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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Tourist Arrivals up 5.9% for 2018
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 3259 Views :: Tourism

...Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent $17.82 billion in 2018, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to 2017....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Shark Bites: Hawaii Still #2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:48 AM :: 5111 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...In addition to the 66 unprovoked attacks worldwide, there were also 34 provoked attacks. Those include instances where divers are bitten after harassing or trying to touch sharks, as well as attacks on spearfishers or people trying to feed sharks....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Auction: Omidyar Dairy Liquidating?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:46 PM :: 6501 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, Tourism

...In addition to spawning anti-dairy activism, Omidyar’s Kauai dairy proposal created a political and perhaps legal precedent requiring previously exempt farmers to obtain an environmental impact statement before commencing operations....

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Saturday, December 29, 2018
Nancy Pelosi Vacations at Fairmont Orchid During Government Shutdown
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 PM :: 6490 Views :: National News, Tourism

...Pelosi was spotted on Thursday vacationing at a four-diamond resort in Hawaii despite an ongoing battle in Washington, D.C., that led to a government shutdown....

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Thursday, December 27, 2018
November: Visitor Arrivals Up, Spending Flat
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 4304 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Total visitor arrivals rose to 781,990 (+4.3%) in November compared to a year ago....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Ige Approves Rule Changes for Small Boat Harbors
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 5027 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...drunks, bums, and feral animals....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Hawaii Becomes the Second State to Shut Out Wild-Animal Circuses
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 6735 Views :: Environment, Greenmail, Small Business, Tourism

...Gov. David Ige approved the new regulation Dec 21, 2018....

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Sunday, December 16, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 4)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 5464 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...We continue with our series about a timeshare association suing Maui County seeking to invalidate its “Time Share” property classification, with the county then striking back.... 

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Hawaii hotel strike linked to lack of economic freedom
By Selected News Articles @ 8:42 PM :: 6414 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, Cost of Living

...According to the Grassroot Institute, high taxes, high government spending and burdensome regulation were major reasons economic freedom in the state continued to decline; they also contributed heavily to the state’s high cost of living....

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Sunday, December 9, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 3)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5535 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...We continue with our series about a timeshare association suing the county, with the county then back assessing the association for $10 million.... 

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Sunday, December 2, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 2)
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 5626 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...Timeshare association sues county; county then back assesses association for $10 million.... 

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Visitor Arrivals Jump 4.4% for October--Spending Drops
By News Release @ 2:42 PM :: 3319 Views :: Tourism

...The average daily census (i.e. number of visitors on any given day) in October was 210,960, up 1.8 percent compared to a year ago....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
$3.56M Tourism Industry Payoffs to Community Groups Statewide
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 3209 Views :: Tourism

...$3.56 Million to Support 130 Hawaiian Culture, Natural Resources and Community Programs....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Connected: Rail, Pensions, and Vacation Rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:48 PM :: 6553 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Keli'i Akina and Joe Kent discuss the latest research by the Grassroot Institute on rail, vacation rentals and the unfunded liabilty of Hawaii's public pension system....

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Monday, November 26, 2018
Council Resolution: Ban Cars, Buses from Waikiki by 2030
By News Release @ 2:11 PM :: 6465 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tourism

... The Public Works, Infrastructure & Sustainability Committee will publicly discuss its Draft 1 of Resolution 18-221 [1] in the City Council Committee Meeting Room, on the 2nd floor of Honolulu Hale, at 1:00 pm Weds ....

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Monday, November 26, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:03 PM :: 5635 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...a long and hotly litigated property tax case from Maui....

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Saturday, November 17, 2018
Maui rental fines not fine
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:25 AM :: 6394 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

...Renting out your room illegally to someone vacationing on the island for 10 days would mean more than $100,000 in fines....

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Friday, November 2, 2018
Haleiwa Shark Tour Boat Busted for Chumming
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 4094 Views :: Environment, Tourism

...The violation is petty misdemeanor that upon conviction could have fines and jail time....

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Tourist Count up 3.5% --Big Island Drops 14%
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 4014 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...visitor spending and arrivals are up sharply everywhere except the Big Island....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Shore water event application deadline extended for non-North Shore surf events
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 4019 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...Short term extension valid for events scheduled between October 22, 2018 and February 28, 2019....

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Senate Approves American Samoa Airline Cabotage Reform
By News Release @ 2:54 PM :: 6615 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business, Tourism

...Amata’s provision streamlines the requirement of foreign carriers who service the routes between Tutuila and Manu'a to reduce unnecessary paperwork....

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Hawaii Visitor Spending Increased 1.4 Percent to $1.41 Billion in August
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 3295 Views :: Tourism

“The 1.4 percent increase in visitor spending for August was the lowest of any month since May 2016. Additionally, the $1.41 billion in total visitor spending was the lowest of any month so far this year."

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Kauai We Have a Problem
By Video @ 3:56 PM :: 4913 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism

...overtourism....

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Engineers: Sea Life Park Falling Apart- A Disaster Waiting To Happen
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 4439 Views :: Tourism

...“when the wind was blowing, the building was moving, if this building collapses during a show, the dolphins, and possibly hundreds of people will be injured or possibly killed.”...

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Friday, August 31, 2018
State Visitor Count Up 5.2% for July--Big Island Down 12.7%
By News Release @ 1:37 AM :: 3548 Views :: Tourism

...The island of Hawaii recorded decreases in visitor spending (-7.2% to $201.1 million) and arrivals (-12.7% to 153,906) compared to last year....

