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Business Report: 3/15/16

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Stephan Yost has worked his last day as director of the Honolulu Museum of Art and heads for the Art Gallery of Ontario. Yost said the thing he felt best about was raising the pay of the museum's lowest aid workers, though he said it's still embarrassingly low, $13 an hour plus benefits.

Hawaii Pacific University appoints a vice president for enrollment. He's Greg Grauman, currently an assistant vice provost at the American University in Washington D.C. Grauman has previously worked in Rome and Perth, Australia.

Well, we're still under 100% drought coverage, though conditions have moderated a little on the Hilo side of the Big Island. It's been so dry, coffee and tropical fruit growers have lost some flowerings and even some older trees. But the Molokai reservoir actually rose, topping 38 feet.

It costs $20,000 to replace a utility pole. It costs less than $1,000 to put a steel mesh sock on a pole to protect it from termite damage. Polesocks, a company in Kalihi, has made 30,000 of these things. Now PBN reports the company, which as 10 employees, is expanding to the mainland.

The TIM school – that's the UH Travel Industry Management School – is marking its 590th anniversary with a gala fundraising dinner. It's 5 p.m. March 31 at the Sheraton Waikiki, and the Legacy in Tourism award will go to an entertainment figure for the first time, "Five 0" executive producer Peter Lenkov.
 
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