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The Return Of Japanese Visitors May Be Just In Time To Save Hawaii’s Economy Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

The Return Of Japanese Visitors May Be Just In Time To Save Hawaii’s Economy

A day after Japan’s prime minister lifted all travel restrictions, UH economists issued a report saying the return of Japanese travelers could help spare Hawaii’s economy.

Hawaiian Airlines’ Vaccine Mandate Rollback Heralds Return To Normality Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaiian Airlines’ Vaccine Mandate Rollback Heralds Return To Normality

The state’s largest private employer has lifted its Covid-19 vaccination requirement for more than 7,000 workers.

Could The End Be Near For Hawaii’s Resort Penguins? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Could The End Be Near For Hawaii’s Resort Penguins?

Local views are changing on what it means to provide an authentic Hawaii visitor experience. A recent failed vote to send more penguins to Maui reflects that.

State Tourism Officials Visit Kauai To Pitch Progress: ‘We’re Not Your Grandfather’s HTA’ Alana Eagle/Civil Beat/2018

State Tourism Officials Visit Kauai To Pitch Progress: ‘We’re Not Your Grandfather’s HTA’

Tourism, historically subject to little restraint, faces growing controls. But stressed-out residents say it’s not enough.

Report Raises Questions About The Effects Of Sunscreen On Marine Life Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Report Raises Questions About The Effects Of Sunscreen On Marine Life

The National Academy of Sciences says more research is needed — even as Hawaii moves to tighten its sunscreen laws.

Charting A New Course For Tourism In Hawaii Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat/2022

Charting A New Course For Tourism In Hawaii

Among other changes, the head of a leading Hawaii tourism association is calling for mandatory certification in Native Hawaiian culture for all hospitality industry employees.

DOT Backpedals On Kauai Airport Expansion Following Public Outrage Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2022

DOT Backpedals On Kauai Airport Expansion Following Public Outrage

The new master plan for Lihue Airport will focus on improving existing facilities rather than adding more gates.

One Man’s Mission To Map 35 Trails In Hawaii Courtesy: Tony Barnhill

One Man’s Mission To Map 35 Trails In Hawaii

The effort is part of a state initiative to provide better signage and information for hikers that improves access and public safety.

Veto Looms For Hawaii Tour Helicopter Bill That Would Collect Data On Flights Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Veto Looms For Hawaii Tour Helicopter Bill That Would Collect Data On Flights

The bill would set up a task force to make recommendations on restricting tour flights but Gov. David Ige says it’s the federal government’s jurisdiction.

Honolulu Councilwoman Takes Up The Fight Against Tour Helicopters Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Honolulu Councilwoman Takes Up The Fight Against Tour Helicopters

Tired of the long wait for action, City Council member Esther Kiaaina takes residents’ pleas for peace and quiet direct to helicopter companies.