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Thursday, August 23, 2018
New Rabies Quarantine Rules Announced
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 5093 Views :: Agriculture, Tourism

...Revises Requirements for 5 Day or Less Program....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Sunset Beach Dune Restoration Project utilizing private public partnership
By News Release @ 7:22 PM :: 5565 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Project involving numerous city agencies, community groups, and local non-profits for erosion mitigation ....

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Hawaii Visitor Spending Up 10.8% in First Half of 2018--Down for June on Big Island
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 6213 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Hawaii island eruption-related tourism losses could exceed $200 million....

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Monday, July 30, 2018
Honolulu Surf Contests: New Rules in Effect Starting July 30
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 4930 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...Application deadline for first triennial calendar set for September 28, 2018.... 

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Thursday, July 26, 2018
Report: Illegal TVRs Create 7,000 Jobs on Oahu
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 4606 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...the following economic impact would be at risk if 60% of O‘ahu’s Alternative Accommodation inventory were eliminated....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018
HDOT Touts Public-Private Partnership at Airport
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 4604 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Airports Division is proud to be working in partnership with DFS and global restaurateur HMSHost on more than $69 million worth of improvements....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Video: Screams as Tour Boat Hit by Lava Bomb
By Video @ 2:55 AM :: 4762 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism

...At least 22 people on a Lava Ocean Tours vessel were injured this morning after an explosion sent lava through the roof of the boat’s passenger cabin....

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Department of Health begins implementation of new medicated cannabis amendments
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 5023 Views :: Tourism, Drugs

...More THC, Vaping, and lots of Weed for Kids, Tourists, and out-of-state students....

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Saturday, July 7, 2018
Hawaii Timeshares Average 92% Occupancy in First Quarter 2018
By News Release @ 1:36 PM :: 4357 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...By comparison, hotel properties averaged an 82.9 percent occupancy rate for the same quarter....

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Ige Appoints Four New Members to HTA Board
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 3947 Views :: Tourism

...Ige recently nominated the four business and community leaders to serve on HTA’s board, with their appointments confirmed by the Hawaii State Senate....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
May Tourism Spending up 11%--Arrivals up 7%
By News Release @ 12:21 AM :: 3715 Views :: Tourism

...The island of Hawai‘i realized growth in visitor spending despite a drop in visitor arrivals (-1.6%) in May year-over-year....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Maui Planning Department Finalizes Short-Term Occupancy List
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 8029 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...The list can be used by the public, property owners, realtors and the County for a quick determination about whether short-term occupancy – defined by the county as fewer than 180 days – is allowed without a permit....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Volcano? What Volcano? Hawaii Hotel Occupancy Up 1.5% for May
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 4683 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...The survey generally excludes properties with under 20 lodging units, such as small bed and breakfasts, youth hostels, single-family vacation rentals, cottages, individually rented vacation condominiums....

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
Is the Hawaii Convention Center Profitable?
By UHERO @ 1:59 AM :: 5628 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...HTA CEO George Szegeti said “In CY2017 the convention center turned a net operating profit of $1.1 million, marking its second consecutive year of profitability.” This is surprising news, indeed....

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Visitor Arrivals, Spending Up for April
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 5234 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Total visitor arrivals rose 6.6 percent to 803,005 visitors in April....

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Hotel Occupancy Increases on Kauai Despite Flooding
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 6347 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...All Counties and All Classes of Hawai‘i Hotel Properties Reported Solid RevPAR and ADR Increases in April....

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Friday, May 18, 2018
Ige to Tourists: Just Ignore that Little Volcano Thingy
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 3744 Views :: Tourism

"...Hawaii is Open for Business: There is absolutely no reason for visitors planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands to change or alter their leisure or business travel plans...."

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Sunday, May 13, 2018
​Reactionary Reaction to Resort Fees
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 4876 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...SB 2699 proposes to make “resort fees” subject to our Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT)....

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Hawaii Timeshares Average 89.5% Occupancy for 2017
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 4205 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...In comparison, occupancy of hotel properties statewide averaged 80.0 percent in 2017....

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Friday, May 4, 2018
Southwest Coming to Bust Hawaiian Monopoly
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 4304 Views :: Tourism

... Southwest Airlines Intends To Serve Hawaii Nonstop From California Airports In Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, & Sacramento -- and Interisland ....

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Friday, May 4, 2018
Rethinking Hawaii Tourism: Time to Shift from Marketing to Managing Tourism?
By UHERO @ 2:06 AM :: 3503 Views :: Tourism

...Even though most respondents still think tourism brings more benefits than costs to our state, the percent of those who think otherwise has been rising for some time....

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Thursday, May 3, 2018
Public Private Partnership for Ala Wai Golf?
By News Release @ 2:02 AM :: 4896 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...Request for Proposals for Ala Wai Golf Course Driving Range Awarded to Topgolf Hawai‘i....

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Sunday, April 29, 2018
HB2432: The Tax Office Said So, So It Must Be True!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4777 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...HB 2432, one of the bills actively being considered this session, proposes to hike the “transient occupancy tax,” or TOT, by an as-yet-unspecified amount....

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Friday, April 27, 2018
American Samoa Cabotage Legislation to Promote Reliable Air Service
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 7547 Views :: National News, Jones Act, Small Business, Tourism

...This solution has passed the House before, but not yet in the Senate; however, this time the provision is included in a major bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration....

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Friday, April 27, 2018
Tourist Spending up 10% in First Quarter
By News Release @ 1:08 AM :: 4141 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $4.82 billion in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 10.1 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017....

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