State roundup for July 15


Japanese center receives grant

HONOLULU (AP) — The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii will receive a $111,557 grant from the National Park Service to help increase public awareness about the Honouliuli Internment Camp in Hawaii.

The money will be used to develop a multimedia and virtual tour of the camp where as many as 300 Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. Monsanto Hawaii owns the land where the former camp is located in Kunia.

The money is the latest in a series of National Park Service grants the Japanese Cultural Center has received for the continued study and preservation of the camp.

New zoo chief takes the reins

HONOLULU (AP) — There’s a new director at the Honolulu Zoo.

Jeffrey Mahon started work Friday morning. He has worked at various underwater facilities and aquariums around the world. Most recently he was director of exhibits and animal husbandry at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. He has also worked in Singapore, Thailand, China and Guam.

He replaces Manuel Mollinedo, who resigned effective March 1. Mollinedo became zoo director in December 2010. During his leadership, the Honolulu Zoo earned accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell says Mahon’s background in developing world-class exhibits will enhance the zoo’s future appeal.

Airlines have code share deal

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines and Taiwan’s China Airlines have a new code share agreement that will make it easier for passengers to fly on each other’s flights.

The agreement will allow passengers traveling between Hawaii and China Airlines destinations in Asia — like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore — to seamlessly book and check-in on a single ticket.

It will do the same for passengers traveling from Taipei to Hawaiian Airlines destinations like Maui, Kauai in the islands and Las Vegas and Seattle on the mainland. The deal comes after Hawaiian Airlines launched non-stop service between Taipei and Honolulu this week.

Separately, Hawaiian said Friday’s return flight from Taipei to Honolulu was delayed by Typhoon Soulik.

 

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