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USS Arizona Memorial access update

Due to a critical structural and safety issue impacting the USS Arizona Memorial dock and visitor loading ramp, the Memorial will remain closed to visitation for an undetermined period of time while repairs are made. During the course of repairs, the free USS Arizona Memorial programs will proceed on schedule. Visitors will continue to see the 25-minute documentary film followed by a harbor tour of Battleship Row in close proximity to... Read More
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DBEDT predicts accelerated economic growth in 2018 for Hawaii

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) released its second quarter 2018 Statistical and Economic Report, which shows Hawaii’s economy started to accelerate during the first quarter of 2018 and the economic growth in 2018 will be better than previously projected. The accelerated projection is due to the strong performance of tourism and the continued improvement in the labor market. During the first quarter of 2018, Hawaii continued to... Read More
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How dangerous or safe is travel to Hawaii with volcanic smog taking a sudden change of direction?

How safe are tourists visiting the Kona and Waikoloa side of the Island of Hawaii? According to Ross Birch, Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau (IHVB) executive director, it’s safe and enjoyable for tourists to visit Kona and Waikoloa on the Island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island. The Big Island volcano activities are currently making headlines around the world. Noxious sulfur dioxide gas and other pollutants emitted from Kilauea... Read More
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Should you really travel to the Big Island of Hawaii?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW • There is absolutely no reason at this time for travelers to change or alter their leisure or business plans. • All of the Hawaiian Islands are unaffected by Kilauea volcano except a remote area on the island of Hawaii’s east side. Out of the island’s 4,028 square miles, only less than a 10-square-mile area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions in Puna is affected.... Read More
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Meet Hawaii team reaches out to serve more international groups

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Meet Hawaii, a collaboration of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), HTA’s Global Marketing Team, and the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC) focused on securing single property and citywide group business for the Hawaiian Islands under one unified brand, has expanded its sales and marketing efforts globally to 11 key international regions. In addition to its presence in the United States, members of Meet Hawaii’s global meeting, conventions and incentives... Read More

Kahuku native serves at Camp Smith in Hawaii

by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Erica R Gardner, Navy Office of Community Outreach PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – A Kahuku, Hawaii, native and 1995 Kahuku High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy with Joint Interagency Task Force West. Chief Petty Officer Fae McClafferty, a yeoman, is serving at Camp H. M. Smith in the area of operations where U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters is located. According to Navy officials, the U.S.... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism assures travelers: Only remote area on Big Island affected by volcano

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The safety of residents and visitors is always the tourism industry’s top priority, commented George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, adding that travelers with a trip already booked to the Hawaiian Islands or in the planning stages can be put at ease knowing their vacation experience will be unaffected. This is in response to increased volcanic activity and a new flow of lava... Read More
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Latest Kilauea earthquake upgraded to 6.9: Tourists feel the jolt

Just a half hour ago, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the 12:33 pm earthquake in the Kilauea volcano area was a magnitude 6.9 - much higher than the last upgraded estimates of 6.4 which was preceded by 6.0. Guests at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel said they felt the jolt of the quake that occurred at around 12:30 pm. Karla Redding of Kailua was in her hotel room on the... Read More

ACLU of Hawaii aims to represent the islands at nationwide civil rights conference this June

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (“ACLU”) encourages any Hawai‘i resident interested in preserving individual rights and liberties to join the Hawai‘i delegation to the 2018 ACLU Membership Conference happening June 10-12 in Washington, D.C. The Conference will gather civil rights defenders from across the country for education, fellowship and celebration, including a visit to Capitol Hill to speak with lawmakers. It is the first nationwide ACLU conference in a... Read More

Hawaii’s clean energy future: New innovative program

The Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority (HGIA) is calling attention to a new program that will allow Hawaii to join other progressive states to offer innovative financing for clean energy adoption. In response to a joint filing by HGIA and the Hawaiian Electric Companies, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the establishment and implementation of the Green Energy Money $aver (GEM$) On-Bill Program. “This new GEM$ Program will expand access and... Read More