Business briefs for June 4, 2012

Chinese language, culture class at KCC

LIHU‘E — There is one day remaining to sign up for an evening class on Chinese language and culture at Kaua‘i Community College.

An Introduction to Mandarin Language and Culture will run from June 5-21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the OCET building, Room 10.

The Office of Continuing Education and Training is offering the course in response to the significant numbers of Chinese tourists that are projected to come to Hawai‘i.

The course instructor, Ling Yang Rita, is from Jinlin Province, China, where she taught Mandarin to non-Chinese students. She has a Senior Chinese Language Teacher Certificate from the Mandarin Garden School.

The course is targeted to the visitor accommodation and restaurant industries or retail and service businesses. This course will cover basic dialogue and vocabulary, the Pinyin language system, numbers, and cultural do’s and don’ts as they relate to hotels, shopping, dining, airport and travel services.

The course fee is $99. Employment and training funds are available for up to 50 percent of tuition. To register, call 245-8318 and for tuition assistance call WorkWise at 274-3056.

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Alaska to offer flights to Portland

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines will soon offer four flights a week between Portland, Ore., and Kaua‘i.

The new Boeing 737-800 seasonal service starts in November, and is in addition to existing flights from Portland International Airport to Honolulu, Maui and Kona.

The flights from Portland to Lihu‘e will run Nov. 5 through April 7, with incoming flights at 10:40 a.m. and 3:05 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Outgoing flights to Portland will be at noon and 7:55 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“Alaska Airlines’ seasonal expansion of direct service to Kaua‘i from Portland is outstanding news for Hawai‘i’s tourism economy,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. “The four weekly flights is an indication of the continued demand for travel to the Hawaiian Islands and will help to distribute the benefits of tourism across our state. The HTA estimates the flights will provide $12.7 million in visitor spending and $1.4 million in tax revenue.”

JetBlue, Hawaiian partner on programs

HONOLULU — New York-based JetBlue Airways and Hawaiian Airlines have signed new agreements for the convenience of customers.

Members of both carriers’ frequent flyer programs can soon earn and redeem loyalty points or miles for travel on either airline. A new codeshare agreement provides one-stop check-in, seamless flight connections and boarding passes from origin to destination points throughout the East Coast and Hawai‘i.

Both agreements go into effect on Tuesday, when Hawaiian launches the only daily nonstop service between John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Honolulu International Airport.

HawaiianMiles members will be able to earn miles on eligible JetBlue-operated flights on a mile-for-mile basis.

JetBlue’s TrueBlue members can accrue one point for every two miles flown on eligible Hawaiian-operated flights.

Hawaiian puts A330 into service

HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines is welcoming the eighth new Airbus A330-200 to its fleet, to be used on long routes throughout the Pacific and the Mainland’s East Coast.

The new A330 was flown from Toulouse, France to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, where it was used for training in advance of Hawaiian’s service launch there this week.

The A330s are more fuel-efficient and have a longer operating range than Hawaiian’s  Boeing 767 fleet.

“Nahiku,” the plane’s name, is the Hawaiian name to describe the Big Dipper.

Each new Hawaiian A330 is named for a constellation or star used by the ancient Polynesians for celestial navigation when making their voyages across the Pacific to Hawai‘i.

Nahiku is the third A330-200 of four to be delivered this year. Hawaiian plans to take

delivery of one more new A330 in June, to bring the total to nine, with an eventual fleet size to total 22 of the passenger jets.

Jamba Juice Hawai‘i donates to One Strong ‘Ohana

HONOLULU — A recent three-month promotion between Jamba Juice Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund has raised more than $6,700 for the One Strong ‘Ohana campaign.

One Strong ‘Ohana is a collaboration between the Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund and the Joyful Heart Foundation, and encourages people to take simple steps towards strengthening family relationships. The campaign works with community partners to raise awareness about and spread the message that child abuse and neglect are preventable.

From January through March, Jamba Juice Hawai‘i donated 25 cents to One Strong ‘Ohana from every Fit ‘n Fruitful smoothie sold. Over this period, more than 25,000 smoothies were sold.


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