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Mid-week fares on sale at Aloha

Aloha Airlines today launched a discount fare campaign to get people to travel on its slower traffic days, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fares for those days are as low as $199 each way to the mainland and $59 each way interisland, before taxes and fees.

The airline's Web site shows the cheapest mainland round trip at $407, including all the add-ons, and the interisland round-trip fare works out at $123.

Calling it the November fare special, Aloha said the discount tickets can be purchased from today through Nov. 18 and are good for travel today through Feb. 29. Buy them on the Web site and there is an additional 5 percent discount.

The sale does not include Vancouver or the airline's destinations in the Central and South Pacific.

Troland buys third Big Isle station

San Diego businessman Thomas Troland has purchased a third Big Island radio stations amid a swirling spiral of buy-sell deals.

The asset purchase agreement for KIPA-AM 620 between Troland and Pacific Radio Group Inc., of Maui, lists the price at $75,000.

Troland recently purchased KKOA-FM 107.1 from Pacific Radio and the as-yet unbuilt KIHH-FM 105.1 from Wisconsin businessman Jon Le Duc. Troland has also applied with the Federal Communications Commission to change the KIHH call letters to KGBX, should the purchase and transfer of broadcast license win approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

The dust devil of deals began around April when Pacific Radio purchased four Big Island stations from Connecticut-based Maverick Media Inc. In August it purchased eight stations from Big Island Radio, owned by Honolulu-based Persis Corp. and long-time Hilo broadcaster Hugh "Buddy" Gordon. FCC ownership limits required Pacific Radio to sell three of the stations and the subsequent transactions caused Gordon to file a petition asking the commission to deny the transfers of broadcast licenses from Big Island Radio to Pacific Radio.

Pacific LightNet expands reach

Honolulu telecommunications provider Pacific LightNet Inc. said it has acquired Big Island Internet provider interLink Hawaii, which will continue to operate as usual under the same name.

Pacific LightNet plans to upgrade interLink Hawaii's server and radio equipment. The purchase price was not disclosed.

InterLink Hawaii has been operating since 1994.

Property firms look to keep staff

Employees of property manager Castle Resorts & Hotels may have new jobs when the sale of the Waikiki Terrace Hotel is complete next month.

Ownership of the property, which is adjacent to Fort DeRussy Park, is slated to change Dec. 28 from Max Holdings Inc. to Waikiki Terrace LLC. There are 49 employees working at the hotel who will be affected by the sale.

The hotel will be rebranded the Outrigger Luana Waikiki in April. Plans are to market the property under Outrigger's Condominium Collection.

Outrigger intends to consider for hire all interested Castle employees that have been displaced as a result of the sale, said Jim Austin, spokesman for property manager Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.


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New Jobs

>> Finance Insurance has appointed Fred Kennison Jr. to controller. He will supervise the integrity of the company's accounting functions and practices. He will also ensure compliance with accounting policies and procedures, and provide direction, development and guidance for accounting personnel. He previously worked at in National Mortgage & Finance's accounting department and most recently was controlled for specialty trade subcontractor Acutron Co. Inc.

>> Julie Nash has joined Alexander & Baldwin as corporate planning manager. She will develop and coordinate the company's annual operating plans, financial forecasts and strategic plans. She will also conduct analysis and research in support of corporate development initiatives. She previously worked for Kraft Foods in New York.

>> The Queen's Medical Center has appointed John French to director of dental resident education. He will develop and implement the residency program curriculum to fulfill American Dental Association requirements, oversee the daily activities of the medical center's dental clinic and participate in patient care. He previously served as prosthodontist in the U.S. Navy.

>> Diagnostic Laboratory Services Inc. recently named Janice Gibson to client support services coordinator. She will coordinate client services for 15 of the company's non-testing satellite offices in Oahu.


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