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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
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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
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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
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Huge 12-foot shark attacks man’s canoe then body in Hawaii

A 75-year-old man and 3 other people were paddling outrigger canoes about a half mile offshore, in an isolated area between Anaehoomalu Bay and Keawaiki in the Waikoloa area on the Big Island of Hawaii when one of them saw that the victim had stopped paddling. A very big shark, which the paddler said was about as long as his 12-foot canoe, bit the hull of his canoe and knocked him... Read More
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Is driving TheBus the perfect niche for sociopathic liars?

By Dr. Anton Anderssen On the Honolulu bus system known as TheBus, there is a frequent announcement one hears - the recording states “If you see something, say something.” For the past 29 years, I have seen something that is vile, disgraceful and discriminatory – lying to the public about bus destinations. As a cultural anthropologist, I often hear how the Hawaiian tourism culture is the perfect niche for sociopathic liars.... Read More
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Hawaiian music takes center court at L.A. Clippers Hawaii Night

All eyes were on Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning recording artist Josh Tatofi tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as he brought his upbeat sounds of the Hawaiian Islands to L.A. Clippers and Boston Celtics fans during a special halftime show. Tatofi performed his new single titled “Melia” released today as part of the L.A. Clippers “Hawaii Night” celebration. Through the support of Hawaii’s tourism industry, the performance gave those... Read More
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Hotel workers rally at Hilton’s and Hawaii’s largest hotel on International Women’s Day

Hundreds of UNITE HERE Local 5 members who work at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the largest Hilton in the world and the largest hotel in Hawaii, who work in housekeeping, food & beverage, engineering, front desk, and more will be joined by non-union hotel workers from the DoubleTree Hilton Alana Waikiki, today, Friday, March 8, from 3:30 to 5:45 pm with a march to the beach that will start at 4:30... Read More