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Orchid industry in decline, Legislature rejects plastic ban, new allegations in Zuckerberg Kauai land dispute, Hirono pays up, HPD chief gets high marks, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Orchid show in Hilo ©2019 All Hawaii News Orchid Industry in Decline. Statewide the production of flowers and other nursery products are worth more than $77 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Orchids make up almost 20 percent of that value. But the state’s orchid industry has been struggling in recent years. Hawaii Public Radio.Hawaii legislative committees reject plastics ban proposals. Two Hawaii legislative committees have rejected proposals that would have banne...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Navy, California, Hawaii, House, Micronesia, Department Of Transportation, Zuckerberg, Hawaii Island, North Shore, Kauai, Maui, Southwest


King Kamehameha never had it so good: Have a Royal Hawaiian celebration without breaking the bank.

No doubt being the king of all the Islands had its perks—but not near the luxury and creature comforts available these days to us common folk.  And—here's the kicker—if you are planning an event for a group (say six to twelve people) you will be surprised at how affordable a luxury villa  or beachside enclave can be. For the per-person price that a couple pays for a pretty-nice condo or resort room, a group of ten or so can chill at a pad that could be a movie set.Of course, you can also spe...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Hawaii, South Pacific, Pacific, Islands, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Lanai, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Mauna Loa, Honolulu, Oahu, Mauna Kea, Kihei


Public slams Ala Wai flood plan, Senate shoots down prison purchase, marijuana decriminalization advances, another federal agency probing rail, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Along the Ala Wai ©2019 All Hawaii News Flood control plan for Ala Wai strongly opposed at meeting. Controversy over a $345 million project to lessen flood risks at the Ala Wai Canal by building a wall around the canal and huge flood control structures in the upper reaches of the watershed drew hundreds to a Tuesday town hall meeting in Manoa. Star-Advertiser.Hundreds attended a community meeting in Manoa Tuesday to hear from various city, state and federal agencies about a controversial ...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Philippines, Hawaii, House, Bill, City Council, Southwest Airlines, Department Of Transportation, Hawaiian Airlines, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, State, Honolulu, Capitol


Hawaii could take $452M hit in Trump cuts, plastic ban advances, UH jobs on the line in budget cuts, Honolulu grapples with vacation rentals, how to pay for education, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Quonset huts at Pohakuloa Training Area ©2019 All Hawaii News Isle projects in Trump’s cross-hairs. The Pentagon on Monday identified $12.9 billion in military construction funding — including $452 million for projects in Hawaii — that could be tapped to help build President Donald Trump’s southern border wall. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii weighs first-in-nation plastic bans at restaurants. Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that ai...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, Pentagon, Donald Trump, EMS, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Trump, Honolulu, Legislature, Hart, West Hawaii, Mauna Kea, Hawaiian Islands, University of Hawaii


Supreme Court won't hear B&B appeal denying gay couple, city council wants to evacuate Honolulu Hale, Southwest Airlines lands inaugural flight, taxpayers lose in failed Kauai dairy farm, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu Hale ©2019 All Hawaii News Supreme Court rejects Hawaii B&B owner who denied room to gay couple. The justices on Monday are leaving in place Hawaiian state court rulings that found the Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu violated Hawaii’s anti-discrimination law by turning the couple away. Associated Press.Buyer Beware: Oceanfront Homes Keep Going Up Despite Rising Seas. Now, Hawaii lawmakers are considering bills that force sellers to tell prospective owners about vulnerable coast...
Tags: Travel, Supreme Court, California, Senate, San Francisco, South Dakota, Hawaii, Associated Press, Southwest Airlines, Big Island, Hawaii Island, North Shore, Kauai, Honolulu, Legislature, West Hawaii


Disasters, breakdowns bring national park visitors down, 10 tiny home homeless villages proposed, plastic ban advances, money in Honolulu City Council race, Maui jail riot highlights overcrowding, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

After the eruption, visitors at Kilauea volcano ©2019 All Hawaii News Parks losing traction with visitors. The latest visitation statistics released by the National Park Service show that 2018 was a particularly challenging year for some of the state’s busiest tourist attractions, with associated park economies taking a hit. Star-Advertiser.Bottles, utensils and bags: Lawmakers are coming for your single-use plastics. An ambitious measure that would institute a broad ban on single-use pla...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Kilauea, EMS, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, National Park Service, Josh Green, State, Honolulu, Legislature, U S Geological Survey, West Hawaii, Wailuku


