HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Separate approval by each carrier was required, but now that's happened - and the two airlines prepare for a promotional splash, probably on October one, the day the lawyers hand the merger documents across the table to officers of the two carriers. Merging actual operations will take a lot longer. Delta and Northwest consolidated operations in one year - American took several years to absorb TWA, and US Airways still has two sets of union contracts five years after merging with America West.
A really big defense contract on Guam goes to a joint venture of three companies, and one of them is based here. Denny Watts' Watts Constructors will partner with California-based webcor and Japan-based Obayashi to demolish a navy hospital on Guam and build a new one. This is a $158 million deal.
Smith Travel research saw more hotel rooms empty out across America in the seven days to last Sunday. Nationwide occupancy 54 percent, Orlando down to 46 - but hospitality advisors reported firmer trade in Hawaii. Oahu 82 percent full, Maui 68, Kauai 62, Big Island a hair under 50 percent.
Another decent kama'aina deal, this time for visits to the Big Island. It's $139 a day for a room at the Keauhou Beach Resort and Dollar Rent-A-Car. And they throw breakfast in. Some hotels offer their best rates in September and October.