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Tourism hiring up ‘tremendously’

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BRUCE ASATO / basato@staradvertiser.com

Kana Fujimoto, who speaks fluent English, Korean and Japanese, is just one of several employees hired by Hilton Hawaiian Village in the wake of tourism's latest boom. Fujimoto chats with Japanese visitors Mr. and Mrs. Taro Suhara, and children Nene, 10, and Mayo, 5, conversing in their native tongue.

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Hawaii’s visitor industry is on track this year to set records in visitor arrivals and spending, and is expected to approach the record for number of people employed in the industry. Managers and staff — including Carol Kawabata, left front, director of human resources for the Waikiki Complex, and Julie Nakayama, right front, director of finance — attend Starwood’s associate meeting at the Sheraton Waikiki.