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Proposed legislative districts draw fire, state GOP chairwoman resigns, inmates to get $50 to vaccinate, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Odd-shaped districts in proposed Oahu House map PC:Hawaii Reapportionment CommissionNew Hawaii Election Districts Are Drawing Fire. Some lawmakers say they feel targeted by the new plans while the Hawaii Reapportionment Commission also faced accusations of gerrymandering certain districts. Civil Beat.Chair of the Hawaii Republican Party resigns, shifts focus to recruitment. The chair of the Hawaii Republican Party resigned from the position Thursday, but said she would remain active in t...
Tags: Travel, Kaiser Permanente, Gop, Hawaii, Kaiser, City Council, Chinatown, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Oahu, Maui Maui, Hawaiian Islands, Department of Public Safety, Kakaako


Higa pleads guilty to embezzling CARES, AmeriCorps funds, UH resuming on-campus education, Kauai dissolves COVID tier system, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Oct. 8, 2020 FBI raid Na Leo TV ©2021 All Hawaii News Higa pleads guilty in federal court to embezzling, bribery. Former Hawaii County Council Chairman Stacy Higa admitted in federal court Wednesday to embezzling money from two federal programs and using some of it for cosmetic dental surgery and to help fund his 2020 campaign for mayor. Big Island Now. Hawaii Is Losing More Teachers Than Ever Amid Pandemic Fatigue. Hawaii had 25% more public school teachers retire or resign dur...
Tags: Travel, Fbi, Hawaii, Leo, Kilauea, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, State, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, University of Hawaii, Maui News


Hawaii Supreme Court blocks early inmate release, data shows COVID much more deadly than flu, Hawaii County to consider lodging tax, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Corrections officer at Hawaii jail ©2021 All Hawaii News Hawaii Supreme Court blocks the early release of certain prisoners. The state Supreme Court denied a third request by the office of the Public Defender to release certain classes of prisoners early to help alleviate the crowded conditions that help COVID-19 spread, noting rising inmate vaccination rates and a declining number of infections in Hawaii’s jails and prisons. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald.Race expanding for ...
Tags: Travel, Supreme Court, US, Hawaii, Council, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Legislature, Wailuku, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, County Council


Experts tell House committee time to open Hawaii, UH to require employee vaccinations, mayor denies permit for Mandate Free Maui Unity March, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Tourist at Waikiki ©2021 All Hawaii NewsPressure mounts on Gov. David Ige to ease COVID-19 restrictions. But Ige, known for his cautious approach, doesn’t seem ready to announce that Hawaii is fully open for visitors, just yet. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-Herald. Garden Island. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Potential extension of Hawaii homeless program being considered by lawmakers. Enacted in 2018, state legislation requires the creation of a minimum of six Ohana Zone program proje...
Tags: Travel, China, Hawaii, House, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Oahu, Howard Hughes, Hawaiian Islands, Kaanapali, Hilo, Aloha Stadium, David Ige


Redistricting and politics, Land Board rejects aquarium industry plan, Honolulu marathon slated to return, more news from all the Hawaiian islands

Hawaii tropical fish ©2021 All Hawaii NewsRedrawing Hawaii’s Election Districts: ‘People Are Going To Be Pissed’. Years ago the political lines were redrawn in ways that clobbered Republicans. Today, the question is which Democrats will take the hit. Civil Beat.Hawaii Tourism Authority contract award to top marketing agency prompts scrutiny. The Hawaii Tourism Authority recently awarded a $9.4 million sole-source contract to the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, even as the marketin...
Tags: Travel, EA, Hawaii, Kilauea, Boeing, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Ntsb, Honolulu, National Transportation Safety Board, U S Geological Survey, West Hawaii, Oahu, Hawaii News Now, Maui News


