Maile looked up at the painted sign over the office and grinned.
“It’s our very own tour company, Chad!” she said excitedly.
Chad smiled. “The Gates of Hawaii. It’s wonderful! The best part is we already have a dozen bookings, many of them my father’s fruit salesmen contacts.”
Maile pushed open the door and walked into the office.
“Tourism sure is big business in Hawaii now. It’s helped us start our own business, it helps all the bars and restaurants, and it ensures the hotels are fully booked for most of the year,” she said.
“Without it, we’d all have to work at the Great Southern Hawaiian Fruit Company!”
Chad laughed. “Well, I’d be working there now if my mother had her way!”
Maile laughed with him.
“And we wouldn’t be married, Chad! She never did like me.”
Chad pulled her into a hug and said: “She was never going to win that argument, baby!”
They laughed again.
Maile sighed: “I do worry about having so many people in the resorts at the same time. With the way the world is, it makes us a target.”
“During my time in the Army in Europe, I saw how important planning was in preventing this type of attack. I also know the UK is putting a new law in place to ensure every resort is ready for this type of attack.
“It’s called Martyn’s Law, named after Martyn Hett, one of the 22 innocent victims of the 2017 Manchester bombing.
“It helps the owners of resorts prepare for threats. It’s coming into law soon and it will mean resort owners must have a plan to deal with threats, train their staff properly, and ensure everyone can communicate effectively.”
Maile sat down at her desk.
“That sounds a really good idea. How will everyone keep on top of the extra paperwork?”
Maile looked up at him, puzzled.
“It’s not lunchtime yet! We’ve only just had breakfast with your dad’s mango juice!”
Chad shook his head.
“No, baby, not that type of mango! This is online compliance software called Mango that keeps all the records in the cloud. So, everyone can access them wherever there’s an internet connection and there’s no need for mounds of paperwork.
“My father’s fruit company has a branch in the UK and his health and safety consultants at Penarth Management have been helping lots of resorts and hotels to get ready for the new law. They recommend Mango.”
“The less time you spend on paperwork, the more time you can spend surfing those waves…”
“If I had to sit behind my desk all day, every day, it really would be a blue Hawaii!”
You can find out more about Martyn’s Law (the Terrorism (Protection of premises) Bill) here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/martyns-law-progresses-as-government-publishes-draft-legislation