June bankruptcies dropped
HONOLULU - Hawaii bankruptcies fell to their lowest level in nearly four years.
According to the data released Monday by U.S. Bankruptcy Court, there were 185 filings in June. That's 33 percent fewer than 276 cases filed in June 2011.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports it's the lowest volume since July 2008 when there were 157 filings.
Like the rest of the nation, Hawaii residents are taking advantage of low interest rates to help control long-term debt.
On Oahu, the number of cases fell to 117, a 28.2 percent drop from the same month last year. They fell to 30 in Maui county, a 53.8 percent drop from June 2011. In Hawaii County, there were 28 cases, a 6.7 drop. For Kauai County, there was a 4.4 decline to 10 cases.
Aloha Maid beverage recalled
HONOLULU - Customers in Hawaii who purchased a canned coconut water and pineapple beverage from a certain date are being asked to return the drinks for a refund.
Beverage maker Ito En USA says its canned Aloha Maid coconut water with pineapple purchased since May 16 should be returned.
The company says the drink has an "off smell" and should not be consumed. There have been no reports of anyone becoming seriously ill from consuming the product.
The voluntary recall affects cans stamped on the underside with the code IHMAY0913. The UPC code is 8-35146-00818-3.
Ito En is researching the cause.