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Monday, March 30, 2020
Economists Expect 140,000 Unemployed
By UHERO @ 11:26 PM :: 143 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 :: 359 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 :: 373 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 :: 384 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 :: 2794 Views :: Health Care, Tourism

...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 :: 587 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 :: 823 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 :: 352 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 :: 250 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 :: 335 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Tourism

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

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Ige Orders Bars, Restaurants to Close--Asks Tourists to Stay Away
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 543 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Small Business, Tourism

...“The actions I’m announcing today may seem extreme to some of you, and we know that it will have negative effects to our economy. But we are confident that taking aggressive actions now will allow us to have a quicker recovery when this crisis is over,” said Gov. Ige....

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Sunday, March 15, 2020
Green Fees – But Not the Golfing Kind
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 971 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 :: 559 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 :: 832 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 08, 2020
Just a Technical Change
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 633 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes, Tourism

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

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Friday, March 06, 2020
21 Infected on Corona Virus Cruise Ship--Test Reveals Hawaii's First Corona Patient
By Andrew Walden @ 3:00 PM :: 2966 Views :: Health Care, Tourism

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

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Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Pine: Risk of Corona Virus Recession Means Hold off 'Nice-to-Have' Projects Like Blaisdell
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 12:11 AM :: 510 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 01, 2020
Tourist Count up 5% for January
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 2:42 PM :: 403 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 :: 547 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 :: 552 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 :: 2770 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 :: 1338 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 :: 685 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

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

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Friday, February 07, 2020
Caught in Lie, Airports Division Admits it is Trying to Dump Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 1:26 AM :: 1390 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 03, 2020
Committee Releases Whistleblower Allegations of Misconduct at FAA Honolulu Office
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 1021 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 01, 2020
FAA employee blocked from inspecting Kauai tour chopper prior to crash
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 1537 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 :: 1059 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 :: 793 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 :: 1239 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 :: 850 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 :: 906 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 :: 1073 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 04, 2020
Hawaii 2nd-Worst State for Retirement
By Selected News Articles @ 2:06 AM :: 1751 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 :: 1128 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 :: 940 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 :: 1498 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 :: 663 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 :: 1092 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 :: 1664 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 :: 1500 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 :: 1166 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 :: 1190 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 :: 1200 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 05, 2019
Auditor--14 Years Later: Liquor Comm Still Working on 2005 Recommendations
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 1166 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 02, 2019
GAO: Ala Wai Flood Risk Estimates--More Transparency Required
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 1339 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 :: 1274 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 :: 1154 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

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

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Thursday, November 07, 2019
Hot Take On The Maui Clean Water Act Arguments
By Robert Thomas @ 2:12 PM :: 1531 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 07, 2019
Maui Sewage Case Makes a Supreme Court Splash
By Selected News Articles @ 1:53 PM :: 1532 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 05, 2019
DLNR: Coral Bleaching wasn't all that bad
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 1447 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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