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Business Briefs

Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Friday, October 13, 2000

Hawaiian Airlines sees more business

Hawaiian Airlines Inc. said it carried 10.9 percent more passengers last month than it did in September 1999.

The airline said it carried 480,733 passengers last month, an increase of more than 47,000 from 433,595 passengers in September 1999. Its system-wide load factor -- the percentage of available seats occupied by paying passengers -- rose to 73.5 percent last month from 71.6 percent in the year-earlier month. Through the first nine months of 2000, Hawaiian carried 4,785,077 passengers, an increase of 11.4 percent from 4,294,052 passengers in the first nine months of last year.

Nominees sought for business hall of fame

Nominations for the 2001 Hawaii Business Hall of Fame, a program that recognizes long-term contributions to the state's economy, are due Nov. 15. The laureates will receive honors in a public ceremony and awards dinner in February.

Thirty-nine business people have been inducted since Junior Achievement of Hawaii started the Hall of Fame in 1990. This year's laureates include the late James Campbell, retailer Jean Fukuda, the late Servco Pacific founder George Fukunaga, marketing professor Ralph C. Hook Jr. and publisher Ethel Murphy. Junior Achievement of Hawaii, founded in 1957, teaches free enterprise skills to more than 17,000 school-age students on five islands. Local business leaders will review nominations. For more information, call Carolann Biederman, president of Junior Achievement, at 486-8806, ext. 15.

Sam Choy's to close Kahului eatery

The Sam Choy's restaurant at the Kaahumanu Center on Maui will be closing late next month, company officials confirmed. The 58 employees were informed of the closure on Wednesday.

The other Sam Choy's restaurant on Maui, located on Front Street in Lahaina, closed Oct. 1. The Kahului restaurant, which opened in February of 1998, didn't meet expectations, Chef Sam Choy said. A company statement said it plans to close the Kahului establishment Nov. 24.

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