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Honolulu Airport delivers Wi-Fi

ShakaNet is now providing wireless Internet access, or Wi-Fi, in public areas at Honolulu Airport, including all gate areas.

The local Wi-Fi provider will offer the service for free until May 15, after which customers will be charged $6.95 for a day pass and $19.95 for a recurring monthly plan. An attempt to connect after May 15 will trigger a sign-up page on the user's device offering a credit card payment option.

Wi-Fi allows users of electronic devices such as laptops, pocket PCs and palm devices equipped with Wi-Fi hardware to access the Internet without being plugged into anything.

It allows traveling business executives and other computer users to keep their umbilical connection to the Web, provided they are within designated Wi-Fi "hot spots" where the service is accessible. There are more than 40 such hot spots in Honolulu.

Free fair for businesses

Small business owners or those planning to launch a business can receive free information and resources at the 2004 Hawaii Small Business Fair.

The fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 22 at Kapiolani Community College in the Ohia Building cafeteria.

Free and low-cost services to be offered by more than 25 nonprofit and government agencies include one-on-one counseling, training opportunities, loan assistance and referrals.

There also will be free seminars and panel discussions beginning at 9 a.m.

Further details are available at, by e-mail at, or by phone at 587-1786.

Maui Land & Pine grows board

Maui Land & Pineapple Co.'s shareholders elected three new members yesterday to the company's board of directors after voting last December to increase the size of the board to nine from six.

Elected to three-year terms were Thomas Gottlieb, chairman and founder of Mandara Spa; and Kent Lucien, chief executive officer of operations for C. Brewer & Co. Ltd. Duncan MacNaughton, chairman of the MacNaughton Group/Poseiden Properties Inc., was named to a one-year term.

David Heenan, a former nonexecutive chairman who has been a director of the firm since 1999, was re-elected to a three-year term. Other continuing directors are Randolph Moore; Fred Trotter III; Richard Cameron; John Agee; and company chairman and CEO David Cole.

City Bank parent keeps dividend

CB Bancshares Inc.'s board of directors has declared a dividend of 36 cents a share for the second quarter. The dividend, equal to an annualized yield of 1.7 percent, is payable June 29 to shareholders of record on June 15.

Show off 'Made in Hawaii' goods

Businesses that manufacture or produce Hawaii-made products can still sign up to exhibit their wares at First Hawaiian Bank's Made in Hawaii Festival.

The festival, which will take place Aug. 20 to 22 at the Blaisdell Center's Exhibition Hall and Arena, is expected to attract thousands.

A deposit is required by May 21 to reserve a booth. Rates range from $475 to $525. For more information, call the Hawaii Food Industry Association at 533-1292 or e-mail

Boyd declares 7.5 cent dividend

Boyd Gaming Corp.'s board has declared a quarterly dividend of 7.5 cents a share that is payable June 1 to shareholders of record on May 14. The Las Vegas-based company, which conducts travel charters from Honolulu to Las Vegas, has declared dividends for four consecutive quarters.


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