Business / In Brief • July 13, 2013

Committee pulls Coco Palms petition

LIHUE – A committee supporting restoration of a Kauai resort made famous by Elvis Presley has pulled an online petition.

The Garden Island reports the Save Coco Palms Committee removed the petition a few hours after it went up Wednesday.

The shuttered resort was made famous by the 1961 Presley move “Blue Hawaii.” It was damaged by a 1992 hurricane and has become an eyesore on Kauai’s busiest corridor.

Ordinances approved by Kauai County retained a provision for Coco Palms restoration as a nonconforming structure but Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. wants the measure repealed.

The Kauai Planning Commission voted Tuesday to transmit the proposed repeal to the county council.

County spokeswoman Beth Tokioka says Carvalho wants to see movement on the property toward cleaning it and progressing toward meaningful reuse.


2 airlines announce code share deal

HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines and Taiwan’s China Airlines have a new code share agreement that will make it easier for passengers to fly on each other’s flights.

The agreement will allow passengers traveling between Hawaii and China Airlines destinations in Asia – like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore – to seamlessly book and check-in on a single ticket.

It will do the same for passengers traveling from Taipei to Hawaiian Airlines destinations like Maui and Kauai in the islands and Las Vegas and Seattle on the U.S. Mainland.

The deal comes after Hawaiian Airlines launched nonstop service between Taipei and Honolulu this week.

Separately, Hawaiian said Friday’s return flight from Taipei to Honolulu was delayed by Typhoon Soulik.