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September 19, 2011

Think About It: APEC Approaching

One shot. That's all we've got. One shot to impress business leaders, government dignitaries and thousands of others that Honolulu is more than just a wonderful vacation spot. I'm talking about the APEC meeting, now less than two months away. Concerns have arisen about infrastructure and beautification projects being ready in time.

We need to be on our "A game for this event, from the arrival at the airport to the expedient check-in at the hotel to the sound system at the meetings, etc. After all, we've had about two-years to prepare for this event. Honolulu Airport, the first thing visitors deal with upon landing, stands out as the first concern, with recent air conditioning problems and incessant escalator issues standing out as major items that simply cannot be amiss in two months. Any thoughts of acting casual toward the problems, or planning to get to it later will only reinforce notions that Honolulu is not a place with a sense of urgency, accountability, and a commitment to excellence.

Any snafus that become readily apparent and therefore reported on will push us further back in the minds of the business world and convention planners going forward- not a pleasant thought. Depending on the skill levels required for some of the projects, if manpower is an issue in getting these jobs completed, then an "all hands on deck" approach might work, especially with our unemployment numbers. If we are waiting for parts, a normal excuse when highway lights are out and transformers are needed, then get a charter plane or pay a premium to rush things along. A few extra dollars spent now for this event could be worth a whole lot more down the road, if the road is actually paved on time. Think about it…

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