Business/In Brief • Oct. 24, 2013

Hawaiian seeks a Kona-Haneda flight

HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines says it’s applying to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the right to fly nonstop between Kailua-Kona and Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

The airline said Tuesday it’s seeking operating slots at Haneda that American Airlines will be giving up later this year. It’s proposing a daily flight using Airbus A330 planes.

American said last week it would stop flying its route linking Haneda and New York’s John F. Kennedy airport.

Hawaiian will have competition for the slots. United Airlines announced Friday it will apply for the authority to operate a daily flight connecting Haneda and San Francisco.

Japan Airlines used to fly nonstop between Kona and Tokyo’s Narita airport but it discontinued this service in 2010. Hawaii Island has been without a nonstop flight to Japan since.


L.A. company offers top bid for resort

HILO – A Los Angeles-based travel company is offering $3.5 million for Naniloa Volcanoes Resort.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports documents filed in federal bankruptcy court last week indicate Asia Travel Center Inc. submitted the top bid for the resort.

The resort includes a 383-room hotel and nine-hole golf course on Hilo’s Banyan Drive.

Hawaii Outdoor Tours Inc. bought the resort for $6.1 million in 2006.

The proposed Asia Travel Center deal calls for the company to spend another $1.5 million to cover defaults on lease payments made to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and state and county taxes.

Bankruptcy trustee David Farmer says he expects other offers to come in when a motion to sell the hotel is considered Nov. 6 in bankruptcy court in Honolulu.