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Monday, June 17, 2024
Hawaii 2nd-Most Over-touristed State
By Selected News Articles @ 4:12 PM :: 238 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Hawaii's population increases by 66.4 percent during high season due to overtourism ....

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Monday, June 17, 2024
Hawaii Beer Taxes 4th-Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 3:45 PM :: 191 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Hawaii taxes beer at $0.93 per gallon ....

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Friday, June 14, 2024
$11.3B Loss: Elimination of TVRs Would Drive Hawaii into Economic Depression
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 1316 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Small Business, Tourism

... Study shows short-term rentals generated $2.2 billion in economic activity for Maui and $11.3 billion across Hawaii in 2023 ....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Six Feet Under: UH Doubles Sea Level Rise Projection (again)
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 599 Views :: Environment, Tourism

... UH has been peddling '3.2-foot' sea level rise claims since 2018.  That projection was itself a doubling of earlier projections.  Now they have suddenly doubled it again to six feet.  Did you notice? .... 

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Saturday, June 8, 2024
Charter Amendment another obstacle to Maui mayor's TVR phase-out plan
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:32 PM :: 415 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... four of the districts have no representation, which could raise questions about fairness over any recommendations the planning body might make ....

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Friday, June 7, 2024
DBEDT Projects 'Sluggish' Economic Growth in Aftermath of Lahaina Fire
By News Release @ 3:23 PM :: 317 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Between January and April 2024, visitor arrivals by air to Maui County fell 24.0 percent and expenditures decreased 22.6 percent compared to the same four months in 2023 ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Tourism-related property tax hike a threat to Kauai economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:46 PM :: 826 Views :: Kauai County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... a $3.49 million tax increase on hotels and resorts and a $4.15 million increase on vacation rentals ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
April 2024 Tourist Spending and Arrivals Down Sharply
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 850 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... There were 753,551 visitors to the Hawaiian Islands in April 2024, down 8.9 percent from the same month last year. Total visitor spending measured in nominal dollars was $1.51 billion, which was a 12.6 percent drop from April 2023 ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
Hawaii Highest Fast Food Prices in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:59 PM :: 949 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Hawaii emerges as the state with the highest average price for a medium cheese pizza, reaching $18.99 ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
DLNR: No Evidence Cruise Ships too Close to Na Pali Coast
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 714 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism

... The cruise line elected to include Nāpali Coast sailings after being unable to make port calls at Lahaina due to last year’s wildfires ....

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Sunday, May 26, 2024
Targeting scapegoats affects us all
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:21 AM :: 631 Views :: Kauai County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... One of the most persistent myths in Hawaii politics is that you can target a single group with a tax hike and not affect anyone else ....

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Thursday, May 23, 2024
Green Announces Plan: Fly 3,000 Lahaina Survivors to Mainland
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 3230 Views :: Maui County, Tourism, Cost of Living

... To make a buck, CNHA will help move Hawaiians out of Hawaii ....

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Saturday, May 18, 2024
Plan to ban thousands of TVRs on Maui has rocky road ahead
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:16 PM :: 2217 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... The plan will have its first hearing on June 25 before the Maui Planning Commission ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
UHERO: 'Population slowing will reduce future growth'
By UHERO @ 2:58 AM :: 1248 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Tourism

... Hawaii’s economy will grow at a slower pace than in past years ....

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Friday, May 10, 2024
After Nine Months of Toxic Lies, DoH Finally Admits: "We do not expect to find health impacts caused by toxins in the wildfire ash"
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 1353 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development, Tourism

... “Economic pressures will cause ‘toxic’ hysteria to be hyped up until locals sell out.  Then the hysteria will evaporate and be forgotten as Lahaina is rebuilt as Wailea v2 surrounding the ‘Venice of the Pacific’ water feature.”  -- HFP, Nov 2023 ....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Property tax hikes wrong way to rebuild Lahaina
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:53 PM :: 1372 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... rate would increase by 82% for B&Bs worth $3 million or more ....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024
SB2919: Hotel Industry 'worked hand-in-hand with community partners and the government'
By News Release @ 5:44 AM :: 1411 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Labor, Tourism

