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“Help, I want to live!” Responses from Hawaii to the UK ending Samoa Measles emergency

“Help, I want to live!” Responses from Hawaii to the UK ending Samoa Measles emergency Visitors are again welcome in Samoa, as long as arriving travelers have a certificate of vaccination against measles. Samos lifted their Measles State of Emergency. Samoa.travel  says: “Our warm, friendly culture and breathtaking scenery make Samoa the perfect Pacific island destination for tourism.” The 2019 Samoa measles outbreak began in September 2019. As of 26 December,... Read More
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Helicopter Sightseeing Tours in Hawaii not safe by Congressman Ed Case

Helicopter Sightseeing Tours in Hawaii not safe by Congressman Ed Case How safe is it to get on a helicopter tour or sightseeing plane in Hawaii?  When U.S. Congressman Ed Case is questioning safety for visitors to his own State Hawaii, it can become a statement, that has wide consequences not only for the niche he attacks but for the travel and tourism industry for  Hawaii altogether. Tourism is everyone’s business... Read More
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Helicopter Sightseeing Tours in Hawaii not safe by Congressman Ed Case

Helicopter Sightseeing Tours in Hawaii not safe by Congressman Ed Case How safe is it to get on a helicopter tour or sightseeing plane in Hawaii?  When U.S. Congressman Ed Case is questioning safety for visitors to his own State Hawaii, it can become a statement, that has wide consequences not only for the niche he attacks but for the travel and tourism industry for  Hawaii altogether. Tourism is everyone’s business... Read More
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Tour helicopter missing off Kauai, Hawaii, seven people feared dead

Tour helicopter missing off Kauai, Hawaii, seven people feared dead A helicopter, on a tour of the coast of the northwestern island of Kauai, Hawaii, went missing in “challenging” weather conditions on Thursday evening. No electronic signals from the helicopter have been picked up. The US Coast Guard is currently conducting a search for a missing chopper. According to the officials, there were seven people on board of the aircraft. The... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism: Visitors spent $1.33 billion in Hawaii in November 2019

Hawaii Tourism: Visitors spent $1.33 billion in Hawaii in November 2019 Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.33 billion in November 2019, an increase of 3.4 percent compared to November 2018, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). Visitor spending includes lodging, interisland airfare, shopping, food, car rental and other expenses while in Hawaii. Tourism dollars from the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) helped... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism: Islands’ vacation rentals lagging behind hotels

Hawaii Tourism: Islands’ vacation rentals lagging behind hotels In November 2019, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 919,100 unit nights and monthly demand was 630,500 unit nights, resulting in an average monthly unit occupancy of 68.6 percent. In comparison, Hawaii’s hotels were 78.8 percent occupied in November 2019. It is important to note that unlike hotels, condominium hotels, and timeshare resorts, vacation rental units are not necessarily available... Read More
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Hawaii Governor pledges support for striking Honolulu Airport workers

Hawaii Governor pledges support for striking Honolulu Airport workers UNITE HERE Local 5 members working at HMSHost Honolulu met with Hawaii Governor David Ige to secure his pledge to support the strike and their campaign to make One Job Enough to live in Hawaii. HMSHost Workers had an opportunity to share their stories with the governor as they discuss issues like low wages, healthcare, and the cost of living in Hawaii.... Read More
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ACLU Hawaii Welcomes New Board Member: Reverend Blayne Higa

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii (ACLU of Hawaii) is excited to announce the newest member of its Board of Directors, Hawaii Island-based Reverend Blayne Higa. Born and raised in Hilo, Blayne is a graduate of Waiakea High School. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California with a focus on Shin Buddhist ministry and chaplaincy and is currently the Resident Minister of the... Read More
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How Many More Millions did Hawaii Hotels Earn Last Month?

According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report published by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), statewide RevPAR increased to $205 (+8.1%), with ADR at $260 (+4.4%) and occupancy of 78.8 percent (+2.7 percentage points) in November, a jump up also from October. In November, Hawaii hotel room revenues statewide grew by 7.6 percent to $330.3 million, which is $23.2 million higher than last year. Room demand rose to 1.3 million room nights,... Read More
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Honolulu International Airport workers go on strike

Over 500 UNITE HERE Local 5 members at HMSHost Honolulu—workers at the concessions, restaurants, Starbucks, bars, pantry, maintenance, etc.—are on strike. This is the first time that HMSHost workers have gone on strike in Hawaii. The recent contract negotiations on December 10th and 11th saw little movement from HMSHost, prompting the workers to move the campaign forward by walking out of their workplaces and joining the picket lines. Workers overwhelmingly voted... Read More