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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
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Polynesian Culture Center: A Controversial Cultural Attraction for Hawaii Tourism

Happy 55th Birthday to the Polynesian Culture Center also known as PCC. PCC is a tourist attraction on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii but is not without controversy. Since 1963 the Polynesian Cultural Center has entertained educated and promoted the church of Jesus Christ to more than 40 million guests. This is big business, and it has been tax-free. Added to this is a culture of open discrimination. A pushy taste... Read More
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Hawaii County granted driver’s license to woman wearing headscarf

The County of Hawaii granted a REAL ID compliant driver’s license to a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf in the license photograph on April 18, 2018, after ascertaining the most recent Federal guidelines for identification. The woman, identified as Laycie Tobosa, received a REAL ID compliant driver’s license from the Hilo office of the Hawaii County Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division (VRL). Initially, the County followed the REAL ID requirements in... Read More
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ACLU of Hawaii warns driver’s license officials: Discrimination against Muslim women violates First Amendment

The ACLU of Hawaii (ACLU) has sent a demand letter to County of Hawai’i government offices that oversee the issuance of motor vehicle licenses for the county (”Hawaii County DMV”). The letter details the unconstitutional 18-week ordeal that Hilo resident and local small business owner Laycie Tobosa endured to renew her county-issued driver’s license simply because she is a practicing Muslim. The letter also demands that the Hawaii County DMV change... Read More