Local Industry News & Notes for Sunday, September 7, 2008

• Kaua‘i hula featured online at HVCB • A&B to list on NYSE • YWCA to honor outstanding women • DOT: Hawaiian on-time performance 83.6 pct in July • Small business workshops offered

Kaua‘i hula featured online at HVCB

The Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau debuted “The Hula of Kauai” video Aug. 29, at GoHawaii.com/Explore, as part of its Stories of Hawai‘i series.

The video features halau Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani, led by Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza, practicing “Aloha Waimea I Ka Wai Kea,” telling the story of the beloved white waters of Waimea.

It can be viewed online at www.gohawaii.com/stories/

A&B to list on NYSE

Alexander & Baldwin Inc. last week announced its intent to transfer trading of its shares to the New York Stock Exchange from the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

Alexander & Baldwin expects to begin trading on the NYSE Oct. 1 (subject to approval) under the new ticker symbol “AXB.” Until then, A&B will continue to trade on the NASDAQ.

In addition, Alexander & Baldwin representatives will ring the Opening Bell Oct. 23 to celebrate the company’s move to the New York Stock Exchange.

“Alexander & Baldwin’s global compass, coupled with the worldwide prestige of the New York Stock Exchange, will be an important differentiator for our businesses in the coming years as we further expand our operations regionally and internationally,” Allen Doane, chairman and chief executive of Alexander & Baldwin, said.

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii is engaged in ocean transportation and integrated logistics services through subsidiaries Matson Navigation Co. Inc., Matson Integrated Logistics Inc. and Matson Global Distribution Services; in real estate through A&B Properties Inc.; and in agribusiness through Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. and Kauai Coffee Co. Inc. For more information, visit www.alexanderbaldwin.com

YWCA to honor outstanding women

The YWCA of Kaua‘i is seeking nominations for its Na Wahine Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i recognition awards.

The honor acknowledges outstanding contributions and achievements by women in the community. Nominations are being accepted for woman who exemplify leadership and a commitment to excellence, age 18 or older.

Three honorees will be recognized at a luncheon Nov. 13 at the Kauai Marriott Resort. The event will also honor the legacy of Elsie Wilcox.

To sponsor the event or for more information, call 245-5959 ext. 225 or e-mail leila@ywcakauai.org

DOT: Hawaiian on-time performance 83.6 pct in July

The U.S. Department of Transportation last week issued its monthly Air Travel Consumer Report, showing that Hawaiian Airlines’ on-time performance for the month of July was 83.6 percent.

To meet DOT standards, a flight must arrive within 15 minutes of schedule to be considered on time.

Hawaiian’s on-time performance was affected by operational issues unique to July, and the airline expects a return to its former punctuality levels in the August report.

Hawaiian also ranked among the best in the industry for fewest misplaced bags in July, with less than four mishandled baggage reports for every 1,000 passengers.

The DOT report covers 19 airlines, including nine carriers providing service to Hawaii. The full report is available online at http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/reports/atcr08.htm

Small business workshops offered

The Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center will present a workshop on how to start a business on Kaua‘i Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The class will cover entrepreneurship, forms of business organization, key ingredients for business success, steps involved, sources of capital and services offered by the Hawai‘i SBDC Network.

Later this month, the network will offer a workshop for existing small businesses. “Enhancing Your Business’ Success!” is a free, 2-hour event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Kaua‘i Community College campus. The agenda includes a briefing on the economic outlook for the state and Kaua’i, business planning, marketing, growth opportunities and financial resources. Business owners are encouraged to bring samples and marketing materials to share with other participants.

There is no registration fee for either workshop, though pre-registration is required online for both at www.hawaii-sbdc.org

For more information, call 241-3148.


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