TIM to honor George

Former Gov. George Ariyoshi is to be honored for his achievements in tourism.

It has nothing to do with his deft management of a sticky-wicket involving U.S Customs and his wife Jean's baubles, bangles and beads several years ago.

Ariyoshi, president of Prince Resorts Hawaii, is being singled out by the University of Hawaii School of Travel Industry Management for its fourth annual "Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism" fundraiser and silent auction. The Nov. 12 event at the Sheraton Waikiki Hawaii Ballroom is sponsored by TIM International Inc., the travel school's alumni association.

Ariyoshi will be feted for his efforts in development of the TIM school and his contributions to tourism in the state of Hawaii, according to a statement.

The more than 88 companies donating auction fodder include airlines and cruise lines, hotels and resorts, car rental companies, upscale and moderate retailers, restaurants and others.

Entertainment will be headlined by Mel Cabang, Ledward Kaapana and Bla Pahinui and will include many other performers, such as Cathy Foy, Nina Kealiiwahamana and Zulu.

Individual tickets cost $125, while premium tables run from $1,250 to $5,000. Proceeds benefit the school and the TIM International Inc. scholarship program. The TIM school is handling reservations at 956-8946.

For gossip junkies

Loathe as your columnist is to allow the "g-word' and the "r-word" into this space, it appears necessary to reference a new, New York-based online forum at Inc. "does not create nor spread rumors," it said in a statement. Its mission, it says, is to track tens of thousands of sources to monitor them for a "buzz" of what people are already talking about.

Several categories of rumor-mongering message boards are offered including business, current events, entertainment, sports and "The Hangout Spot," which itself offers categories. One of them is titled, "Public Polls" where one can make a poll of one's own and respond to others.

One might imagine the board would be slammed on a Friday night mere hours before an important general election. There were zero posts. That seems to raise questions about how people might answer a pollster's question about polls.

Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
Call 529-4302, fax 529-4750 or write to Erika Engle,
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210,
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