Kaanapali Beach Club contract OK'd
KAANAPALI - Employees of the Kaanapali Beach Club have ratified a three-year contract negotiated by UNITE HERE Local 5 with owner Diamond Resorts International, according to an announcement from the union.
Details were not revealed, but the union in Honolulu said food and beverage workers will have improved job security, the employer will contribute to a 401(k) retirement plan and wages will increase.
The pay increase is retroactive to April 2011, when the earlier two-year contract expired.
More than 200 people are covered by the labor agreement.
Visitors bureau to track movie effect
LIHUE - The Kauai Visitors Bureau plans to track the effect of a Golden Globe-winning film on the island's tourism industry.
Scenes from "The Descendants" were filmed on Kauai and Oahu. In the movie, George Clooney stars as a land baron who tries to reconnect with his daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident off Waikiki.
The Garden Island reported Tuesday the bureau plans to track the film's effect on tourism throughout the year. Executive Director Sue Kanoho says the bureau has been able to tie tourism with previous movies filmed on the island.
Roberts Hawaii offers a Kauai movie tour. The company says it has added a stop at Tahiti Nui, where Clooney's character shares a drink with his cousin, played by Beau Bridges.
Weddings on school campus marketed
HONOLULU - A Honolulu school for girls is marketing the campus as a location to hold weddings and events.
La Pietra School signed an exclusive agreement last month with Distinctive Homes Hawaii Real Estate to market the 5-acre campus as a wedding and event venue.
The campus is on the slopes of the iconic Diamond Head crater. Distinctive Homes Hawaii CEO Warren Daniel says that makes for an ideal venue offering a "magnificent panorama of Waikiki."
The La Pietra estate and school has previously been only available as a private venue to graduates of the school.
Walter F. Dillingham purchased the property in 1919 and built La Pietra, a lavish Italian villa for his wife, Louise Olga Gaylord, of Florence, Italy.
Development to replace plantation
KOLOA, Kauai - Eight homes at a former Kauai sugar plantation are being threatened with demolition to make way for a 50-unit development.
Landowner Grove Farms has issued eviction notices to 13 tenants to vacate by March 8. While Grove Farms officials plan to give camp tenants priority to buy the homes, most are senior citizens who can't qualify for mortgages. Prices at the Waihohonu development will range from $260,000 to $485,000.
Koloa Camp was part of the first sugar plantation in Ha-waii. It was established in July 1835. Some of the structures are a century old. Rents now range from $600 to $1,000 a month. Some residents say the camp represents a simpler time and that the development will wipe out the town's historic foundation.
- From The Maui News and its news services