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Friday, March 16, 2018
SB648 Amended to Increase Sister Islands TAT Share
By News Release @ 1:29 PM :: 3504 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... The TAT amount for the City & County of Honolulu is unchanged ....

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Thursday, March 15, 2018
Will DLNR Use Sea Level Rise as Excuse to Wipe out Banyan Drive Properties?
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 2706 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Land Use, Tourism

...The purpose of the RFI is to gauge whether there is interest among prospective developers in obtaining a long-term lease of the Site (but check out the terms)....

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Saturday, March 10, 2018
Trask: Coco Palms Occupiers Duped by White Supremacist ‘Sovereign Citizens’
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 3577 Views :: Kauai County, Greenmail, Land Use, Tourism

...Furthermore, according to official court documents of the State of Hawaii, Moses Enoka Heanu, the alleged “Chief Justice” of your “court” is a registered sex offender who was sentenced to five (5) years in prison for three (3) felony counts of sexual assault in the Third Circuit court of the State of Hawaii in 1998....

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Sunday, March 04, 2018
By the Way, Could We Have $50 Million More?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2100 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

...In the middle of this process, sometimes a letter from the Governor arrives saying, “We need to make some adjustments...."

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Thursday, March 01, 2018
Visitor Spending $1.69B in January 2018--Highest Monthly Total in Hawaii History
By News Release @ 1:30 AM :: 1964 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Air Service to Hawai‘i Increased 9.7 percent in January....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Vacation Rental Home Is "Public Accommodation" -- Lesbians are Mandatory
By Robert Thomas @ 3:15 AM :: 2908 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business, Tourism

...the court held they could be held liable, even though it is their home, first concluding that renting out a room in your home qualifies as offering a public accommodation, even though it is your residence....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Auditor: HTA Gives Millions to Contractors Without Documentation
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:19 AM :: 2004 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

...HTA’s autonomy, which includes permanent funding and an exemption from the State Procurement Code, has facilitated lax oversight, deficient internal controls, and, ultimately, less accountability....

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
Manufacturer Questions Report of Kauai Drone-Helicopter Collision
By News Release @ 12:26 PM :: 2683 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...In other cases, incidents first reported as drone collisions turned out to involve a bat, an internal malfunction and a plastic bag....

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Friday, February 16, 2018
Will Caldwell Bumbling Wipe out North Shore Surf Contests?
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 2131 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...the Mayor acknowledged the need to overhaul the permit rules, to support competitive opportunities....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
$1.1B for New Airport Concourse
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 2180 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Construction is scheduled to begin in five years....

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Friday, February 02, 2018
American Samoa ID to be Rejected at Airports Starting Feb 5
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 2746 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...American Samoa is not in compliance with the REAL ID Act and Federal agencies will not accept driver's licenses and identification cards from American Samoa as of February 5, 2018....

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Thursday, February 01, 2018
Hawaii Tourism Industry Set New Record Totals in 2017
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 1825 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...$16.78 Billion in Visitor Spending; $1.96 Billion in Generated Tax Revenue; 9.38 Million Visitor Arrivals; 12.23 Million Air Seats Serving Hawai‘i; 204,000 Jobs Supported Statewide....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Report: Hawaii is an Expensive Place to Get Married
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 PM :: 2858 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

...the cost only adds more stress, with the average couple shelling out over $35,000 for their big day....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
HSTA Pushing Massive Property Tax Hike
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 2783 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Tourism

....more money and less accountability....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
DLNR Website Promotes Legal Hiking Trails
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 1811 Views :: Environment, Tourism

...More than 100 Trails in Na Ala Hele Trail & Access Program Featured....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii Fishermen’s Alliance and Aquarium Fishery Team Up To Save Industry, Protect Environment
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 2277 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

“...The state has a responsibility to ensure its natural resources are managed in a scientifically credible way for the benefit of all its citizens. We look forward to being partners in this important work....”

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii Hotels Set New Records in 2017
By News Release @ 6:03 PM :: 2235 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Statewide Average Daily Rate Rose to $319 in December -- Highest of Any Month in 2017....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
New Catamaran Delivered for West Oahu dolphin tours
By Michael Hansen @ 1:45 AM :: 3442 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...the vessel is already in service and hosting tours along the West side of Oahu....

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
DoTax Data: 25,500 Vacation Rentals paying TAT in Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 7:15 PM :: 2262 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Tourism

..."This means there are way more than suspected filers actually paying their transient accommodation taxes than originally estimated"....

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
HTA Maps: How Many TVRs in Your Neighborhood?
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 2445 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Tourism

...Hawaii Visitor Accommodation Units Surpassed 80,000 Statewide in 2017....

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Monday, January 08, 2018
Bed Bugs: Honolulu Ranks 48th
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 1876 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Tourism

...“They were virtually unheard of in the U.S. 10 years ago”....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Tourist Arrivals up 7.3% in November
By News Release @ 12:40 PM :: 1419 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.29 billion in November 2017, an increase of 4.5 percent compared to a year ago....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
After Years, State finally goes public on Rat Lungworm
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 2677 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Tourism

...Tourists are attracted to places with well-known Rat Lungworm infestations.  it is a selling point.  Really....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
UHERO: Hawaii’s Long Expansion Gets Global Economic Lift
By UHERO @ 3:38 PM :: 2096 Views :: Economy, Tourism

...Improving global conditions provide a favorable environment for continued expansion in the Islands....

