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Tourism dollars rolling in: Hawaii visitor spending up 2.4 percent in July

Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.70 billion in July 2019, an increase of 2.4 percent compared to July 2018, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). Hawaii Island continues to show positive signs as it recovers from last year’s downturn in visitors due to the eruption at Kīlauea volcano. Tourism dollars from the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) helped to fund numerous community... Read More
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USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii finally set to re-open

“The National Park Service is excited to welcome our visitors back to the USS Arizona Memorial very soon,” said Pearl Harbor National Memorial Acting Superintendent Steve Mietz. The sunken battleship memorial, one of the most visited attractions in the state, sees 4,000 to 5,000 people a day. In 2018, nearly 1.8 million people visited the Pearl Harbor site. Access to the memorial was suspended in May 2018 when park staff noticed... Read More

San Francisco to Honolulu in 76 days: A record paddle adventure

https://youtu.be/PD31DHE5foA San Francisco to Honolulu, 76 days 75 nights. For the owner of an adventure tourism company in Madrid, a trip from San Francisco took 76 days and 75 nights. Spanish tourist Antonio De La Rosa had a long and incredible journey to the Aloha State. He didn’t fly on United Airlines but just paddled from San Francisco to Honolulu. Tweets and media is going crazy about this story. Some comments:... Read More
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Hawaiian Island Air hired a CEO with the intention to bankrupt the airline?

Hawaiian Island Air hired a CEO with the intention to bankrupt the airline? Airlines and Interisland Transportation Companies in Hawaii: First it was Aloha Airlines, the SuperFerry,  after that Mahalo Air, followed by United Airlines codeshare partner Island Air – all of them bankrupt.  Through all of this, Hawaiian Airlines was the lucky one and had been become a little stronger, every time bringing inter-island airfares to the highest levels in... Read More
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The Island Air and Honolulu Rail Connection in Federal Bankruptcy Court?

HART and Island Air may be connected in a conspiracy of corporate greed, lies, and possible fraud in hiring David Uchiyama. A complaint filed on August 12 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Honolulu alleges Uchiyama was hired knowingly by Island Air owners to run the company into the ground. Many loyal workers for Island Air lost their jobs and health insurance overnight. Hawaiian Airlines almost became a monopoly overnight, increasing their... Read More
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ACLU of Hawaii tells Trump administration: Don’t roll back trans rights

Earlier this month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii (“ACLU of Hawaii”) urged the United States Department of Health and Human Services not to roll back health care protections for transgender people. In comments submitted objecting to proposed changes to the Health Care Rights Law, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, the ACLU of Hawaii stressed the devastating health consequences for transgender people, those seeking reproductive health care including... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority: Hawaii hotels’ revenue and occupancy up in July 2019

In July 2019, Hawaii hotels statewide reported growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR), average daily rate (ADR) and occupancy compared to July 2018. Contributing to this growth, hotels on the island of Hawaii reported significant gains, continuing the trend from June 2019. According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report published by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), statewide RevPAR increased to $260 (+5.2%), with ADR of $305 (+3.9%) and occupancy of... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Nearing Tipping Point?

The guest speaker at the August 13th, 2019, Hawaii Tourism Wholesalers Association (HTWA) meeting was Hawai‘i travel industry professional, Frank Haas. Frank had been the wholesale business organization's guest speaker nearly a year ago when things at the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) were truly grim. His current message, "It’s been a year … what’s changed … what’s new?" was a little more optimistic because there have indeed been some significant HTA... Read More
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Honolulu Rail: A First Class Section suggested by new COO David Uchiyama?

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transport  (HART) is overlooking the most time consuming, most money-eating projects every undertaken in the U.S. State of Hawaii. Fist started with a 6 billion dollar project in 2006, in 2019 this number went to 10 billion and it will be another 6 years before it will be operational to transport Hawaiian residents and visitors on a 20-mile long rail-link spanning 21 stations from East Kapolei... Read More
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Tourism, culture and history: What Okinawa and Hawaii share

Okinawa and Hawaii tourism and cultural issues have a lot in common. Okinawa sits over 1500km from Tokyo, halfway between mainland Japan and China.  Both islands are tropical, have a similar climate. Hawaii is 2,600 miles from the U.S. mainland and both islands are important for the U.S. military. having large bases. Both island groups love visitors from Japan, but it’s more cost-effective for a visitor from Tokyo to enjoy the... Read More