Hawaii Tourism News 

$1.5 billion: Hawaii visitor spending up 6.3 percent in August 2019

Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.50 billion in August 2019, an increase of 6.3 percent compared to August 2018, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). It should be noted that August 2018’s results were partially impacted by concerns related to Hurricane Lane and the Kilauea eruption. Tourism dollars from the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) helped to fund numerous community events and... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority awards funding to natural resources programs

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today it is awarding funding to 34 programs in the Hawaiian Islands through its Aloha Aina program for the 2020 calendar year, an increase from 28 recipients in 2019. This is in addition to the 95 programs and events HTA is funding through its Community Enrichment program, which was announced earlier this month. The money comes from tourism dollars through the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT),... Read More
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Teenage eco-ambassadors clean up plastic trash from Hawaii’s shoreline

Hawaii is known for having some of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches in the world — and it’s everyone’s responsibility to help keep them that way. A remote area on Hawaii Island’s southeast coast is littered with trash and marine debris carried by currents and trade winds. Items that frequently wash ashore include plastic materials, commercial fishing equipment and commonly discarded household goods — a troubling reminder of the current... Read More
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How much money do Hawaii Hotel make per room night?

Hawaii hotels statewide reported growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR), average daily rate (ADR) and occupancy compared to August 2018. However, it should be noted that August 2018’s performance was impacted in part by concerns related to Hurricane Lane. According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report published by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), statewide RevPAR increased to $244 (+10.7%), with ADR of $290 (+3.4%) and occupancy of 84.3 percent (+5.5... Read More
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911 not answering, Civil Defense unreachable, Emergency Sirens blasting

Hawaii Civil defense sirens went off around 5.00 pm Hawaii time. It appears the entire Island of Oahu is under an undefined threat. 911 service and phone service to civil defense seems to be unavailable. A 911 call answered went to the U.S. mainland to an operator who said the service is overwhelmed and calls are re-routed. She did not know why the alarm went off but suggested to remain indoors.... Read More
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Hawaii tour group: 3 bitten by sharks while snorkeling

Hawaii tour group: 3 bitten by sharks while snorkeling Three people who were part of a tour group were bitten by a shark or sharks just after 10:40 this morning while snorkeling off a North Shore beach in Haleiwa, Oahu. A 57-year-old male visitor was bitten on is right arm, another male visitor (31 years of age) was bitten on his right shoulder, and a 24-year-old Hawaii resident was bitten on... Read More
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Did Hurricane Lane impact Hawaii hotels?

In August 2019, Hawaii hotels statewide reported growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR), average daily rate (ADR) and occupancy compared to August 2018. However, it should be noted that August 2018’s performance was impacted in part by concerns related to Hurricane Lane. According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report published by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), statewide RevPAR increased to $244 (+10.7%), with ADR of $290 (+3.4%) and occupancy of... Read More
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Mass Shooting in Hawaii? Honolulu Advertiser fake FBI Warning?

KHON: Governor Ige and Mauna Kea protectors both call for a stop to use of threats via social media Mass shooting in the Hawaii State Capitol this weekend is a warning after Hawaii Governor Ige admitted getting death threats. This is not good for the Travel and Tourism Industry of the Aloha State, the largest export for Hawaii. This terror warning for Hawaii was the threat on a Facebook page posted... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority rolls out campaign to educate visitors

Every destination has its own set of unwritten rules regarding cultural etiquette. Hawaii is no different. Sharing the do’s and don’ts with visitors for their time in the Hawaiian Islands is the goal of a visitor campaign launched through a partnership between the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB). It’s called the Kuleana Campaign. Kuleana means responsibility and it’s the personal and collective commitment to... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority supports community events and programs

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today it is awarding funding to 95 events and programs in the Hawaiian Islands through its Community Enrichment program (CEP) for the 2020 calendar year, an increase from 74 recipients in 2019. The funds are generated from tourism dollars through the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT), which people pay when they stay in legal accommodations throughout the state. HTA’s CEP funds a diverse array of festivals,... Read More