The mix of guests might have been less important if, at the outset of the November workshop, Orloff-Falk--who the KEDB chose to lead the session--had not required the participants to sit either with people they did not know or with those they had previously opposed on community issues.
The half-day follow-up session in May resulted in a single draft vision and mission statement, which KEDB officials hasten to point out are still in preliminary form pending further comments from the community.
Kanoho's hiring has come at a crucial time for the KEDB, since tourism - which is responsible for roughly 80 percent of the island's revenues - has taken a beating this year, further highlighting the need for economic diversification (see story, page 71).
The KEDB also has invested in the island's blooming tropical flower industry, which has quadrupled to $2.
Other KEDB accomplishments include assisting in the organization and marketing of the Kauai Products Council, which pulled the county's cottage industry of small-scale artisans and assorted manufacturers into a collective body.
But there are obstacles to what the KEDB can accomplish, according to Kanoho, the main one being an image problem.
The KEDB is moving to correct these misconceptions.
In its new executive director, the KEDB has found someone whose background is itself a study in diversification.