Category Archives: Our Thoughts

Outrigger joins the community to raise the reef

BY BITSY KELLEY — In conjunction with the 13th Annual International Coral Reef Symposium, the public was invited to hear from environmental and business leaders about successful coral reef research, as well as current and future conservation efforts in Hawai‘i … Read More.

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Remembering Jimmy Borges

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Hawaii – and the world – lost a wonderful person on May 30, when entertainer Jimmy Borges passed away at age 80 after a long battle with cancer. Jimmy and I had been friends and … Read More.


Hokulea makes history as she sails into New York City

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — After sailing 26,000 nautical miles across five oceans with port calls in 27 countries, the Hokulea sailed into New York City’s North Cove Marina on the Hudson River last Sunday, June 5, under a heavy … Read More.

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Castaway Island, Fiji Resort reopened

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — As promised, our Castaway Island, Fiji Resort reopened on Wednesday, June 1! Read More.

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Memorial Day 2016

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY – On Monday, the United States will observe Memorial Day. For some, this will be a day of solemn prayer, reflection and mourning for the nearly 2 million men and women who have given their lives for … Read More.

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International flights returning to Kona Airport

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY– I was very excited this week to learn that Hawaiian Airlines has been authorized to fly from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport direct to Kona, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, with the first flights starting as early as … Read More.


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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