Local Industry News & Notes for Sunday, August 17, 2008

• Lingle’s radio address discusses state economics • State issues 2007 Data Book online • Kauai Coffee seeks seasonal workers • Pacific Ocean Properties named Christie’s affiliate • HTA seeks proposals for natural resources programs • Niu Construction merges with Grace Pacific Corp. • North Shore Business Council to host pau hana event

 


Lingle’s radio address discusses state economics

Gov. Linda Lingle in her weekly radio address said her administration is committed to fundamental economic transformation through long-term initiatives.

“In addition to investing in our state’s infrastructure and bolstering our visitor outreach, we are working to attract outside investments, especially in the area of renewable energy,” Lingle said. “We are also maximizing federal dollars and partnerships as well as exploring innovative uses for federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, funding to help create job opportunities in emerging industries.

Lingle said the efforts, along with lower fees and tax relief for residents, are immediate steps toward helping all the people of Hawai‘i.


State issues 2007 Data Book online

The Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism released the 40th annual edition of the state of Hawai‘i Data Book on its web site, www.hawaii.gov/dbedt

The Data Book contains 807 tables and offers a broad range of statistical information relating to Hawai‘i in areas such as population, education, labor, energy, tourism and transportation.

According to a survey of data users conducted by the Research and Economic Analysis Division early this year, 92 percent of the respondents used the Data Book.


Kauai Coffee seeks seasonal workers

Kauai Coffee Co. is accepting applications for temporary workers to assist with seasonal coffee harvesting and processing for up to 16 weeks, tentatively scheduled from September to December.

Earnings of over $700 per week are possible and employees are eligible for daily overtime pay.

Training is provided, including forklift training and certification for some positions. Open positions include coffee harvester operators, truck drivers and wheeled loader operators; coffee factory operators and workers; factory supervisors; internal combustion engine mechanic journeyworkers; and maintenance workers.

In 2007, Kauai Coffee produced 2.5 million pounds of coffee, accounting for 60 percent of Hawai‘i’s statewide production.

For more information about employment requirements or for an application, call 335-0022 or visit www.kauaicoffee.com


Pacific Ocean Properties named Christie’s affiliate

Pacific Ocean Properties Inc. was named an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates, a wholly owned subsidiary of Christie’s International, the world’s oldest fine art auction house.

As part of the Christie’s network, Pacific Ocean Properties will reach a wider audience in marketing its selection of high-end properties in Po‘ipu.

Christie’s Great Estates is the largest international luxury network of real estate brokers specializing in the marketing and sale of high-end properties. Its network includes more than 850 offices and approximately 35,000 sales associates in more than 40 countries.


HTA seeks proposals for natural resources programs

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the state agency for tourism, is seeking to fund community-based projects that respect, enhance and perpetuate Hawai‘i’s natural environment and areas frequented by residents and visitors.

Proposals must be received by HTA no later than 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Proposals will be reviewed and selected under the guidance of HTA’s Natural Resources Advisory Group.

In 2008, 25 projects across the state received funding through the program, including National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Limahuli and Lawa‘i Kai Ahupua‘a initiatives.

For more information, visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org


Niu Construction merges with Grace Pacific Corp.

Effective Oct. 1, general contracting and asphalt paving company Niu Construction Inc., a Grace Pacific subsidiary since 2001, will merge with its parent company.

One of Hawai‘i’s largest kama‘aina-owned construction companies and the largest asphalt paving contractor, Grace Pacific has been in the Islands since 1931.

For more information, visit www.gracepacificcorp.com


North Shore Business Council to host pau hana event

The Kaua‘i North Shore Business Council will host a free networking event for members ($15 for non-members) Wednesday at the Prince Restaurant & Bar in the Prince Club House.

Reservations are required. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., with networking from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 826 3396 or e-mail mgraham@princeville.com

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