Daily Archives: December 4, 2008

Angry Judge Questions Plan To Take Over Aloha Name

Speaking of Hawaii, the plan to sell the Aloha airlines name to the company that drove it out of business didn’t get much sympathy from a judge in Honolulu.

Judge Lloyd King questioned the sensitivity of the deal involving Mesa airlines, its go! subsidiary and the former Aloha investor that is offering to sell the company name, according to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

“How about all the people whose lives were devastated in this case?” King asked. “Doesn’t that count? Is it just the money?”

About 2,000 Aloha employees lost their jobs when the airline went bankrupt after an agressive fare war waged by Phoenix-based Mesa.

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Hawaii Plans Bike Sharing, Obama Tours

I like to check in periodically to see what’s going on in Hawaii because I enjoy tormenting myself, especially when the frost is thick on the Subaru.

Looks like entrepreneurs on Oahu are planning to start a bike-sharing program in June. Swipe a credit card, ride across Honolulu and return the bike to another rack. And be sure to return the bike — the charge is $900 if you don’t.

And some Obama-related tours are starting to spring up in Honolulu, where the president-elect spent most of his youth. The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau has gotten into the act, if a bit belatedly, with a Barack Obama’s Hawaii page on its Web site.

Interesting that the photo at the top of the page is an unflattering one of Obama shoving shave ice into his face. (I mean, it’s not flattering to Obama. The shave ice looks delicious.) And that Hawaii’s Republican governor is being criticized for a perceived snub of Obama.

As always: just sayin’.