Navy kept mum about Red Hill fuel tank leaking into Pearl Harbor, illegal tour groups, boat tours fined, condos drive Maui's hot real estate market, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Healthcare leaders 'cautiously optimistic' about COVID conditions, support governor's plan to ease restrictions. Governor David Ige is expected to announce details on the adjustments by the end of this week. KITV4. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. KHON2. Task force studies scourge of missing and murdered Native Hawaiian women and girls. The panel, created by the state House earlier this year, aims to gather data and identify the reasons behind the problem. As of now, few figure...
Tags: Travel, Navy, Hawaii, House, City Council, Pearl Harbor, Islands, Lanai, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Kakaako, Hilo, David Ige, Tribune Herald


Native Hawaiians hard hit by COVID, Health Department denies researchers data, local hotel tax advances on Oahu and Maui, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian ohana ©2021 All Hawaii NewsSurge in COVID deaths took heavy toll on Native Hawaiian community. Experts say in the past two weeks, Native Hawaiians have accounted for up to 40% of the state’s COVID deaths. Hawaii News Now.Local researchers say Department of Health officials have refused to collaborate and share COVID-19 data. Local epidemiologists and researchers say the Hawaii Department of Health has continually rebuffed their requests for data throughout the COVID-19 pandemic ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, House, Bill, Kilauea, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, Honolulu, Hart, Oahu, Maui County Council, Hawaii Department of Health, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, University of Hawaii


Ige to announce relaxed restrictions this week, Las Vegas captain tapped for Maui police chief, Honolulu council to vet pick for city auditor, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

USS Daniel Inouye guided missile destroyer PC: U.S. NavyNew $1.5 billion-plus Navy destroyer USS Daniel Inouye heading for Hawaii. The Navy’s new “Go for Broke” destroyer named for U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, a World War II hero and one of Hawaii’s most influential statesmen, is sailing to its new home port of Pearl Harbor and a Dec. 8 commissioning at Kilo Pier. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. Combative auditor hearings cross midpoint, with weeks to go. As the hearings enter their fourth...
Tags: Travel, Navy, Hawaii, Pfizer, Las Vegas, Pearl Harbor, DOE, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, YMCA, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now


Hawaii humpback whales return

A flight instructor on Maui was first to spot the arrival of humpback whales in Hawaii waters, marking the beginning of the 2021-2022 “whale season” in Hawaii at the start of October. It was an early arrival, so to speak, in that whale season is generally regarded as beginning in November and lasting into April. […] The post Hawaii humpback whales return appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Whale Watching, Maui, Humpbacks of Hawaii, Whale Watching Season


Hawaii travel news: October 6, 2021

– The first humpback whale sighting of this new season has been recorded! A flight instructor spotted a humpback whale off the coast of Maui on September 29th. Congrats to our contest winners of Mary S. and Barb, who both guessed September 28th. – The new volcanic eruption at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues to wow observers. The lava intrusion into Halema’uma’u Crater has lifted the surface level high enough that the lava activity is now visible from safe viewing spots. See this HVNP p...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Where To Stay, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Maui, Conde Nast Traveler, Maui News, Barb, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Oahu Deals, Halema, Mary S, Coronavirus COVID 19


Honolulu looks to hotel tax to prop up rail budget, Kilauea threat level lowered, state seeks to hold on to FEMA nurses, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu rail station PC:HARTHow to shore up rail project’s budget? HART wants visitors to foot some of the bill. Should tourists help fund the rail project? The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is among those exploring the idea, which would use hotel room tax revenues to help shore up the budget for the embattled project. Hawaii News Now.HART officials have no answers for Oahu rail’s door, wheel, track problems. Rail officials continue to search for a solution for too-thin wh...
Tags: Travel, Navy, California, Hawaii, Fema, Air Force, Kilauea, MMA, Rail, Kauai, Maui, Tourette, Honolulu, Hart, West Hawaii, CIP


Ige extends pandemic restrictions to Nov. 30, Maui mayor defies Ige's order and allows spectators at sporting events, Kaiser health workers to vote on strike, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Waikiki shoppers @2021 All Hawaii News all rights reservedHawaii’s tourism industry anticipates a gradual return of visitors from Japan. As Japan officials ease COVID restrictions across the nation, Hawaii’s tourism industry can expect a rebound. But industry leaders anticipate the return of Japanese travelers will be a gradual one, and it will be some time before Hawaii’s economy sees the positive impacts. Hawaii News Now.Governor extends mask rules, travel regulations for another 60 da...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii, Kaiser, Kilauea, Lanai, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Oahu, Maui County Council, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now


