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Honolulu Corporation Counsel Leong targeted in federal corruption probe, Legislature to probe Ige Cabinet appointees, Hawaii County to consider GET increase, fishing reopens off Maui, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Corruption scandal spills over into city hall as top attorney gets federal target letter. The U.S. Department of Justice has notified Honolulu’s top civil attorney that she’s a target in the federal corruption investigation that has already zeroed in on the city’s highest-ranking law enforcement officials. Hawaii News Now. City Corporation Counsel Donna Leong, the city’s top civil attorney, went on paid leave effective today after receiving a target letter from the U.S. Department of Justice ea...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Justice Department, Hawaii Island, Maui, Honolulu, Hawaii County, U S Department of Justice, Legislature, U S Coast Guard, West Hawaii, Monterey Bay, Kona, Hawaiian Islands, University of Hawaii, Honolulu Police Department


Trading Divorce for Travel

Reflecting on it now, it seems appropriate that my husband and I took a weekend trip to sign our divorce papers.  At the time, I was living in New York City and he in San Diego.  In an attempt to be amicable, we decided to meet in Palm Springs for the “official” signing.  It was a typical Palm Springs weekend that we’d experienced dozens of times before: the air hot and dry, with oily and glistening leathery women sprawled out on chaise lounges around the pool.  The difference this time was that...
Tags: Travel, England, New York, London, Featured, Australia, California, Relationships, China, India, New York City, Africa, Taiwan, Harvard, Hawaii, Italy


Travel News: January 15, 2019

Strict ticket policy introduced at Machu Picchu CNN It’s the spectacular Incan citadel in the Andes Mountain range that’s on everyone’s bucket list — but access to Machu Picchu is becoming more strictly regulated. New ticket rules were put in place starting January 1, 2019, limiting tourists to visiting at specifically scheduled times. Tickets are valid for up to four hours and re-entry is not usually allowed. Before, you booked for either a “morning” or “afternoon” slot. It’s no great surprise...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Peru, Houston, Faa, Southwest Airlines, Machu Picchu, Transportation Security Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest, News And Deals, Houston Airport, Abercrombie Kent, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, USA Today Southwest Airlines, Andes Mountain


With few GOP lawmakers, Hawaii Democrats create legislative factions, bills would require automatic recounts, looking back on false missile alert, lawsuit filed over Shark's Cove development, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Capitol interior ©2019 All Hawaii News Members of the progressive wing of the Hawaii Democratic Party will make a case this year for dramatic initiatives such as a $17 hourly minimum wage, legalization of recreational marijuana and single-payer health care, but it’s unclear whether their stodgier colleagues in the state Legislature will embrace those causes. Star-Advertiser.At least three state senators are drafting bills that would require automatic recounts in close election race...
Tags: Travel, Florida, California, Gop, Hawaii, Donald Trump, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Trump, Hawaii County, Legislature, West Hawaii


5 Adventure Sports You Must Try In Hawaii

Hawaii is filled with gorgeous beaches with a unique culture and fantastic weather conditions. It is the perfect vacation destination in summers; although, the weather here remains warm throughout the year. Most of the people who go on a vacation to Hawaii do so because of the many sports they can indulge themselves in. If that is not your intention to visit Hawaii, you still cannot leave without trying out the many sports that this place is famous for. From skydiving to scuba diving, you can go...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Hawaii, Bio, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Big Island, Maui, Paul Wilson, Oahu, Hawaiian, Hawaiian Islands, North Pacific, Oahu Lanai Molokai Kauai, Red Bull Jaws, Alaskan gulf


Travel: Largest cruise ship ever to be based year-round in Southern California coming to Long Beach

Come December, Southern California cruisers will say “ahoy” to the new 4,000-passenger Carnival Panorama, currently being built at the same Italian shipyard where the ship it’s replacing, the 3,100-passenger Carnival Splendor, was constructed a decade ago. Just months away from a sea test at the Fincantieri shipyard near Venice, Italy, the Panorama is the third vessel in Carnival’s Vista Class, following the 2-year-old Carnival Vista and 9-month-old Carnival Horizon. It will not only be Carnival...
Tags: Travel, Australia, California, Mexico, La, Singapore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Hawaii, Italy, San Diego, Long Beach, Trevor


