Sunday, July 14, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives


Tourism

 

NO Image:
Saturday, June 24, 2023
HiDOT Jacks up Airport Parking Fees in Effort to Price You Out
By News Release @ 2:25 PM :: 2406 Views :: Tourism, Cost of Living

... the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation expects the additional benefit of reduced demand for overnight and multiple-day parking ....

Read More..
Friday, June 16, 2023
HTA: De Fries Gets Boot
By News Release @ 4:36 AM :: 2215 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... 'Hawai‘i Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries Announces He Will Decline Extension of Employment Contract' LOL! ....

Read More..
Monday, June 12, 2023
Homeless Shut Down Diamond Head State Park
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 2655 Views :: Homelessness, Tourism

... DLNR removed a water hose being used to siphon water into an encampment of meth addicts on the lower slopes of Diamond Head ....

Read More..
Friday, June 9, 2023
DLNR: Haena State Park to be Model for State
By News Release @ 12:59 PM :: 2121 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism

... following the signing of a bill by Governor Josh Green, M.D., facilitating the continued community-based management of this 65-acre state park ....

Read More..
Monday, June 5, 2023
Helicopter Association Slams Air Tour Plans for Hawaii National Parks
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 2099 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... air tour management plans would severely limit helitours at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Haleakalā National Park ....

Read More..
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Hawaii visitor spending up as tourism continues to recover from the pandemic
By Selected News Articles @ 10:41 PM :: 1696 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... 806,209 people visited Hawaii in April 2023, representing a 97.4% recovery since April 2019 ....

Read More..
Saturday, May 27, 2023
HDoT Reopens HNL Runway--sort of
By News Release @ 4:01 AM :: 1961 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

... Nightly closures of runway 8L from 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. will be needed for a 140-day period to complete the improvements to the runway ....

Read More..
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Slush Fund News: HTA Gives $27M Contract to CNHA
By News Release @ 12:07 AM :: 2347 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... $27M of Green's illegal $200M slush fund has spilled into CNHA's lap ....

Read More..
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Ding Dong, the Green Fee is Dead
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2275 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... The bill containing the fee proposal, Senate Bill 304, did not survive the conference committee process. ...

Read More..
Saturday, May 6, 2023
HTA Funding? $30M Magically Appears After Legislature Zeroes out Budget
By News Release @ 6:20 AM :: 2431 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

“HTA is thankful that the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the Legislature agreed on a funding approach that will allow HTA to continue...."

Read More..
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Green Names Tokioka head of DBEDT
By News Release @ 5:31 AM :: 2554 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

... how will this help Dela Cruz make money on Aloha Stadium? ....

Read More..
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
March 2023: Tourist Count Reaches 97% of Pre-Pandemic Levels
By News Release @ 1:19 PM :: 1814 Views :: Tourism

... As measured in nominal dollars, these visitors spent $1.84 billion in March 2023, up from $1.53 billion (+20.4%) in March 2022 and $1.49 billion (+23.4%) in March 2019 ....

Read More..
Saturday, April 29, 2023
HB1375 deferred: HTA is just a can to kick into the next session
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 2198 Views :: Tourism

... I am confident that HTA can continue to operate with roughly $30 million of unspent American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds ....

Read More..
Monday, April 24, 2023
UHERO: Effect of Eliminating all Short-term vacation rentals?
By UHERO @ 5:30 PM :: 2869 Views :: Tourism, Cost of Living

... In Waikiki, Lahaina, and Kihei, 10,000s of hotel condo units were built as STRs in the 1980s and 1990s long before anybody ever heard of AirBnB and long before the recent housing inflation.  'Removing all STRs' would include stripping these units of their rights.  You are not supposed to notice this fatuous little trick, but now you have ....

Read More..
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Proposed ‘green fee’ could end aloha as we know it
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:23 PM :: 2652 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... If Hawaii’s politicians aren’t careful, they might kill the goose that lays the golden egg .... 

Read More..
Sunday, April 9, 2023
UHERO: Hawaii needs a Super-HTA with 'Authority and Force to Require Others to Carry out the Plan'
By UHERO @ 4:01 PM :: 2408 Views :: Tourism

"...HTA’s statutory authority lacks force .... HTA did not have sufficient authority or resources to require others to help carry out (the) plan...."

Read More..
Sunday, April 9, 2023
​This Week’s Testimony from Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 2368 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Testimonies submitted to the state Legislature, Honolulu Council, and Maui Council by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii during the past week ....

Read More..
Thursday, April 6, 2023
Coming Soon: 'Six ways to get around the visitor fee in Hawaii'
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:13 AM :: 2329 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

"...what you’re really doing is just shifting the visitor impact around, and you’re creating new issues of congestion and use....”

Read More..
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Pouring cold water on 'visitor impact fee'
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:21 PM :: 1892 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... impractical and legally dubious ....

Read More..
Thursday, March 30, 2023
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Appoints Isaac Choy as Vice President of Finance
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 2116 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... Choy begins work on April 10 and will be responsible for overseeing HTA’s management of finances and government funding, including compliance with legislative and auditing requirements ....

Read More..
Thursday, March 30, 2023
753,750 visitors arrived in the Hawaiian Islands in February 2023
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 1944 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... tourist spending in nominal non-inflating dollars is +18.0% vs February 2019.  Inflation is 16.77% 2019-2023 so we are just treading water ....

Read More..
Monday, March 27, 2023
Ban on short-term rentals won't help Hawaii County produce more homes
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 2229 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Hawaii County already has some of the most restrictive housing regulations in the U.S. ....

