Local Industry News & Notes for Sunday, May 25, 2008

• Hawaiian to trade on global market

• Kaua‘i in national spotlight

• Expert to present ethics workshop

• Lease-back offered at PiliMai

• What’s New: Openings and Events

Hawaiian to trade on global market

Hawaiian Holdings, parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, received approval this week to trade on the Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. (symbol HA) beginning June 2.

The company’s common stock will continue to trade on the American Stock Exchange until the market close on May 30.

“We believe the move to Nasdaq will improve the visibility of our stock, enhance trading liquidity in our shares, and provide the company with greater exposure to institutional investors,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive.

Meanwhile, Hawaiian this week announced increased interisland fares and transpacific fuel charges rates to take effect Tuesday, citing rising operating costs caused by runaway fuel prices.

One-way interisland fares will increase from $54 to $64.

Fuel surcharges to the Mainland will increase $35 each way, $40 each way to Sydney, $45 to Pago Pago, $55 to Papeete, and $35 to Manila. There is no change to the surcharge from Manila to Honolulu.

Kaua‘i in national spotlight

Kaua‘i is in the spotlight this week, making two top ten lists of desirable destinations. In addition, the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa was named to Expedia’s Insiders’ Select list of the top 25 resorts — the only property in Hawai‘i among the top 100.

The resort was ranked No. 21 by Expedia for quality and overall value. The list of resorts represent the top 1 percent of the more than 70,000 hotels offered on Expedia.com

Also this week, Hanalei Beach came in second on a list of best beaches compiled annually by Florida International University professor Stephen P. Leatherman, otherwise known as “Dr. Beach.” The Kaua‘i North Shore coastline was beat only by Caladesi Island, Fla.

Finally, Waimea Canyon landed the No. 3 spot among TripAdvisor’s top 10 free attractions in the United States, trailing behind The Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas and Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., respectively.

The ranking was determined by a combination of TripAdvisor editors and overall popularity on the travel company’s Web site.

Expert to present ethics workshop

Dr. Stephen Behnke, director of ethics at the American Psychological Association, will present “Ethics in Mental Health Professional Clinical Practice” June 1 on Kaua‘i as part of a statewide tour.

The Continuing Education workshops, sponsored by the Hawaii Psychological Association, will address ethical decision-making, the relationship between ethics and Hawai’i state law, and ways for practicing psychologists and other mental health professionals to provide services in an effective and ethical manner.

The workshop will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cafe Coco, 4369 Kuhio Highway.

Registration is $90 for Hawaii Psychological Association members, $140 for non-members. Discounts are available for students and other allied health professionals as well as for early registration through tomorrow.

For more information, visit www.hawaiipsychology.com or call (808) 521-8995.

Lease-back offered at PiliMai

Brookfield Homes Hawaii has launched a lease-back program at PiliMai in Po‘ipu. The program is available on four model homes to be sold furnished with upgraded flooring packages and open-floor plans. Brookfield will also pay the homeowners association dues for the same period.

PiliMai at Po‘ipu offers townhomes and stacked flats with private one-car garages near the Kiahuna Golf Club. Two-, three- and four-bedroom condominium homes range from 1,208 to 1,850 square feet. The units are priced from the $600,000s. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

For more information, visit www.brookfieldhawaii.com

What’s New: Openings and Events

• The Wyland Gallery, 4504 Kukui St., Suite 1, in Kapa‘a (in the Dragon Building across from ABC store) is under new ownership at a new location. Owner Joanne Higgins-Zietz has worked with Wyland galleries for 10 years. The new Wyland Gallery represents 21 artists and features paintings and sculptures. For more information, call 822-3719.

• Coconut Coasters Beach Bike Rentals, 4-1586 Kuhio Highway in north Kapa‘a (near the Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center), rents top quality classic beach cruisers, tandems and kids bikes. An official grand opening will take place Saturday with a traditional Hawaiian blessing officiated by Christobel Kauahi Kealoha at 9 a.m., followed by live music, entertainment, refreshments, door prizes and half-price hourly bike rentals from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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