State audit blasts Honolulu rail authority, Board of Education to re-vote on superintendent's contract, homeless coordinator defends progress, Hawaii's space defense plan, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Blistering audit blames political rush to construction for ballooning rail costs. The auditor documented $354 million in change orders related to Honolulu’s rail project. Hawaii News Now.Audit: Honolulu Rail Agency Hid True Costs From Public View. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation did not even level with its own board of directors about ballooning expenses, a new report says. Civil Beat.Premature contracts increased rail cost by $354M. Star-Advertiser.State Auditor: HART Increased ...
Tags: Travel, United States, Hawaii, City Council, Hawaii Island, Honolulu, Legislature, Board of Education, Hart, Wildlife Service, West Hawaii, Oahu, U S Postal Service, Hawaiian Islands, Department of Public Safety, Hilo


Coffee Flavors Rule The World

The countries that grow all the coffee used around the world come from Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Uganda, Ethiopia, India, Columbia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Brazil. Coffee needs a certain amount of high latitude rainfall, seasonal tropical environments, and certain alkaline soil. In the U.S., only California and Hawaii are able to be competitive coffee bean growers. These countries provide all the requirements for coffee beans to grow very healthy. As a high-quality production produ...
Tags: Travel, Coffee, Food, California, World, Drink, Hawaii, Middle East, Brazil, Guatemala, Coffee Countries, Starbucks Brand, Monin


Hawaii feeling the shutdown strain, sole GOP state senator affirmed by Supreme Court, Gabbard criticizing Democratic colleagues, bacteria closes Oahu beaches, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu International Airport ©2019 All Hawaii News Shutdown strain could lead to longer airport lines. Working without pay for weeks. While the battle over the partial government shutdown takes place in Washington D-C, it's putting a strain on people here in Hawaii. KITV.Impact in Hawaii likely to worsen as shutdown continue. The number of federal civilian employees in Hawaii that are either furloughed or working without pay 20 days after the government partially shut down has been tall...
Tags: Travel, Supreme Court, Washington, Senate, Gop, Hawaii, Kilauea, Big Island, Hawaii Island, North Shore, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Democratic, State, Honolulu


Romantic Destinations Around the World

Love makes the world go round – and in that spirit, let's plan a trip to romantic destinations around the world. Our list includes everything from Miami to Marrakech. All are made for romance but they also make excellent vacation spots for families or friends or solo travelers. Romantic Destinations Our picks for romantic destinations are in no particular order. Click the name to find a cheap flight from your city. We also include links to useful tourism information. Canada & the U.S. De...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Colorado, Bali, Indonesia, France, Thailand, Canada, Hawaii, Morocco, Paris, Athens, Croatia, Miami, Vancouver, Venice


Hawaii Whale Watching Tips

On today’s podcast, we’ll be talking about whale-watching season in Hawaii. We’re entering the peak season for whale watching. While capturing a glimpse of the gentle giants on their annual migration to Hawaii waters is no guarantee during a Hawaii vacation, there are many ways to increase your chances. We’ll offer up some Hawaii whale […] The post Hawaii Whale Watching Tips appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Hawaii


Supreme Court mulls Honolulu election results, Kauai reaches 50% renewable power, Hawaii lawmaker joins drilling fight as tarballs surface on Big Island beach, whale count scheduled despite federal shutdown, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Humpback whale breach  in Hawaii PC: Kohala Sail & Sea Michael Faughn An annual effort to monitor humpback whale migration numbers in Hawaii will proceed as scheduled despite the shutdown of the federal government, a spokesperson for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation said Tuesday. Hawaii News Now.The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's annual Ocean Count will take place January 26 despite the federal government shutdown. KHON2.Mike Gabbard joins other lawmak...
Tags: Travel, Supreme Court, Washington, Department Of Defense, Hawaii, House, Pacific, Griffin, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Dod, Honolulu, Hawaii County, U S District Court, Legislature