“We thank Gov. Green, Hawai‘i legislators, and our partners at the Hawai‘i Hotel Alliance, UNITE HERE Local 5, and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 142 for their leadership in passing this important law."--AHLA Interim President & CEO Kevin Carey

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Saturday, May 4, 2024
Green Signs SB2919: Pretending to Allow Counties to Seize TVRs
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 1773 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... The bill clarifies the counties’ authority to control the time, place, manner, and duration of land uses, particularly transient accommodations including short-term rentals ....

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Friday, May 3, 2024
Maui: Enviros File Another Bird Lights Lawsuit
By News Release @ 12:06 AM :: 1194 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Greenmail, Tourism

... over the last 16 years, one bird died ....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Tourist Spending and Arrivals Down for March
By News Release @ 7:37 PM :: 1005 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... There were 855,537 visitors to the Hawaiian Islands in March 2024, down 5.0 percent from a year ago. Total visitor spending measured in nominal dollars was $1.76 billion, which was a drop of 4.2 percent compared to March 2023 ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
Kayak Rental Co fined $35K for Blue Law Violations
By News Release @ 9:52 PM :: 1332 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... We all know Sundays are holy days set aside for the worship of the Goddess Gaia ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Bill allowing counties more authority over short-term rentals on Green's desk
By Selected News Articles @ 1:07 PM :: 1255 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... A conference committee agreed to pass Senate Bill 2919, which would allow counties to create zoning laws regulating short-term rentals .... 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Attorneys Blocking JetBlue/Spirit Merger Now Targeting Hawaiian/Alaska Airlines Deal
By Selected News Articles @ 1:15 PM :: 1293 Views :: Judiciary, Tourism

... this law firm also filed a similar suit wherein JetBlue was subsequently blocked in its attempt to acquire Spirit Airlines ....

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Friday, April 12, 2024
Health Department: Lahaina Ocean Waters Safe for Recreation
By News Release @ 3:07 PM :: 1004 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... 'Toxic' hysteria has been used to keep property owners away from their lots in the Lahaina burn zone--but the DoH just can't find any toxins ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Study STR economic impact before banning them
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:34 PM :: 1979 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Thursday, April 4, 2024
DLNR Now Charging $1 to Use Ocean
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 1536 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... more than 500 companies with commercial use permits from the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR), began collecting one dollar from each passenger or customer ....

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Thursday, March 28, 2024
Tourism Arrivals and Spending Down
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 1502 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... February 2024 average daily census of 236,008 is a decline from 2023 ....

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Thursday, March 28, 2024
Green Maui Update: Will not seize TVRs
By Video @ 3:12 AM :: 1500 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... Green: No Permits to rebuild Until End of 2024 ....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Bill 121: TVRs to be Banned?
By Video @ 12:00 PM :: 1925 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Once Hawaii County forces families to apply for permits, the next step will be an effort to ban our industry entirely ....

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Friday, March 22, 2024
Victory! Honolulu Agrees to Suspend Enforcement of Unconstitutional Ordinance, Saving Local Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 11:50 PM :: 3015 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Small Business, Tourism

... City suspends enforcement of a city ordinance that’s driving several restaurants in Waikiki out of business ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Short-term Rental Crackdown: State, County Bills Threaten Residents
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:58 PM :: 1659 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... to phase out short-term rentals and impose higher taxes on them ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Short-term rental owners stand firm for their rights
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:35 PM :: 2075 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Short-term rental owners in Hawaii could hardly find a better spokesperson for their cause ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
January Tourist Count Down 3.6%
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 1411 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... January 2024, total visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands (763,480 visitors, -3.6%) and total visitor spending measured in nominal dollars ($1.81 billion, -4.5%) declined compared to January 2023 ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Bills increasing costs for tourists moving through Hawaii Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 PM :: 1463 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... two proposals that would increase the transient accommodation tax, known as TAT ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
Hawaii committee to discuss $25 tourism tax Friday
By Selected News Articles @ 6:07 AM :: 1520 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Tourism

