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A Celebration of Hawaii Island… APEC Style

So APEC begins this week and I was scheduled to arrive on Thursday, however I have now changed my flight to Wednesday, thanks to Go!Mokule Airlines.

In today’s Hawaii Tribune Herald it was reported that the Big Island wouldn’t be visited by any dignitaries:

“..No visits from high-ranking dignitaries or official APEC events have been scheduled here, according to county officials, but that doesn’t mean Hawaii Island will be forgotten during the week, they said.

According to Mayor Billy Kenoi, on top of planning to send a contingent to Oahu this week, Hawaii County has been hard at work all year long in anticipation of the APEC summit…”

Well since no one is coming to the Big Island… it looks like the Big Island is going to Oahu!  I received this invitation from the Hawai’i Island Economic Development Board & the Big Island Visitors Bureau to attend “A Celebration of Hawaii Island: Featuring Hawaii’s Finest” at the Elks Lodge in Waikiki.

I’m not sure what will be going on there but I plan on checking it out for a little while.

The Tribune did report that there will be a contingency of folks manning a Big Island booth at the Convention Center:

…A partnership between the county, the Hawaii Island Economic Development Board and the Big Island Visitors Bureau will provide 13 people to man in rotating shifts an exhibit at the Hawaii Convention Center all week, said Randy Kurohara, director of the county’s Research and Development department.

“We plan to have two to three people in the booth at a given time to be able to respond to inquiries on economic opportunities, as well as potential newsworthy stories from our island,” Kurohara said. “Our mayor will be available for interviews and promotions with the international and local media throughout the week…”

And just in case anyone is wondering… I’m paying my own travel expenses and not getting paid to attend this APEC 2011 Conference!

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