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Beer: Giver of $1.8 billion to Hawaii economy

Today, the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association released their Beer Serves America economic report on the nation’s beer industry just ahead of Memorial Day, which marks one of the top beer selling holidays of the year and the start of the summer beer-selling season. The study found the U.S. beer industry supports more than 2.1 million good-paying, local jobs in a wide range of industries, including farming, manufacturing, construction and transportation in... Read More
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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

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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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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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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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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Crime out of control and rampant in Waikiki: Let’s make it unwelcoming for homeless

The perception is that crime is out of control and rampant in Waikiki. The community wants to make Waikiki unwelcome and uncomfortable for homeless people. Crime is not out of control, according to Susan Ballard, Chief of the Honolulu Police Department. “Waikiki is a safe location for visitors and residents,” she states. However, the Police Chief, together with Jerry Dolak, President of the Hawaii Hotel Visitors Industry Security Association, wants to make sure... Read More