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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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ISO receives tourism award: Best Boutique Hotel in Hawaii

The ISO, a Castle Resorts & Hotels property, was recently named the 2019 Best Boutique Hotel in Hawaii at the 2nd Annual aio Media Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Awards. The ISO is a 79-room oceanfront retreat on Kauai’s famous Royal Coconut Coast. “We’re extremely proud to receive this incredible recognition for The ISO,” said Castle Resorts & Hotels President and CEO Alan Mattson. “This property is special, from its prime oceanfront... Read More
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ACLU of Hawaii reminds government and officials: Court decisions restrict censorship of social media

Like many of us, public officials and government agencies use social media to communicate, interact and to be accessible – getting comments and engaging in discussion with constituents, voters, and supporters. When a comment on a social media page is critical, it may be tempting to delete or suppress it. But the First Amendment holds government officials to a higher standard. They must let all voices be heard. Courts have been clear that social media used for official communications by public officials and government... Read More
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US-China Trade Policy Negotiation Report “Scary”

The guest speaker at the February 13, 2019, Hawaii Tourism Association’s dinner meeting in Honolulu was David F. Day, Esq., Senior International Lawyer and Chairman, Global Risk Mitigation Foundation. Read more about Mr. Day below. The subject was the ongoing trade negotiations with China and the current and future impacts of this very complicated and “scary” issue. Day pointed out that the media is not understanding the important nuance of the... Read More
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Sheraton Kauai hotel workers ratify union contract

UNITE HERE Local 5 members who work at Sheraton Kauai voted overwhelmingly yesterday to ratify a union contract that covers over 200 workers. This is the 8th Marriott-operated hotel in Hawaii to reach an agreement with Local 5, after Marriott workers led a historic nationwide strike in 2018. 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... Read More
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One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans due to Kilauea volcano eruption

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded Hawaii small businesses of the March 14, 2019, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by the Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes that occurred May 3 - Aug. 17, 2018. According to Garfield, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of... Read More
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Waikoloa Beach Marriott workers ratify union contract

UNITE HERE Local 5 members who work at Waikoloa Beach Marriott voted overwhelmingly yesterday to ratify a union contract that covers over 250 workers. 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 hotels went on strike for 51 days with the demand that one job should be enough... Read More
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ACLU of Hawaii names new Smart Justice Campaign Director

The ACLU of Hawaii is proud to announce the addition to its team of Monica Espitia, Smart Justice Campaign Director. Monica will be leading the ACLU of Hawaii’s local, on-the-ground Smart Justice work. Hawaii is participating in the ACLU’s nationwide Smart Justice campaign, an initiative focused on reducing mass incarceration by fifty percent while addressing racial bias throughout the criminal justice system. Ms. Espitia has worked within the ACLU for over 13 years, most recently with the ACLU of Florida where she was... Read More
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Hawaii ACLU takes a stance on Trump’s stance on “his wall”

The ACLU of Hawaii Executive Director Joshua Wisch issued the following statement in response to the US President's current stance on building "his wall:" “Hawaii is home to tens of thousands of federal workers. We’re also home to refugees and DACA recipients. In his statement today, the President is using their lives as poker chips in his bid to secure billions for a wall that doesn’t stand the independent scrutiny of Congress or... Read More
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US Government shut down: Hawaiian Kingdom separatist group storms building to take over

Hawaii doesn’t need a US Federal Government. This is the opinion of a separatist group named the Kingdom of Atooi that stormed the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in Honolulu today and caused a lockdown and massive police intervention. The Kingdom of Atooi stormed the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) stating that they were there to arrest trustees and seize assets. This caused a lockdown that lasted several hours as the group... Read More