Lanai construction boosts cargo shipments

Lanai construction boosts cargo shipments

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Construction and renovations are driving an increase in Lanai's interisland cargo shipments since a billionaire bought most of the island.

Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison purchased 98 percent of Lanai from Castle & Cooke Inc. in 2012.

Interisland shipping company Young Brothers, Ltd. says April through June volume on Lanai increased 60 percent. The Maui News reported Thursday Lanai's cargo growth dwarfs all neighbor island ports.

Lanai's shipping volume was so high that it led to a slight overall increase in shipping to all neighbor island ports for the company.

Ellison's projects on the island include upgrading two Four Seasons resorts, building new homes and working on a desalination water plant.

Lanai residents say construction workers have increased the demand for ferry service and housing.

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