First humpback whale of the season spotted, crowds expected as Kilauea volcano puts on a show, officials mull biomass for state's only coal-fired plant , more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Humpback whale migration NOAAFirst humpback whale of the season spotted off of Maui. Every winter, humpback whales travel nearly three thousand miles from the cold waters of Alaska to the warm breeding grounds of the Hawaiian Islands. This year, the first reported sighting is officially on the books. KITV4.Hawaii working on plan to invite back visitors. A lack of international visitors to Hawaii combined with a COVID-19 surge and Ige’s plea for travelers to avoid nonessential trips to th...
Tags: Travel, Alaska, Hawaii, House, Pfizer, Kilauea, Committee, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, University of Hawaii


Kilauea erupts again, Oahu commission approves residential vacation rental restrictions, Maui mayor seeks to relax pandemic rules, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Kilauea eruption USGS photo taken by M. Patrick on September 29, 2021 Lava returns to Kilauea Volcano’s Halemaumau Crater. Kilauea Volcano has started erupting again — just four months after the last eruption ended. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4. Hawaii public schools gear up for COVID-19 testing program. At least 165 schools across the state have registered for training to join O...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Hawaii, House, Marine Corps, Dc, Kilauea, Usgs, Pacific, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Tait, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now


Connors nominated as U.S. attorney, swimming with spinner dolphins banned, coronavirus delta variant proves deadly, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors Biden nominates Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors to serve as U.S. attorney. State Attorney General Clare Connors was one of nine nominees announced Tuesday by Biden’s White House. Connors, who has served as attorney general since 2019, now starts the U.S. Senate confirmation process. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Associated Press. Big Island Video News. Maui Now. KITV4. US Bans Swimming With Hawaiʻi's Nocturnal Spinner Dolphins. U.S. regulators on...
Tags: Travel, White House, US, America, Afghanistan, Hawaii, Biden, Defense Department, Pahoa, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Caltech, Honolulu, U S Senate, Legislature


Maui mayor gets low marks in survey, Ige reluctant to ease COVID rules, Honolulu seeks new landfill site, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Aquaculture in Hawaii PC:Jeff Milisen via Kampachi Farms LLC/NELHA Hawaii aquaculture sales total $66.4M. A report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Friday said the value of farm-raised marine animals sold by producers statewide slipped 15% last year to $66.4 million from $78.5 million the year before. West Hawaii Today.Violent and property crimes fell in Hawaii last year, new FBI statistics show. The FBI’s annual report on crime shows Hawaii continues to be safer than the rest of ...
Tags: Travel, Navy, US, Fbi, Hawaii, Middle East, Marine Corps, Air Force, Kilauea, Department Of Transportation, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Hawaii County, U S Department of Agriculture, Hawaiian Islands


HAT Blog Maui dispatch: departure day diversions

With an 11:00am checkout at the West Maui condo (between Kaanapali and Kapalua) and a 7:30pm flight back to Honolulu, we had a lot of time on our hands to wander Upcountry and take in some fascinating out-of-the-way and locally-owned small businesses. After breakfast at Duke’s Kaanapali, first up was the Surfing Goat Dairy in […] The post HAT Blog Maui dispatch: departure day diversions appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Duke, Maui, Honolulu, Kapalua, Kaanapali, West Maui, Hawaii Sea Spirits, Surfing Goat Dairy, Makai Glass


Main Cabin fare sale on Hawaiian Airlines – starting at $198 roundtrip

A few weeks ago, we told you about a Hawaiian Airlines fare sale for Main Cabin Basic fares that started at $198. That’s a great fare, but today’s deal is even better because it’s the same cost but for Main Cabin, which is an upgrade over Main Cabin Basic. (See this link for more about Main Cabin Basic along with a comparison of Main Cabin.) This fare sale is for travel dates between January 6, 2022 and March, 9, 2022 — a great time for a winter warm up! Travel must occur on Mondays, Tuesdays, ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaiian Airlines, Maui, Honolulu, Seattle SEA, Flight Deals & Airline News, Main Cabin Boston BOS