Best places to stand-up paddle board

Stand-up paddle boarding , or SUPing as it’s colloquially known, has taken the world by storm since it was first made popular by the surfing gods of Hawaii. It seems like everyone who spends time near the water, be that on a river, lake, or ocean, is heading out with a heavy board under their arm and a long paddle in hand. SUPing vacations are now very on-trend. However, for a little more than just paddling on that upcoming SUP holiday — like savoring snow-capped mountain vistas, sampling exce...
Tags: Travel, California, Spain, Thailand, Unesco, Hawaii, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Portugal, Norway, North America, Lake Tahoe, Porto, Mauritius, Caribbean, Sup


Big raises for state officials, cost of living a concern in poll, Big Island hikes general excise tax, many months before lava victims get to go home, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii state Capitol ©2019 All Hawaii News Big Pay Raises Coming For Lawmakers And Top State Execs. The commission proposed that the governor’s salary would increase from $158,700 to $189,480 by 2024. Top agency executives, such as the attorney general, would see their wages increase from $154,812 to $188,400 during the same time period. The salaries of  state representatives and senators would rise from $62,604 to $83,052. Civil Beat.Advocates urge larger minimum wage hike. The Senate Co...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Hawaii, House, Kilauea, Council, Boeing, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, National Park Service, Department Of Education, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Legislature


Hawaii mulls road usage charge, sanctuary bill dies in Legislature, economic growth slowdown predicted, Maui jail riot likely caused by overcrowding, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii road ©2019 All Hawaii News Hawaii transportation officials consider swapping gas tax for road-use charge. The state Department of Transportation wants the public to weigh in on the concept of a road usage charge to fund the upkeep of state roads and bridges, and is holding 14 community meetings about the possibilities in the next few months. Star-Advertiser.Public Meetings Scheduled For Potential Road Usage Charge. The state Department of Transportation will be holding community me...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, House, Bill, City Council, Department Of Transportation, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, National Park Service, Hilton Garden Inn, Honolulu, Legislature, West Hawaii, Mauna Kea


Interisland fares drop as price wars continue, state Senate bill bans plastics, red light cameras catch on, Public Safety director faces confirmation battle, Maui jail in lockdown following riot, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian Airlines main cabin ©2019 All Hawaii News Hawaiian Airlines matching Southwest fares means lower prices for interisland flights. Hawaiian Airlines dropped airfares Monday to as low as $98 for round-trip flights between Oahu and Maui starting in April as competition from Southwest disrupts the interisland market — at least temporarily. Star-Advertiser.Boeing 737 Max 8 used for Hawaii flights. A number of countries have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes following Sunday's dead...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Air Canada, Park, Hawaii, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, Chinatown, Hawaii Island, Hawaiian Airlines, Kauai, Maui, Southwest, Ethiopian Airlines, Honolulu, Oahu


Hawaii could become sanctuary state, corruption charges rampant in Honolulu, state cuts Canada and Europe tourism budgets, Maui corporation counsel on leave following arrest, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Ala Moana Park ©2019 All Hawaii News Organizers of Ala Moana park forum call for more transparency. Officials with Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration have agreed to attend a meeting tonight hosted by groups that have raised concerns about planned improvements at popular Ala Moana Regional Park. Star-Advertiser.Here’s your chance to sound off on the future of Ala Moana Beach Park. Several community groups are teaming up to discuss the future of Ala Moana Beach Park. On Monday, a public m...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Ge, Canada, Hawaii, House, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Wong, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, Garden Island


Hawaii for Lovers

Hawaii is calling. For many Americans this is their one big, lifetime, bucket-listed dream destination.   Being a US state- the language, transportation, currency and in large part- the culture is similar to the mainland. Plus, its relatively close: Hawaii is a mere 190 million inches away for Los Angeles.  That math translates to a simple 6 hour flight to paradise.  Recently Southwest airlines announced that they will begin service to Honolulu.  The starting price you ask?  $49 (one way,...
Tags: Travel, US, Los Angeles, Alaska, Hawaii, Island, Pearl Harbor, Islands, Destinations, Lanai, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Southwest, Honolulu, Oahu