Hawaii House updates sexual harassment policy, expired tax credit costs millions, audit says DLNR mismanaged land fund, security cameras for Waikiki, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Press conference on House sexual  harassment policy PC:House Majority Hawaii’s House of Representatives has revamped its sexual harassment policy following pressure brought on by the #MeToo movement and resignation of former Rep. Joe Souki last year amid complaints by several women that he had made unwanted advances toward them, including sexual comments, touching and kissing. Star-Advertiser.Why Critics Say New House Sexual Harassment Policy Doesn’t Go Far Enough. They say the policy is ...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, House, House Of Representatives, Francis, Kilauea, Big Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Board of Education, Coast Guard, West Hawaii, Oahu, State House, Joe Souki


Hawaii festivals and special events: January – April 2019

There are many excellent cultural events to discover in Hawaii throughout the year. For this article, we’ll be focusing on the festivals happening between now and April. We’re listing upcoming events chronologically by month. Our format for each event is: date (or date range) – island – event. Where possible we link to the event. From those links you can find more details. Sometimes details are not updated until closer to the event. At the moment, dates and details haven’t been announced for a ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Pacific Rim, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Kihei, Anahola, Oahu Events, Hawaii Big Island, Culture & History, Maui Events, Big Island Events, Kauai Events, Kuhio, Kauai Waimea Town


Mochi Tsuki

I got crazy for mochi on a trip to Hawaii. I’m pretty sure Happy Hearts mochi was my introduction and specifically, it was the chocolate haupia (coconut pudding) that sent me round the bend. Mochi became my go to treat on all my trips to Hawaii. I ate mochi from Two Ladies Kitchen for dinner one night when I was staying in Hilo, and more than once I’ve snarfed down one piece over my limit after visiting Kansai Yamata. No visit to Hawaii is complete without a belly full of pillowy fresh mochi. If...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Jackson, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Japantown, Bainbridge Island, Hilo, Uwajimaya, Mochi Tsuki, Happy Hearts, Mochi Tsuki Hokusai


Obama encourages next generation at East-West Center, former Lt. Gov. Tsutsui to head Maui farm venture, Ige works to fill Cabinet, Jim Nabors' home sold, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Former President Barack Obama, courtesy Obama Foundation. Former President Barack Obama stressed the importance of cultivating the next generation of leaders during a speech Sunday night at the East-West Center that harked back to his roots as a community organizer in Chicago. Star-Advertiser.Obama: ‘We Have A Deficit of Leadership And We Need New Blood’. The former U.S. president launched a program in Hawaii this weekend aimed at nurturing future leaders in the Asia-Pacific region. Civil...
Tags: Travel, Obama, Barack Obama, Chicago, Asia Pacific, Hawaii, Donald Trump, Humane Society, Chinatown, Hawaii Island, Maui, Legislature, West Hawaii, Oahu, Maui Maui, Kailua Kona


Big Island: C'mon over, the Air is Fine!

For the first time in more than 30 years, Kilauea Volcano is not spewing vog—volcanic smog—and the air is pure and clean everywhere. The nastiness of vog has not been widely publicized, even though the air quality has been worse at times, in places,  than L.A. in the early 1960s. People were not only gasping in Kona, but also on Maui and Oahu, and even as far as the north shore of Kauai.  Now Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park in Kona is feelin' the blues again. People 30 ye...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Big Island, Maui, Mauna Loa, Wailuku, Oahu, Mauna Kea, Kona, Hilo, Kilauea Volcano, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Wailuku River, Vog, Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer, Puna east Coast


New Japan International Tourist Tax Starts Tomorrow

New Japan International Tourist Tax Starts Tomorrow ( = || []).push({}); There is a new Japan International Tourist Tax starting tomorrow. Effective tomorrow, 7th January 2019, International tourist to Japan will need to pay a new 1,000 Yen (RM 38) departure tax. This is similar to the Indonesia Departure Tax. The new Japan International Tourist Tax will be used to expand and enhance the country’s tourist infrastructure. Revenue from the International ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Featured, Indonesia, Hawaii, Tokyo, Malaysia Airlines, Headline, Osaka, Announcements / Press Releases / Statements, Others, Fukuoka, Osaka Japan Sakura, Japan International Tourist Tax Today, Related Posts Travellers, MorningKansai International Airport


