Business / In Brief • Feb. 7, 2013

Funds being sought for control of beetle

HONOLULU – Hawaii lawmakers want to dedicate more than $1 million over the next two years to mitigate the effects of a beetle that is endangering the state’s coffee crops.

Almost a dozen representatives co-sponsored a bill to spend $1 million on research to figure out how to stop the beetle from infesting Hawaii coffee plantations.

The lawmakers also want $330,000 to fund a task force to control existing infestations.

The bill has been referred to the agriculture and finance committees. It hasn’t been scheduled for a hearing yet.


Passenger increase – Hawaiian Airlines

HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines says more passengers flew its airline in January.

The airline reported Wednesday that it transported 792,009 passengers for the month, an increase of 7.2 percent compared to the same month a year ago.

The airline says in January more than 80 percent of seats were filled. Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii’s biggest airline, providing passenger air service for visitors from the Mainland.