Howzit Howard - Tourism, APEC, Mahalo water

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Local tourism employed almost 153 thousand people last year.  Tourism Authority CEO Mike McCartney projects more than 159 thousand this year, an increase of more than six thousand.  Longer stays and higher spending have also enabled hotels to offer more work to employees who were already working but needed more hours.

The 3rd Annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo opens this morning on the Big Island.  It runs through Thursday.

The State Department of Health has fined Mahalo Hawaii Deep Sea Water 5 million dollars. The company that makes Mahalo, Koyo USA, allegedly failed to follow procedures for bottling water at Nelha, ,  reverse osmosis is supposed to be used.

For the 12th year, Hawaiian Airlines wins the contract to fly the Oakland Raiders to their away games. The Seattle Seahawks have also renewed their contract with Hawaiian for away-game transportation.

Oracle CEo Larry Ellison arranged for a private concert Friday night featuring Sting at Maui's Grand Wailea Resort.  Sting, who turns 60 next month, has been making hit records since 1978.