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Thousands Poised To Strike At Some Of Waikiki’s Biggest Hotels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Thousands Poised To Strike At Some Of Waikiki’s Biggest Hotels

The union vote could lead to a work stoppage by about 3,500 workers, including those at the Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider and Sheraton Waikiki.

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore Larry Loos/Flickr

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore

Local fishermen say the impact of the April storm on tourism has been a boon to the fish population.

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.

September 2018

Monday, September 10

Thousands Poised To Strike At Some Of Waikiki’s Biggest Hotels

August 2018

Wednesday, August 8

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore

May 2018

Friday, May 11

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

Thursday, May 10

More Victims Of The Kauai Flood — Tourist Vacation Rentals

February 2018

Tuesday, February 27

Airbnb Says No To Collecting Taxes On Rentals

January 2018

Tuesday, January 2

Economists: Financial Challenges Are Looming For Hawaii

November 2017

Thursday, November 9

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

September 2017

Thursday, September 28

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

Friday, September 8

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

August 2017

Thursday, August 31

Hawaii Visitor Spending Jumped Nearly 10 Percent In July

Monday, August 28

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle

July 2017

Friday, July 28

Save Beaches Or Property? Climate Change Will Force Tough Choices

June 2017

Thursday, June 22

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

Tuesday, June 20

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii Pushes For More Tourists At All Costs

July 2016

Tuesday, July 12

How Social Media Is Used To Fight Aloha Abuse

April 2016

Tuesday, April 19

Not So Public: Hey DLNR, We’re Still Waiting For That Info On Commercial Tours

March 2016

Monday, March 7

Could A Hawaii Sports Authority Spark A New Industry?

January 2016

Thursday, January 28

Lawmakers Debate A Lower Blood-Alcohol Limit For Drivers

December 2015

Wednesday, December 9

Hawaii Wants Southeast Asia Tourists

September 2015

Wednesday, September 23

Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Against Waikiki Hotel’s Shoreline Exemption

Tuesday, September 1

Ala Wai Canal Flood Control: The High Cost of Protecting Waikiki

August 2015

Wednesday, August 26

City Reopens Waikiki and Ala Moana Beaches After Sewage Spill

Tuesday, August 25

Honolulu Beaches Remain Closed Pending Water Test Results

Monday, August 24

Massive Honolulu Sewer Spill Shuts Down Waikiki Beach

Thursday, August 6

Failed Lawsuit Illustrates Plight of Non-Union Hotel Employees

June 2015

Friday, June 26

Hawaii: Sun, Surf and Suicides

Wednesday, June 10

Why Are Sharks Attacking More People Than Ever in Hawaii?

May 2015

Wednesday, May 13

Hawaii Tourism Authority Selects New President

Friday, May 8

Local Engineers Explore Protecting Infrastructure From Climate Change

April 2015

Thursday, April 9

Oahu Faces a Future With Far Fewer Beaches

March 2015

Monday, March 23

Deal to Preserve Hundreds of Acres at Turtle Bay May Be In Jeopardy

Turtle Bay Conservation Easement At Risk After House Defers Financing Bill

Tuesday, March 10

State, City Looking to Crack Down on Illegal Vacation Rentals

Monday, March 9

Saving Waikiki Beach — At Least for Now

February 2015

Tuesday, February 24

Honouliuli National Monument: Important Window to Dark Past

December 2014

Wednesday, December 24

Report Indicates Oahu’s Illegal Vacation Rentals Outnumber Permitted Ones

September 2014

Thursday, September 18

Caldwell Fundraiser Pumps the Tourism Industry for Cash

Wednesday, September 3

Inch by Sandy Inch, Hawaii’s Loss of Beaches Worries Tourism Industry

August 2014

Thursday, August 7

Hawaii Economy Slows as Tourism Stalls, Construction Jobs Decline

March 2014

Sunday, March 2

Should Hawaii Hotel Developers Get a Tax Break to Help Tourism?

February 2014

Saturday, February 22

Legislature: Reform Hawaii’s Tourism Agency

January 2014

Wednesday, January 22

Asia Matters: Clearing the Air on Chinese Tourism

October 2013

Friday, October 11

Europe’s Ambassador Talks Trade, Tourism, Security and Diversity in Hawaii

Tuesday, October 1

Gov’t Shuts Down, Harms Hawaii’s Tourism and Federal Services

August 2013

Thursday, August 29

Pritchett: An Inconvenient Truth

May 2013

Thursday, May 23

VIDEO: Ala Wai Canal — Hawaii’s Biggest Mistake?

Ala Wai Canal: A $100 Million Problem

Wednesday, May 22

Ala Wai Canal: If It Makes You Sick Why Not Shut Down Public Access?

