Business briefs


POSTED: Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Watts Constructors lands Navy deal

Watts Constructors, the company that is currently rebuilding the visitor center at the USS Arizona Memorial, has been awarded a $17.3 million contract to replace fuel pipelines at the Fleet Industrial Supply Center at Pearl Harbor.

Completion of the new contract, which includes the construction of a fuel-transfer pipeline from the pier to the main fuel pump house and storage tanks for three fuel products and ballast water, is slated for July 2011.

Mall seeks nonprofits for festival

Windward Mall is seeking local nonprofits and schools to participate in its fifth annual Festival of Giving, an exclusive Nov. 14-15 shopping event.

The festival gives nonprofits the opportunity to sell $5 shopping passes while keeping 100 percent of the ticket sale proceeds. Windward Mall is accepting applications from 501(c)(3) organizations until Aug. 3.

Shoppers who purchase Festival of Giving tickets are eligible for store discounts, gifts-with-purchase, food samples, door prizes and entertainment.

Last year, the mall's festival raised an estimated $20,435 for more than 40 participating nonprofits, including Pali Lions Club, Windward Special Olympics, Hale Kipa and Waimanalo Health Center.

Diamond Wailea gets new name

Diamond Wailea Resort & Spa has been renamed Hotel Wailea Maui and the accommodations have been updated.

The resort, owned by Honolulu-based Black Diamond Hospitality Investments LLC and managed by Aqua Hotels and Resorts, has been transformed from an exclusive club for affluent Japanese visitors into a private retreat with 72 guest suites.

Upgrades for the suites, which should be completed by Oct. 1, include complete bath and lighting re-dos with added amenities. Two 32-inch flat-screen televisions for the living room and bedroom, new sofa, original artwork, cordless telephone and i-Home clocks will be featured in the 900-square-foot accommodations.

JAL unions could strike tomorrow

Four unions representing Japan Airlines International have notified the company that they might strike tomorrow.

JAL's 660-member pilots' union has notified the company that it could begin a 72-hour strike tomorrow. The company's 90-member labor union has said it could begin a six-hour strike from 6 a.m. to noon tomorrow and JAL's 1,150-member flight crew union could begin a 24-hour strike the same day.

While all domestic and international, passenger and cargo flights are expected to operate as normal tomorrow and Thursday, a strike could cause flight delays or cancellations on Friday to JAL's domestic services, the company said yesterday in a strike notification memo.

“;At this time we don't even know if a strike will occur, and there are no specifics as to which Japan domestic flights could be interrupted,”; said Carol Anderson, a spokeswoman for JAL International in California. “;Of course, any passengers affected would be reaccommodated.”;

On the move

» UHA has hired Pua Chan as provider services manager. She previously was a beneficiary protection director and hospital payment monitoring program director at Mountain-Pacific Quality Health for 10 years.

» CB Richard Ellis has hired Brent Davidson as an associate specializing in industrial and investment property in CBRE's Honolulu office. He previously was an account executive for CoStar Group and a financial analyst for the Mills Group.

» Kerry Pitcher received the Kapolei Outstanding Achievement Award for Business Leader. She is an executive director at Ka Punawai Ola. The award recognized Pitcher's commitment to the improvement and advancement of people, businesses and community in the Kapolei area.