Howzit Howard - July 21, 2011

Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Unite-here union is having more trouble with Hyatt in some other cities, so it's actually striking at some Hyatt properties on the mainland - Waikiki seems to be more on the sidelines of the battle, hence the occasional rally instead of full-on strikes - Local 5 already has settled its differences with Hilton and Starwood - smaller union hotels in Waikiki usually wait for the major chains to settle, then agree to similar contracts.

United Continental posts a 538 million dollar second quarter profit, down 12% from last year and US Airways posts a 92 million dollar quarterly profit, down two thirds from last year. Both blame their jet fuel bills, but at least are still flying in the black.

The Hawai'i legislature is hosting the Western Legislative conference, the week after next, some 500 people will attend from 13 western states - the meeting will be at the Sheraton Waikiki with registration beginning a week from tomorrow.

The Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting is today at Hilton Hawaiian Village.  I'll moderate a panel featuring Chamber President Jim Tollefson, Tourism Chief Mike McCartney, and BankOH CEO Peter Ho, who chairs the local APEC committee.