Ige appoints Connors as attorney general, Honolulu officer cooperating with feds in police corruption case, Maui's new mayor takes office, Big Island water bottling plant unpopular, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Attorney General appointee Clare Connors with Gov. David Ige PC:Governor's Office Gov. David Ige has appointed Clare Connors, a prominent local attorney and experienced litigator, to serve as Hawaii’s next attorney general, replacing Russell Suzuki. Star-Advertiser.Governor’s pick for attorney general is longtime litigator — who sometimes targeted state. Hawaii News Now.Former assistant U.S. attorney picked to be Hawaii's new attorney general. KHON2.Hawaii Gov. David Ige Thursday appointe...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Senate, Hawaii, El Nino, Seattle, DOE, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Katherine, state Department of Education, Maui County Council, Hawaiian Islands


Aloha Friday Photo: Whale breaching in Maui

Mahalo to Karis Daphne from Nevada for sharing this Aloha Friday Photo. Here’s what she tells us about this excellent whale breach shot: This was taken during a whale watching cruise in Maui last February. This guy breached about 15 times for us, an absolutely amazing and humbling experience! Humpback whale season is is one of the best parts of visiting Hawaii in winter months. January, February and March are the three best months for whale watching. Happy Aloha Friday! The post Aloha Friday Ph...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Nevada, Maui, Mahalo, Aloha Friday Photo, Karis Daphne


Hiking Diamond head Do’s and Dont’s

This week’s podcast is about hiking one of the most popular landmarks in Hawaii: Diamond Head. We tell you about where the name came from and the history of this amazing crater, also known as “Leahi”. Lanai and Bruce offer tips and things to remember including do’s and don’ts for hiking the crater. We discuss […] The post Hiking Diamond head Do’s and Dont’s appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Lanai, Bruce


Travel News: January 4, 2019

Herb Kelleher, Fun-Loving Co-Founder of Southwest Airlines, Dies at 87 Wall Street Journal Herb Kelleher, the co-founder of Southwest Airlines Co. who died Thursday at the age of 87, followed a simple but groundbreaking strategy: Keep costs and fares low. The business plan sketched out 50 years ago on a cocktail napkin in a Texas hotel transformed the global airline industry, birthing copycats including Ryanair and AirAsia as well as the deregulation of the once-clubby U.S. aviation market in 1...
Tags: Travel, Texas, NFL, Thailand, Hawaii, Ryanair, New Zealand, National Football League, Pacific Ocean, Airasia, Koh Tao, Phuket, News And Deals, Southwest Airlines Co, Herb Kelleher, Palau


Nude photos link Big Island firefighter to Honolulu deputy prosecutor's phone, lobbyist first to get medical aid in dying prescription, Honolulu Council in disarray, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Jesse Ebersole, Katherine Kealoha Feds recover nude photos on Kealoha’s phone. When Hawaii County firefighter Jesse Ebersole pleaded guilty last July to lying about his relationship with former deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, the federal prosecutor said investigators found Ebersole’s name on some of Kealoha’s credit card charges and had records of phone conversations between the two. Star-Advertiser.Evidence of affair between Katherine Kealoha and firefighter included sexually explic...
Tags: Travel, Supreme Court, United States, Hawaii, Associated Press, City Council, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Maui, Honolulu, Hawaii County, West Hawaii, Oahu, Department, North Kona, Kaupulehu


Two excellent Hawaii travel deals to pounce on now!