Read More..
Saturday, March 25, 2023
HTA by any other name is still HTA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:57 PM :: 1869 Views :: Tourism

... SB1522 would replace the HTA with a new “Office of Destination Management.” ....

Read More..
Friday, March 10, 2023
UHERO Report predicts challenging year for Hawaii tourism
By Selected News Articles @ 7:09 PM :: 2013 Views :: Economy, Tourism

"...While international tourism will continue to recover, domestic travel will soften as the US economy contracts later this year...."

Read More..
Monday, March 6, 2023
‘Visitor impact’ fee inherently flawed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:32 AM :: 2198 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... your cousins will have to pay hundreds of dollars to go to the family barbecue at Ala Moana Beach Park ....

Read More..
Sunday, March 5, 2023
Love-Hate Relationship with Tourism 
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2152 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... We have been taxing the bejeebers out of tourists ....

Read More..
Saturday, March 4, 2023
Proposed new category for ‘transient vacation’ rentals would burden residents
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:19 PM :: 2094 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... this classification creates a significant tax burden for landlords — even those renting to working class families ....

Read More..
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Sheriffs Bust Waikiki Marijuana Dealer
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 2580 Views :: Taxes, Tourism, Drugs

“Businesses that are involved in the cannabis industry must ensure that their activities comply with the law.”

Read More..
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Average of 259,514 visitors in Hawaii every day
By News Release @ 3:08 PM :: 2221 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

"...full recovery may take a few years...."

Read More..
Monday, February 27, 2023
Ed Case Reintroduces Helicopter Noise Bill
By Ed Case @ 6:19 PM :: 2107 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Measure To Impose Strict Safety Requirements And Provide For State And Local Community Disruption Regulation On Commercial Air Tour Operations ....

Read More..
Friday, February 24, 2023
Report: Hawaii's hotel revenue back to pre-pandemic levels
By Selected News Articles @ 11:22 PM :: 2266 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... With the average hotel occupancy projected to be about 63% across the nation this year, Hawaii is projected to have a 78% occupancy rate. Its rate in 2019 was 80%, the report showed ....

Read More..
Monday, February 20, 2023
CNHA Inside Track: Robin Danner Snags Gig in Governor's Office
By News Release @ 2:19 AM :: 5638 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Tourism

... CNHA: Josh Green will Give us Tourism Contract ....

Read More..
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
DLNR--Build Parking Garage at Ala Wai
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 2342 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

“In the very near future, we are going to do a request for proposals for the development within the facility itself. Since this is envisioned as a public-private partnership the current parking layout may shift some in the future. That could include a parking structure at the harbor”

Read More..
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Tour company sues Hawaii County for removing access to beach road
By Court House News @ 11:57 PM :: 1407 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism

... Waipi'o Valley Road, now partially reopened, has been the subject of controversy since its February 2022 closure ....

Read More..
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
HTA Splits RFP for US: Marketing vs 'Stewardship'
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 1827 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... Translation: Marketing is for HCVB and 'Stewardship' is for CNHA ....

Read More..
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
HTA Says You Like Tourism Now
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 1454 Views :: Tourism

... Results of Fall 2022 Resident Sentiment Survey Released ....

Read More..
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Transsexuals Push Bethany Hamilton out of Surf Contests
By Video @ 5:16 AM :: 2677 Views :: Family, Religion, Tourism

... Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton says she won’t compete in WSL events following new transgender rule ....

Read More..
Saturday, February 4, 2023
​Committee recommends dissolution of Hawaii Tourism Authority
By Selected News Articles @ 4:35 AM :: 1487 Views :: Tourism

... The Hawaii House Committee on Tourism advanced a bill that dissolves the state's tourism authority and creates a three-member "destination management agency." ....

Read More..
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Proposed Short Term Rental Regs Could Harm Big Island Farmers, Economy.
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:19 PM :: 2376 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Small Business, Tourism

... Some members of the Hawaii County Council are proposing tighter regulations on hosted short-term rentals ....

Read More..
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
December Tourist Count 91.5% of 2019 Level
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 1308 Views :: Tourism

... visitor arrivals from Japan (36,988) and Canada (58,361) were at the highest monthly levels since the start of the pandemic ....

Read More..
Monday, January 30, 2023
Judge Lifts West Hawaii Fishing Injunction
By News Release @ 6:16 PM :: 1681 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... the lifting of the injunction in the WHRFMA does not permit the immediate resumption of commercial aquarium fishing ....

Read More..
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Elderly Tourists Forced off Road to Hana, Stranded for Hours
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 1923 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 ....

Read More..
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Daniel Nāhoʻopiʻi Named Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Chief Administrative Officer
By News Release @ 3:28 AM :: 1601 Views :: Tourism

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

Read More..
Friday, January 13, 2023
GE Tax: Audit Shows Tourists Pay 14.1%--not 30%
By Andrew Walden @ 5:21 AM :: 12286 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....

Read More..
Friday, December 30, 2022
November 2022 Tourist Count 90.9% of November 2019
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 1673 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 ....

Read More..
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Earning a Procurement Exemption
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1872 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

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

Read More..
Saturday, December 24, 2022
HTH Releases Visitor Satisfaction and Activity Survey
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 1621 Views :: Tourism

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

Read More..
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Hawaii Joins Bipartisan group of 37 AGs urging stronger protections for airline customers
By Selected News Articles @ 1:40 PM :: 1659 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 ....

Read More..
Saturday, December 17, 2022
UHERO: Severe economic downturn unlikely for Hawaiʻi
By UHERO @ 1:54 AM :: 1805 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 ....

Read More..
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 :: 2382 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

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

Read More..
Page 3 of 18First   Previous   1  2  [3]  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next   Last   
Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii