HAIKU - Maui Mayor Alan M. Arakawa took an Upcountry trip to visit Noni Biotech International LLC headquarters and R&D laboratory on Friday, May 4.
The mayor was joined by Maui County Office of Economic Development Coordinator Teena Rasmussen, Maui County Environmental Coordinator Robert Parsons, Maui Economic Development Board Program Director Tom Liu, and Mimi Hu, CPA, principal partner of Levin & Hu LLP.
The visit began with a tour of the company research lab led by Noni Biotech's Director of Research Paul Nordone.
Mayor Alan M. Arakawa gets a close-up view of Noni Biotech International’s research methods.
Nordone gave Arakawa and other visitors a glance at some of Noni Biotech's research strategies, as well as a sampling of some of the company's new products in development.
Noni Biotech International currently exports 100 percent pure Hawaiian noni products and ingredients to over 50 countries under the brand names Noni Maui and Maui Noni.
Their achievements have not gone without exceptional recognition.
In 2011, the company received the prestigious Presidential "E" Export Award for excellence in exporting, in addition to being selected as finalists in the APEC Statewide Business Innovation Showcase in September 2011. Mayor Arakawa presented the award during the ceremony hosted at the Sister Cities Summit in Waikiki.
"We feel very honored that Mayor Arakawa took the time to come and visit us. It shows how much he is paying attention to the growth of small businesses in his county," said Marie Laure Ankaoua.