Kaiser streamlining, to lay off 20 workers
HONOLULU - Hawaii's largest health maintenance organization is laying off 20 employees in a streamlining effort.
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced Tuesday that it is laying off 20 management and nonunion workers.
The company has about 4,400 employees in Hawaii.
Kaiser spokeswoman Lori Abe said in an email that the company hopes the affected workers will choose to remain by applying for open positions with the company.
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii reported a $200,000 loss in the second quarter.
Upgrades to begin for slaughterhouse
PAAUILO, Hawaii - Hawaii County held a blessing to start $4 million in renovations to a state-owned slaughterhouse on the Hamakua Coast to support the future of the Big Island's grass-fed beef industry.
Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi said Tuesday that upgrading the Paauilo slaughterhouse is an important first step.
The state-funded renovations will reduce a processing backlog that makes it difficult for ranchers to bring their animals to market at the right time.