... House Bill 2406 would impose a $25 "transient accommodation tax," also known as a TAT, on top of the 10.25% TAT that is already in place ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Kauai: Tourism Industry Scores Another Big Win Over Agriculture
By News Release @ 12:45 PM :: 1576 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture, Tourism

... To prevent tourists from seeing muddy water, West Kauai seed farms will be required to get federal NPIDES permits ....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Five Straight Months of Tourism Decline Since Lahaina Fire
By News Release @ 2:02 PM :: 1386 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Since the August 2023 Maui wildfires, visitor arrivals have decreased in four out of the last five months while visitor spending recorded five straight months of decline compared to 2022 ....

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Monday, January 29, 2024
Senate Sets Triple Hearing on Vacation Rental Bill
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 1596 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... Senate Bill 2919 establishes State Regulations for short-term vacation rentals, allows the counties to adopt zoning ordinances and regulations for the amortization or phasing out of certain land lands or structures, and applies the TAT to shelters and vehicles with, or advertised as including, sleeping accommodations ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Proposed STR regulations pose threat to Hawaii Island economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 1626 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Saiki Opening Day Speech: Don’t let Lahaina property owners rebuild
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 2371 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Tourism

... Turn Lahaina into Wailea v2 surrounding the ‘Venice of the Pacific’ water feature ....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Kona Airport Runway Cracks Force Shutdown
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 1223 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism

... HDOT is also working with contractors to mill and resurface a 10’ X 10’ area. Expected completion of the resurfacing, which will allow the runway to reopen, is prior to first light Tuesday, Jan. 16 ....

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Friday, January 5, 2024
No Nukes: Green Announces $500M “Maui Interim Housing Plan”
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 1297 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... 2,400-plus households, totaling more than 5,928 individuals, remain housed in more than 30 hotels throughout Maui ....

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Sunday, December 31, 2023
It might be called Hawaiian, but it isn’t Hawaii-owned
By Selected News Articles @ 4:04 PM :: 1899 Views :: Hawaii History, Tourism

... Hawaiian Airlines has not been owned by an individual or entity in Hawaii for a long time ....

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Sunday, December 31, 2023
Restaurants Getting Cooked
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2173 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... A number of restaurants are in a pinch recently.  Here’s what happened to them ....

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Friday, December 29, 2023
DBEDT: Tourist Count Up--Spending Down
By Selected News Articles @ 2:30 PM :: 1112 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Spending was down 2.4% in November when compared to the previous year. However, the number of tourists increased by 0.3% to 731,233 ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Air Tours to be Restricted over Volcanoes National Park
By News Release @ 12:26 PM :: 1240 Views :: Tourism

... National Park Service completes Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Air Tour Management Plan ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Existing short-term Hawaii rentals may remain in operation, judge rules
By Selected News Articles @ 8:04 AM :: 2435 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... The ordinance that levies heavy fines on short-term rentals in Honolulu remains in effect only for new rentals beginning operations after the ordinance was put in place ....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Army and HDOT Set to Negotiate 50-Year Lease for Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 1301 Views :: Military, Small Business, Tourism

... Typically, local commanders are permitted to approve routine five-year leases, however, with HDOT seeking a longer term (50 years), the Army had to seek approval in Washington, D.C. ....

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Green announces plan to use short-term rentals to help with Maui housing
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 1174 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... Should the incentives fail to motivate enough STRs to become available, Green may impose a short-term moratorium by mid-January, he said ....

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Saturday, December 9, 2023
Fixation on short-term rentals called distraction from 'true culprit'
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:37 PM :: 1763 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

... government actions created the demand for STRs in the first place, and government regulatory failures “created housing unaffordability long before STRs even came into existence." ....

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