Additional taxes, fees and restrictions apply. Fares shown are available for purchase only on delta.com, or from a travel agent.
Delta filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this week.
Catalani named vice president at Young Brothers
“Roy’s 20 years as an attorney, and extensive experience in governmental, regulatory, planning, and budgetary matters, will be an asset to our company,” said Glenn Hong, president of Hawaiian Tug & Barge/Young Brothers, Ltd. “His strong leadership ability, as well as his knowledge of diverse community needs, regulatory issues and the governmental process, will help us maintain and improve Young Brothers’ lifeline services to Hawai’i’s Neighbor Island communities,” Hong continued.
For the past two years, Catalani has been a partner in the law firm, Rush Moore LLP. Until June of this year, he also served as chair of the state Land Use Commission, in which he presided over numerous land-use reclassification and special-use-permit cases. He served as deputy director of the state Office of State Planning in 1995 and 1996, where his responsibilities included managing the state’s Coastal Zone Management Program, Land Use Division, and Geographic Information System.
His legal background also includes being a partner in the law firms of Catalani Nakanishi & Caliboso and Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, where he has represented business interests in regulatory matters and government affairs, and appeared before boards of numerous federal, state, and county agencies.
Catalani is a member of the Hawai’i and Oregon state bar associations, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He is a resident of Kane’ohe.
He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon (Phi Beta Kappa) and his doctorate law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law.
Young Brothers, Limited provides interisland cargo service throughout Hawai’i, with ports in Honolulu, Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Hilo, Kawaihae and Nawiliwili. Visit YB at www.youngbrothershawaii.com for more information.
15th annual fruit conference
HTFG is a membership-based, nonprofit organization with the primary purpose of promoting the interests of any and all aspects of tropical fruit in the state. HTFG members are dedicated to expanding and improving the tropical-fruit industry in Hawai’i which will, in turn, benefit farmers, suppliers and processors supporting this industry, she explained. This will subsequently increase the sustainable agriculture and economic base of the islands, making life better for all, she said.
Each fall, tropical-fruit enthusiasts from across Hawai’i, the Mainland and around the globe, gather together at this conference, which serves as the focal point of information dissemination and training for the industry. The far-reaching and timely topics highlight new research, industry news, and trends, she said. Featured speakers are tropical-fruit experts from around the world.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Surmsuk Salakpetch, director of the Chanthaburi Horticultural Research Center in Thailand, will give three different presentations. They include “An Overview of Tropical Fruit in Thailand,” “Post-Harvest Technology,” and “Mangosteen Juvenility and Pruning; Durian Flowering /Fruit Set and Pruning.”
Other presenters will cover topics including tropical-fruit diseases, the newest information on quarantine tr rnatives to the use of potassium chloride in longan flowering. In addition, two speakers will address marketing issues.
Included in the program is a chance to taste exotic tropical fruits, dine at the Restaurant Kaikodo in Hilo, and participate in the annual auction on Saturday night. Proceeds from the auction support HTFG promotion and education programs.
On Sunday, Oct. 23, the conference program is a fun, informative day touring two commercial and exotic tropical fruit orchards. Participants will visit a 15-year-old, mature orchard with a wide variety of bearing fruit trees including mangosteen, and a 3-year-old, “young” orchard just starting to bear fruit. The day will include demonstrations and information on mowing, pruning, spraying and safety equipment, as well as examples of ways to improve rambutan productivity by increasing the amount of pollen in the orchard.
The conference is sponsored in part by a grant from leaders of the County of Hawai’i Department of Research and Development. Officials with the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel are offering special rates for conference participants staying at the hotel. In addition, conference-attendance fees are reduced for those who preregister by Friday, Oct. 14.
To donate items to the fund-raising auction, to find out more, or to register for this event, please contact Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, P.O. Box 1582, Hilo, HI 96721-1582; phone 1-808-966-6444; e-mail email@example.com, or see www.htfghawaii.org.
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