HAT Blog Maui dispatch: a tale of two tables

After our pilgrimage to Maui’s petroglyphs at Olowalu, I was wrought and marveled by the spirit of learning. I needed a drink. We headed to the Sly Mongoose on the outskirts of Lahaina. It’s been recommended by every bar industry person I know on Oahu. A proud dive. Google it. No website. It’s just “out […] The post HAT Blog Maui dispatch: a tale of two tables appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Google, Maui, Oahu, Lahaina, Maui dining, Maui Sly Mongoose


Hawaii Supreme Court requires anti-TMT nonprofit bank records turned over to Attorney General, 2 Hawaiian Airlines flights turned back when passengers act out, Ironman takes a year in Utah, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian oli on Mauna Kea ©2021 All Hawaii News Supreme Court partially approves subpoena into bank records of group opposing TMT on Mauna Kea. The Hawaii Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a subpoena to access the bank records of a nonprofit organization that has opposed the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, but the ruling also further limits the scope of the subpoena. Star-Advertiser.2 separate Hawaiian Airlines flights return to Honolulu Airport after two unruly passenger ca...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Utah, Hawaii, Farmers, Department Of Transportation, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Hawaiian Airlines, Kauai, Maui, Hawaii County, Wailuku, Oahu, state Department of Education, Maui County Council


South Korea President Moon Jae-In honors war dead in Hawaii ceremony, pre-travel testing misses many infected, GOP leader Carroll dies at 91, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Service members render honors during a joint repatriation ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 22, 2021. PC: Tech. Sgt. Rusty Frank Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency South Korea President Moon Jae-In and First Lady Kim Jung-Sook pay respects to the war dead at an Oahu ceremony. The first joint U.S.-South Korea repatriation held in Hawaii saw remains of South Korean soldiers from the 1950-53 Korean War that had been in the possession of the Defense POW/MIA Accounti...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Gop, Hawaii, Fda, UPI, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Carroll, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Education, Honolulu, Joey, CIP, Oahu


South Korea president to attend Hawaii repatriation ceremony today, hospitals resume elective surgeries, Iolani Palace getting roof repairs, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Iolani Palace ©2021 All Hawaii NewsSouth Korea president to visit Hawaii to honor service members in repatriation ceremony. South Korean President Moon Jae-In will be visiting the islands on Wednesday to honor America’s military. He will be part of a repatriation ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as the United States accepts remains of service members killed during the Korean War. Hawaii News Now.Patriot missiles fired from Hawaii for first time. With little fanfare, the U.S. Ar...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, America, United States, Hawaii, House, Louisiana, City Council, Federal Aviation Administration, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, National Park Service, Billy, Usmc, Honolulu


HAT Blog Maui dispatch: Petroglyphs, Blowhole

After having done the obligatory “tourist-y” trip into Lahaina on Maui, we decided on outdoor activities for the next day. Our next excursion would be to see the petroglyphs in Olowalu (which are not at all far from the bustle of Lahaina). They are estimated by scientists and cultural experts and practitioners to be over […] The post HAT Blog Maui dispatch: Petroglyphs, Blowhole appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Maui, Lahaina, Olowalu


Hotel occupancy drops, Blangiardi extends restrictions, grants may pay for Kauai cesspool conversion, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki ©2021 All Hawaii News Statewide hotel occupancy took double-digit dive in August. Statewide occupancy in August was 73.4%, according to a report released Monday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority which was based on data from Tennessee- based STR. The results were 10.7 percentage points below August 2019 when the pre­pandemic occupancy was 84.1%. Star-Advertiser.Lieutenant Governor Wants More Health Care Resources, Not Rationed Care. Hawaiʻi Lt. Gov. Jos...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Joe Biden, Hawaii, Tennessee, Seattle, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, National Park Service, Josh Green, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, Hawaii Department of Health


