Business Roundup: 08-26-19

VA resource town hall Sept. 4

A Department of Veterans Affairs Town Hall and Resources Fair, hosted by Veterans Affairs Pacific Island Health Care System Director Jennifer Gutowski, and other Honolulu health professionals, invite veterans, their families and survivors, and any organization or individual who works with or on behalf of veterans to the free event.

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Resources tables, blood pressure checks and other benefits will be available from 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, 73-4485 Kahilihili Street in Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

The purpose is to share information, resources, hear feedback from customers and to answer questions on VA health care, benefits and memorial affairs.

Info: Amy Rohlfs, Public Affairs Officer, Veterans Affairs Pacific Islands Health Care System at 208-5544, Gene Maestas, Public Affairs Officer, National Memorial Cemetery at 532-3720, Aiko Shibuya, Honolulu VA Regional Office at 433-0501.

Report shows Hawaiian Airlines as economic driver

HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines generated the equivalent of $9.3 billion in economic benefit for the state of Hawaii and supported more than 60,000 jobs in 2018, according to an independent report conducted in recognition of the airline’s 90th year of service to the state and its people.

The analysis by ICF, a global consulting services company with specialized expertise in aviation and other industries, examined the most recent publicly available full-year data to assess Hawaiian’s economic impact to its home state.

“Due to the State’s unique geography, HA (Hawaiian Airlines) provides a service to Hawaii that is unmatched anywhere else in the U.S. and most of the world,” the report concluded and stated in a press release issued last week. “The regional economy would be severely stalled without the airline’s inter-island, domestic and international flights.”

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Hawaii’s oldest and longest-serving airline, whose core mission to serve Hawaii has guided its global growth since its founding as Inter-Island Airways on Nov. 11, 1929, today employs more than 7,300 people and operates more than 260 daily flights between the Hawaiian Islands and connecting Hawaii to the U.S. mainland, Asia, Oceania and the South Pacific.

From local and wire sources

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