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Hawaii's island of Lanai depends on wealthy owner

June 24, 2012 • Business


In this Oct. 5, 2011 photo, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld Keynote in San Francisco. The 3,200 people living on a rural Hawaiian island that will soon be purchased by Ellison have a laundry list of what they’d like to see him provide. Working-class residents on Lanai want stable jobs. Affordable housing. No onerous restrictions on hunting or fishing. A return to agriculture. Improved transportation to Maui, Oahu and other islands given an airport with limited flights. Even simple things like the reopening of the community pool. They hope he’s willing to sit down, listen to their concerns and be sensitive to the unique culture of Hawaii. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

HONOLULU (AP) — The 3,200 people living on a rural Hawaiian island that will soon be purchased by billionaire Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison have a laundry list of what they’d like to see him provide.

Working-class residents on Lanai want stable jobs. Affordable housing. No onerous restrictions on hunting or fishing. A return to agriculture. Improved transportation to Maui, Oahu and other islands given an airport with limited flights. Even simple things like the reopening of the community pool. They hope he’s willing to sit down, listen to their concerns and be sensitive to the unique culture of Hawaii.

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