Tuesday, May 21

Ala Wai Canal: Oversight Is As Murky As The Water

Monday, May 20

Ala Wai Canal: Hawaii’s Biggest Mistake?

January 2013

Tuesday, January 29

Does Hawaii Have a Plan to Keep Airplanes Aloft if Boeing Employees Strike?

October 2012

Tuesday, October 9

Tourists: Little Action Taken On High Rate Of Oahu Rental Car Theft

July 2012

Tuesday, July 3

Reducing, Reusing and Recycling in Hawaii, One Hotel at a Time

June 2012

Saturday, June 30

Ariyoshi on Hawaii Tourism and Sustainability

Wednesday, June 6

Stanford Confuses Lanikai Islets With Melanesia

December 2011

Friday, December 2

Economists: Asia-Pacific Recovery Good News for Hawaii Tourism

October 2011

Friday, October 21

Hannemann: Tourism Focus Needed in Washington

Friday, October 7

In First Year, Carlisle Was Honolulu’s Global Mayor

Wednesday, October 5

Is Honolulu Police Protection Now For Sale?

Tuesday, October 4

Inouye Sides With GOP Speaker Against China Currency Penalties

June 2011

Tuesday, June 28

Hawaii Visitor Spending Up 15% Through May

Friday, June 10

The Seriousness of Hawaii’s Financial Situation

Thursday, June 9

Hawaii Governor Says State ‘Bribes’ NFL to Hold Pro Bowl ‘Scrimmage’

Thursday, June 2

Laie Hotel Advances, But Flooding Still A Concern

May 2011

Friday, May 27

Waikiki Edition Hotel Owners Sue Marriott

Monday, May 9

Waikiki Beach Is Shrinking, But Hotel Tower Is Rising

Monday, May 2

Waikiki Hotel Plan Caught In Honolulu’s Tangled Web

April 2011

Saturday, April 16

Tracking Chips Help Deter Hawaii Towel Thieves

Saturday, April 9

UH Could Merge Tourism and Business Schools

March 2011

Monday, March 28

Japan Airlines Slashes Hawaii Flights

Thursday, March 24

Online Travel Companies Owe Hawaii $170 Million In Unpaid Taxes

Wednesday, March 23

Hawaii Legislature Backs Off Punishing Tourism Publications

Tuesday, March 22

Capitol Watch: March 23

Monday, March 21

Capitol Watch: March 22

Wednesday, March 16

Hawaii Tsunami Damage Closes Four Seasons Resort Through April 30

Monday, March 14

Hawaii Tourism Will Suffer After Japan Disaster

February 2011

Thursday, February 24

Capitol Watch: Feb. 25

Tuesday, February 22

Off The Beat: Sail to Hawaii, On a Cargo Ship?

Friday, February 18

Good News: It’s Safe to Tweet In Hawaii

Thursday, February 17

Capitol Watch: Feb. 18

Sunday, February 6

Capitol Watch: Feb. 7

Tuesday, February 1

Capitol Watch: Feb. 1

January 2011

Monday, January 31

Capitol Watch: Jan. 31

Thursday, January 13

Direct Flight to Korea Will Generate $86.4M

Wednesday, January 12

No Mulligan for Sony Open Pro-Am

December 2010

Wednesday, December 29

Hawaii Tourists Filling Local Tills

Wednesday, December 22

Capitol Watch: Dec. 22

Monday, December 20

Capitol Watch: Dec. 21

Friday, December 3

Capitol Watch: Dec. 7

November 2010

Thursday, November 11

Ashamed of Hawaii in London

August 2010

Tuesday, August 31

Hawaii Needs to Step Up if it Wants China Flights

Wednesday, August 11

Accounting for Hawaii’s Shanghai Trip

July 2010

Friday, July 30

Coordinating Group to Help Welcome APEC

June 2010

Tuesday, June 29

Union Battle Brewing Over Hotel Worker Contracts

Vacation Rentals Turn Kauai Neighborhoods Into Resorts

Thursday, June 24

Hawaii Links for Thursday, June 24

Wednesday, June 16

Hawaii Links for Wednesday, June 16

Saturday, June 12

Tourism Chief: Shanghai ‘Trip Was Worth It’

Friday, June 11

Discussion: Tourism

King Kamehameha vs. Marketing: The HTA’s Dilemma

Wednesday, June 2

U.S. Investment in Shanghai Expo Called “Debacle”

May 2010

Wednesday, May 26

Hawaii Places A Bet On Shanghai Expo

Tuesday, May 25

Look to Hawaii Tourism page for story behind story

Thursday, May 20

UPDATE: The Ticker: Today’s Money Stories From Around the Web

Study: Civil Unions Could Bring Millions To State

Wednesday, May 19

New topic pages on Tourism, Historic Preservation, Sierra Club