Howzit Howard 3/9/16: Kaiser Permanente, HMSA, HPR, Airlines

Howzit Howard 3/9/16

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kaiser Permanente today distributes job offers to Maui and Lanai hospital employees today – the next step in the state outsourcing to Kaiser the operation of Maui Memorial Medical Center and its network.

The Hawaii House has passed a bill aimed at HMSA requiring approval of CT scans by a third party on the mainland. The bill bars insurers from requiring pre-authorization of services that cause "undue delay."

Hawaii Public Radio hires its next GM. Jose Fajardo has public radio and TV experience in Texas and Florida. He and outgoing GM Michael Titterton will work the spring pledge drive together.

Hawaiian Airlines and Philippine Airlines used to be archrivals flying Manila-Honolulu. Now Philippines Air wants HAL to be its PAL - selling codeshare tickets from Honolulu to neighbor islands.

Air New Zealand today begins serving Hawaii with its brand new Boeing 787-900. The all-black jetliner will arrive in daylight so if you're at the airport you can't miss it.

United Airlines quietly expanded its board by three members over the weekend. Now some shareholders want their own people on the board, including former Continental CEO Gordon Bethune.

NCL released highlights of its fall cruise schedule today, including the Canary Islands, and the Canadian Maritimes – and spotlighted its Hawaii cruises on the newly-refurbished Pride of America.

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