NEWS & NOTES
Cruise ships calling on Nawiliwili
- Today, Sunday, Nov. 13, the cruise ship Infinity calls on Nawiliwili Harbor, arriving at 7 a.m. and leaving at 6 p.m. the same day. Tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 14, the Pride of Aloha, 850 feet long, calls on Nawiliwili Harbor, arriving at 7 a.m. and departing Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. This Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Island Princess arrives at 8 a.m., and departs the same day at 6 p.m. This Thursday, Nov. 17, the Pride of America, 965 feet long, arrives at 8 a.m., and leaves Friday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m.
Fall-protection seminar coming
- Leaders with the Contractors Association of Kaua’i host a fallprotection training program Monday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an advanced-registration deadline of this Thursday, Nov. 17. The training meets Hawai’i Occupational Safety & Health standards.
Patrick Conroy, who has 40 years of experience as a construction safety professional, will provide the training, which will cover ladder safety, scaffolding safety, fall protection, some of the standards contractors are most likely to be cited by HIOSH officials for, and other matters. He will also cover high accidentrate standards on construction job sites. For location, registration forms and more information, please call 246-2662.
Economic electronic town meeting Tuesday
- Leaders of the state Economic Momentum Commission launched an online public “voting” system and announced a statewide “Town Meeting” this Tuesday, Nov. 15, where Hawai’i’s citizens can comment on the draft recommendations issued by the commission.
The Kaua’i town meeting is at the Kaua’i Community College Learning Resource Center, Room 122, at 6 p.m.
Those interested in attending should contact officials at the Kauai Economic Development Board, 245-6692, by tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 14, to confirm attendance, since space is limited. The town meeting will be simulcast statewide through the University of Hawai’i HITS (Hawaii Interactive Television System).
On Nov. 1, members of the EMC made public their draft recommendations aimed at sustaining Hawai’i’s current economic momentum over the longer term. The recommendations suggest changes in such areas as housing, taxation, education, workforce development, tourism, energy, infrastructure, agriculture, health care, the environment and Native Hawaiian issues.
The full report is available to the public online at www.emchawaii.com.
Commission members invite members of the public to comment on the draft through the Web site, via fax at 1-808-525- 8708, or via U.S. mail to the Economic Momentum Commission, c/o Enterprise Honolulu, 737 Bishop St., Suite 2040, Honolulu, HI 96813.
Members of the public may also use the Web site to “vote” to rank what they believe should be the 10 highest priority ideas on the EMC list.
“We look forward to hearing from the public to help us further refine and finalize the recommendations in early December,” said Don Horner, president and chief executive officer of First Hawaiian Bank and chairman of the commission.
Dates and sites of additional Neighbor Island meetings will be announced soon, he said.
The 30-member Economic Momentum Commission was formed this summer to develop an action plan to sustain the state’s current economic momentum over the longer term. The commission was formed by Gov. Linda Lingle. Among its members are the bipartisan leadership of the state Legislature (including the state Senate president and Speaker of the House), as well as representatives from small and large businesses, labor unions, nonprofit, environmental, cultural, educational organizations, government and the military.
Lawai Cannery Self Storage to open
- The grand opening of Lawai Cannery Self Storage is set for this Friday, Nov. 18, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It is located in the old Lawa’i pineapple cannery, 3470 Lauoho Rd., off Koloa Road in Lawa’i. There is over 70,000 square feet of warehouse space available for business and residential customers. It will be open seven days a week, and boxes and other moving supplies are available.
Aloha Airlines ranks high with flyers
- Aloha Airlines has been rated No. 1 for food, and ranked among the top 5 U.S. carriers in terms of overall service in the premium category (first or business class) in the 2005 Zagat Airline Survey.
Aloha also finished in the top 10 in Zagat’s list of top airlines for domestic flights, which takes into account both premium and economy classes of service.
“Aloha’s strong showing in the nationwide Zagat Survey, including recognition of our superior first-class product, is remarkable when you consider that we are a relative newcomer to transpacific service,” said David A. Banmiller, Aloha’s president and chief executive officer.
The 2005 Zagat Airline Survey is based on responses from 5,277 frequent fliers and travel professionals. In the domestic-airlines survey, respondents rated 22 U.S.-based carriers. The combined scores in several categories determined Zagat’s Top 10.
Earlier this year, Aloha Airlines was named one of the Top 10 U.S. domestic airlines by readers of Travel+Leisure magazine.