Business / In Brief • Feb. 27, 2014
Kaiser offers free wireless Internet access
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is offering free wireless Internet access to members and guests in hospital rooms and waiting areas in all of its 20 facilities statewide, including Maui.
By connecting through the “KaiserGuest” network, Kaiser Permanente members and guests can access Web-based email, surf the Web and stay connected with work, family and friends using a Wi-Fi enabled computer or mobile device.
Airline ending Honolulu-Fukuoka service
HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines is canceling its daily flight to the Japanese city of Fukuoka, saying it hasn’t been able to get enough passengers on the route.
The airline said in a statement Wednesday that its final flight to Fukuoka will leave Honolulu on June 29 and return the following day.
CEO Mark Dunkerley says the airline hasn’t seen sufficient passenger growth to justify continuing service despite two years of effort.
Solar project to supplement Kauai’s power
LIHUE- Kauai’s utility plans to build a $54 million solar power project on 60 acres in Anahola.
The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative says the 12-megawatt solar project will power 4,000 homes.
It’s expected to supply 20 percent of Kauai’s electricity during daylight hours. It will also provide 5 percent of Kauai’s annual electricity needs.
The utility said Friday that its board and members of the Hawaiian Homes Commission voted to approve the terms of a 25-year lease for the land under the project.
Ownership of the solar array will transfer to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands after 25 years.
The utility has committed to using renewable resources to generate 50 percent of its energy by 2023.