Business Briefs


POSTED: Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Hawaiian Air attendants OK pact

Hawaiian Airlines' flight attendants have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new two-year contract reached tentatively in February between the company and the leaders of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.

The new contract increases compensation for Hawaiian's 1,031 flight attendants and also provides for operational improvements that will increase efficiency for the company.

AIG Hawaii seeks separation

Insurer AIG Hawaii, trying to separate itself from the bailout and bonus mess that has plagued parent company American International Group Inc. and AIG Financial Products, said “;in the coming months”; it will create a new insurance company independent from AIG and plans to ultimately change its name.

“;The situation facing AIG on the mainland is related to AIG Financial Products,”; said Robin Campaniano, president and chief executive of AIG Hawaii. “;This was the entity that received the federal loan money and has been the focus of most of the media attention. AIG Hawaii is separate and independent from AIG Financial Products and has never received any federal money. In fact, in contrast to AIG operations on the mainland, AIG Hawaii is financially strong and 2008 was a healthy year for AIG Hawaii, even during this economic downturn.”;

Isle firm lands Navy contract

Honolulu-based Wilson Okamoto Corp. has been awarded a U.S. Navy contract worth a maximum $7.5 million for preparation of plans and specifications for structural projects in the NAVFAC Hawaii area of responsibility.

The work, which is expected to be completed by 2014, will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps facilities and other government facilities within the NAVFAC Hawaii area.

SuperGeeks adding 3 stores

Honolulu-based SuperGeeks will open three new computer service and repair centers tomorrow.

They will be located inside Hawaiian Telcom's stores at Windward Mall in Kaneohe; Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului, Maui; and Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo.

The three new service centers will give SuperGeeks a total of seven centers statewide. The others are in Moilili, Punchbowl, Kapolei and Pearlridge.