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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 :: 3766 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 :: 3687 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 :: 3708 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 :: 3457 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 :: 3000 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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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Save Billionaires Row: Tourism Industry Activists Sue DLNR Over Aquarium Fishing (again)
By Andrew Walden @ 11:25 AM :: 4789 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Greenmail, Small Business, Tourism

...how much will Kona Coast billionaires contribute to these 'non-profits'?....

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Monday, January 27, 2020
Hawaii: Weddings Cost More Than Any Other State
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 3637 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Couples in Hawaii spent $37,827 in 2018....

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Thursday, January 23, 2020
FAA Lowered Bar for Southwest Airlines Hawaii Approvals, Complaint Alleges
By Selected News Articles @ 12:34 AM :: 2923 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

...U.S. air-safety regulators likely acted improperly in the way they authorized Southwest Airlines Co. to begin flights between California and Hawaii last year....

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Thursday, January 16, 2020
Ed Case: Why Was VFR Helicopter Pilot Flying in Fog?
By Ed Case @ 5:56 PM :: 2954 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Tourism

...“A pilot flying his eighth 50-minute tour in one day. Without instrument certification and flying in a rough and variable terrain, rapidly changing weather environment, on visual flight rules only (solely what he could see).  According to a close-by witness and other observations, probably in ‘20 ft visibility in rain and fog.’ No flight tracking equipment aboard....

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Saturday, January 4, 2020
Hawaii 2nd-Worst State for Retirement
By Selected News Articles @ 2:06 AM :: 3906 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

...ultimately, it comes down to how far do those retirement dollars go....

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Monday, December 30, 2019
The Brutality of the Museum Market
By Selected News Articles @ 4:02 PM :: 2984 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...On Saturday the 28th of December, a museum closed its doors for the final time....

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Sunday, December 29, 2019
Rep Case Calls on FAA to Tighten Regulations After Deadly Helicopter Crash
By Ed Case @ 1:30 PM :: 2866 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...Hawaii has seen 18 civilian helicopter crashes in the last five years....

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Friday, December 27, 2019
Will 2020 be the year of an Hawaii Airport Corporation?
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:43 PM :: 3937 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...After failing in the Legislature four times, maybe the fifth time will be the charm....

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Friday, December 27, 2019
November Tourist Arrivals up 4.2%
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 2284 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...and tourist spending is up 3.4%....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
November 2019 Hawaii Vacation Rental Performance Report
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 3679 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

...On O‘ahu, the vacation rental supply in November was 252,000 unit nights. This is a decrease of 4.4 percent from a year ago....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Property Tax Onslaught Looms
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:47 PM :: 3873 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...First they came for the owners of million-dollar homes, but I didn’t speak against it because I didn’t have a million-dollar home....

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Sunday, December 15, 2019
“Piling On” to Transient Vacation Rentals
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 4124 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...The bill would classify bed and breakfast homes and other transient vacation rental units as “hotel and resort” for property tax purposes....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
Maui on $10K per day: New Vacation Rental Fines
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 3311 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

...a civil fine of $20,000 plus $10,000 per day for each day the unlawful operation persists....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Auditor: Zoo Loses Track of $658K
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 3384 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Tourism

...The cooperative agreement between the zoo and the Zoo Society hampered roles and responsibilities.... 

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
A Day in the Life of a Napali Coast Ranger
By Video @ 2:43 AM :: 3430 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Tourism

...One of the most visible features of what has been called a “new day” for Hā’ena State Park and the adjacent Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, is the presence of park rangers....

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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Auditor--14 Years Later: Liquor Comm Still Working on 2005 Recommendations
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 3463 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...Follow-Up on Recommendations from Report No. 05-02, Audit of Selected Management Issues of the Honolulu Liquor Commission....

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Monday, December 2, 2019
GAO: Ala Wai Flood Risk Estimates--More Transparency Required
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 3609 Views :: Honolulu County, Military, Tourism

...only one study in eight considered the limitations of the computer model used in a flood damage analysis....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Hawaiian Flight Attendants Vote to Authorize a Strike
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 3105 Views :: Labor, Tourism

...Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants today voted 99.9 percent to authorize a strike, with 95.1 percent participating....

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Friday, November 15, 2019
WSJ ranks Honolulu Airport 15th of 20
By Selected News Articles @ 9:56 PM :: 2892 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...How the 20 next-largest U.S. airports performed in 15 categories....

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Thursday, November 7, 2019
Hot Take On The Maui Clean Water Act Arguments
By Robert Thomas @ 2:12 PM :: 3841 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Tourism

...It all turns on the language of the Clean Water Act, and what does the term "from" mean....

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Thursday, November 7, 2019
Maui Sewage Case Makes a Supreme Court Splash
By Selected News Articles @ 1:53 PM :: 3741 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Tourism

“...There are more than 500,000 similar underground injection wells in the country and nearly 6,000 in Hawaii alone....”

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019
DLNR: Coral Bleaching wasn't all that bad
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 3166 Views :: Environment, Tourism

... It was all hype.  It always is.  It will be back next year complete with knashing of teeth and pulling of hair ....

