Pineapple revival - Hawaii News

There are 13 comments on the Jan 3, 2010, Honolulu Star-Bulletin story titled Pineapple revival - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

About 65 workers arrived at dawn yesterday for the first day of work at a new though much smaller pineapple company that will allow fresh pineapple farming and packing to continue on Maui.

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swannie

Ocean View, HI

#1 Jan 3, 2010
I like that Maui Gold, the regular yellow kind doesn't make as good a smoothie in the blender. Good luck to you guys and thanks for keeping a really good local product on the market.
Sarah

El Dorado Hills, CA

#2 Jan 3, 2010
Yeah, go get them! Much success and make a profit!
Joyce Yee

Seattle, WA

#3 Jan 3, 2010
I'm so glad to see this story, congragulations to everyone in the Haliimaile Pineapple company for making the big transition from Maui Pineapple: I'm very encouraged to read about this company's flatter management structure and success in changing management to keep local folks producing pineapple in Hawaii! I worked at Dole Pineapple years ago, and too often only see stories of how big companies move operations for local products out of the U.S.
Wishing everyone at Haliimaile many years of successful operations together!
Poi

San Leandro, CA

#4 Jan 3, 2010
Joyce Yee wrote:
I worked at Dole Pineapple years ago, and too often only see stories of how big companies move operations for local products out of the U.S.
Will never work.

The Plantation Asian unions formed 100 years ago to do good and they did so well that the labor costs they forced on some of those "big companies" to go out of business.

The only viable business in Hawaii now is government work since that's where all the Plantation Asian immigrants who destroyed Hawaii's agriculture industry now work.

Forget it. Pineapples will be 10 times cheaper from Latin America or the Philippines.
Mililani_Bob

Kaneohe, HI

#5 Jan 3, 2010
<<"Our thing is trying to run as lean as possible and have everybody involved in the operations," Balala said. "We want everybody to be cross-trained.">>

A company is more productive with a cross-trained labor force as opposed to one with poor work ethic workers yelling, "That's not my job." Here's hoping the future of Haliimaile Pineapple Company will be successful and long-termed.
Julie a former islander

Oakland, CA

#6 Jan 3, 2010
i love pineapple but i will ONLY buy Hawaii grown pineapple, I ALWAYS check where the pineapple is from , i won't buy it if it not from Hawaii i haven't bought a pineapple for a long time here on the mainland because most of them are from latin america, the last time i was home in Hawaii i ate fresh HAWAIIAN pineapple. wishing Haliimaile Pineapple Company great success, SUPPORT the Hawaii grown pineapple, you might pay a little more but remember it is farmed in the United States of America. you will be helping the economy
Personal

Waianae, HI

#7 Jan 3, 2010
Hopefully they can make it work.
Popeye

Honolulu, HI

#8 Jan 3, 2010
Poi wrote:
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Will never work.
The Plantation Asian unions formed 100 years ago to do good and they did so well that the labor costs they forced on some of those "big companies" to go out of business.
The only viable business in Hawaii now is government work since that's where all the Plantation Asian immigrants who destroyed Hawaii's agriculture industry now work.
Forget it. Pineapples will be 10 times cheaper from Latin America or the Philippines.
Rather ignorant and racist statement. HPC plans to market fresh pineapple in Hawaii. Asian pineapple is meant for Asian fresh markets and canned pineapple products. Latin America pineapple moves to mainland markets. Without the massive administrative overhead suffered by Maui Pineapple Company, which was under the top-heavy Maui Land & Pineapple Company, HPC has a good chance to succeed. Watch for profits by 2011.

Imua!
Jennifer

Juneau, AK

#9 Jan 3, 2010
i'm going to see if one store in my town juneau alaska sells the maui gold sealed pineapple to not only to help hawaii but also because its good for the health! this article has made me want to start eating more pineapple that is imported to juneau from hawaii!
LOL

Honolulu, HI

#10 Jan 3, 2010
Mililani_Bob wrote:
<<"Our thing is trying to run as lean as possible and have everybody involved in the operations," Balala said. "We want everybody to be cross-trained.">>
A company is more productive with a cross-trained labor force as opposed to one with poor work ethic workers yelling, "That's not my job." Here's hoping the future of Haliimaile Pineapple Company will be successful and long-termed.
Yes, it seems success will come from going back to older business models. Simpler is better. Long live Haliimaile!
Poi Broken Record

Kaneohe, HI

#11 Jan 3, 2010
Poi is likely the same dude whose comments usually come from Oakland. His obsession is scapegoating Plantation Asians for anything and everything in Hawaii. He denied it in the past, but "no lie Poi, or whoever you are, you have TONS of hatred and resentment in your heart". You go on and on and on and on. Can just imagine you babbling to anyone who will listen to you on the Mainland about Plantation Asian this, Plantation Asian that.
Henry Roth

United States

#12 Jan 3, 2010
Poi wrote:
<quoted text>
Will never work.
The Plantation Asian unions formed 100 years ago to do good and they did so well that the labor costs they forced on some of those "big companies" to go out of business.
The only viable business in Hawaii now is government work since that's where all the Plantation Asian immigrants who destroyed Hawaii's agriculture industry now work.
Forget it. Pineapples will be 10 times cheaper from Latin America or the Philippines.
So tell us, why did you marry a plantation asian?
Former Maui Pine Employee

Diamond Bar, CA

#13 Jan 5, 2010
So happy to see that we will still have Maui Gold. Other Gold Pines cannot touch the "ono" flavor as the ones from Maui. I refuse to buy pineapple from other countries. I have not have canned pine since the "100% Hawaiian" product has gone out of circulation. Best Of Luck To All Of You!!! Whoopee!

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