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APEC host committee says Hawaii's ready

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By Oscar Valenzuela - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Only 19 days before the APEC leader's conference -- takes place here in Hawaii.

The host-committee members gathered for the last time Wednesday morning before the big opening day.

 "I'm extremely confident that were just going to have a world class leader's week the seventh through the thirteenth," said Peter Ho chair APEC Host committee.

November seventh through the thirteenth, one week that has taken nearly two years to plan and execute. Today was a chance for the host committee to present their collective efforts.

The official uniform was revealed, along with a special edition of Hawaii business magazine, as well as new virtual displays to help visitors during the weeklong conference.

Visitors will also be able to tune in to a specially produced program called 'Leaders Week TV' in their hotel rooms.

"All of those things that have been done that people have seen and showcase Honolulu have been done by a number of people working together including the state and the city and the private sector," said Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle.

But the work isn't quite done. A simple trip into the city right now and you'll still see workers finishing up on certain projects

Once the conference is over the City and State promise they will continue the up-keep to the local community that's been accomplished because of APEC.

"The criteria was that this is something that we should have done it anyway and so there's nothing that we did simply to spruce up for the meeting. Everything has long term economic impact, whether it's on Nimitz Highway, Ala Moana Blvd. or the airport," said Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz.

Committee leaders also announced that fundraising for the weeklong event brought in 4 million dollars which they say will be used for marketing efforts and to support the over one thousand volunteers that will work during the conference.

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