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Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Federal Real ID enforcement delayed to May 2025
By News Release @ 4:38 PM :: 1714 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 :: 2229 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 :: 1740 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 :: 1905 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 :: 3201 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 :: 2480 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 :: 2169 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 :: 2888 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 :: 2372 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 :: 1933 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 :: 1875 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 :: 1595 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 :: 2016 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 :: 1702 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 :: 2437 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 :: 2899 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 :: 1797 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 :: 2939 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 :: 5479 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 :: 1767 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 :: 1591 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 :: 2357 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 :: 2716 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 :: 3740 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 :: 1495 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 :: 2154 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 :: 2710 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 :: 1916 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 :: 2529 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 :: 1884 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 :: 2234 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 :: 1776 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 :: 2845 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 :: 2441 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 :: 1877 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 :: 1722 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 :: 1501 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 :: 1461 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 :: 1870 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 :: 1618 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 :: 1552 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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Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Short-term rental property owners contest new bill regulating rentals on Hawaii
By Court House News @ 6:10 PM :: 2119 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Property owners maintain that pre-existing rental properties shouldn't be subject to a new ordinance changing minimum lease length ....

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Friday, June 3, 2022
CNHA Swipes Juicy Mainland Tourism Marketing Contract from HVCB
By News Release @ 7:01 AM :: 1880 Views :: Tourism

... contract for a comprehensive range of brand management and visitor education services for the Hawaiian Islands in the United States market, as well as support services shared by Hawai‘i’s brand management teams worldwide ....

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Sunday, May 29, 2022
​Oahu’s problematic short-term rental ban
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:55 AM :: 2517 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Have you been renting out a room to help pay your mortgage? ....

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Friday, May 27, 2022
Tourism Recovery Accelerated in April
By News Release @ 8:21 PM :: 1330 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... 818,268 visitors in April 2022, representing a 96.3 percent recovery from April 2019 and the highest recovery rate since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Hawaii. Visitors spent $1.6 billion, an increase of 21 percent compared to the $1.32 billion reported for April 2019 ....

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Thursday, May 19, 2022
COVID Cut Hawaii Marriage Rate 48%
By Selected News Articles @ 3:37 PM :: 2307 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... of the 50 states, Hawaii saw the largest decline in marriage rate, dropping from 14.2-per-1,000 residents in 2019 to 7.4 in 2020 ....

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Thursday, May 12, 2022
UHERO: Real income will decline 5% this year
By UHERO @ 3:00 PM :: 2023 Views :: Economy, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Inflation in the Islands hit 7.5% in March ....

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Friday, May 6, 2022
Did Hawaii Beat the Virus?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 AM :: 2487 Views :: Hawaii History, Tourism, COVID-19

... At great cost, isolation from the world delayed the spread until vaccines and treatments were available ....

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022
​Honolulu's new restrictions on short-term rentals take effect in October
By Selected News Articles @ 6:00 PM :: 1942 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Oahu's available vacation rentals have already fallen over 37% since 2019, more than any other island ....

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Monday, May 2, 2022
​Are we on the verge of a historic change in state tourism policy?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:34 AM :: 1730 Views :: Tourism

... the state Hawaii Tourism Authority might receive no funding at all ....

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