Howzit Howard - Ocean's 11 trade show, Western Museum Assn meeting Don Horner

(HawaiiNewsNow) - The Ocean's 11 trade show opens this morning at Hilton Waikoloa Village.  This is the big Oceanography Conference .  A thousand attendees from more than 30 countries - a record 750 papers submitted - a trade show with the latest submersibles and sonar - the conference runs through Thursday.

From marine biology to museum science - 600 attendees are flying here for the Western Museums Association - and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums - meeting jointly for four days - starting Friday at the Hawaii Convention Center - this conference will inject 3 million dollars into the state economy.

First Hawaiian Bank CEO Don Horner is retiring at the end of the year.  He joined the bank as a credit analyst in 1978 and succeeded Walter Dods as CEO six years back - stepping up to CEO now is Chief Operating Officer Bob Harrison.

Ag news - the Big Island's Waimea irrigation system has fallen to 45 feet in recent days and South Kohala pastures are drying out even more than before - the Molokai reservoir is now below 15 feet - the Waimanalo Reservoir fell below 39 feet last week but may have recovered a little after the sometimes heavy rains Thursday.

Moody's investors service this morning has downgraded American Airlines to negative - Moody's sees weak earnings at American - and high costs as it modernizes its aging aircraft fleet.