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Ethics: Top HTA Execs Busted Taking Travel Upgrades
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 2365 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

...Top HTA Exec solicited thousands of dollars in travel perks from Hawaiian, JAL, Starwood, China Air, and others.... 

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Monday, December 11, 2017
Draft EIS for Natatorium set to be complete by summer 2018
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 2898 Views :: Honolulu County, Military, Tourism

...four alternatives proposed for the facility....

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Friday, December 08, 2017
Airports Division spreads the red tape
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:47 PM :: 1995 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...The pilot program requires the rideshare drivers to pay 7 percent of each fare to the state Airports Division....

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Sunday, November 26, 2017
DOTAX Litigation: Are Car Rentals “Tourism Related Services”?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1960 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Should they re-evaluate their tax filings now that the Department’s litigation position is out in the public for all to see?

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Thursday, November 23, 2017
DBEDT: 9.5M Tourists Expected in 2018
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 2214 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

"...air seats will increase by 8.5 percent during the first three quarters of 2018....”

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Monday, November 20, 2017
What's in the Secret Air BnB Agreement?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:45 AM :: 3320 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...This report evaluates twelve publicly released agreements that Airbnb has entered with state or local governments....

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Friday, November 17, 2017
UHERO: 25 Years Later we still don't know what Sustainable Tourism is
By UHERO @ 3:18 AM :: 1662 Views :: Tourism

...the report concludes that Hawaii is not yet at the stage of overtourism....

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Island Air: Did the Airports Division bamboozle Fitch Ratings?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:42 AM :: 4061 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

“The Airports Division expects near-term traffic results will be better than projected due to Island Air expanding interisland traffic...." -- Fitch Ratings, October 26, 2017

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
Petition: Protect Short Term Rentals on Hawaii Island
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 2578 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

Vacation house rules in works: Regulating ‘unhosted’ rentals seen as way to preserve housing for residents....

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Saturday, November 04, 2017
DoH Website Reports Beach Water Quality
By News Release @ 4:05 AM :: 2162 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Upgrades provide easier navigation and more information....

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Judge Invalidates Aquarium Collectors Permits
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 2668 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

...DLNR continues to believe that existing aquarium fishing practices are sustainable and environmentally sound....

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Thursday, October 26, 2017
HTA: Visitor Spending and Arrivals up Again
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 1376 Views :: Tourism

...Visitor Spending Rose 7.1 Percent to $12.56 Billion in First Three Quarters of 2017--Arrivals Increased 4.9 Percent to 7 Million Visitors....

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Monday, October 23, 2017
Study: Timeshares Add $5.3B to Hawaii Economy
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 2297 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Impact Also Includes 31,727 Jobs and $263 Million in State & Local Taxes....

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Caldwell signs bills creating Waikīkī Transportation Management Special Improvement District
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 3797 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Tourism

...bills passed by the Honolulu City Council last week create and authorize the Waikīkī Transportation Management Special Improvement District....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Hawaii Visitor Spending Grows 6.1 Percent in August 2017
By News Release @ 1:12 PM :: 1752 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total visitor arrivals rose 4.8 percent to 818,581....

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Sunday, September 03, 2017
Rail:  I Dunno About TAT
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2797 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...The TAT, when it was enacted in 1986, was primarily meant to fund the Hawaii Convention Center....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Visitor Spending Increases 9.8% in July 2017
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 1857 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Visitor spending statewide increased through the first seven months of 2017 (+8.9% to $9.95 billion)....

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Tourism: $8.4B in First Six Months
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 1100 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Visitor Arrivals Increased 4.3 Percent to 4.6 Million....

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Saturday, July 15, 2017
Can American Samoa Break Hawaiian Airlines Monopoly?
By Michael Hansen @ 4:29 PM :: 2628 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

...American Samoa seeks federal avaition cabotage waiver....

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Sunday, July 02, 2017
Carving Up the Price of Car Rentals
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2168 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

One of the legislative bills that is now being considered by Gov. David Ige is a curious bill, HB 735, involving the car rental industry.... 

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Friday, June 30, 2017
Hawaii Visitor Spending up 8.7% in May 2017
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 1843 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...In addition, total visitor arrivals rose 4.5 percent to 751,191....

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Saturday, June 10, 2017
Hilo: DLNR Land Lease Ends with Demolition of Hotel
By News Release @ 12:53 AM :: 2894 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use, Tourism

...prepare for a new phase of de-vitalization of Banyan Drive....

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Friday, June 09, 2017
TVRs: No Taxation Without Legalization!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:48 AM :: 2181 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...state lawmakers are eager to capture $26 million dollars in tax money every year from short-term vacation rentals....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Hawaii Visitor Spending Rose 9 Percent in April 2017
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 2294 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Four Largest Visitor Markets Reported Growth in Spending and Arrivals....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
The case for short-term rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:37 AM :: 2650 Views :: Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...the home sharing economy helps locals deal with Hawaii’s cost of living....

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Friday, May 19, 2017
UHERO County Forecast: Economies Still Growing, But Slowing
By UHERO @ 11:59 PM :: 2147 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Prospects are good for continued growth in each of Hawaii’s four counties, if at a slower pace than in recent years....

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