Southwest Airlines is walking back its plan to serve Hawaii this year. CEO Gary Kelly says he hopes to at least be taking reservations by the end of the year, but cautions it's not entirely in the airline's control. So the time line just got iffy, but not the intention.
The Work Force Job Fair is next Wednesday at Blaisdell. With unemployment below 2% almost 300 employers have signed up to recruit. Pearl Harbor Shipyard will be back. Last fall they hired 90 people.
Territorial Savings Bank, fifth largest in the state, posts a $2 million quarterly profit, half of what it was a year before, after writing down tax assets. In the long term, bank taxes will be lower. Lending grew 12%. Territorial assets top $2 billion for the first time.
The Legal Aid Society will get $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to fight housing discrimination. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.
In the kitchens of Hawaiian Airlines, Chai is passing the torch. In June the new executive chef for the airline will be Lee Anne Wong, an early Top Chef star, and owner of Koko Head Café in Kaimuki.
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