Local Industry News & Notes for Sunday, July 13, 2008

• Hawaiian June traffic up 12.6%; seating capacity down

• Women’s roundtable to discuss life/work balance

• Chamber rounds out July with political forum, After Hours events

• Gelato makes its way to Po‘ipu

• Ooh, baby! offers kids’ wear

Hawaiian June traffic up 12.6%; seating capacity down

Hawaiian Airlines reported another bump in June traffic for both scheduled and charter operations.

The airline served 694,348 passengers last month, up 12.6 percent over June 2007.

For the year to date through June, the airline served 3,884,168 passengers for total operations, up 13.3 percent from the same time period last year.

Seating capacity was 81.5 percent last month, compared to 85.2 percent in June 2007. Year to date, the capacity was 85 percent, slightly less than the 87.3 percent reported last year for that time period.

The carrier attributed the year-over-year increases to its expansion of interisland operations, and said the lower average seating capacity reflects an adjustment between markets and a lower transpacific load factor as Hawaiian has raised fares in an effort to offset the increased price of fuel.

Women’s roundtable to discuss life/work balance

“Do you work to live or live to work?”

The Women in Business Roundtable will tackle this questions and present strategies on how to strike a balance at its quarterly meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Kaua‘i Community College Fine Dining Room in Lihu‘e.

The event, co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center Network, will feature speakers KCC Chancellor Peggy Cha, Councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura and Joy Miura-Koerte of Fujita & Miura Public Relations, with opening remarks by Frieda Freitas of The Growth Coach.

Registration, pupus and networking are from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by the program. Registration by July 24 costs $22, $25 thereafter. The deadline for registration is July 31.

For more information, call Jennifer Sandrowski at 855-2742 or e-mail WIBRKauai@gmail.com

Chamber rounds out July with political forum, After Hours events

Kauai Coffee Co. and Monsanto Hawai‘i will co-host the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kauai Coffee Visitor Center in Kalaheo. Monsanto will talk about agricultural diversification and technology. Walking tours, door prizes and discounts at the Visitor Center will be available.

The cost to attend is $17 for members; guests pay $22.

On July 29, the chamber will have another Business After Hours event for the grand opening of the Kalapaki Bay Memorial Park from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Lala Road in Lihu‘e.

The blessing and celebration will include Dennis Esaki, Peter Yukimura, Elesther Calipjo, Gary Green, Wayne Wada and Ron Kouchi

Pupus and refreshments will be served. The cost to attend is $12 for members, $17 after July 24; guests pay $22.

Later that week, the chamber will begin the first of four political forums from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. July 31.

The July 31 forum will feature a legislative wrap-up from Kaua‘i’s legislators at JJ’s Broiler in Lihu‘e. A continental breakfast will be provided. Chamber members attend for free; guests pay $17.

For more information on these events, call 245-7363 or visit www.kauaichamber.org

Gelato makes its way to Po‘ipu

Gelato, or Italian ice cream, has made its way to Po‘ipu at new business Papalani Gelato — the only gelatoria on Kaua‘i.

The store, in the Po‘ipu Shopping Village next to Puka Dog, offers organic and gourmet gelato and sorbetto in a variety of local flavors, as well as gelato cakes and pies, and artisan confections.

Gelato, which has only 6 to 8 percent butterfat compared to the up to 24 percent butterfat in ice cream, is made on-site with many local, organic ingredients, including Hayden mangos, pineapples and papaya.

Owners Marck and Lauren Shipley say the company strives to be carbon neutral and is dedicated to sustainable business practices.

Papalani Gelato is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 742-2663 or visit www.papalanigelato.com

Ooh, baby! offers kids’ wear

Children’s clothing store Ooh, baby! in Hanama‘ulu features affordable children’s clothing with eco-friendly options.

The store, opened last month, offers 100 percent organic Egyptian cotton clothing, infant wear and denim made from bamboo, toys, and organic blankets made from cashmere, wool and bamboo. The store also carries locally made products, including reversible apron dresses.

Ooh, baby! is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located across from the Shell gas station in Hanama‘ulu.


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