Hawai'i Tourism

Ryan Finnerty

As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe, Americans returning to the U.S. were entering the country without any health screening.

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Update from Hawaii's visitor industry; Honolulu orders bars and restaurants closed; Theater productions halt during coronavirus crisis; Sitting volleyball player preps for Paralympics

Catherine Cruz/HPR

University of Hawaii economists expected 2020 to be a better year for tourism than 2019, but that may not be borne out because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Hawaii Department of Transportation

After years of failing to address infrastructure problems at state airports, lawmakers will once again consider making a change this session.

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Total visitor spending declined and the value of private building permits decreased this year through September, signs that the Hawaii economy is ratcheting back.

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Fewer Chinese visitors are coming to Hawaii, according to the latest figures from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. That matches a broader trend for the United States.

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Members of the Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association, opposing Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s proposal to raise real property taxes for hotels and resorts, say they're being made to bear the burden of the $9 billion rail system.

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Red Hill Fuel Storage; Overtourism; Saving for Retirement; Funding DOE

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Hawaiʻi Island Sees Drop in Visitor Bookings

May 21, 2018
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Earlier today, Governor David Ige, through the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, reassured the world that "travel is safe to the Hawaiian Island." Ige emphasized that the volcanic activity is having no effect on other islands.

But even though Kīlauea's latest eruptive phase is mainly affecting the Puna area, there have been a rash of island-wise cancellations for June and July because tourists mistakenly think the entire state is a disaster area. Some cruise ships are avoiding Hilo and even Kona as a port of call.

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Tourism remains one of Hawai‘i’s economic pillars. And while 2017 was another year of records, the industry faces some new challenges this year. PBN editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more from a roundtable of tourism industry executives.

The Conversation: Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Mar 1, 2018
John Wehrheim

Proliferation of Double Utility Poles; New Jon Van Dyke Public Archive; Sanctuary Churches; Bhutan Exhibit

The Conversation: Monday, November 27th, 2017

Nov 27, 2017
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Big Island Coffee Bean Theft; Increase in Waikiki Violence; Public Sector UnionsMy Mother Said, Watch Out for Those French Girls

The Conversation: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Sep 27, 2017
Maui Travel

Citizen Journalism in Raqqa; Regulating the Hana Highway; Thoughts on Poetry

State: Hawai'i Tourism No Longer #1

Sep 25, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

Tourism is currently the largest employer in Hawai’i but its making way for other job opportunities for residents. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.