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Traveling to Hawaii? How LGBTQ friendly is the Aloha State?

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their 5th annual State Equality Index (SEI), a comprehensive report detailing statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families, and assessing how well states are protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. Hawaii falls into the category, “Solidifying Equality.” Because there are currently no comprehensive civil rights protections for LGBTQ people at the federal level, the rights... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism: Visitors spent $17.82 billion in 2018

Hawaii welcomed 9,954,548 visitors in 2018 Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent $17.82 billion in 2018, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to 2017, according to preliminary year-end statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Spending by visitors generated $2.08 billion in state tax revenue in 2018, an increase of $133.1 million (+6.8%) from 2017. Additionally, 217,000 jobs statewide were supported by Hawaii’s tourism industry in 2018, up 6.8 percent... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism issues report on accommodations in the Aloha State

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has issued the 2018 Visitor Plant Inventory Report, which shows total visitor accommodation units throughout the Hawaiian Islands have increased slightly to 80,751 units (+0.1%) compared to 2017. Most of Hawaii’s visitor accommodation units in 2018 were comprised of hotel rooms (54.3%), followed by vacation rentals (16.2%), timeshare units (14.8%) and condo hotel units (13.1%), with the balance (1.6%) being a combination of other accommodation types,... Read More
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Flight attendant dies on Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu – New York flight

Hawaiian Airlines flight 50 departed Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Thursday night with 253 passengers for a scheduled nonstop flight to New York, JFK airport. One of the flight attendant working this flight was 60-year-old Emile Griffith a resident of Pahoa, on the Island of Hawaii. He worked for the airline for more than 30 years. Midway over the Pacific Ocean, his colleagues, a doctor and a paramedic among passengers performed cardiopulmonary... Read More
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Flight attendant dies on Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu – New York flight

Hawaiian Airlines flight 50 departed Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Thursday night with 253 passengers for a scheduled nonstop flight to New York, JFK airport. One of the flight attendant working this flight was 60-year-old Emile Griffith a resident of Pahoa, on the Island of Hawaii. He worked for the airline for more than 30 years. Midway over the Pacific Ocean, his colleagues, a doctor and a paramedic among passengers performed cardiopulmonary... Read More
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How did Hawaii hotels perform in 2018?

Hawaii hotels statewide concluded 2018 with modest increases in revenue per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rate (ADR), and a small decrease in occupancy. According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), statewide RevPAR grew to $222 (+4.6%), ADR rose to $278 (+5.1%), and occupancy of 79.8 percent (-0.4 percentage points) was similar in 2018 to 2017. HTA’s Tourism Research Division issued the... Read More
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ACLU of Hawaii names new Smart Justice Campaign Director

The ACLU of Hawaii is proud to announce the addition to its team of Monica Espitia, Smart Justice Campaign Director. Monica will be leading the ACLU of Hawaii’s local, on-the-ground Smart Justice work. Hawaii is participating in the ACLU’s nationwide Smart Justice campaign, an initiative focused on reducing mass incarceration by fifty percent while addressing racial bias throughout the criminal justice system. Ms. Espitia has worked within the ACLU for over 13 years, most recently with the ACLU of Florida where she was... Read More
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No Southwest Airlines flights for Hawaii travelers

Southwest Airlines is reaching out to Hawaii budget travelers with budget flights that are so critical to this expensive state. Some flyers are happy, while some say this is just going to contribute to over tourism in the Aloha State. But for now, it’s a moot point, because these flights won’t be happening for months to come, and here’s why. It’s all because of the US government shutdown. eTN Chatroom: Discuss... Read More
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Hawaii ACLU takes a stance on Trump’s stance on “his wall”

The ACLU of Hawaii Executive Director Joshua Wisch issued the following statement in response to the US President's current stance on building "his wall:" “Hawaii is home to tens of thousands of federal workers. We’re also home to refugees and DACA recipients. In his statement today, the President is using their lives as poker chips in his bid to secure billions for a wall that doesn’t stand the independent scrutiny of Congress or... Read More
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US Government shut down: Hawaiian Kingdom separatist group storms building to take over

Hawaii doesn’t need a US Federal Government. This is the opinion of a separatist group named the Kingdom of Atooi that stormed the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in Honolulu today and caused a lockdown and massive police intervention. The Kingdom of Atooi stormed the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) stating that they were there to arrest trustees and seize assets. This caused a lockdown that lasted several hours as the group... Read More