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Popular Hawaii tourist beaches closed due to bacteria

High bacteria levels in ocean water have caused the closing of three Hawaii tourist beaches in the Aloha State. In Waikiki, Queens Surf beach as well as the Ewa side of Ala Moana Beach Park have signs posted warning swimmers of the high bacteria levels. Both beaches recorded levels around 10 times beyond the threshold for enterococci, commonly found in the digestive system of mammals and birds which are excreted in... Read More

ACLU of Hawaii continues to grow with new Policy Director

The ACLU of Hawaii is pleased to announce Mandy Fernandes as its new Policy Director. This position is part of the ACLU’s effort to bolster the cause of civil rights in Hawaii by increasing its capacity and reach throughout the state. Ms. Fernandes comes to the ACLU of Hawaii from the Hawaii Children's Action Network (HCAN), a nonprofit that addresses the root causes of poverty and inequity and develops policies that... Read More

PATA Micronesia Chapter: New Board of Directors and Chairs

This past month marked the end of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Micronesia Chapter’s directorship for 2017 – 2018. For the past four years (two-year consecutive terms), Pilar Laguaña has led the Micronesia Chapter as the Chairwoman alongside Vice Chairman Bermance Aldis, Secretary Faustina Marugg, Treasurer Judy Torres, and alternate Board Member Paula Monk. The Chapter has five executive standing committees – (1) Marketing, (2) Membership, (3) Education, (4) Culture,... Read More

Christmas eve for homeless in Honolulu means Sweeps

The ACLU of Hawai‘i reached out to the office of the Mayor this weekend, urging the City to reconsider and cancel its planned “sweep” of Waikiki’s houseless community this Christmas Eve. As of 1:30 p.m. today, the City has refused. The ACLU and homelessness experts note that nothing prevents the City from connecting people with services, including helping people get into shelters or more permanent housing, without the threat of arrest.... Read More
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HawaiianMiles expands partnership with Points to enhance travel program

Points today further expanded its partnership with Hawaiian Airlines to enable HawaiianMiles members to earn frequent flyer miles when booking hotels. Through a single integration with Points’ Loyalty Commerce Platform, which powers Points Travel services, HawaiianMiles members may now earn up to 10,000 frequent flyer miles per night when booking on over 300,000 hotels across the globe. This significant program enhancement follows a successful travel program launch in 2016 that enabled HawaiianMiles... Read More

ACLU of Hawaii welcomes new Development Director

ACLU of Hawaii Executive Director Joshua Wisch said, “In times like these when civil rights are under constant attack, we need the resources to stay vigilant and fight back," as the organization announced the hiring of a new Development Director. K.D. Segura was added to the ACLU team where in her position she will be part of a strategic expansion by the local ACLU affiliate to build its capacity and reach... Read More

Hawaii Tourism Authority banks on Marriott with two key appointments to lead Visitors Industry

Chris Tatum, Keith Regan, and Karen Hughes are the new team of three to lead the largest industry in the State of Hawaii: The Hawaii Visitors Industry. Marriott Hotel group has another proud moment when two of their own are now setting the direction for tourism in Hawaii. The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced the appointments of two key executive leaders today, naming Keith Regan as chief administrative officer and Karen Hughes... Read More
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Ala Moana mall fire: $6 million in damage at Bottega Veneta, Italian luxury store

Bottega Veneta is an upmarket Italian brand specializing in leather handbags, plus ready-to-wear women's & men's fashion.  There is a story on the 2nd level of Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu. On Friday a fire at this Italian luxury goods store caused nearly $6 million in damage. The fire started at about 12:25 p.m. and four employees extinguished most of the fire with a fire extinguisher. Ala Moana security also... Read More

ACLU: Female Athletes at Campbell High School file Federal Civil Rights Lawsuite

Two female student-athletes attending James Campbell High School (“Campbell”) filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (“DOE”) and the Oahu Interscholastic Association (“OIA”).  today. The lawsuit is brought under Title IX, also known as the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, a federal law that requires gender equity in education, including in athletics. The plaintiffs are represented by the ACLU of... Read More