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For Tourists Only: This Hawaii Wedding Venue Won’t Host Locals Ewen Roberts/Flickr

For Tourists Only: This Hawaii Wedding Venue Won’t Host Locals

Some wedding venues only accept destination weddings to limit the number of guests and the effect on neighbors.

More Victims Of The Kauai Flood — Tourist Vacation Rentals Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

More Victims Of The Kauai Flood — Tourist Vacation Rentals

Kauai County had already cracked down on hundreds of remote visitor rentals. The flood might have doomed many more.

Airbnb Says No To Collecting Taxes On Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Airbnb Says No To Collecting Taxes On Rentals

State officials are worried they could end up with no new revenue if Airbnb backpedals on the collection process.

Economists: Financial Challenges Are Looming For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: Financial Challenges Are Looming For Hawaii

Economists caution legislators about the housing shortage, the possibility of lower tax revenue and reduced tourist spending.

Why Gov. Ige’s Secret Talks With Airbnb Have So Many People Upset Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Gov. Ige’s Secret Talks With Airbnb Have So Many People Upset

A backlash is brewing against a potential deal for the company to collect Hawaii taxes — in part, because no one knows what’s in the agreement.

Alan McNarie: Helicopter Noise On The Big Island Has Residents Buzzing Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Alan McNarie: Helicopter Noise On The Big Island Has Residents Buzzing

Protesters decry “dirty tourism” during a demonstration outside the Hilo airport. “It’s never been this bad,” said a County Council member.

Why Working Women In Hawaii Aren’t Doing As Well As It Seems Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Why Working Women In Hawaii Aren’t Doing As Well As It Seems

The islands have a smaller gender pay gap than the mainland, but that’s partially due to relatively low pay for men here.

Hawaii Visitor Spending Jumped Nearly 10 Percent In July Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Visitor Spending Jumped Nearly 10 Percent In July

Travelers spent $1.6 billion last month, and the number of visitors climbed almost 7 percent to more than 890,000.

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle

UPDATED: The proposal to raise hotel taxes and extend the GET next faces another vote by the full Senate on Wednesday, then likely House consideration.

Save Beaches Or Property? Climate Change Will Force Tough Choices Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Save Beaches Or Property? Climate Change Will Force Tough Choices

A coastal hazard expert briefs Hawaii officials and others about the need to adapt to rising sea levels and warmer temperatures.

Tad Bartimus: Life-Saving Rescue Tubes Date Back 100 Years Courtesy of Monty Downs

Tad Bartimus: Life-Saving Rescue Tubes Date Back 100 Years

Thanks primarily to volunteer efforts, more than 1,000 yellow rescue tubes have been installed on beaches on the Mainland and Hawaii, including 240 on Kauai.

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii Pushes For More Tourists At All Costs Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii Pushes For More Tourists At All Costs

The tourism industry is showing little concern for the impact increasing numbers of visitors has on residents and communities.