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Fairmont Kea Lani offers resort guests reef-safe sunscreen

Fairmont Kea Lani, Hawai’i’s only all-suite and villa luxury resort, has partnered with a local skincare company, Kuleana®, becoming the first Hawai‘i resort to offer its guests the new, locally sourced, all natural reef-safe sunscreen in complimentary beach and poolside dispensers. This recent step taken by Fairmont Kea Lani furthers its dedication to responsible and sustainable tourism practices. “We are thrilled to offer industry leading sunscreen designed to malama `aina, mai... Read More
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ACLU of Hawaii calls on Kahala Nui retirement community to stop religious discrimination

The ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief and the ACLU of Hawaiʻi Foundation have sent a demand letter to Kāhala Nui, an O‘ahu-based retirement community, calling on it to immediately stop engaging in illegal and discriminatory housing practices. In particular, the demand letter notes that Kāhala Nui’s residency agreement and a memorandum sent to residents on May 11, 2018, seek to prohibit residents from exercising their rights under the provisions of the recently passed “Our Care, Our Choice” Act because it was opposed by the Catholic Church. The memorandum refers to... Read More
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Kailua Hawaii native teaches LCS training

A 1998 Kalaheo High School graduate and Kailua, Hawaii, native is currently an instructor for the U.S. Navy training Sailors in operating the technologically advanced Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Electronic Warfare Systems. Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Chief Petty Officer Dean Gushikuma is currently an instructor at the LCS Training Facility (LTF). The LTF, the first surface warfare training facility to provide integrated bridge and combat systems tactical scenario training for Sailors serving... Read More
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Statement on FTA response to Oahu rail funding deadlines

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today responded in writing to both Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Council Chair Ernest Y. Martin, to clarify the funding requirements and deadlines for the rail project (see attached letter). The letter formalizes most of the points made in a telephone conference call on Wednesday morning, October 24, in particular that the $44 million in city funds must be fully available to use for rail, with... Read More
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The Hotel Strike Must go on

Local 5 issued the following statement Friday night : Local 5 members have worked hard since the end of our contract in July to initiate a productive discussion with management about the core issues affecting our industry. We took a step forward tonight. There is a significant distance remaining, but we know that we’re walking with a strong community of workers and allies.Our strike will continue until further notice. Our picket lines remain strong... Read More
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One month left to apply for SBA disaster loans

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded Hawaii private nonprofit organizations of the Nov. 26, 2018, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by Hurricane Lane that occurred Aug. 22-29, 2018. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance. According to Garfield, eligible private nonprofits of any size may apply for SBA federal disaster loans of up... Read More
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Creative Lab Hawaii announces immersive program fellows to attend prestigious American Film Market

Strengthening industry access for Hawaii’s creative entrepreneurs, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) Creative Industries Division (CID) announces selected fellows of the Creative Lab Hawaii (CLH) Immersive Program who will participate in the world’s largest motion picture business event at the 2018 American Film Market (AFM). Hosting professionals from across the globe looking to establish partnerships and strike film deals in every stage of development and production, the... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority In Transition: Growth Down, but Not Out

Hawaii Travel and Tourism's future is on questionable grounds. The visitor's industry in the U.S. State of Hawaii is the number one industry and is banking on the Aloha Spirit to make Hawaii this special place in the world. Because of the looming local and national elections and the many recent dramatic international and local events (two near-miss Hawaii hurricanes, major flooding and the Hawaii Island Kilauea volcano eruptions), many important... Read More
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Hawaii Governors Candidate Addresses Prominent Business Organization

Representative Andria Tupola was the guest speaker at the October, 2018, meeting of the Hawaii Tourism Wholesalers Association (HTWA). The group’s interest in hearing the Republican candidate for Governor speak in person was to learn more about her positions on several issues particularly important to the tourism industry. These include her willingness to work towards amending the “ship-build” part of the Jones Act and, in this era of overtourism, repositioning the... Read More
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How safe is tourism in Waikiki? Drive-by shooting shocks visitors

The search for a gunman continues in Sunday's Waikiki shooting. Honolulu police are still on the hunt for a gunman who shot an 18-year-old in Waikiki. That man went to the hospital in serious condition on Sunday night after police and emergency medical technicians responded at around 9:30 p.m. The island of Oahu and Waikiki is becoming a more dangerous tourism destination with more frequent shootings and murders in Waikiki and... Read More