Airline to sell Waikiki Seaside
HONOLULU - United Airlines is selling a Waikiki hotel it owns to an undisclosed buyer.
Airline spokesman Michael Trevino says the Seaside Hotel was put on the market some time ago. He says the deal hasn't been closed.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday the pending sale has sparked protest from airline workers and retirees who have been staying there for decades.
Hotel workers were notified of the pending sale in a termination letter, with their last day being Feb. 29. Some may have opportunities to work for the new managers.
Hotel industry observers say the transaction is noteworthy because it's one of the few hotels in Waikiki on fee-simple land.
According to property tax records, the 125-unit hotel was assessed at $9.4 million last year.
Hawaiian Air earns carbon credits
HONOLULU - Hawaiian Airlines says it is the first airline to receive verified carbon credits for reducing emissions.
The airline announced Monday it has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 22,000 metric tons over the past six years by using environmentally friendly engine washing technology.
A carbon credit is a way to measure the reduction of industrial carbon dioxide emissions. One credit equals removing one ton of carbon dioxide. The airline says its credits have been certified by a leading independent standard for measuring and verifying greenhouse gas emissions and the creation of carbon credits.
The airline says its engine washing system has had the equivalent of taking 700 cars off the road annually.