Category Archives: Weekly Lead Article

The $35 Million Dream Comes True

So far this year, it has been one bit of bad news after another–layoffs at Liberty House, Bank of Hawaii and Foodland, the crashing Asian economy, falling hotel occupancies, decreased visitor spending, etc. So, I am more than pleased to … Read More.

Chairman’s Award to Barry Wallace

I am proud to announce that Barry Wallace is this year’s winner of the Chairman’s Award, which highlighted the ceremonies at the Outrigger Prince Kuhio this past week. The following are my remarks to the 150 members of our ‘ohana … Read More.

Lies, Near Lies and Clinton Economics Pay Attention II

Just a few days ago, Bill Clinton appeared on national TV and wrote a big zero on a chart, proclaiming that his proposed 1999 federal budget will eliminate the deficit and in fact, will produce a surplus that could be … Read More.

Lies, Near Lies and Clinton Economics Pay Attention II

Just a few days ago, Bill Clinton appeared on national TV and wrote a big zero on a chart, proclaiming that his proposed 1999 federal budget will eliminate the deficit and in fact, will produce a surplus that could be … Read More.

Is it a Spade or is it a Shovel? Pay attention to Visitor Data

This week, as I read the preliminary reports about the latest numbers for Hawaii’s Travel & Tourism industry, I found that if you did not pay attention, you might have thought 1997 was a flat, but not that bad of … Read More.

Economic Revitalization A Tiger by the Tail

The state Legislature convened this week, and for once members of both the House and the Senate, regardless of political party affiliation, all seem to agree that rebuilding Hawaii’s economy is the number one task at hand. That feeling was … Read More.

Slice By Slice The Socialization of Health Care

This past holiday season, my wife, Linda, cooked a wonderful Christmas dinner, and I watched with pride as my 15 year-old son, Chris, did the carving on the golden-brown bird, just fresh and steaming from the oven. Now, in the … Read More.

Visitors Pay More Hotel Taxes in Hawaii

(An open letter to the Editorial Board of the Honolulu Advertiser) Dear Ladies and Gentlemen: Your recent editorial (November 28, 1998) concerning the need to find a way to pay for education and social services programs stated, “One option lawmakers … Read More.

Dr. Kelley, I Have a Question

This week I had the opportunity to attend the retirement ceremony for Jung Ok Song, held in the lower level of the Outrigger Edgewater Hotel. It was a great occasion, and one that provided me an opportunity to renew old … Read More.