Local Industry News & Notes for Sunday, September 28, 2008

• FHB hosts Neighbor Island business outlook forum • KKauai Commercial Co. donates materials to Habitat • Chamber nominates six to board • Blossoming Lotus expands hours • Developer’s Council elects five board members

FHB hosts Neighbor Island business outlook forum

First Hawaiian Bank will hold one of three Neighbor Island business outlook forums on Kaua‘i Wednesday as part of the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly membership meeting.

Dr. Leroy Laney, First Hawaiian Bank’s economic advisor and Hawai‘i Pacific University economics and finance professor, will present his 2009 forecast of the local economy.

Dr. Jack Suyderhoud, professor of business economics at the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, will present his 2009 forecast for the U.S. and global economies.

The 34th annual event will be held at the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a no-host cocktail reception. Dinner and the meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.

The cost to attend is $58 for chamber members, $68 for non-members and guests. For more information, call 245-7363 or visit www.kauaichamber.org

Kauai Commercial Co. donates materials to Habitat

Kauai Commercial Co. forklift operator Keoni Blake, above, loads a pallet of drywall and other construction materials bound for the Habitat for Humanity facility in Hanapepe. The materials were delivered free of charge to Habitat for use in its housing programs.

KCC Freight Supervisor Cyle Damasco and Household Moving Supervisor Peter Kruse were instrumental in coordinating the delivery on Sept. 18.

Chamber nominates six to board

Six individuals have been nominated by the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce’s Nominating Committee to serve three-year terms on the board of directors.

The chamber’s board elections will be Wednesday at the third-quarter membership meeting at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa.

Those nominated include Chris Gampon, The Point at Po‘ipu; Jimmy Jasper, JJ’s Broiler; Kirk Nakamoto, Bank of Hawaii; Kamika Smith, Smith’s Motor Boat Services; Mike Tresler, Grove Farm Co.; and Melanie Zaima-Higashi, Royal Hawaiian Movers Inc.

Blossoming Lotus expands hours

The Blossoming Lotus Restaurant will expand its hours and services in October with new options such as a vegetarian breakfast in addition to lunch and dinner.

The restaurant is merging its juice bar and bakery services to be served all day long. There will also be a grab-and-go cooler and an expanded lunch menu.

In addition, the catering department is expanding and available for all occasions, including weddings.

Blossoming Lotus was the first certified “green restaurant” in Hawai‘i and strives to provide high-quality food while supporting local farmers and sustainability. 

For more information, call 822-7678.

Developer’s Council elects five board members

The Kaua‘i Developer’s Council held its quarterly membership meeting earlier this month, featuring a presentation on the Kaua‘i Lagoons property by Steve Busch of Marriott Vacation Club International.

The council also elected five board members to two-year terms. The current board now includes Tom Shigemoto, Linda Faye-Collins, Michelle Swartman, Lisa Ledesma, Mike Loo, David Hinazumi, Chad Deal, Graeme Merrin and Tom Hoen. Former council President Dennis Esaki gave an update to the membership of the ongoing activities of the organization and highlighted the focus of the legislation committee lead by Shigemoto and Loo.

Hoen replaces Esaki as president.


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