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Hawaii Tourism: Two storm systems approaching Hawaiian Islands

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and its Island Chapters, and Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association are monitoring two storm systems approaching the Hawaiian Islands, utilizing information from the State of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service and County emergency management agencies. As of 11:00 a.m. HST, Hurricane Erick is a category three storm located approximately 535 miles southeast of Hilo. Hurricane Erick continues to weaken... Read More
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Hawaii visitors spending less

Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $8.88 billion in the first half of 2019, a decrease of 2.0 percent compared to the same period in 2018, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). In the month of June, total visitor spending was up 2.8 percent compared to a year ago. Tourism dollars from the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) helped to fund dozens of... Read More
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Diamond Resorts Hawaii: The fight continues with media outreach shouts

Yesterday, eturbonews published an article about workers who filed a class action lawsuit against hotel owner and operator Diamond Resorts, charging for alleged wage theft. Around 325 employees, many from UNITE HERE Local 5, from 3 hotels – The Modern Honolulu, Kaanapali Beach Club, and The Point at Poipu – are represented in the lawsuit. Today, eTN was contacted by Diamond Resorts to tell its side of the story and respond... Read More
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Hawaii hotel workers file class action lawsuit against Diamond Resorts for wage theft

Workers at three Hawaii hotels filed a class action lawsuit against the hotels’ owner and operator Diamond Resorts, alleging wage theft. The class action lawsuit covers past and current employees of The Modern Honolulu, Kaanapali Beach Club, and The Point at Poipu. At least 325 employees from the three hotels are covered by this lawsuit. UNITE HERE Local 5 represents hotel workers at The Modern and Ka’anapali Beach Club. The lawsuit... Read More
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Hawaii ranks #2 in America for shark attacks over past two decades

With Shark Week 2019 upon us, Safewise wanted to find out which states had the most shark attacks over the last two decades. A professional review and comparison website analyzed data from all shark attacks, both fatal and nonfatal, reported to Global Shark Attack File from 2000 to 2019. Hawaii ranked #2 for shark attacks in the country with 117 shark attacks since 2000. Over the past decade, shark attacks have... Read More
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Hawaiian Wing Spirit charter purchases 15 HondaJets

Honda Aircraft Company announced today that Hawaiian charter group Wing Spirit has purchased a total of 15 HondaJets to support inter-island transportation in the Hawaiian Islands. With the initial deliveries to Wing Spirit taking place earlier this month, the HondaJet Elite became the first light jet to enter service in Hawaii. A newly-established aviation group, Wing Spirit will use its HondaJets to provide luxury inter-island transportation throughout the Hawaiian Islands. They... Read More
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Hawaii hotel performance no. 1 in US and top 10 worldwide

In comparison to other top U.S. markets, hotels in the Hawaiian Islands recorded the highest average RevPAR and ADR in the first half of 2019. When compared to international “sun and sea” destinations, Hawaii found itself among the top 10 markets for RevPAR from January through June of this year. Through the first 6 months of 2019, Hawaii hotels statewide reported flat average daily rate (ADR) and lower occupancy, which resulted... Read More
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Visiting Kauai North Shore: Maybe not after understanding new rules

The Kauai Visitors Bureau (KVB) is reminding visitors headed to the Garden Island about new rules that have been recently introduced following the reopening of access to Haena State Park, which includes the Kalalau Trail, Hanakapiai Falls and Kee Beach on the island’s famed north shore. The newly-implemented rules set forth will not only reduce congestion and limit vehicular traffic, but also help protect cultural and natural resources from overuse. Read... Read More

Hyatt Regency Waikiki avoided strike

Union members working at the  Hyatt Regency Waikiki voted today to ratify a union contract that covers over 500 workers—just days after nearly 2,000 workers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and subcontractor Hawaii Care & Cleaning ratified their union contracts. The contract is modeled after the contract agreement that was reached on November 27 with Kyo-ya, which owns five Marriott-operated hotels. Beginning in October 2018, nearly 2,700 workers at the five... Read More
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Another Hawaii tourist contracts rat lungworm disease

The sixth case of rat lungworm disease has been confirmed in an adult tourist who had visited the Big Island of Hawaii. As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the State Health Department, this now makes a total of 3 cases of rat lungworm disease found in tourists and 3 found in residents. This most recent victim is a resident from the mainland who was visiting West... Read More