FAST FACTS HAWAII
Island Air pares Midwest bid
Interisland carrier Island Air
, which last week announced a bid to expand into commuter service in the Midwest, said it has dropped a proposal for McCook, Neb., because of extra airport services required for the company's larger aircraft.
McCook airport did not meet the certification requirements needed to provide fire and emergency medical services for the 37-seat de Havilland Dash-8 aircraft that Island Air would be flying, outside spokeswoman BJ Whitman said
The company bid to take over Essential Air Service routes to seven communities within Missouri, Arkansas and Nebraska from Mesa Air Group's Air Midwest, which filed 90-day notices with the Department of Transportation in late January of its intent to stop subsidized service to the towns.
Starbucks Corp. plans to appeal a San Diego Superior Court ruling last week that ordered the coffee chain to compensate California baristas by more than $100 million for tips shared with shift supervisors. "The ruling would take away the right of shift supervisors to receive the tips they earn for providing superior customer service," the company said.
LOSING AT HOME: KB Home, one of the nation's biggest residential homebuilders, said yesterday it posted a loss of more than $268 million in its first quarter as weak home sales amid a worsening housing market forced the company to take a large write-down related to falling home prices.
New Hires / Promotions
» Xerox Hawaii has named David Begley
as marketing representative. He will oversee new and existing clients within the Mapunapuna, Halawa Valley, Aiea and downtown Honolulu sales territories. His previous jobs include commercial account executive for Oceanic Time Warner Cable Business Class and a commercial account manager for Pacific Wireless Communications.
» Hawaii Medical Center has named Dr. James Lumeng as chief medical officer of Hawaii Medical Center East. He is also currently a consulting pathologist at the Hawaii State Hospital and a past president of both the Hawaii Society of Pathologists and the Hawaii Medical Association.
» CrimeStoppers Honolulu has elected Brian Ishikawa
as president. He replaces Dave Reed, who died in Dec. 2007. Ishikawa is senior vice president and director of corporate security for Bank of Hawaii. He has served on the board of CrimeStoppers Honolulu since 2006.
» Graham Builders marketing manager Dave McKenna has been elected as Exalted Ruler (president) of the Pearl City Elks Lodge #2669 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United State of America. He served as chairman of the board of trustee for three years, as well as president of the Hawaii International Jaycees, vice president of the Honolulu Jaycees.