Flossie Delays Flights, Stranding Travelers

Jul 30, 2013
NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team
NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Airlines have canceled flights in and out of Hawaii due to Tropical Storm Flossie. Powerful winds and heavy rains have left many visitors stranded or unable to get here. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Hawaii Aims to Boost Chinese Tourism

Jun 17, 2013
Flickr / rickz
Flickr / rickz

This year, visitors from China became the top source of international tourism for the country. But how many of them are choosing Hawaii as their destination? HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on what the state is doing to attract Asia’s largest economy.

The number of Chinese tourists coming to Hawaii is continuing to grow. But China’s government has some advice for citizens traveling anywhere overseas. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tourism Trends Show Japanese Seeking Out Local Culture

Apr 25, 2013
Flickr / chibirashka
Flickr / chibirashka

March turned out to be another month of growth for tourism in the state. The Hawaii Tourism Authority says overall visitor arrivals were up 7.6% compared to a year earlier, while visitor spending was up 7.8%. The number of tourists coming from Japan was also up—by a little more than four percent. And a growing trend for those Japanese visitors is a movement beyond Waikiki---searching for a more local experience. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Tourism has been growing on all islands across the state, but in some places, there's more room to grow.  That's certainly the case on the Big Island of Hawaii.  HPR"s Sherry Bracken has more from Kona.

Local Photographer Turns Lens Toward Waikiki

Oct 17, 2012
Eric Yanagi

Nearly 40 years ago, a 22-year old artist decided to document the changing landscape of Honolulu's most famous neighborhood --- Waikiki.  That artist was local photographer Eric Yanagi.  

Thanks to a state grant, Yanagi completed the year-long project in 1973. His focus was on the community that was living in a rapidly developing Waikiki.  Now he’s compiled a collection of his photographs that are on display at UH Manoa, “Framing Paradise: Photography and Waikiki.”