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Friday, December 12, 2008
December 12, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 7:36 PM :: 6415 Views

HMSA to boost rates by 18.2%

Hawaii's largest health insurer received state approval this week to boost rates on Jan. 1 by an average 18.2 percent for 18,000 individual plan members and by 11.4 percent for about 150 large businesses with 130,000 members.

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Drought: HC&S idles 700 workers for week

Facing the worst drought in its history and a 25 percent loss in sugar production, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. is furloughing 700 workers for a week, "from the manager to the janitor."

"Despite occasional heavy rains, like we are experiencing today, our records show that 2008 by far has been the driest year in the last 80-plus years since HC&S began keeping rainfall and ditch flow measurements...."

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Rain pounds O`ahu, Kaua`i, Maui

Some areas were hit by as much as 14 inches of rain in 12 hours as a strong low pressure system arrived northwest of the state, the National Weather Service said.

A gauge in Kane'ohe showed 3.12 inches of rain falling per hour yesterday morning — something forecast to happen just once every 22 years. A gauge in Poamoho measured 3.84 inches of rain an hour, which forecasters predict happens just once every 31 years.

Kaua`i:  4.36" per hour

Maui: 3" rain

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