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August 5, 2012
The Associated Press

2 dead, 3 hurt after van goes over a cliff

NAWILIWILI, Kauai - Two people were killed and three people injured after the van they were riding in went out of control and crashed, Kauai police said Saturday.

The van was going downhill on a street near Nawiliwili around 2 a.m. when it struck a guardrail and slid across the road before going down the embankment and hitting a tree.

The driver, 31-year-old Christopher Santiago, and a passenger, 23-year-old Eryn O'Shaughnessy, both of Kapaa, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Another female passenger was airlifted to Queen's Medical Center on Oahu in critical condition, while two others were taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital in serious condition.


Company changes name to Hawaii Gas

HONOLULU - A Honolulu gas company has a new name and logo.

The Gas Co. is now Hawaii Gas. The company also announced Wednesday that it has a new logo - a circular green flame meant to evoke a Hawaiian fishhook to reflect values of sustenance and environmental stewardship.

In addition to traditional gas products, Hawaii Gas is producing renewable natural gas and hydrogen from agricultural feedstock.

The company says it is also introducing natural gas brought to Hawaii in the form of liquefied natural gas in an attempt to reduce the state's dependence on imported petroleum.


Partnership focuses on Chinese travelers

HONOLULU - A company that calls itself the largest tourism enterprise in China is partnering with Hawaiian Airlines and Hilton Hotels to market the Aloha State.

China International Travel Service said Wednesday that it had already sold more than 30 group tours to Hawaii. Company President Yu Ning-Ning said the partnership is an opportunity to increase interest in travel to Hawaii among Chinese travelers, a growing market for tourism to the islands.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said tourists from China have contributed $178 million in 2011 expenditures.

Hawaii Tourism China said the partnership is expected to bring 2,600 Chinese visitors to Hawaii and generate about $4 million in revenue by the end of the year.


Fired airport official will receive benefits

HONOLULU - The Transportation Security Administration will pay a financial settlement to a former Honolulu airport official who appealed his firing.

Glen Kajiyama's attorney said the TSA settled the case days before a hearing was scheduled last month. Kajiyama was in charge of TSA operations at the Honolulu International Airport and was among dozens of employees fired or suspended last year after an investigation found that workers did not screen checked bags for explosives.

Attorney Elbridge Smith said Kajiyama did nothing wrong. He'll be allowed to retire later this month and receive full benefits. A TSA spokesman declined to comment on the settlement. Citing a confidentiality agreement, Smith wouldn't disclose the amount.



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