Hawaii infrastructure gets low marks, Kaneshiro takes paid leave amid federal probe, House passes pot decriminalization, entangled whale freed off Maui, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Walking along Diamond Head Road ©2019 All Hawaii News Hawaii’s infrastructure gets D+ in yearly report from engineers society. Most of the Aloha State’s infrastructure systems are in poor to fair condition. The report card recommends the state Legislature increase the state gas tax and support “innovative funding mechanisms” to pay for a backlog of repairs. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii's infrastructure received its first report card today and more than half of grades were below passing. The 201...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, House, House Of Representatives, Noaa, Humane Society, Hawaiian Airlines, Kauai, Maui, Tj Maxx, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Legislature, West Hawaii, Oahu


So you're going to Kauai? Read this first.

The new 21st anniversary edition of Kauai Trailblazer is now available on Amazon.  Check it out here. Trailblazer Guides are geared toward independent travelers who have a sense of adventure. The books cover all the well-known activities, as well as places to call your own. Get out the yellow highlighter and give KT a look before your visit: you will hit the ground running at the airport. Activities (like hiking, strolling, snorkeling, biking, surfing) are organized by geographic reg...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Hollywood, Hawaii, Kilauea, Koke, Kauai, Princeville, KT, Kapa, Amazon Check, Kekaha, Barking Sands, National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Lawai, Polihale State Park Kauai


Fresh from the Garden Isle: Kauai Trailblazer 2019

The new 21st anniversary edition of Kauai Trailblazer is now available on Amazon.  Check it out here. Trailblazer Guides are geared toward independent travelers who have a sense of adventure. The books cover all the well-known activities, as well as places to call your own. Get out the yellow highlighter and give KT a look before your visit: you will hit the ground running at the airport. Activities (like hiking, strolling, snorkeling, biking, surfing) are organized by geographic reg...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Hollywood, Hawaii, Kilauea, Koke, Kauai, Princeville, KT, Garden Isle, Kapa, Amazon Check, Kekaha, Barking Sands, National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Lawai


The best places to kayak in the US

Kayaking is a sport that can be done for leisure, exercise, or passion. Regardless of the reason, it’s a great way to enjoy nature and get a different perspective on your surroundings. With so many diverse landscapes, the United States is packed with places to kayak. From Alaska to Florida — on wild rivers, quiet lakes, open ocean, and glacier-fed bays — this country is a perfect natural playground for kayakers of all abilities. Here are 10 unique kayaking destinations around the US. 1. Glac...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Florida, California, Washington, US, United States, Idaho, Alaska, Arizona, New Zealand, Michigan, Nevada, Lake Tahoe, Pacific Ocean, Lake Superior


Fraud in HI-5 recycling program, visitors can now get medical marijuana, Chinese hackers breach UH, lawmakers want to stop rail audits, excise tax hike advances, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Worker sweeps up cans at Hawaii recycling plant ©2019 All Hawaii News State audit alleges cheating in redemption payments in Hawaii recycling program. The state still has not made changes in its HI-5 redemption and recycling program to protect against fraud, and spot checks of recycling companies turned up two cases where records were allegedly altered so the state would reimburse substantially more to a recycler than was paid out to the public, according to a new report by the Hawaii Sta...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Ge, Navy, Senate, Mit, Hawaii, House, House Of Representatives, Pentagon, Las Vegas, Kilauea, Pearl Harbor, DOE, Wall Street Journal


Super Golden Week, Southwest ticket sales are encouraging signs for Hawaii tourism, Honolulu, Hawaii county mayors up budgets, aquarium industry scrutinized, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Waikiki tourism fun ©2019 All Hawaii News Major tour companies and legacy air carriers for Hawaii’s Japan tourism market are reporting double-digit gains for this year’s “Super Golden Week,” a 10-day period of consecutive national holidays. Star-Advertiser.After much anticipation, Southwest begins selling tickets for Hawaii flights. The low-cost carrier on Monday began selling tickets for Hawaii flights, with first flights — between Oakland and Honolulu — on March 17. Hawaii News Now.Here...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Senate, Hawaii, House Of Representatives, Kim, Bill, Oakland, Department Of Transportation, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Lihue, Waikiki, Kauai, Southwest, Honolulu


