Howzit Howard: home closings

Howard Dicus
Howard Dicus

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii information service reports 124 home closings on the Big Island plus 16 on Kauai... 59 condo closings between the two islands. Most prices are about the same as a year ago, until you factor in lower mortgage rates. Prices are down 15 percent in Puna, to a median of 150k, and Kona condos are down 40 percent.

Science applications international of San Diego has won a $19 million contract to freshen the AC and fire suppression systems on Army vehicles, mostly in Afghanistan, but also in Hawaii. and Eyak Services wins $20 million in unspecified high-tech work, a third of it in Korea and Hawaii.

The federal government has suspended a government contractor, saying it allied itself with small businesses to capture small business contracts to which it wasn't actually entitled. GTSI stock plummeted 40 percent on the news, and a lot of little contractors that partner with big ones will be watching how this unfolds.

Airlines don't usually let you give your miles to someone else. But American now says it will let you transfer up to 100,000 miles to others. What happened? In the movie 'Up In The Air,' the hero gives his bazillion miles to his sister for her honeymoon. What airline does he fly? American. Maybe real life frequent flyers tried doing the same and American finally relented.

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