Howzit Howard: first-time claims

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There were almost 2,500 first-time claims last week, and more that 18,000 total claims. Most offices saw increases, although Molokai held flat at 183 claims and claims fell in the Kaneohe office. All the numbers remain noticeably lower than last year at the same time, a better picture than the national stats.

Hoku corporation has revised its contract with the company building its Idaho polysilicon plant, setting more specific targets to meet into order to get full payment. The contractor has tripled its work force on the project, to more than 300 people. Polysilicon is the shiny stuff that makes solar panels work.

Island Air celebrates its 30th anniversary in a couple weeks. But actually it's celebrating already, with some lower fares. Thirty dollars off the usual far for travel any time for 30 days starting September 9th. But you have to book Friday.

Looking farther into the future, the state tourism authority says Hawaii will host the 2012 World Vintage Rugby Festival, an event that has never been held anywhere in the United States before. If you think of all the places rugby is played, we're pretty centrally located.

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