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Sunday, May 17, 2020
Hawaii Wastes Thousands of COVID Testing Opportunities Every Day
By Andrew Walden @ 12:13 AM :: 5824 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawaii has a 5,000 test per day capacity, yet access to testing is restricted and day after day only a few hundred tests are performed....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
Schatz: State Needs to Stop Dragging Feet on Mass Testing
By News Release @ 4:51 AM :: 2581 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Tourism, COVID-19

“I encourage state leaders to move at the speed of the virus and establish a contact tracing program that is fully operational as soon as possible. There’s simply not any time left, but there is plenty of money to get this done,” said Senator Schatz....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
VIDEO: Three DOCARE Cops Wrestle Beachgoer to Ground
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 3395 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism, COVID-19

...that'll stop the virus....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Rep Case to FAA: Allow Hawaii to Require COVID Testing to Board Airplane
By Ed Case @ 9:30 PM :: 2618 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...He Says Hawai’i Shouldn't Have To Rely On Ineffective Post-Arrival Quarantine....

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Friday, May 8, 2020
Letter to Governor to Open Up Small Business and Interisland Air Travel
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 5:40 PM :: 3265 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...there is no such thing as non-essential business when it comes to generating jobs and taxes for the state....

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Saturday, May 2, 2020
Keli'i Akina Calls for Balanced Approach to Re-opening the Economy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:41 PM :: 3143 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... measures that must be taken now before "irreparable damage" is done to Hawaii's economy ....

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Saturday, May 2, 2020
Court Orders FAA Clampdown on Helicopter Tours over National Parks
By Court House News @ 4:32 PM :: 3097 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

...Friday’s ruling says the agencies must bring 23 national parks into compliance with commercial air tour regulations.... 

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Saturday, May 2, 2020
A Low-Risk Plan to Re-Start Hawaii Tourism Now
By Andrew Walden @ 2:52 AM :: 3947 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...To rebuild tourism the Governor should amend his emergency order to exempt from quarantine any visitor who can show a negative COVID test....

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Friday, May 1, 2020
Newlyweds Arrested for Quarantine Violation
By News Release @ 5:36 PM :: 2742 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...FROM THE HONEYMOON SUITE TO CELL BLOCK....

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Friday, May 1, 2020
Petition: 'Let Hawaii Work!'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:45 AM :: 2792 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...New petition urges lifting of lockdown so Hawaii residents can get back to work....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
March Tourist Arrivals Down 50%
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 2095 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...A total of 434,856 visitors traveled to Hawaii....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
​Can Hawai‘i Rise from the Ashes of COVID-19 as a Smart Destination?
By UHERO @ 2:42 AM :: 2591 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawai‘i Tourism Authority surveys found resident attitudes about tourism becoming more negative as the number of visitors increased....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
DoT Outlines New Verification Process for Airline Passengers
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 2660 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...If the person refuses to provide a phone number that can be answered on the spot, law enforcement is contacted and they are subject to citation and arrest....

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
Another Maui COVID Coverup: Three Cases, 65 Exposed at Merrimans Restaurant
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 3952 Views :: Maui County, Tourism, COVID-19

...When asked why the cases tied to the restaurant had not been disclosed earlier, Hauptman said that the incident had proven not to warrant public concern....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Hawaii #1 State Hit Hardest by COVID-19’s Impact on Tourism
By Selected News Articles @ 2:45 PM :: 3497 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on many of America’s “non-essential” industries....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
HDoT Gives Dillingham Airfield Another Year
By News Release @ 10:40 AM :: 2343 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

...HDOT Airports Division has notified tenants of Dillingham Airfield the termination of their permit at the facility has been rescinded due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
UNITE Here Local 5 -- "Safe Hotel Operations in Pandemic Conditions"
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 2713 Views :: Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

...Safe Hotels, Safe Hawaii Operational Guidelines for Safe Hotel Operations in Pandemic Conditions....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
March Hawaiian Air Passenger Count Down 45%
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 2560 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawaiian Airlines March and First Quarter 2020 Traffic Statistics Reflect Effects of COVID-19....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Is Hawaii Really Run by the HTA?
By UHERO @ 8:24 PM :: 2011 Views :: Tourism

...HTA is a destination management organization and not strictly a destination marketing organization....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
​Airports Corporation takes on new sense of urgency
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 2146 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...The Hawaii Legislature suspended its 2020 session in early March because of the coronavirus situation, but eventually it will get back to business....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Honolulu Zoo achieves accreditation
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 2151 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has announced that the Honolulu Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission....

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Thursday, April 2, 2020
UHERO: What is the COVID-19 exit strategy?
By UHERO @ 2:35 AM :: 2582 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...Herd Immunity or Containment through Test and Trace?....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
February 250,052 Tourists Per Day -- Up 0.5%
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 9:23 PM :: 1683 Views :: Tourism

...life before COVID....

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Monday, March 30, 2020
Economists Expect 140,000 Unemployed
By UHERO @ 11:26 PM :: 2608 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...the job count will average 11% lower than 2019 for the year as a whole, and real income will be more than 3% lower. Visitor arrivals for the year will be down an astounding 41%....

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Friday, March 27, 2020
COVID Recession: Hawaii, Nevada Likely to be Hit Hardest
By Selected News Articles @ 7:21 PM :: 2999 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...More than one in four jobs in Nevada, Hawaii and Wyoming are at risk....

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Monday, March 23, 2020
Legislators: Ige's Tourism Shutdown is not Enough
By News Release @ 5:18 AM :: 2692 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Tourism

"...The only way to contain community spread of the virus is to impose a shelter-in-place directive upon all persons in Hawaii...."

