Category Archives: Our Thoughts

Hawaii’s last sugar plantation

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — For over a century, growing sugar cane and pineapple for export was the engine of Hawaii’s economy. Thus, the announcement 10 days ago that Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S), the state’s last sugar cane … Read More.

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Facing change

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Greetings to our ‘ohana, friends, family and casual readers of Saturday Briefing from Outrigger Hotels and Resorts. Welcome to 2016! Read More.

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2015: Another outstanding year

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — This is the last issue of Saturday Briefing for 2015 and, as I scan the pages of this year’s issues, I feel a great deal of pride and more than a little amazement at everything … Read More.


A year in review

BY THE SATURDAY BRIEFING STAFF — JANUARY 2015 AT A GLANCE… Dr. Kelley received Travel Weekly’s Lifetime Achievement Award honoring members of the industry who have consistently demonstrated leadership and insight, profoundly changing for the better not only their own … Read More.

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Lessons from Denver Airport

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Last week, the day after it opened, I had the opportunity to visit the new 519-room Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport. The building’s architecture is striking. Together with the adjacent main airport terminal, it … Read More.

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Thanksgiving 2015

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Thanksgiving is a traditional American holiday, but it can be celebrated anywhere in the world. As our Outrigger ‘ohana counts its blessings this Thanksgiving weekend, we have much to be thankful for. In particular, we … Read More.

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Nurhan Enustun, mahalo and aloha

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — This week, I joined other members of the Kelley family in expressing our deepest appreciation to Nurhan Enustun, director of catering, as she leaves our ‘ohana and embarks on a new phase of life. Some … Read More.

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Honoring those who served

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — At Outrigger and OHANA hotels, we have a long tradition of supporting the men and women who serve our country in the U.S. armed forces – Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and … Read More.

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Hawai‘i needs Hawaiian Electric Industries and NextEra merger

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — By now I’m sure almost everyone in Hawai‘i is aware that the State of Hawai‘i and Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI), the state’s largest public utility, are in discussions over a proposed merger of HEI and … Read More.

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Hospitality and communication skills more important than ever

BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — During the lifetimes of our founders, Roy and Estelle Kelley, all of our company’s operations were located in Waikīkī and my father, in particular, practiced MBWA (Management By Walking Around). He would walk in to … Read More.

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