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Saturday, January 21, 2023
Elderly Tourists Forced off Road to Hana, Stranded for Hours
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 702 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... another driver, who they say was in a big hurry, forced them off the side of the road. One of the tires on their rented convertible was sliced by a rock ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Daniel Nāhoʻopiʻi Named Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Chief Administrative Officer
By News Release @ 3:28 AM :: 413 Views :: Tourism

... Nāhoʻopiʻi earned a certificate from the First Nations’ Futures Institute at Stanford University ....

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Friday, January 13, 2023
GE Tax: Audit Shows Tourists Pay 14.1%--not 30%
By Andrew Walden @ 5:21 AM :: 9732 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism, Cost of Living

...The lie that tourists pay 30% of the GE Tax is front and center as Gov Green and legislators quickly walk back Green’s fake 2022 campaign promise to eliminate the GE Tax from food and medical care....

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Friday, December 30, 2022
November 2022 Tourist Count 90.9% of November 2019
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 721 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Inflation is 17% from 2019 to 2022 so a 13.7% 'nominal' increase means 'real dollar' spending is down, not up ....

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Sunday, December 25, 2022
Earning a Procurement Exemption
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 896 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

“...You’re going to have to earn something like that....”

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Saturday, December 24, 2022
HTH Releases Visitor Satisfaction and Activity Survey
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 788 Views :: Tourism

... Visitor Satisfaction and Activity Survey Includes Data from Six Major Market Areas for the First Time in Two Years ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Hawaii Joins Bipartisan group of 37 AGs urging stronger protections for airline customers
By Selected News Articles @ 1:40 PM :: 757 Views :: Tourism, Cost of Living

... The attorneys general warned about possible abuse of a proposed rule requiring refunds when there’s a significant change in flight itinerary ....

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
UHERO: Severe economic downturn unlikely for Hawaiʻi
By UHERO @ 1:54 AM :: 719 Views :: Economy, Tourism

... Rising interest rates, dwindling pandemic era savings and the coming U.S. downturn will cause a pause in growth next year. But the belated recovery of the Japanese visitor market and surging public sector construction will prevent a recession in the islands ....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022
With Minutes left on Clock, McCartney rescinds tourism contract with Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 1217 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

"...CNHA plans to update its protest against the unlawful actions of DBEDT's former director Mike McCartney...."

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Federal Real ID enforcement delayed to May 2025
By News Release @ 4:38 PM :: 739 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...O‘ahu residents now have an additional two years to get the REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and state identification cards necessary to board domestic flights and enter some federal buildings....

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Thursday, December 1, 2022
CNHA: Josh Green will Give us Tourism Contract
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 879 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... CNHA was disappointed with the Department of Business and Economic Development and Tourism Director’s proposal this past Monday to rescind CNHA’s award; renege on the brokered resolution; and cancel the underlying solicitation ....

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Accounting for Inflation, Tourist Spending is Down from 2019
By News Release @ 2:10 AM :: 761 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Inflation is 17% from 2019 to 2022 so a 15.1% 'nominal' increase means 'real dollar' spending is down, not up ....

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Monday, November 28, 2022
Hawaii Home to Only PVSA-Legal Cruise Ship
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:42 PM :: 834 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... There’s one large cruise ship that actually complies with the law. And that cruise ship is only operating in Hawaii ....

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Sunday, November 27, 2022
FBI: Miske Ran Waikiki ‘Beachboy’ Concession
By Andrew Walden @ 5:56 PM :: 1895 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... Gradually the mafia deathgrip on Waikiki beaches is being chipped away ....

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Saturday, November 26, 2022
Reinventing Tourism: Maui Makes Fodor's 'NO' List
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 PM :: 1495 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... We could kick every tourist off the island and it would do anything for Upcountry Maui water users.  But, as usual, facts don’t get in the way of Kaniela Ing’s grandstanding ....

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Monday, November 14, 2022
UHERO: Visitors-only fee may be illegal
By UHERO @ 6:44 PM :: 1109 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Tourism

... Rethinking HTA’s “Regenerative Tourism Fee” ....

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Thursday, November 10, 2022
Oahu’s short-term rental ban walking on thin ice
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:32 AM :: 1605 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... A preliminary injunction against Oahu’s ban on short-term rentals of fewer than 90 days is a bad sign for the City & County of Honolulu ....

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Sunday, November 6, 2022
The Empty Homes Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1121 Views :: Development, Taxes, Tourism

... The idea seems to be gaining steam now since our federal court has struck down Honolulu’s recent ordinance clamping down on transient vacation rentals ....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Sue and Settle: Bird Lights Now Part of Grand Wailea Marketing Plan
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 878 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Tourism

... tourism is environmentalism ....

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Monday, October 31, 2022
Short-term rental ban deserves short life
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:57 PM :: 917 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Formerly known as Bill 41, the new law was supposed to go into effect this week, but a federal judge temporarily blocked it until its provisions can be hashed out in court ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
Hawai‘i Tourism in Search of the Promised Land
By UHERO @ 11:59 PM :: 709 Views :: Tourism

"...The problem has been implementation...."

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
BLNR Repeals Waikiki blue card requirement
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 812 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Certification permits have long been required for surf and sailboard instructors, catamaran and canoe captains and second captains, and commercial motorboat operators, operating in Waikiki ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
Tourist Count Reaches 95.5% of Pre-COVID Number--Spending Flat
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 763 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... accounting for inflation, the actual dollar increase in tourist spending is a paltry $30M ....

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Short-term Rental Ban: City Warned About Enforcement
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:18 PM :: 1349 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... a warning letter Kugle sent Oct. 21 to Honolulu officials about how they should be cautious that their publicized intent to 'aggressively' enforce the law doesn’t violate the judge’s order ....