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Monday, March 23, 2020
Hawaiian Airlines to Suspend Most Long-Haul Passenger Service Due to New State of Hawai‘i Quarantine Order
By News Release @ 4:58 AM :: 2157 Views :: Health Care, Tourism

...Airline to focus on returning guests home ahead of Hawai‘i’s March 26 quarantine....

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Sunday, March 22, 2020
Hawaii: The Road to Corona Recovery Leads Through Japan
By Andrew Walden @ 9:58 PM :: 6161 Views :: Health Care, Tourism, COVID-19

...Governor Ige’s 14-day quarantine announcement may feel like a health precaution, but it's really a tourism marketing plan....

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Saturday, March 21, 2020
Ige Imposes 14-Day Quarantine
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 3227 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Tourism

“...With the majority of Hawaiʻi’s COVID-19 cases linked to travel, it is critical that we further mitigate the spread of the virus by both residents and visitors who are coming from out-of-state....”

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Friday, March 20, 2020
COVID Committee Meets in Secret: Harbors Div Closes Hawaii to Cruise Ships, Airports Div Next
By News Release @ 2:54 PM :: 3751 Views :: Health Care, Military, Tourism

...This plan identifies three levels of risk: 1) Limited community transmission, 2) Sustained community transmission, 3) Widespread community transmission....

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Friday, March 20, 2020
Thousands Sign Petition Demanding 14-Day Quarantine for all Visitors
By News Release @ 11:02 AM :: 2669 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Tourism

..."In order for it to not just ravage our community and start having massive community spread, we need to stop people bringing it into the state"....

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Thursday, March 19, 2020
February 2020: Hawaii Hotels Set Another Record
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 2307 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...All classes of Hawai‘i hotel properties statewide reported higher RevPAR and ADR in February compared to a year ago....

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
COVID: Activist Groups Demand Ige Clamp Down Harder
By News Release @ 8:37 PM :: 2823 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...A public request to enact stronger measures of social distancing across Hawaiʻi....

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Sunday, March 15, 2020
Green Fees – But Not the Golfing Kind
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3380 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Tourism

...per visitor, per stay charges the money from which goes to protect and preserve the environment....

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Thursday, March 12, 2020
Minimum Wage Hike will Worsen Corona Virus Recession
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 3278 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business, Tourism

...Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
COVID19: Hawaii Tourism Drops 35% Since March 1
By UHERO @ 3:31 AM :: 3297 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Tourism

...In the past two weeks, things have changed markedly, and a SARS-type V-shaped path is now too optimistic.... 

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Sunday, March 8, 2020
Just a Technical Change
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2990 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes, Tourism

...the Department of Taxation, is behind a few of them....

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Friday, March 6, 2020
21 Infected on Corona Virus Cruise Ship--Test Reveals Hawaii's First Corona Patient
By Andrew Walden @ 3:00 PM :: 6265 Views :: Health Care, Tourism

...February 26-29: Nawiliwili, Honolulu, Lahaina, Hilo....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Pine: Risk of Corona Virus Recession Means Hold off 'Nice-to-Have' Projects Like Blaisdell
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 12:11 AM :: 2420 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...“We should hold off on ‘nice-to-have’ projects like construction at Blaisdell Center and focus on fiscal prudence,” said Pine....

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Sunday, March 1, 2020
Tourist Count up 5% for January
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 2:42 PM :: 2384 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...The average daily census of total visitors in the Hawaiian Islands on any given day in January was 269,421, up 2.0 percent....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Hawai‘i Vacation Rental Performance Report--Oahu Down, Sister Isles Up
By News Release @ 10:01 AM :: 2415 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...In January 2020, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 797,300 unit nights....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
UHERO: Corona Virus May Damage State Economy
By UHERO @ 5:02 PM :: 2908 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Tourism

...While visitor arrivals racked up another record year in 2019, real visitor spending fell last year as international spending languished. And now the coronavirus rears its ugly head....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Before the Crash: Dillingham Aviator's Last Letter to Airports Division
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 6388 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...Experienced aviators Rick Rogers and Bill Enoka have been identified as the two killed at Dillingham Airfield Saturday, February 22, 2020, when their Cessna crashed on takeoff.  Captain Rogers forwarded this letter to media outlets Wednesday, February 19, 2020.... 

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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Dillingham Crash is Fourth Fatal Incident in Less Than a Year
By News Release @ 2:19 AM :: 3249 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...Airplane in deadly Mokuleia crash involved in another incident 7 years ago....

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Video: Why we need an airport corporation, in 61 Seconds
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 2434 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Will 2020 be the year of an Hawaii Airport Corporation?....

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Friday, February 7, 2020
Caught in Lie, Airports Division Admits it is Trying to Dump Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 1:26 AM :: 3737 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...the U.S. Army got unexpected news from the DOT on Jan. 23....

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Monday, February 3, 2020
Committee Releases Whistleblower Allegations of Misconduct at FAA Honolulu Office
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 3656 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

...U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today released a fact sheet highlighting information the committee received from whistleblowers....

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Saturday, February 1, 2020
FAA employee blocked from inspecting Kauai tour chopper prior to crash
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 3684 Views :: Ethics, Small Business, Tourism

...FAA bosses twice denied him travel authorizations to visit the helicopter company, making it next to impossible to perform adequate FAA oversight....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
HB2728: Diamond Head Attack Becomes Excuse for Tax Hike
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:03 PM :: 3429 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes, Tourism

...House Bill 2728 implements a $5 surcharge for all overseas flights except for interisland travel....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Another Record Year: 10.4M Tourists Visit Hawaii in 2019
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 2978 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...On average, there were 249,021 visitors in the Hawaiian Islands on any given day in 2019, up 3.0 percent from 2018....

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