Business Briefs

Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Wednesday, June 5, 1996

Oahu's post office
near top of the pack

Honolulu's post office can boast the second best on-time delivery rate in the nation.

For the nation as a whole, the U.S. Postal Service yesterday said it posted a record 90 percent on-time delivery rate for overnight First Class mail this spring.

In a ranking of 96 U.S. locations, Honolulu, with an on-time rate of 95 percent, was tied for second with San Diego.

Wichita, Kan., led the postal pack with a 96 percent rate.

The 90 percent U.S. performance for the period March 2 through May 24 is up from 87 percent in the same period a year ago and 83 percent in 1994.

It is the best performance since the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse began tracking mail deliveries in 1990.

"I knew we'd do it," Postmaster General Marvin Runyon said yesterday. "This demonstrates our resolve."

The Virgin Islands had the lowest rate, 78 percent, for on-time overnight delivery.

Maui Council considers bed and breakfast rules

WAILUKU - About 95 percent of Maui's bed and breakfasts are operating without permits, and the County Council is planning to crack down on them.

The County Council began this week studying ways to regulate in-home transient rooms and very small hotels. Currently, bed and breakfast owners need a conditional use permit, which is costly and time-consuming to get.

But county records show only two businesses have obtained their permits, while an estimated 400 are without permits.

The proposed bill, which would regulate bed and breakfasts according to how many rooms are rented, would allow current operations to get permits without being penalized.

Bed and breakfast owners say regulation is a drive by big resorts to push bed and breakfasts out of business.

Mahalo Air to begin Kapalua flights July 1

Mahalo Air, the smallest of the three major interisland airlines, will begin flying between Honolulu and the Kapalua-West Maui airport July 1, with seven flights a day using its 46-seat ATR-42 turboprop aircraft.

Under a code-sharing agreement with Hawaiian Airlines Inc., the Kapalua flights also will be listed as Hawaiian flights in the travel industry's computer reservations systems.

Mahalo will offer promotional fares of $10 for July 1 travel, $20 for July 2 and $30 for July 3 after which the lowest fare for Hawaii residents will be $36, the same as in the rest of Mahalo's interisland system. Hawaiian will charge $45 and up for the flights. Hawaiian is also marketing Mahalo's five daily Molokai flights as Hawaiian flights.

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