Aloha Friday Photo: Rainbow in Kalalau Valley

Mahalo to Lisa Tudor for sharing this lovely rainbow capture with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Lisa’s photo is of Kauai’s majestic Kalalau Valley, a site that’s definitely worth planning into your Kauai vacation itinerary. Happy Aloha Friday! The post Aloha Friday Photo: Rainbow in Kalalau Valley appeared first on Go Visit Hawaii.
Tags: Travel, Kauai, Mahalo, Aloha Friday Photo, Kauai See & Do, Kalalau Valley, Lisa Tudor, Aloha Friday Photos Lisa


12% more homeless on Oahu streets, former governors back Kahele over Gabbard, Southwest preps for Hawaii routes, state doesn't know how many vaccinated, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Homeless in Honolulu ©2019 All Hawaii News The number of homeless living on Oahu streets jumped 12 percent in the past year while the overall number, including those living in shelters, dropped by 4 percent. Star-Advertiser.Unsheltered homeless population up 12% on Oahu from last year. Despite a number of city efforts to push people living on the streets to shelters, the number of unsheltered homeless people on Oahu is up 12 percent from a year ago. Hawaii News Now.Fewer homeless on Oahu....
Tags: Travel, California, Senate, Hawaii, Dallas, Faa, Southwest Airlines, Federal Aviation Administration, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, Honolulu, Hart, West Hawaii


Southwest Airlines now going Hawaii

The wait is finally over . After receiving official certification from the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southwest Airlines announced on Wednesday that it will soon begin operating flights to Hawaii. Over the past few months, Southwest has been working closely with the FAA to earn its Extended Range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) verification, which is required for airlines wishing to fly over oceans. The process involved several test flights des...
Tags: Travel, Sacramento, United States, Hawaii, West Coast, Faa, Southwest Airlines, Kauai, All, Southwest, Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, Southwest Air, LIHUE KAUAI, Oakland San Diego San Jose, Oahu Kahului Maui Kona Island


Coral may be adapting to warmer seas, 3rd federal subpoena for Honolulu rail, milk production may be doomed, voting behind bars, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Divers study coral damage in Hawaii ©2019 All Hawaii News A team of researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum conducted a study of coral resiliency that showed some corals are better able to tolerate heat than similar corals tested in the 1970s. But scientists say it will not be fast enough to fight off rising sea temperatures. University of Hawaii.Fresh Hawaii milk production may be doomed afte...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, Honolulu, Hart, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, University of Hawaii, Department of Public Safety, Hana, Garden Island, Molokai


Hiker rescue reimbursement bill advancing through Legislature, Ige not worried about federal rail funds, 'lava bomb' tour boat victim sues, Maui development fight, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hiker on Kilauea volcano ©2019 All Hawaii News A bill that would require public safety agencies to seek reimbursement from hikers who are rescued while trespassing on public trails is making its way through the state Legislature. Star-Advertiser.More security could be coming to the state Capitol, but how will that affect access? Hawaii News Now.Legislators are considering a bill to require licensing or accreditation of all private schools in Hawaii because of fears unlicensed operations m...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, House Of Representatives, Volcano, Illinois, Kilauea, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Capitol, Legislature


These days, the Garden of Eden is on Kauai

To find the Biblical, life-giving Garden of Eden, you'll need to deep-dive into historical and religious research materials. But to find where this garden exists today, you'll need to get on a plane to Kauai and head to the South Shore Visitors Center for the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Here, you can tour two of the nations five gardens: Allerton and McBryde In between these two botanical dreamscapes is the beating heart—and thoughtful brain—of the facility, the horticul...
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, Hawaii, Kauai, Emma, Gregg, Garden of Eden, Napali Coast, McBryde, Limahuli Garden, Allerton Garden, Allerton, NTBG, McBryde Garden, National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Canoe Garden


