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Horizon, Pasha lower fuel surcharge

Horizon Lines, the state’s second-largest ocean shipper, and Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines, which carries vehicles between Honolulu and San Diego, both said yesterday they would match Matson Navigation Co. in lowering their fuel surcharges 2 percentage points for mainland-Hawaii service to 25.5 percent from 27.5 percent, effective July 18. Matson made its announcement a day earlier.

In addition, Horizon said it would decrease its fuel surcharge to 27 percent from 29 percent for shipments in its mainland-Guam/CNMI trade, also matching Matson.


Outrigger expands to Vietnam

Honolulu-based Outrigger Hotels & Resorts will expand its offerings outside of Hawaii with the addition of a hotel property to be built within the Vinh Hoi Bay Golf Resort in Vietnam.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Asia will partner with developer Vietnamese American Hotel and Resort Co. Ltd. to co-design and manage the Outrigger Vinh Hoi Bay Resort and Spa, which will be located near Quy Nhon in Binh Dinh province.

The five-star resort will offer 210 rooms and suites as well as 46 private one- and two-bedroom villas and a two-story Grand Villa. The resort, which is slated to be completed in late 2013, will offer six food and beverage outlets, a cooking school, a wellness center, an amusement zone, a fitness center and a library.

Outrigger looks forward to being a part of what is expected to become one of Vietnam’s most recognized resort destination, said Darren Edmonstone, Outrigger’s senior vice president-Asia. "We intend to celebrate and recognize the unique culture and environment of the area within the hotel design and amenities, while maintaining the highest level of service and standards for our guests," he said.


Health Exchange gets $5.8M grant

The Hawaii Health Information Exchange, comprising a consortium of health care providers, has been awarded a grant of more than $5.8 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus bill.

The exchange, which aims to connect Hawaii’s medical community through electronic health records, will use the money to establish a regional extension center to help providers – particularly primary-care doctors – implement electronic medical records and establish privacy and security measures.

The group has subcontracted Mountain-Pacific Quality Health and the Telecommunications and Information Policy Group at the University of Hawaii to help providers effectively use electronic health records in Hawaii, as well as Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and become eligible for the incentives offered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


Airlines told to fix window heaters

WASHINGTON » Airlines will have to inspect the cockpit window heaters on 1,212 Boeing airliners and perhaps replace the windows under a safety order the Federal Aviation Administration said yesterday it plans to issue next week. The safety order, which the FAA said will be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, applies to some Boeing 757, 767 and 777 models.


Aloha Air Cargo has promoted and hired the following:

» Beau Tatsumura to senior director of maintenance and engineering from director of quality and reliability.

» Frank Silva to director of quality and reliability and chief inspector from manager of quality and reliability.

» Lillian Rodolfich as corporate controller.

» Jeremy Kubler to manager of quality and reliability from quality assurance auditor.


Franklin Gray and Associates Architects and contractor Robert Marcos were honored at the 25th Annual Building Industry Association Renaissance Building and Remodeling Awards. They received awards for their design and build-out of Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s law offices on Pacific Guardian Center’s 19th and 29th floors.


The First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank, has given a grant of $10,000 to the University of Hawaii at Hilo. The grant will be used to support UH-Hilo’s Imiloa Astronomy Center Science Education Program for students on the Big Island.


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