Category Archives: Weekly Lead Article

Hospitality to the max – kama‘āinas to the rescue

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY – In 1946, after World War II’s seven years of bloodshed and destruction, the first steps toward recovery were being taken around the globe. Civilian efforts in the Territory of Hawai‘i included those of Roy and Estelle … Read More.

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National Travel & Tourism Week

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — This past week, many who work in or are connected with Travel & Tourism took a few moments to recognize and salute our industry for all it does not only for the U.S. but for … Read More.

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Remembering John Fitts

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Many members of our ‘ohana were saddened this week to learn of the unexpected passing of a great friend and partner, John Fitts, at age 67. Our deepest condolences to his wife Toni, son John … Read More.

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Tourism brings benefits around the globe

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Earlier this month, I traveled to Dallas, Texas, to attend the Global Summit, an extraordinary gathering of many of the world’s Travel & Tourism leaders. Organized by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the … Read More.

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2016 Global Leadership Conference

BY RUTHANN YAMANAKA — This past week was an exciting one as Outrigger Enterprises Group held its 2016 Global Leadership Conference. Themed “Striving for Excellence in The Outrigger Way.” The conference objectives were to reflect, recommit and reenergize ourselves for … Read More.

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Tourism & Terrorism

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Terrorism struck again this week. This time, the target was Brussels, Belgium, the unofficial “capital” of Europe, owing to the location there of the headquarters of both the European Union (EU) and NATO. Powerful explosions … Read More.

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Assets School honors a community asset

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Last Friday evening – just over a week ago – Kitty Lagareta, a long-time friend and colleague, was honored for her service to Assets School at its annual gala, held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. … Read More.

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Pacific Harmony

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Under the banner “Pacific Harmony,” the 22nd Honolulu Festival reflects the Honolulu Festival Foundation’s vision of sharing the cultures of the Pacific with the people of Hawai‘i and visitors from around the globe. The hope … Read More.

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Fiji properties recovering rapidly

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — I am happy to report that our two Fiji properties are recovering rapidly from the devastating effects of Cyclone Winston, the Category 5 (maximum strength!) storm that roared across that island nation over the weekend … Read More.

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Cyclone Winston doesn’t dampen Fiji’s Bula spirit!

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Last Saturday, Winston, a powerful tropical cyclone, made landfall along the north coast of Fiji’s largest, most populous island, Viti Levu. Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on the south side of Viti Levu was not evacuated. … Read More.

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