SUPPORT NEW COMPANY BY BUYING PINEAPPLE
Well, it’s a new year and the first thing I would like to do is say thank you to all involved in the new Haliimaile Pineapple venture. Kudos to all for keeping this legacy alive and the jobs that go with it.
I will buy one pineapple a week, and I urge the rest of the Maui community to do so as well. We must help prove that agriculture can thrive here on Maui, so I ask all of you to join me in this.
Big mahalo to the Erdmans and everyone involved.
Just one pineapple a week: I will, will you?
Many on Maui are calling it the end of an era as Maui Land and Pineapple Company pulls the plug on pineapple production. An estimated 285 lay offs are planned by the end of the year in a move that was announced to workers Tuesday morning.
After losing $115 million in agriculture over the past seven years, company officials said market conditions have not improved and pineapple operations were no longer financially sustainable. The company plans to focus its efforts on the success of its Kapalua Resort while trying to accommodate up to 133 employees at partner companies.
The following are statements released by various political figures in the wake of the recent announcement.
The Honolulu Baking Company is the major force amongst the Star Bucks retail locations. Besides all the wonderful baked goods, they are also responsible for the delicious fresh fruit cups that we see in every location. Of course, one of the main fruits in the cup is the Maui Gold Pineapple. Executive Chef Grant Kawasaki meets Yuri McPhail for a behind the scenes tour of there facility in Kakaako.