Well 2019 has started with a couple of excellent Hawaii travel sales that we need to share! * Hawaiian Airlines has a fare sale on with roundtrip tickets starting from just $297! For this sale, you must book by January 8th for travel between Mondays through Thursdays from January 9 through March 13, 2019. * Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore has a great sale with every third night free! For this sale, you’ve got to book by end of day January 3 (today!) for travel dates between January 6 an...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines, North Shore, Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu Deals, Flight Deals & Airline News


Hawaii tourism depends on vacation rentals, Honolulu council leadership questioned in election dispute, new laws in effect, Molokai mule trail closed, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii beach scene ©2019 All Hawaii News all rights reserved Addicted To Airbnb: Hawaii’s Tourism Economy Depends On Illegal Vacation Rentals. While calls for a crackdown on short-term rentals grow louder, their rapid expansion accounts for a big chunk of the recent growth in the state’s largest industry. Civil Beat.When the final numbers roll in for 2018, it's likely to be another record year for visitor arrivals to Hawaii. But as people consider what that sector may look like in 2019 an...
Tags: Travel, Supreme Court, Hawaii, Associated Press, City Council, Council, Kalaupapa, Hawaii Island, North Shore, Kauai, Honolulu, The Supreme Court, Oahu, Maui County Council, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now


Are you going to Hawaii in 2019? (+ Hawaii Calendar Giveaway)

As we say aloha to the new year and wonder what the year has in store, we hope that visits to the Aloha State are in your 2019! At the new year, we love hearing your Hawaii plans. What island(s) will you visit? When will you go? Will you be celebrating a special occasion? Let’s continue a little tradition that we started several years ago by giving away lovely Hawaii desk calendars illustrated by Hawaii artist Mike Carroll. We have three to giveaway. Photo of the front and back of the calendar...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Aloha State, Mike Carroll, General Hawaii


Less is more: Gunnar Garfors on his favourite ‘least-visited’ countries

The Norwegian globetrotter has been around the world – twice – and here picks the less-travelled countries that have made an impact on himWorld’s ninth least-visited country; 3,600 tourists a yearFew tourists reach Kiribati, not because the country lacks attractions – just ways to get there. Kiribati is the only country in the world situated in all four hemispheres. Its 33 atolls and islands in the central Pacific Ocean – about 4,000km south-west of Hawaii and 4,700km east of Australia – are spr...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean, Adventure Travel, Fiji, Kiribati, Gunnar Garfors, Air Kiribati, South Tarawa, India Air, Betio


Hawaii Supreme Court weighs in on Honolulu council race, complaint filed over GOP campaign finance, media weigh in on top 2018 stories, new laws for 2019, more top state and local government news from all the Hawaiian islands

Diamond Head aerial view ©2018 All Hawaii News No fishing at Waikiki to Diamond Head shoreline in 2019. Environmental advocates like the idea of a closure, but think the time frame needs to be longer for it to be effective. KITV.More than two years after Gov. David Ige’s administration unveiled a 10-year, $378 million plan to escalate the state’s fight against invasive species, much of it remains unfunded and the governor plans to ask the Legislature to provide only a fraction of what was...
Tags: Travel, Gop, Hawaii, House, Volcano, Republican Party, City Council, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Legislature, West Hawaii, Oahu, Hawaii News Now, Maui News


Kauai Triple Play, Every Day: Snorkel, Hike, Culture

Filling out a daily schedule is not a tough task on Kauai (or any of the Islands): Find a beach to snorkel and hang out, find a trail into a tropical forest, and seek to soak in some Hawaiian culture. Hideaways Beach (above) in Princeville is a good place to punch the snorkel ticket. The Powerline Trail (above) that extends from above Kapa'a to the North Shore is a spectacular hike that sees little use, given other trails in the vicinity. Hiking the whole trans-island route is a chal...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Smith, North Shore, Kauai, Princeville, Kapa, Wailua River, Hideaways Beach, Fern Grotto, Hawaii hike, Hawaii snorkel, Smiths Tropical Plantation, Fern Grotto The Smith, Wailua Trailblazer Travel Books


Goodbye, 2018

Hope is being able to see that there is light, despite all the darkness. — Desmond Tutu Many people I know are celebrating — no, acknowledging, that’s better —  the fact that they survived 2018. Their accomplishments — compared to the Herculean task of merely functioning in a year so dark — are secondary, at best. I get this, do I ever. Perched over my keyboard in the bleakness of this December morning, it feels miraculous to have again hit the ‘on’ button, to have opened a connection to the w...
Tags: Travel, Etsy, Hawaii, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Joan, Administrivia, Harley, Desmond Tutu, Madeleine Albright, San Juan Islands, Elko Nevada



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