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Hawaiian Air CEO to retire in March

HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines said Thursday that CEO Mark Dunkerley will retire in March and be replaced by the airline’s chief commercial officer, Peter Ingram.

Ingram, 51, joined Hawaiian as chief financial officer in December 2005, six months after the airline emerged from bankruptcy reorganization. Since 2011, he has overseen marketing and sales, network planning and other functions.

Among Ingram’s challenges will be new competition. Southwest Airlines plans to begin flying from the Mainland to Hawaii in late 2018 or early 2019, and it is considering adding flights between islands, a market dominated by Hawaiian. Dunkerley, 54, joined Hawaiian in late 2002 and has been CEO since 2005 — among the longest-tenured CEOs in the airline industry. He had been an executive at British Airways and an aviation consultant before that.

When Dunkerley arrived, Hawaiian depended almost entirely on interisland routes and traffic from the Mainland. As CEO, he tried to grab a bigger share of Asian tourists to Hawaii by adding flights from Japan, China, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. International travel now accounts for about one-fourth of the airline’s revenue.


Ex-band director denies claims

HONOLULU — The former private school band director who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor denies all allegations against him, his lawyer said.

Peter Rucci, 61, appeared in court Wednesday and is expected to plead not guilty to all nine sexual-assault counts at his upcoming arraignment.

The alleged victim was between the ages of 14 and 16, and Rucci is accused of assaulting that victim in June, according to an indictment filed Wednesday.

Rucci became band director at Damien Memorial School in August.

Rucci’s lawyer, Victor Bakke, said that his client hasn’t received any information about the allegations.

Rucci was released from jail after posting $150,000 bail.

He began teaching at Honolulu Waldorf School in 2000 and was the school’s orchestra director until earlier this year when he left to go to Damien.

Rucci was also the band director at Le Jardin Academy in Kailua, Oahu, this year, working on the middle school and high school campuses, according to a school newsletter.


Officials consider restricting homes

HONOLULU — The Honolulu City Council is considering restricting large homes in residential neighborhoods.

The City Council on Thursday heard public comment both for and against two measures on large homes.

Resident Ninjin Miao said that the homes are used by multigenerational families.

“Think about Kakaako area, all those new-built condos,” Miao said. “Can an ordinary working-class afford those condos? They cannot. And the solution is buying ohana housing, all the multigenerational family live in one house and I don’t see any problem with that.”

The first measure would put a temporary ban on all large-scale homes, but that was deferred and is expected to be discussed in January.

The second measure, which moves to the full council next month, would “limit the floor area” of a single-family home.