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Pandemic-Weary Americans Plan For Summer Despite Covid Surge AP Photo/Caleb Jones/2022

Pandemic-Weary Americans Plan For Summer Despite Covid Surge

Case counts are as high as they’ve been since mid-February and those figures are likely a major undercount because of unreported positive home test results and asymptomatic infections.

This Stunning Big Island Valley Is Drawing Bigger Crowds — And Controversy Paula Dobbyn/Civil Beat/2022

This Stunning Big Island Valley Is Drawing Bigger Crowds — And Controversy

Concerns about public safety and disrespect of cultural sites and private property are mounting, but so far a workable solution has been elusive.

Many Tourists Unaware Of New Diamond Head Reservation System On First Day Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat/2022

Many Tourists Unaware Of New Diamond Head Reservation System On First Day

The system is designed to relieve crowding at the popular hiking trail but it may take some time to work out the kinks.

Kamehameha Schools Wants To Build A Culturally Sensitive Boutique Resort On The Big Island Kamehameha Schools/2022

Kamehameha Schools Wants To Build A Culturally Sensitive Boutique Resort On The Big Island

Members of the public are concerned about increased traffic and tourist pressure on Keauhou Bay as well as the proposed removal of a popular beach volleyball court.

Ige Seeks To Persuade Japan That Hawaii Is Safe For Travel Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Ige Seeks To Persuade Japan That Hawaii Is Safe For Travel

The governor will travel to Japan next week to promote a return of visitors from Hawaii’s third-largest tourist market.

Denby Fawcett: Want Tourists To Care For Our Land? Set An Example Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: Want Tourists To Care For Our Land? Set An Example

The state has started asking tourists to malama the aina, but there’s plenty of evidence that residents have not taken that message to heart.

Hawaiian Airlines Is Taking Off As Travel Restrictions Ease Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaiian Airlines Is Taking Off As Travel Restrictions Ease

After bleeding more than $4 million per day during the pandemic, the state’s dominant air carrier and linchpin of the tourism industry forecast a positive cash flow by summer.

Big Island Residents Sue Mayor And Public Works Director Over Waipio Road Closure Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Big Island Residents Sue Mayor And Public Works Director Over Waipio Road Closure

The complaint says Mayor Mitch Roth relied on a flawed engineering report that exaggerated the risks of falling rocks to pedestrians and motorists.

Hawaii Tourism Plan Focuses On Marketing, Not Management Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Tourism Plan Focuses On Marketing, Not Management

The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s $35 million tourism marketing and management contract will guide how the state presents itself to U.S. travelers.

Kamehameha Schools Wants To Build A Culturally Sensitive Boutique Resort On The Big Island Kamehameha Schools/2022

Kamehameha Schools Wants To Build A Culturally Sensitive Boutique Resort On The Big Island

Members of the public are concerned about increased traffic and tourist pressure on Keauhou Bay as well as the proposed removal of a popular beach volleyball court.

Ige Seeks To Persuade Japan That Hawaii Is Safe For Travel Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Ige Seeks To Persuade Japan That Hawaii Is Safe For Travel

The governor will travel to Japan next week to promote a return of visitors from Hawaii’s third-largest tourist market.

Denby Fawcett: Want Tourists To Care For Our Land? Set An Example Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: Want Tourists To Care For Our Land? Set An Example

The state has started asking tourists to malama the aina, but there’s plenty of evidence that residents have not taken that message to heart.

Hawaiian Airlines Is Taking Off As Travel Restrictions Ease Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaiian Airlines Is Taking Off As Travel Restrictions Ease

After bleeding more than $4 million per day during the pandemic, the state’s dominant air carrier and linchpin of the tourism industry forecast a positive cash flow by summer.

Big Island Residents Sue Mayor And Public Works Director Over Waipio Road Closure Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Big Island Residents Sue Mayor And Public Works Director Over Waipio Road Closure

The complaint says Mayor Mitch Roth relied on a flawed engineering report that exaggerated the risks of falling rocks to pedestrians and motorists.

Hawaii Tourism Plan Focuses On Marketing, Not Management Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Tourism Plan Focuses On Marketing, Not Management

The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s $35 million tourism marketing and management contract will guide how the state presents itself to U.S. travelers.

Honolulu Council Votes To Rein In Short-Term Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Honolulu Council Votes To Rein In Short-Term Rentals

The bill, which passed 8-1, would raise the minimum booking period from 30 to 90 days. Opponents argued it unfairly favors the hotel industry.

Waipio Valley Road Closure Prompts Community Organizing, Legal Action Courtesy: Ed Johnston

Waipio Valley Road Closure Prompts Community Organizing, Legal Action

The road closure, which took many by surprise, has provoked emotional divisions among diverse groups of people who use the valley.

DPP Director Steps Away From Short-Term Rental Bill Amid Ethics Concerns Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

DPP Director Steps Away From Short-Term Rental Bill Amid Ethics Concerns

The Honolulu Ethics Commission found the permitting director had only an “indirect financial interest in the hotel industry” but should still recuse himself.