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Hawaiian music takes center court at L.A. Clippers Hawaii Night

All eyes were on Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning recording artist Josh Tatofi tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as he brought his upbeat sounds of the Hawaiian Islands to L.A. Clippers and Boston Celtics fans during a special halftime show. Tatofi performed his new single titled “Melia” released today as part of the L.A. Clippers “Hawaii Night” celebration. Through the support of Hawaii’s tourism industry, the performance gave those... Read More
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Hotel workers rally at Hilton’s and Hawaii’s largest hotel on International Women’s Day

Hundreds of UNITE HERE Local 5 members who work at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the largest Hilton in the world and the largest hotel in Hawaii, who work in housekeeping, food & beverage, engineering, front desk, and more will be joined by non-union hotel workers from the DoubleTree Hilton Alana Waikiki, today, Friday, March 8, from 3:30 to 5:45 pm with a march to the beach that will start at 4:30... Read More
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ISO receives tourism award: Best Boutique Hotel in Hawaii

The ISO, a Castle Resorts & Hotels property, was recently named the 2019 Best Boutique Hotel in Hawaii at the 2nd Annual aio Media Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Awards. The ISO is a 79-room oceanfront retreat on Kauai’s famous Royal Coconut Coast. “We’re extremely proud to receive this incredible recognition for The ISO,” said Castle Resorts & Hotels President and CEO Alan Mattson. “This property is special, from its prime oceanfront... Read More
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CEO Pilar Laguana is fantastic news for Guam Tourism

Pilar Laguana, an international tourism veteran, is now in charge of the Guam Visitors Bureau. She thinks out of the box, she has a global mindset, and she is a prominent figure in the global travel and tourism industry. The new president and CEO, Pilar Laguana, was appointed on February 15, 2018 to lead the most important industry in the U.S. territory – Guam. She took over from former GVB President... Read More
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DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Beach hotel workers call for respect from management

DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Beach hotel workers organized a public action in their hotel lobby this morning, demanding respect from management, safe workloads, and a fair process to decide whether to unionize. “Our decision to demand a fair process to decide whether or not to unionize was not about the money, but rather the respect. I have seen so much favoritism, inconsistency, and targeting at the DoubleTree. Whilst the bulls... Read More
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Honolulu Mayor wants to increase hotel taxes

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell today unveiled a US$2.83 billion operating budget, – 8.6 percent higher than last year, which is the equivalent of an additional $223 million. The proposed tax increase includes owners of hotel and resort land and higher-end residential “investment” properties paying $1 more for every $1,000 of assessed value. Property taxes are the city’s main source of revenue, and the proposed increases in would net around US$31 million... Read More
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Southwest wants to give Hawaiian Airlines a run for its money

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Linkedin Print Tumblr Viber Southwest Airlines is about to give Hawaiian Airlines a literal run for its money as it plans to lay a claim on the Aloha State’s inter-island market. According to Southwest’s Revenue Chief, Andrew Watterson, flights within the state will begin not long after the commencement of flights between Hawaii and the US mainland. eTN Chatroom: Discuss with readers from around the world:... Read More

ACLU of Hawaii reminds government and officials: Court decisions restrict censorship of social media

Like many of us, public officials and government agencies use social media to communicate, interact and to be accessible – getting comments and engaging in discussion with constituents, voters, and supporters. When a comment on a social media page is critical, it may be tempting to delete or suppress it. But the First Amendment holds government officials to a higher standard. They must let all voices be heard. Courts have been clear that social media used for official communications by public officials and government... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism: January visitor spending down 3.8%

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.62 billion in January 2019, a decrease of 3.8 percent compared to January 2018, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. In January, visitor spending increased from the U.S. East (+2.4% to $461.6 million) but declined from U.S. West (-5.4% to $557.8 million), Japan (-6.5% to $179.4 million), Canada (-2.1% to $167.6 million)... Read More
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For many years, in addition to our international travel news coverage, eTurboNews has carefully followed tourism in our home state of Hawaii and has published a series of articles critical of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) which are archived HERE. With the recent very positive HTA board and leadership changes, HTA and their small staff now need all of the professional guidance and support they can get in order to even... Read More