Category Archives: Our Thoughts

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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Big Data

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — The front pages of newspapers across the U.S. this week have focused on an attempt by the U.S. federal government to force Apple, Inc., to develop a program that will unlock the encrypted files in … Read More.

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Is the Jumbo Jet an endangered species?

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — It is hard to believe that it was 47 years ago this week, on February 9, 1969, that the first Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jet” took off from the airstrip next to Boeing’s aircraft assembly complex … Read More.

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‘Golden Minutes’ can melt wintertime frustration

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — As January slid into February, Mother Nature was icy and blustery in the Northern Hemisphere while warm and balmy in the tropics. Read More.

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Year of the Monkey

BY KATHY FOLEY — The Year of the Monkey starts Feb. 8, 2016, the Chinese New Year, and ends Jan. 27, 2017, next Chinese New Year’s Eve. The date for Chinese New Year changes every year because unlike the calendar … Read More.

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Hospitality champions honored

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Travel & Tourism, like so many things in the world today, is changing very rapidly. However, no matter what segment of this industry you encounter, it is clear that hospitality is the vital core concept … Read More.

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