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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
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Interview with Dale Evans: Issues facing Hawaii’s transportation industry

Dale Evans of Charley's Taxi in Honolulu is a long-time leader in Hawaii’s transportation industry. Charley’s 80-year history, issues facing transportation in Hawaii, the City’s efforts to deregulate the taxi industry, the challenges faced by taxi companies in the age of Uber. Dale was a taxi driver in 1957 and proudly showed her badge during this interview. Today she is the CEO of the second largest taxi company in the State... Read More
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Hawaii’s Hotel Lanai re-opens with a New York chef

Hawaii's Hotel Lanai re-opens Hotel Lanai, a historic property located in the heart of Lanai City, Hawaii, has reopened its doors following a transformative renovation. The first guests were welcomed on December 4 to enjoy the hotel’s 10 guest rooms, main lobby, common areas and on-site restaurant, Lanai City Bar & Grille, which have been redesigned with upscale, rustic modern touches and charming Hawaiian vintage décor. Designed by John Milander Architects,... Read More
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Strong 7.5 Pacific Ocean Earthquake: No tsunami threat

Strong earthquake rocks Indonesian Barat Daya Islands A strong 7.5 earthquake occurred Wednesday night 185 miles South of Loyalty Islands. at 6.08 pm local time, December 5. Local authorities in Vanuatu issued a local tsunami warning, but according to USGS in Hawaii no warning is in place for the Pacific Ocean including Guam and Hawaii. Location: 168.2 km (104.3 mi) ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia 254.4 km (157.7 mi) ESE of... Read More
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Honolulu – Sydney flight hydraulic System forced plane to turn around

Honolulu – Sydney is a route offered by Hawaiian Airlines. Passengers booked on today’s nonstop from Hawaii to Australis left at 11.57 am on Sunday There were two hours of unexpected adventure and excitement for passengers when the captain turned HA 451 around to make it back to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. There were 201 passengers aboard. An indicator light in the cockpit indicated one of the three hydraulic systems might have an issue,... Read More
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Self-driving taxis: What about safety and experience?

A Waymo self-driving vehicle moves through an intersection in Chandler Arizona. We’re building the world’s most experienced driver. This is the message on the Waymo website, but a Waymo safety driver appeared to fall asleep while behind the wheel causing an accident after he inadvertently turned off the driving software. “You still find an alert driver when taking a taxi in Hawaii. Taxi Drivers in Honolulu working for Charley’s Taxi are required... Read More
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Marriott Housekeeper appointed as Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO

Hawaii Tourism Authority Mr. Marriott Junior must feel a sense of pride knowing one of his own, Chris Tatum, started as a housekeeper at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Today, he was appointed as the new President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). Tourism is everyone’s business in Hawaii, the largest private industry of the Aloha State. Tourism makes the State successful or a failure, and Chris Tatum’s career is... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority: Visitor spending down compared to a year ago

Hawaii tourists spent less in October 2018 than a year ago Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.31 billion in October 2018, down slightly (-0.7%) compared to a year ago, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). Growth in visitor spending from U.S. West (+7.6% to $500.6 million), U.S. East (+4.9% to $303.7 million), Canada (+3.6% to $59.8 million) and Japan (+1.4% to... Read More
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Marriott Hotel Strike in Hawaii may end after 51 days

For 51 days tourists that booked Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Westin Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and Sheraton Maui, had to clean their own rooms or make their own beds or self-service in hotel restaurants. Complaints about lack of hotel service from this strike resulted for a North Carolina couple to file a lawsuit, saying that strike-related lack of services ruined their honeymoon. The owner of these Marriott hotels in Hawaii... Read More
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Hawaiian Air and JetBlue: Travelers’ paradise

Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue today announced an expanded codeshare agreement that allows travelers from dozens of cities, most of them in the eastern U.S., to easily connect to the Hawaiian Islands via Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS) starting in April. Boston-area JetBlue customers can now purchase tickets on Hawaiian Airlines' nonstop flight to Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) with JetBlue's 'B6' code and earn TrueBlue points when they fly.... Read More