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the Business End
A look at the week’s economic winners and losers...
As we reported last
week, numbers for the
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hotel industry remain
bleak statewide, with
occupancy and revenue way down
and little relief in sight. Now comes
word that the first, but quite possi- Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-2
bly not last, hospitality casualty
285 Hukilike St., Kahului
has occurred: Kihei’s Maui Lu
(Behind Midas, off Wakea)
Resort announced it’ll close its
doors next month. The resort,
which opened in 1962, will lay off
41 employees. At this point, the plan for the 26-acre piece of real estate is report-
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edly to level the existing buildings, which have fallen into disrepair, and to erect
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Looks like the benefits of lower fuel prices are trickling down: Shipping
company Matson Navigation, a subsidiary of Alexander &
Baldwin, is slashing its fuel surcharge for the second time in as many
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service will drop from 37.5 to 33 percent, translating to a savings of around $15o per
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The saga of Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO Rex Johnson
finally came to an end this week when the embattled chief executive
resigned. Johnson came under fire for forwarding naughty messages
on the company computer—some of which contained racist and sex-
ist jokes about certain presidential candidates—and, after the Honolulu
Advertiser obtained and published the messages, he had everyone from Gov.
Lingle to the NAACP calling for his head. In the end Johnson stepped aside,
although this “resignation” looks a lot like a “Hey Rex, wanna resign or wanna get
fired?” Either way, the whole damn thing was dragged out too long and sucked
up far too much time and energy from an agency that actually has kind of an
important job to do—namely, attracting tourists to an area dependent on tourism
at a time when the economy is—not sure if you’ve heard—kind of hurting. Might
want to get back on that, guys.
elstar L
OK, one more thing to report on the Rex Johnson issue then we promise
we’ll let it rest: HTA has promoted chief administrative officer Lloyd
Unebasami to interim CEO while a search committee looks for a per-
manent replacement. Quick word of advice, Lloyd: That e-mail with the
joke about the blonde, the rabbi and the donkey? Delete it. MTW
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