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Sunday, November 3, 2019
HTA Releases Hawai‘i Vacation Rental Performance Report
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 3093 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... The State of Hawai‘i has experienced record levels of visitor arrivals over the last seven years. However, during this time the number of traditional lodging units, such as hotels, condominium hotels, and timeshare resorts has increased minimally ....

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Thursday, October 31, 2019
First 3 Quarters: Tourism Up, Spending Down
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 2718 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Total visitor arrivals increased 5.5 percent to 7,858,876 in the first three quarters of 2019--spending dropped by 0.1%....

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Thursday, October 31, 2019
APEC Coming to Hawaii—AGAIN?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 AM :: 3414 Views :: World News, Tourism

... Chilean officials said they cancelled the Nov. 16-17 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit to focus on restoring law and order in the country ....

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Friday, October 25, 2019
RFP: Ala Wai Boat Harbor Development Scheme Comes Back with Big Fat Zero
By News Release @ 6:08 PM :: 3784 Views :: Development, OHA, Tourism
...Two proposals were received for the development of parcels of land at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor on O’ahu. After review, neither of the proposals was selected....
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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Tourist Arrivals up 9.8%
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 2455 Views :: Tourism

...Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.50 billion in August, 2019, an increase of 6.3 percent compared to August, 2018....

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Friday, September 13, 2019
37 Oahu TVRs Get Notice of Violation
By News Release @ 5:04 AM :: 4857 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

...more NOVs are anticipated in the coming weeks....

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Monday, September 9, 2019
DLNR Hikes Small Boat Harbor Fees
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 3683 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Fee increases for users of Hawai‘i small boat harbors and boating facilities will be implemented soon, after they were signed into law by Governor David Ige on August 13, 2019 ....

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Friday, August 30, 2019
Tourist Arrivals up 6.2%
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 2695 Views :: Tourism

...Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.70 billion in July 2019, an increase of 2.4 percent compared to July 2018....

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Friday, August 23, 2019
DBEDT: Economic Outlook Stable--too Early to Detect Effects of TVR Ban
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 3940 Views :: Economy, Small Business, Tourism

...The impact of the vacation rental ban on Oahu has not yet been seen in visitor arrivals....

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Thursday, August 15, 2019
Ebbtide Waikiki: Fullard-Leo Family Fights Pimps for Control of Hotel (literally)
By Andrew Walden @ 6:16 PM :: 11749 Views :: Development, Law Enforcement, Police, Tourism, Drugs

...a July 22, 2019 'melee' between members of the Fullard-Leo family and 20 pimps and drug dealers....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Honolulu's New Short-Term Rental Ordinance Challenged In Federal Court
By Robert Thomas @ 4:01 PM :: 6336 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

... read the full complaint ....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Open Letter to Surfrider: Drop Laniakea Suit Before Child is Killed
By News Release @ 3:44 AM :: 4996 Views :: Honolulu County, Greenmail, Tourism

...Please do not minimize the danger of the current situation: you can easily improve it by dropping the suit....

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Saturday, August 3, 2019
Laniakea Turtle Beach Pedestrian Accident Sparks Blame Game
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 2879 Views :: Tourism

...HDOT is confident that if the barriers were in place this collision would not have happened....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Tourist Arrivals Up--Spending Down
By News Release @ 10:31 PM :: 2920 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Hawaii Visitor Statistics Released for the First Half of 2019....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
$350M Stadium Bill: "Abusive Gut and Replace" Scheme being Challenged in Court
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 5018 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

"...the Legislature should have fully and seriously considered HB 1586 and allowed the public to weigh in on the measure, given the major financial effects on the State, instead of using the ‘gut and replace’ practice currently being challenged in court....”

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Sunday, July 14, 2019
So What Really Is a Resort Fee?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4042 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...we are starting to see laws passed in the 2019 Legislature take effect....

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Company was told to stop skydiving before fatal crash; now ordered to vacate
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 6535 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism

...“If you want to maintain your aircraft there are not a lot of options up there because the state won’t allow it.”...

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Saturday, June 29, 2019
​‘Positive disruptor’ shares policy views on 'Perry & the Posse'
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:04 AM :: 4582 Views :: Economy, Small Business, Tourism

...“Let’s not kill the goose that lays the golden egg”....

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Friday, June 28, 2019
What The US Supreme Court's Property Rights Decision Means For Hawaii's Property Owners
By Robert Thomas @ 3:10 AM :: 8360 Views :: National News, Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...Hawaii’s property owners now have many more options for fighting back against oppressive government regulation of property than they did last week.... 

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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Tourism: Spending Down--Arrivals Up (again)
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 3161 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... average daily visitor spending was down 4.2% -- Total visitor arrivals increased 4.6 percent to 841,376 ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Ige: Intent to Veto 20 Bills--Including AirBnB Tax
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 5732 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...Ige notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers of his Intent to Veto the following 20 measures....

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Sunday, June 23, 2019
On Board Video Shows 2016 Incident with Skydiving Plane
By Video @ 3:26 AM :: 5601 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism

...Skydiver's GoPro video taken from within the cabin records a 2016 incident over Byron, CA involving the same skydiving plane which later crashed at Dillingham Airfield, June 21, 2019, killing 11.... 

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Friday, June 21, 2019
‘De facto ban’ could poison tourism well
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:21 PM :: 4390 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...banning short-term rentals could hurt Hawaii more than people realize....

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