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Medical office building opens

The developer of a new medical office building in Honolulu held a grand-opening ceremony yesterday, and said initial tenants include Mina Pharmacy and Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii.

Healthcare Realty Trust, which developed the nine-story building with 124,000 square feet of leasable space at the corner of Beretania and Keeaumoku streets, said it also has a preliminary lease commitment from an imaging center.


Queen’s offers patients free parking

The Queen’s Medical Center said patients will be able to park free beginning Wednesday at the Miller Garage and Physicians Office Building 1 Garage.

"During these challenging economic times, we hope to provide any assistance we can for our patients, and the cost for parking will be one less thing for them to worry about," said Art Ushijima, president of the Queen’s Medical Center.

The current rate for hospital patients is $5 for the first 12 hours. Parking rates for visitors and the valet service will not be affected.


Hawaiian Air selling S. Korea tickets

Hawaiian Airlines has begun selling tickets for its new four-times-a-week nonstop service between Honolulu and South Korea’s Seoul-Incheon International Airport.

The inaugural departure from Honolulu will be Jan. 12 and the first return flight will be Jan. 14.

Hawaiian also has launched a new Korean-language website at www.HawaiianAirlines.co.kr that provides customers with a booking engine to purchase tickets for the South Korea flights and other destinations that Hawaiian serves. The website will include Hawaii travel guide information in the Korean language; updates and information about Hawaiian’s airfare specials and service provided via e-mail to customers who sign up online; the ability to make ticket purchases online using credit cards issued from South Korea, including VISA, MasterCard and American Express; and the ability for customers to review their flight information and travel itinerary online in Korean.

Tickets for the Incheon flights can be purchased online at either the new Korean-language site or Hawaiian’s English-language site, www.HawaiianAirlines.com.


More Labor Day travelers expected

DENVER » More Americans will get away for the Labor Day weekend this year, yet stick closer to home as they try to get the most for their money, AAA said yesterday.

The auto club expects 34.4 million people to travel at least 50 miles from home between Sept. 2 and 6.

That’s up nearly 10 percent from 2009 — one of the lowest Labor Day volumes in AAA’s record-keeping history — but below the 45 million who traveled during the Labor Day weekend in 2008.


Dell plans to outbid HP for 3Par

SEATTLE » Dell is planning a second offer to try to keep data storage maker 3Par out of Hewlett-Packard’s hands. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation.

The exact timing and amount of Dell’s offer are not known. The person says Dell’s bid will likely top Hewlett-Packard Co.’s offer Monday of $1.5 billion. Dell had previously offered $1.13 billion.


Starwood Hotels and Resorts Waikiki has announced Roxanne Choy as spa manager at the Moana Lani Spa, A Heavenly Spa by Westin at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. Her experience includes housekeeping manager for Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa.

Kevin Doyle of Honolulu has been elected to the Toastmasters International board. The 260,000-member organization teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs in 113 countries.

Kevin Sahara has been named revenue manager at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort. His responsibilities include analyzing and implementing sales strategies to capture optimal revenue-producing businesses for the resort. Sahara most recently served as beacon and pool manager at The Royal Hawaiian.

Patrick Parsons has been named "Hawaii Small Business Champion of the Year" by the Hawaii Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business and Solveras Payment Solutions. Parsons is the director of marketing for Hawaii Business Magazine.


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