TSA, airlines given more time to comply with vaccine requirements, librarians harassed, state employee pension fund sees record return, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

State gives Transportation Security Administration and airlines exemptions to Hawaii’s COVID emergency orders. Gov. David Ige’s order requiring that contractors and visitors at state facilities and property provide proof of their vaccination or testing status prior to entry has already been in effect for a week, but thousands of workers at state airports still aren’t in compliance. Star-Advertiser.Name calling, property damage: Public librarians harassed over vaccine mandate enforcement. Public...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, Tsa, Kilauea, Sears, Department Of Transportation, Spectrum, Transportation Security Administration, County, North Shore, Kauai, Maui, Josh Green, Honolulu, Hawaii County


HAT Blog Maui dispatch: Lahaina

Our Hawaiian Airline flight from Honolulu to Kahului was uneventful, which was enough to make me nearly ecstatic. In the nights before the trip, I had fever dreams of getting seated near some violent anti-mask wingnut of the variety that go instantly viral on social media. Please, no, I begged the Cosmos. We boarded without […] The post HAT Blog Maui dispatch: Lahaina appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Maui, Honolulu, Lahaina, Kahului, Hawaiian Airline, Capt Jacks Lahaina, Lahaina Banyan Tree, Lahaina History


Hawaii to get fleet of MQ-9 Reaper drones, Honolulu Police officers investigated in hit-and-run, lifeguard shortage could close towers, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

MQ-9 Reaper drone (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dennis J. Henry Jr.) In a first, Air Force flies 2 big MQ-9 Reaper drones from mainland to Hawaii as part of new maritime emphasis. The Air Force flew two big MQ-9 Reaper drones for the first time from the continental United States to Hawaii to demonstrate the unmanned aircraft’s “untapped potential in a maritime environment” and to participate in Exercise ACE Reaper at Marine Corps Base Hawaii — which will eventually have six of the...
Tags: Travel, United States, Hawaii, Air Force, Seattle, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Oahu, State Board of Education, Pacific Islanders, U S Air Force, Hawaiian Islands, Honolulu Harbor, Department of Public Safety, Garden Island


Maui bound! (with reservations)

The HAT blog is headed to the Valley Isle for a working holiday with Honorable Wife Person and two in-laws. It’s been many months in planning (accommodations and transportation secured in late 2020), and in all honesty, it’s a decision that comes with a considerable amount of trepidation, even on the day before the trip. […] The post Maui bound! (with reservations) appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Maui, Valley Isle, COVID-19 Hawaii, Hawaii Safe Travels, Hawaii COVID Vaccination, Hawaii SMART Card


Those over 65 could get less health care in COVID triage plans, Kauai council passes 3% local hotel tax, Ventura tapped as Maui fire chief, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Elders stay active in Hawaii ©2021 All Hawaii NewsHawaii’s Pandemic Crisis Care Plan Raises Legal And Ethical Concerns. Hawaii stood by its decision to use age as a tiebreaker if needed in treatment decisions, according to the latest version of its plan for allocating resources if the pandemic overwhelms the state’s health care system, despite criticism that the plan may discriminate against older patients. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio.Audit Finds That Young Brothers ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Chinatown, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Ventura, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Honolulu Police Department, Garden Island, Kakaako, Molokai, Puna, Grand Wailea Resort


Lawmakers grill state over low-cost leases of public land, Honolulu mayor approves removal of Stairway to Heaven, Ige holds firm on no fans in stands, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Government owned land in Hawaii, Statewide GIS Program. 2017Lawmakers grill state Land Board over below-market rents for state properties. The director of the state Land Board was asked tough questions Tuesday about whether the department is wasting money by charging below-market rents. Hawaii News Now.Department of Land and Natural Resources officials say audit veered from original scope. Officials with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources were prepared to talk about contr...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, City Council, Jeff Bezos, Hawaiian Airlines, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Legislature, Princeville, West Hawaii, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, University of Hawaii



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