In Brief | Business 10-5-12


Century 21 relocates Waikoloa office

Century 21 All Islands has opened its relocated office at Queens’ MarketPlace, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Suite 505.

Charlie Parry will continue his role as broker-in-charge of the Waikoloa office at the new location.

Markets take stance on GMOs

Island Naturals Markets is no longer accept new products that may contain genetically modified organisms.

Island Naturals will review each new product for ingredients that are likely to be GMO. For the most part, this means no soy, corn, canola or derivatives of soy and corn, unless they are organic or labeled non-GMO. Island Naturals is notifying its vendors and brokers that it will no longer accept any new products that are at substantial risk of containing GMOs.

Island Naturals is a group of four natural grocery stores on the Big Island and is the island’s largest seller of natural and organic food.

Landscape management conference slated

The Hawaii Island Landscape Association and the University of Hawaii at Manoa Cooperative Extension Service will host the third annual Landscape Management Conference and Trade Show on Nov. 17 at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Mauna Kea Resort Services joins HILA and UH as a conference sponsor this year.

The one-day educational event will focus on providing practical management tools for professional landscape gardeners. The conference is also open to the public.

With two tracks of educational sessions, attendees can choose individual classes in tree care (arborist) and turf and ornamental plant management. The speaker lineup features local experts from the golf course, nursery and landscape industry, as well as the University of Hawaii.

Tree care topics include modern safety techniques for all tree workers, as well as climbers.

Integrated pest management topics include identification and control of new insect pests in Hawaii; web-based resources for weed identification and control, and control recommendations for problem weeds in turf and ornamentals.

Topics related to soil and water include concepts in soil fertility; managing soils for a healthy and productive landscape; effect of soil-water-plant relationships on plant health and irrigation controllers; and irrigation programming for the future.

Continuing education units will be available for LICTs (formerly CLT), pesticide applicators and certified arborists.

The trade show features products and services offered to Big Island landscapers from vendors such as Hawaii Grower Products, Kona Irrigation, Beachside Lighting, Down to Earth Distributors and Crop Production Services. The show is expanding this year to include ornamental plant material offered by local nurseries including Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery, Kalaoa Gardens, Kalapana Tropicals, Mountain Meadows and Hawaiian Gardens.

Cost for the conference is $90 for association members and $110 for nonmembers. Lunch is included. For more information, to register or to participate in the trade show, contact Ty McDonald at tym@hawii.edu or call 322-4884.

First Insurance acquires Alliance Captive

First Insurance Company of Hawaii has acquired Alliance Captive Insurance Services’ client portfolio, a move that will more than double the number of captive insurance companies managed by First Insurance’s subsidiary, First Risk Management Services.

Wanda Jong, who established Alliance Captive Insurance Services in 2005, will continue on as a consultant to FiRMS, Tabussi said.

A captive is a licensed, regulated insurance entity that allows the parent company to manage its own risk and pay its own claims, with the goal of improving its risk management and saving on insurance costs. Under this arrangement, the parent company pays premiums directly to its captive.