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Federal Court: Honolulu's 3-Month Minimum Rental Term Preempted By State Law
By Robert Thomas @ 9:28 PM :: 1494 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Violating the ordinance meant massive daily fines ($10k), plus disgorgement of the rent. Thus, not surprisingly, the ordinance drew a federal court challenge from property owners ....

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
Hawaii highest earning hotels in USA
By News Release @ 4:53 AM :: 853 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Hawaii's 277 hotel businesses average over $25M annual revenue ....

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Friday, October 14, 2022
Hawaii judge halts ban on short-term rentals
By Court House News @ 4:14 PM :: 1588 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

... Airbnbs and similar rentals on Oahu can continue operations as usual for now ....

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Sunday, October 9, 2022
Dirty OHA Contract is Model for CNHA Takeover of Tourism Marketing
By Andrew Walden @ 9:37 PM :: 3145 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, OHA, Tourism

... Ige’s March 4, 2020, COVID Emergency legalized over half of CNHA’s corruption ....

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Thursday, October 6, 2022
HVCB and CNHA "have found a way forward in partnership"
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 809 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

“I am very pleased with the progress that the two organizations have made in coming together so that we can move forward in the best interest of the State,” said DBEDT Director Mike McCartney....

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Friday, September 30, 2022
Tourist Spending Up 14%, Tourist Count Down 10%
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 701 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... 13.8% growth without accounting for 3 yrs of inflation which is about 16% ....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Auditor: HTA oversight lax, internal controls deficient
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:01 AM :: 1246 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... HTA had disregarded its own procurement policies and procedures, awarding sole source contracts based on questionable justifications, paying contractors without executed contracts ....

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Friday, September 9, 2022
​Hawaii short-term rental property owners urge judge to stop new ordinance from disrupting business
By Court House News @ 4:04 AM :: 1806 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... the Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance alleges the ordinance will cause irreparable economic damages to owners that have been renting out properties for less than 90 days....

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Sunday, September 4, 2022
No. 1 In the World – In Tourist Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2806 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Tourism

... Honolulu is 75% higher in taxes than the second most tourist-taxed city in the world ....

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Tourist Count Reaches 92.4% of Pre-COVID Number
By News Release @ 12:02 AM :: 835 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... meet the new tourism, just like the old tourism ....

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Friday, August 26, 2022
Is Hawaii is being run for tourism at the expense of locals?
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 1346 Views :: Tourism

... 67 percent agreed that their island is “being run for tourists at the expense of local people” ....

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Saturday, August 13, 2022
Honolulu: Highest Tourist Taxes on Earth
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 1764 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Tourism

... $51.70 a night ....

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Saturday, August 6, 2022
Kauai: Highest car rental rates in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 1251 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... rental car rates at the top 100 U.S. airports for the month of August 2022 ....

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Saturday, August 6, 2022
States Where Unemployment Claims Are Decreasing the Most--Hawaii 45th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:19 PM :: 1270 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

... based on changes in unemployment claims for several key benchmark weeks ....

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Saturday, August 6, 2022
Maui Disposable Bodyboard Ban takes effect
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 1121 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Tourism

... Ordinance prohibits sale, rental or distribution of polystyrene bodyboards ....

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Psychics and Recreational Drugs: SEC Charges Hawaii SemiSub with Fraud
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 1327 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... defendants misappropriated a significant portion of the funds to pay for psychics and recreational drugs ....

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Friday, July 29, 2022
Tourist Count 89% of Pre-Pandemic, Spending hits 112.3%
By News Release @ 12:22 AM :: 1000 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... 842,927 visitors came to the Hawaiian Islands in June, 2022 ....

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Sunday, July 24, 2022
Picking apart the $50 fee
By Selected News Articles @ 4:29 AM :: 2013 Views :: Politicians, Tourism

... Josh Green had to be schooled as to what Hawaii is ....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Hawaii’s NASED -- Another sports venue that fails to generate promised revenue
By Selected News Articles @ 10:51 PM :: 1498 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Tourism

... Decades of studies have shown that publicly financed stadiums, even those that include housing and retail projects, do not bring in enough money to offset public investments ....

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Sunday, July 17, 2022
It’s Tourism, Mooooo
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1189 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... folks who seem to rank high on the milking list:  tourists....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
DLNR Releases Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor Vision Report
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 1023 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

... no mention of a fuel dock ....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Hawaii’s love-hate relationship with tourism
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:56 AM :: 942 Views :: Tourism

... It’s not just Hawaii residents who are being priced out of paradise. Slowly but surely, tourists are also wondering whether they can still afford to visit here ....

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Monday, July 11, 2022
Study: If Hawaii Tourism is Called 'Regenerative' Locals will Like Tourists
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 PM :: 978 Views :: Tourism

... regenerative tourism makes the tourism industry and tourists more attractive to residents. An overwhelming 96.3% of Kauaʻi residents responded favorably ....

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Saturday, July 9, 2022
Visitors Less Likely to Return
By News Release @ 2:38 AM :: 1159 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... The high cost of a vacation in Hawai‘i was the top reason cited among visitors from both markets for being unlikely to revisit in the next five years ....

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Sunday, July 3, 2022
Ige right to veto bill OK’d via ‘gut and replace’
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:51 PM :: 1036 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... HB 1147 originally started out as a capital improvements project bill in 2021, but this year lawmakers removed the projects and replaced them with operating appropriations for HTA ....

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Friday, July 1, 2022
Compared to 2019 Tourist Count Down 8.4% -- Spending up 10.6%
By News Release @ 5:09 AM :: 1007 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... a 91.6 percent recovery from May 2019. Though this recovery rate is lower than that of April (96.3%), it is the second highest recovery rate since March 2020 ....

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