Big Isle tuna farm nets federal permit
HONOLULU - A Honolulu-based company that wants to farm ahi in waters off the Big Island has received a federal permit.
Hawaii Oceanic Technology Inc. said Thursday the state Department of Health has issued it a permit under a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program that regulates the discharge of pollutants into U.S. waters.
The company several years ago won approval from the state Board of Land and Natural Resources to use large underwater cages to grow the tuna about three miles off the coast of Kaiwahae.
The project would be the nation's first tuna farm and the world's first commercial bigeye farm.
The company aims to artificially hatch bigeye on land, and then later take the fish to giant ocean pens where they will grow.
Hawaiian to promo addition to its fleet
HONOLULU - Hawaiian Airlines is offering a short-term air promotion for Neighbor Island travel, including the Valley Isle, following its addition of three aircraft to its interisland fleet and the introduction of its Maui hub, the airline announced.
For travel between Tuesday and June 30, the airline is offering the following one-way, nonstop fares:
* $72.30 for Maui to Honolulu and Honolulu to Kauai.
* $75.30 for Maui to Kauai and Hilo; and for Honolulu to Hilo and Kona.
* $65.30 for Maui to Kona.
Tickets must be purchased by April 30.
The special fares include all taxes and fees. Seats offered at the special rates are subject to availability and may vary by day and flight. Tickets may be booked online at www.HawaiianAirlines.com.
At of the end of March, Hawaiian had increased its Neighbor Island schedule by 23 to 25 flights daily with the addition of three Boeing 717-200 aircraft. The airline also has created a Maui hub at Kahului Airport to expand service options to the Mainland and Neighbor Island destinations.