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Waikiki Tea: First and only location to offer variety of Lady M New York cakes

Hawaii's much-anticipated boutique tea and cake café has arrived! Waikiki Tea officially opened its doors in Honolulu, Hawaii, on April 28, 2019. Conveniently located in Waikiki at 234 Beach Walk, Waikiki Tea is the perfect café and shopping stop for tea, cakes, and omiyage. Waikiki Tea is the first and only location to offer a variety of Lady M New York cakes. Lady M cakes are offered by the slice or... Read More
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The Modern Honolulu hotel slapped with federal charges for worker lay off

The Modern Honolulu recently notified 78 workers—nearly 30% of the workers at the hotel—that they will be laid off within the next 30 days. Federal charges assert that The Modern violated employees’ federal labor law rights and refused to bargain in good faith with the union. UNITE HERE Local 5 filed federal unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today against The Modern Honolulu, which is owned... Read More
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Hawaii legislator’s push for Airbnb taxation bill a success

Hawaii Senate Bill 1292 just squeaked by passing which will allow the Aloha State to collect transient accommodation and general excise taxes from short-term rentals with a vote of 13 to 12. This bill means that places like Airbnb and HomeAway will collect taxes on behalf of the state. Hawaii Governor Ige will now receive the bill for his consideration. Although it is illegal to run short-term rentals of less than... Read More
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Pilot in Kailua helicopter crash had just moved to Hawaii to fly tour choppers

Joseph Berridge, the pilot of the tour helicopter that crashed on the island of Oahu yesterday, killing everyone onboard, had just arrived in Hawaii from Albuquerque, New Mexico, just 2 weeks prior to taking on his new job. The pilot's father, Bobby Berridge, said it was his 28-year-old son’s dream to fly tour helicopters for a few year in Hawaii. He said his son loved to fly and had his pilot’s... Read More
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Hilton Hawaiian Village workers to vote on possible strike tomorrow

UNITE HERE Local 5 hotel workers will vote Friday on whether to authorize a strike at Hilton Hawaiian Village — world’s largest Hilton, and the largest hotel in Hawaii — covering roughly 2,000 workers. UNITE HERE Local 5 hotel workers including housekeepers, cooks, bartenders, bellmen, food & beverage servers, and more, from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Hilton Hawaiian Village is the largest hotel and one of the most profitable Hilton properties... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority: Visitor spending down 2.4 percent in Q1 2019

Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $4.52 billion in the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of 2.4 percent compared to the first quarter of 20181, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). In the first quarter, visitor spending was flat from the U.S. West (-0.3% to $1.64 billion) and declined from U.S. East (-1.4% to $1.23 billion), Japan (-3.2% to $539.9 million),... Read More
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Castle Resorts & Hotels selected to manage Waimea Country Lodge on Hawaii Island 

Castle Resorts & Hotels has been selected to manage the Waimea Country Lodge, a rustic 21-room property located in historic Waimea town on the island of Hawaii. The property is under new ownership. “We’re pleased to represent this charming property in the center of Hawaii Island’s beautiful paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) country,” said Castle Resorts & Hotels President & CEO Alan Mattson. “Guests love the small-town appeal of the rustic lodge, which... Read More

Attempt to silence or fire UH faculty member over Kealoha case a threat to free speech

Multiple local news outlets have recently reported that an attorney for former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha has demanded that Kenneth Lawson, an associate faculty specialist at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii (UH Law) and co-director of the Hawaii Innocence Project,  stop commenting about the Kealoha case or be fired. The defense attorney for Kealoha sent the six page letter demanding that Professor Lawson stop commenting on the case in the press, and asserting that... Read More
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5 Hawaii ambassadors doing amazing things right now

Contemporaries practicing sustainable traditions of old: Ready and willing to share their stories He ali‘i ka ‘āina, he kauwā ke kanaka: The land is a chief; man is its servant. - Mary Kawena Pukui Native Hawaiians understood the relationship between humans and the natural world as a reciprocal one. Simple in concept and powerful in action, the notion is that if people mālama (care for) their land, the land will in... Read More

ACLU of Hawaii grows with addition of Kathleen Wong as Communications Manager

The ACLU of Hawaii is pleased to announce the addition to its team of Kathleen Wong, coming on board as Communications Manager. Her position is part of a strategic expansion by the local ACLU affiliate to build its capacity and reach in order to better protect and advance civil rights for all of the people of Hawaii. Ms. Wong is a writer and digital media strategist whose mission is to provide... Read More