Hawaii Tourism News 

Saving Hawaii’s Big Island with lava tourism

lava tourism Volcano and lava tourism is nothing new. Tourists have been traveling to active volcanoes for literally hundreds of years to see molten lava as up close and personal as possible. Perhaps the fascination lies in seeing the “insides” of our Earth home with our own eyes. The very core of our planet has made its way to the surface and is bubbling, steaming, and sometimes spewing molten rock in... Read More
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Frequently asked questions answered about Hawaii volcano and earthquake recovery

The Federal Assistance and Disaster Recovery Centers answer frequently asked questions about Hawaii volcano and earthquake help. Q: Does it usually take more than two months after a disaster to receive additional FEMA assistance? A disaster declaration was approved on May 8, 2018 for Public Assistance, which provides reimbursement to state and local agencies for repairs to damaged public infrastructure and costs incurred for responding to the disaster. At that time,... Read More
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Keaau Disaster Recovery Center will close on Sundays

The Keeau Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will close on Sundays beginning July 22. Weekdays, the DRC will remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help Hawaii County residents who suffered losses from the Kilauea eruptions and earthquakes. The center will be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at Keaau High School Gymnasium, 16-725 Keaau-Pahoa Rd., the center is staffed by representatives of FEMA, the U.S.... Read More
Hawaii Tourism News 

Hawaiian Airlines has a dream and said yes to Boeing for 10 787-9

Hawaiian Airlines goes all out with Dreamliners. AFter Hawaiian Airlines ditched the Airbus Neo,  Boeing and Hawaiian Airlines announced the companies finalized an order yesterday for 10 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $2.82 billion at list prices. The deal also includes purchase rights for 10 additional 787s. “The Dreamliner’s operational performance and passenger-friendly cabin makes it an ideal aircraft to serve as our flagship aircraft of the future,” said Peter Ingram, president and... Read More
Turtle Bay Resort Hawaii Tourism News 

Benchmark appoints new Director of Sales and Marketing for Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu

Benchmark, a global hospitality company, has appointed Jon Conching director of sales and marketing for Turtle Bay Resort. The Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property is located on Oahu’s legendary North Shore. Jerry Gibson, Benchmark’s vice president and managing director for the resort, made the announcement. “It is indeed a pleasure to formally welcome Jon to Benchmark and to Turtle Bay Resort,” said Mr. Gibson. “His multi-decade highly successful career and business... Read More
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Federal Disaster Assistance for Hawaii weather crises recovery tops $2.5 million

Recovery from the April severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides, in the City and County of Honolulu and Kaua’i County due to severe Hawaii weather is underway. On June 27, 2018, individuals and households were immediately able to begin registering for federal assistance. To date, more than $2.5 million in state and federal assistance grants to individuals and households has been approved. As of close of business Monday, July 16, nearly... Read More
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters News for Visitors 

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers special promotion in honor of World Helicopter Day

To commemorate World Helicopter Day, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is offering guests a 15% discount on all helicopter tours that occur on Sunday, August 19, 2018. This special offer is valid for any helicopter tours that day on Maui, Oahu, Kauai and Island of Hawaii (Big Island). A portion of the proceeds from the special promotion will benefit Hawaii’s Make-A-Wish Foundation. “We join the helicopter industry across the globe in celebrating this... Read More
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FEMA Individual Assistance program supports Kilauea volcano recovery

Individual Assistance (IA) provides financial assistance and direct services to eligible individuals and households who have uninsured and underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs. The program is intended to meet basic needs and help residents get back on their feet, important to Kilauea volcano survivors. • FEMA’s Rental Assistance is provided to the survivor to temporarily rent housing for their entire household. • Home Repair Assistance helps with essential repairs to... Read More
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Hawaii overtourism: The reality

Frank Haas is the President of Marketing Management, a consultancy focused on travel and tourism in Hawaii and internationally. Haas is the former Dean and currently lectures at Kapi‘olani Community College’s Hospitality program. His experience includes executive positions in higher education, tourism and hospitality, food service, advertising, and high technology. Haas served as Vice President and Director of Marketing for the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and was responsible for $50 million... Read More
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22 tourists injured as flying rock from Hawaii volcano crashes tour boat

Flying rock from Hawaii volcano crashes tour boat A ‘lava bomb’, a flying chunk of molten rock, hit an ocean tour boat near the Big Island of Hawaii, puncturing the vessel’s roof and injuring the people on board, the island’s fire department has confirmed. At least 22 people were injured when the lava hit the boat, which carried 52 people in total. One of the tourists’ injuries were classed as severe.... Read More