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Local Industry News & Notes for Sunday, August 10, 2008

• Hawaiian July traffic up 11% • First Hawaiian opens new Guam branch • Longtime TGI leader retires • Green business program expands • Pre-constructed home company opens Kapa‘a office

Hawaiian July traffic up 11%

Hawaiian Airlines posted an 11.1 percent increase in total passengers served this July over the same month last year, up to 728,718 from 656,044.

The year-to-date picture tells a similar story, with total passengers served up 12.4 percent this year through July, compared to the same period last year.

The airline attributed the July increase, like others reported since the April dissolution of two competitors, to its expansion of interisland operations.

Capacity, or load factor, was down 8.7 percent this July compared to last; for the year to date capacity was down 3.3 percent over the same period last year.

A lower average load factor reflects an adjustment of capacity between markets and a lower transpacific load factor, as Hawaiian has raised fares in an effort to offset the increased price of fuel.

First Hawaiian opens new Guam branch

First Hawaiian Bank unveiled a new, state-of-the-art Tamuning Branch Aug. 2 on Guam.

The smaller, original Tamuning branch at a different location closed Aug. 1. The new facility opened for business Monday.

The 10,425-square-foot, full-service branch offers consumer banking, business banking, and wealth management personnel as well as drive-through tellers and ATM stations.

“The purchase of property, building construction and technology installation represents a significant investment and underscores our long-term confidence and commitment to Guam,” Don Horner, First Hawaiian Bank president and CEO, said.

First Hawaiian Bank was founded in 1858 and is Hawai‘i’s oldest and largest bank. This year the bank celebrates 150 years in business. It has 58 branches in Hawai‘i, three on Guam and two on Saipan.

Longtime TGI leader retires

Longtime Kauai Publishing Co. employee Rita DeSilva retired Wednesday after 34 years of service.

During her tenure at The Garden Island — and the newspaper’s previous incarnations — DeSilva rose the ranks in the editorial department, spending many years as editor before taking on her most recent title, special sections editor.

Among her greatest accomplishments, DeSilva led the newsroom through trying times following Hurricane ‘Iniki in 1992. As editor, she continued to produce a daily newspaper by working from O‘ahu, where the newspapers were printed and then returned to Kaua‘i via military aircraft.

The first headline following the natural disaster: “We’re still here!”

Kauai Publishing Co. staff credit DeSilva with a no-nonsense, no-holds-barred approach to news, and a tremendous work ethic. The entire Kauai Publishing Co. team wishes her well in retirement.

Green business program expands

The Hawai‘i Green Business Program is expanding to include green offices and retail businesses in addition to the current hotels and resorts.

Businesses that achieve Hawai‘i Green Business recognition go beyond environmental compliance to reduce, reuse, and recycle as well as restore and conserve Hawai‘i’s culture, natural resources and the environment.

The Green Office and Retail Program will recognize businesses that have applied environmentally responsible measures. The objectives are to reduce energy and water consumption, promote recycling, prevent pollution, reduce emissions, and to educate employees and customers about environmental practices.

For more information, visit or

Pre-constructed home company opens Kapa‘a office

Allen Associates’ Built-to-Ship Division will host an open house Thursday at its new Kapa‘a office, 4504 Kukui St., Suite 7.

The company builds pre-constructed, custom homes with plantation style-design, wraparound decks and modern interiors. Allen Associates has worked with clients on Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, Maui and Moloka‘i.

The Kapa‘a office shares space with Cottage Industries, a local architectural design, drafting and consulting company.

For more information about the open house, call Mike Dobrotin at 332-8780, e-mail or visit


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