MANAGEMENT: Can Such Things Be?

As boss of Hawaii's biggest pineapple business, Henry A. White was surprised to learn that most of the Hawaiian Pineapple Co.'s 1,000 plantation workers on Lanai Island had never seen the company's cannery on Oahu, some 50 miles away. Checking up, White also learned that most of the cannery's 1,300 full-time workers had never seen the plantation.

Last week, White sent both groups touring, at a cost of more than $50,000 to the company. He rented a fleet of Hawaiian Airlines' DC-35 and started shuttling the cannery workers to Lanai, the plantation workers to Oahu. Both had a day's inspection trip,...