Sleeping Giant: Kauai's Wake Up Call

Nounou Mountain, above Kauai's Coconut Coast, looks like the head of a huge Easter-Island-style statue in repose, and locals have always called it the Sleeping Giant. His nose is the summit, with the chin to the right, and a downward sloping forehead to the left.  The summit hike is a not-to-miss half-day adventure: 3 to 5 miles roundtrip, and up to 1,000 feet of gain, depending on which of three trailheads you select. The east side trailhead is the shortest and probably most sce...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Spain, Hawaii, Big Island, Kauai, Norfolk Pines, Kauai Trailblazer, Kauai hiking, Wailua River, Sleeping Giant, Kauai hikes, Nounou Mountain, Israel Australia Peru


New school tax floated, feds subpoena Honolulu rail documents, Kaneshiro impeachment postponed, Kauai seeks curbside recycling, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. David Ige with schoolchildren, courtesy photo The state Education Department and teachers are now backing another controversial idea to raise money for public schools. A new proposal being considered by lawmakers would raise the statewide general excise tax (the tax consumers pay on just about everything in the islands) half a percent — from 4 percent to 4.5 percent. Hawaii News Now.=====Federal grand jury subpoenas rail authority documents as part of criminal investigation. Hawaii N...
Tags: Travel, School, Supreme Court, Senate, Hawaii, House, Costco, Department Of Transportation, Chinatown, Waikiki, Kauai, Honolulu, Legislature, West Hawaii, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands


Feds: Kealoha sent secret supportive texts to suspect she was prosecuting, Legislature advances vacation rental tax, deadly force bill dies, environmental group sues Maui over street lights, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Katherine Kealoha Feds release Katherine Kealoha’s secret texts. Former deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha sent secret messages of support to a defendant in a drug-dealing case Kealoha was prosecuting, according to documents released Wednesday by federal prosecutors. Star-Advertiser.In court filings Wednesday, federal prosecutors offered new details into the investigation into Katherine Kealoha’s alleged misconduct as a deputy city prosecutor ― along with the role that city Prosecutor Ke...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, House, Dallas, Las Vegas, Southwest Airlines, Big Island, Hawaii Island, North Shore, Kauai, Maui, Earthjustice, Honolulu, Legislature, Safeway


Aquarium fishing ban still afloat, employees allege retaliation in Honolulu prosecutor probe, 4-year council terms mulled on Big Island, Haleakala still closed after record snowfall, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Moorish idols off Kona coast ©2019 All Hawaii News Bill to Ban Aquarium Fishing Heard by Senate Committee. Senate Bill 931 would prohibit the collection of aquarium or ornamental reef fish because their capture is incompatible with Kanaka Maoli values. Hawaii Public Radio.A Senate panel Friday deferred a decision on whether to advance a controversial bill that would shut down the commercial collection of aquarium fish in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.State lawmakers are considering allowing Ale...
Tags: Travel, National Weather Service, Navy, California, Hawaii, Bill, North Shore, Kauai, Haleakala, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, U S Bankruptcy Court, Barron, Alexander Baldwin Inc, Kona


Hawaii mops up after winter storm, Senate rejects marijuana edibles, Honolulu public-private rail partnership 4 months behind schedule, Big Island gets half the recovery money, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Strong winds are expected to ease on Monday after a potent winter storm pummeled the state just a day prior, toppling trees onto cars, sending waves washing onto roadways and triggering widespread power outages throughout the day. Although a statewide high wind warning has been canceled, a high surf warning is in effect for all islands along with scattered weather warnings and advisories as the low-pressure system passes north of Hawaii Island this morning. Star-Advertiser.The bulk of the windy...
Tags: Travel, Senate, America, Hawaii, House, Aclu, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oia, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Legislature, House Committee, Kailua Kona


Recreational marijuana legalization bill advances; 100-year-old smoking age, anti-abortion bills die, court protects Airbnb records from government, heiress Kawananakoa releases video claiming competency, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Marijuana PC:Pixabay Commons Bill to legalize pot in Hawaii passes state Senate committee. A bill to legalize marijuana passed a significant legislative hurdle with a surprisingly quick approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Star-Advertiser.Marijuana legalization bill clears committee hurdle. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday became the first legislative committee in Hawaii to pass a bill that would legalize recreational adult use of marijuana. Tribune-Herald.A bill th...
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