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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2005

Sea Life Park adds 60 jobs

Advertiser Staff

Renato Lenzi, general manager of Sea Life Park, said the new owners have invested "nearly $3 million in operational improvements and added over 60 new jobs" at the East O'ahu marine attraction.

Mexico-based Dolphin Discovery acquired Sea Life Park in January and has reclaimed previously out-sourced activities such as the restaurant and photo concession, the company said. The company said it also plans to add an evening lu'au with a dolphin show.

Japan Airlines to cut Isle flights

Japan Airlines Corp. will reduce the number of flights to resort destinations including Honolulu, according to the Nihon Keizai, Japan's leading economic daily newspaper.

The Tokyo-based airline will cut from two to one its daily number of flights from Kansai International to Ho-nolulu, and shut down its Honolulu, Seoul and Hong Kong routes from Fukuoka, the newspaper said. Japan Airlines will discontinue routes used primarily by tour groups in which sales are low, the newspaper said.

In October, Japan Airlines also will discontinue daily flights from Chubu International Airport to Guam.

Assisted living costs top nation

Hawai'i tops the nation with the highest cost for staying in an assisted living facility, according to Genworth Financial's annual Cost of Care Survey.

The average annual cost for a private one-bedroom unit in an assisted living facility in Hawai'i is $49,200, compared with the national average of $30,300. A summary of the study is available at: http://www.genworth.com/comweb/pdfs/2005execsumma ry.pdf.

Kaiser unit wins $5.6M grant

A $5.6 million grant was awarded to the Center for Health Research, Hawai'i, a unit of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. The federal grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute will go toward research on how employers and health plans can work together to improve employee health. The center is conducting a three-year project to help workers in 29 Waikiki hotels improve their health.