Howzit Howard: Holiday Inn

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Until  now, Holiday Inn's only Waikiki landfall was that little property next to the Wailana. But Outrigger has agreed to let Holiday Inn rebrand the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber, right across the street from the Diamond Head end of Royal Hawaiian Center. Outrigger will still manage it, with the same people. Rebranding happens in November.

The state workplace safety agency has issued several asbestos violations against Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center. Loca Five blew the whistle on the asbestos. Asbestos used to be widely used as a flame retardant in construction, but its needle-shaped fibers embed themselves in the lungs until scar tissue impedes breathing.

New this morning from Washington, a new look for mortgage rates, 4.44 percent. That's the new national average. Hawaii rates tend to be lower.

There are still some farmers in back of Hawaii Kai, but maybe not for long. Kamehameha Schools own their land and is raising their rent from hundreds of dollars per acre to thousands.

Cyanotech reports a $1.7 million quarterly profit. The Kona biotech grows microalgae for antioxidant food and feed.

Finally, Delta Airlines says you can now buy Delta tickets on Facebook. I don't mean linking someplace else, I mean right on Facebook. And that's a first.

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