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Chad Blair: Nothing Screams ‘Aloha’ Like An Ankle Monitor

Chad Blair: Nothing Screams ‘Aloha’ Like An Ankle Monitor

Hawaii’s visitor industry is in a nosedive, but tracking guests could make things worse.

HTA Funds Tourists’ Return Flights Amid COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HTA Funds Tourists’ Return Flights Amid COVID-19

More than a dozen tourists have received financial assistance to return to the airports they flew in from, most after violating the quarantine order.

This Helicopter Safety Bill Is Unenforceable. Why Do So Many Lawmakers Support It? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

This Helicopter Safety Bill Is Unenforceable. Why Do So Many Lawmakers Support It?

Spurred by recent tour helicopter crashes in Hawaii, the proposed legislation would set stiffer state requirements for tour pilots. But the feds, not the state, regulate the skies.

Vacation Rentals Are Still Thriving In Kailua Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Vacation Rentals Are Still Thriving In Kailua

Critics warned that a bill to crack down on illegal vacation rentals would doom Kailua’s economy. But months later, the town still bustles with tourists and hundreds of vacation rentals.

Danny De Gracia: Let Hawaii Tourists Gamble And Smoke Pot — Then Tax Them More Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Let Hawaii Tourists Gamble And Smoke Pot — Then Tax Them More

Visitors come to the islands to escape, not to be micromanaged. The state should relax its laws and reap the economic benefits.

Honolulu’s First ‘Climathon’ Tackles The Challenges Of Green Tourism Brittany Lyte

Honolulu’s First ‘Climathon’ Tackles The Challenges Of Green Tourism

The winners of the hackathon proposed giving beach toys a second life as a way to reduce visitors’ environmental footprint.

Honolulu Made A Big Mistake In Punishing Short-Term Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Made A Big Mistake In Punishing Short-Term Rentals

The mayor and city council should amend Bill 89 regulations to addresses community concerns and support our visitor economy.

Want To ‘Keep Hawaii Hawaii’? That’s Going To Cost Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want To ‘Keep Hawaii Hawaii’? That’s Going To Cost Money

Let’s have a serious discussion about levying “green fees” and “eco-taxes” on tourists to preserve the place we all love.

Who Climbs Koko Crater? An Avid Hiker Wants To Find Out Courtesy of Jane Howard

Who Climbs Koko Crater? An Avid Hiker Wants To Find Out

A University of Hawaii public policy professor conducted a private study that he hopes will help city officials better manage one of Oahu’s most popular — and overrun — hiking trails.