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Hawaiian Airlines is 95% on time

Hawaiian Airlines, posting a 95 percent on-time arrival rate, led the nation in April for the sixth straight month and finished the period with no cancellations and four perfect days.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Air Travel Consumer Report said 94.9 percent of Hawaiian's flights arrived within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. Hawaiian averages approximately 30 trans-Pacific flights and 100 interisland flights daily.

"Having 95 percent of all flights arrive on time is not just phenomenal, it's unheard of," said Mark Dunkerley, president and chief operating officer of Hawaiian.

Rounding out the top five in the on-time category were ATA Airlines (87.6 percent), SkyWest Airlines (87.1 percent), JetBlue Airways (86.9 percent) and AirTran Airways (86.3 percent).

The report compares the service records of 19 airlines that provide the DOT with on-time statistics. Hawaiian is the only local carrier that does so.

Builder urges local participation

Actus Lend Lease LLC is advising Hawaii subcontractors to register with the company to increase their chances of getting a piece of the $8 billion in military housing construction contracts won by Actus.

The Napa, Calif.-based development and construction firm said subcontractors should register in its database at one of three Internet sites:, or

Actus Lend Lease has landed contracts to build or renovate about 9,000 homes in Hawaii in the next 10 to 15 years for the Air Force and Army. It said in a release that it is nearing closure of its project agreements with the military.

"We are looking for experience and quality in a variety of construction trades, from electrical work to concrete to carpentry," said Ryan Mielke, the company's regional communications director.

Mielke added that the company expects to give "the vast majority of our construction subcontracting work on these projects to local businesses."

Companies that register in the database will be informed of bidding deadlines and requirements. The database has been in operation for six months and contains listings for more than 500 businesses.

ML Macadamia declares dividend

ML Macadamia Orchards LP declared a quarterly distribution of 5 cents a unit to unit holders of record as of June 30. The payout, which is the same as the previous quarter, will be given out Aug. 12 and marks the 73rd consecutive distribution since the inception of the partnership in 1986. The distribution is equivalent to an annualized dividend yield of 5 percent.

Separately, John Kai, president of Pinnacle Investment Group LLC, was appointed to the board of ML Resources Inc., the general partner of ML Macadamia Orchards.


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