Waikiki businesses, HTA honored with awards

Four Waikiki businesses and the Hawaii Tourism Association were recognized with Ho‘owehiwehi awards Oct. 30 at the Waikiki Improvement Association’s annual meeting.

WIA honors those in the community whose projects possess the key components of the revitalization of the Waikiki plan, which began in 2001. A committee of professional planners and executives made the selections.

The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa was honored twice. The property earned the Pili Honua Award, which recognizes projects, initiatives and operations promote living green in Hawaii. The resort, along with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, also earned the George S. Kanahele Ho‘okipa award for its cultural contributions, which represent the values of aloha and hospitality.

Tsuru Ton Tan Udon Noodle Brasserie at the Royal Hawaiian Center and Outrigger’s Voyager 47 Club Lounge were honored with Hana Iki awards for their renovations, which enhance Waikiki through their physical, cultural or economic environment

The ‘Alohilani earned a Hana Nui award for the best new or major reconstruction or redevelopment that contributes to the Waikiki’s physical, cultural or economic environment.

Coffee yield down, prices up in 2018 for Big Island farmers

Coffee season ended two months earlier than usual for farmers on the west side of Hawaii’s Big Island.

Yield for 2018 will drop significantly from average levels, which will create a seller’s market and push prices upward, West Hawaii Today reported.

Suzanne Shriner, president of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association, says member reports point to as high as a 30 percent dip in yield for many local farmers.

Farmers and researchers attributed the decline to less rainfall, increased gas emissions from Kilauea Volcano manipulating the amount of light and the availability of labor.

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