Howzit Howard - Unemployment, Koloa Rum

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu jobless rose from 5.4% in July to 5.5% in August.  But it turns out that's still one of the lowest jobless rates in the nation - the labor department checked 372 US cities and only 20 had lower jobless rates in August than Honolulu.

When General Growth decided to spin off its developer division, it kept Ala Moana Center but spun off Victoria Ward Limited. The new company is called Howard Hughes Corporation.  The new head of Ward Centers is Bobbie Lau, formerly with Colliers Monroe Friedlander.

Kauai-based Koloa Rum Company has joined the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States under its craft distiller affiliate membership program - Koloa Rum makes single-batch rum in Kalaheo and has a store in Lihue - Koloa Rum is the first Hawaii micro-distiller to join the spirits council in this program.