Business / In Brief • June 5, 2013

Airline unveils Hawaii-themed airplane

HONOLULU – A Hawaii high school student’s design now adorns an Alaska Airlines jet.

The airline says Kaiser High School student Aaron Nee’s Hawaii-themed design was chosen from nearly 3,000 entries in the airline’s “Paint-the-Plane” contest. The contest was sponsored by the airline in partnership with the Hawaii Department of Education and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.

The design depicts a voyaging canoe, a bright yellow hibiscus, the Hawaiian Island chain and the phrase, “Spirit of the Islands.”

The plane touched down in Honolulu on Monday. The aircraft will fly throughout most of the Alaska Airlines network, connecting destinations from Hawaii to San Diego and from Alaska to as far south as Mexico.

Nee receives a trip for four to any of the carrier’s destinations and a $5,000 scholarship.


State announces mortgage settlement

HONOLULU – More than 1,400 Hawaii borrowers will receive checks of $1,480 as part of claims paid for likely mortgage servicing abuse, the Hawaii attorney general announced Tuesday.

The 1,413 eligible borrowers lost homes to foreclosure between January 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011, and were required to submit a valid foreclosure payment claim. The deadline for applying has passed.

Attorney General David Louie said the checks are drawn from a $1.5 billion payment pool negotiated as part of the National Mortgage Settlement.

Hawaii borrowers are in line for a little more than $2 million.


Tesoro moves forward with refinery layoffs

KAPOLEI – Tesoro Hawaii is moving forward with plans to lay off workers in phases at the Kapolei oil refinery as discussions continue with potential buyers.

Spokesman Lance Tanaka says a “handful” of employees were given notices Monday that they will be laid off starting June 17 and 21.

He says if a buyer emerges, that could change.

The company previously announced that it would postpone layoffs. The state was notified last month the company plans to lay off 165 workers in phases.