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In Brief | Business 2-16-13

Workshops on food business basics slated

Value-added and specialty foods consultant Lou Cooperhouse will present “Food Business Basics: Getting Started and Finding Your Niche in the Specialty Foods Business” workshops in Honokaa and Pahala.

The workshops are designed for farmers seeking to develop their raw product into a value-added product and bring it to market, entrepreneurs and restaurateurs interested in diversifying their revenue streams with specialty food products, and established producers looking to take their food businesses to the next level.

Workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 at North Hawaii Education and Research Center, 45-539 Plumeria St., Honokaa, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13 at Pahala Community Center, 96-1149 Kamani St., Pahala.

Following the workshop, Nicole Milne, agricultural business development specialist at The Kohala Center, will present two, one-hour sessions focused on financial resources available to Hawaii farmers and strategies for marketing agricultural products. Registration is $35 per participant in advance, and includes access to all workshops and lunch. Participants may register online at or by calling 443-2755. Registrations at the door will be on a space-available basis for $50 per participant with lunch subject to availability.

In addition, Cooperhouse will also conduct 30-minute one-on-one consulting sessions each afternoon with pre-selected workshop participants. Interested registrants must complete and submit a brief application, available for download at, by March 1.

Alaska Airlines gifts miles to Make-A-Wish

Alaska Airlines is donating 1 million air miles to Make-A-Wish Hawaii.

The airline said it has developed a new partnership with Make-A-Wish Hawaii to aid in the nonprofit group’s mission of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Seattle-based airline said it also will donate 100 miles to Make-A-Wish Hawaii for every Hawaii resident who registers for a new mileage plan account during 2013, up to 1 million additional miles.

Hawaiian Airlines to add flights to Sendai

Hawaiian Airlines is planning a new route between Honolulu and Sendai, Japan.

The service three times weekly will begin June 25 if the Japanese government approves. The direct flights from Honolulu to Sendai will stop in Sapporo from Sendai on the way back to Honolulu.