Poipu Beach was beautiful at 8 a.m. yesterday morning as you can see by this photo. The water was so warm you didn’t even need a wet suit. We are having some really wonderful weather island wide in between the vog that continues to drift over from the Big Island. This Monday Morning I have another posting for you with some interesting island news including:
Go! Airlines Pilots Sacked
Hawaiian Airlines Adds a New Flight
Aloha Airlines Cargo Division Sold
and more but first we’ll cover Real Estate here on Kauai.
*****Kauai Real Estate News*****
Year to date the number of sales are down but the median sales price on Kauai is up. Here are the numbers island wide:
Vacant Land +47.07%
Our sales continue to hold the same line as they have been the last couple of months. For a complete list of what has been listed and what has sold this last week CLICK HERE
*****Go! Pilots Sacked*****
The two Go! Airlines pilots that overshot the Hilo airport by 15 miles have been fired. Mesa Air Group has not released the pilot’s names and the Air Lines Pilots Association says it has filed a grievance for the two pilots. Investigations have focused on the possibility of the pilots falling asleep. The plane, which was carrying 40 passengers, had to circle back and landed safely at the Hilo airport on February 13, 2008.
*****Did You Lose Your Sailboat? *****
An unmanned 30 foot sailboat drifted into Hanalei Bay and remained stuck for several hours. Good Samaritans worked together and freed the boat by 7 pm. The “Felicia” escaped fuel leaks and had minimal damage to it.
*****Uncle Sam and the State of Hawaii*****
In the state of Hawaii Uncle Sam is a true benefactor. On a federal level the government collects and average of $5,500 per person at tax time but spends an average of $10,500 for every resident. Hawaii ranks #2 per capita for national spending on the federal payroll. Where do the dollars go to? By far a good share of it is for military spending with 3.7 billion going towards salaries for military, federal and civilian workers.
*****Hawaiian Airlines to Add Oakland Flight*****
Hawaiian Airlines is adding a Oakland to Honolulu flight this Thursday. This new route will have a kick off celebration in Oakland with live music and hula dancing along with a Hawaiian blessing ceremony.
*****Lawmakers Endorse Turtle Bay Plans*****
State lawmakers have agreed on a bill to allow the purchase of the Turtle Bay Hilton on the North Shore of Oahu. The preliminary plan is to sell the resort itself and keep the multitude of acreage as State land and keep undeveloped. The State is also going ahead with plans to buy 2,100 acres owned by the Galbraith Estate in Central Oahu. These lands would also be left undeveloped.
*****Aloha Air Cargo Winner Is…..*****
Los Angeles Pacific Air Cargo LLC was approved by the US Bankruptcy courts to be the winning bidder for Aloha Air Cargo division. Aloha Airlines filed bankruptcy and shut down service on March 31 leaving its passengers to a mad scramble for tickets to and from Hawaii. The air cargo division is profitable and it services 85% of the states air cargo including all the mail to and from Maui and the Big Island. Pacific Air Cargo already provides similar ground services in Honolulu for Qantus Airlines for their Honlulu and Los Angeles route. Seattle based Saltchuk Resources pulled out after their 13 million offer was outbid at 13.65 million.
Meanwhile Aloha Airlines former pilots union ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association) is seeking the courts assistance to make the sale contingent on the new owner abiding by the terms of the pilots contract that they had with Aloha. Pilots that flew the passenger planes are getting retrained for the cargo division and they would like their pilots to be hired on a seniority basis