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Review: Thrilling, doors-off Oahu helicopter tour with Magnum (P.I.) Helicopters

Oahu is beautiful to see from ground level, but viewing it from the air adds a whole new level of fascination. We gained a new appreciation for the island as we soared above with Magnum Helicopters. On our way to our helicopter tour, we were absolutely giddy with excitement. Of course a helicopter tour is exciting enough, but we were about to ride in the same helicopter that’s used in the new Magnum P.I. television series! We kept humming the show’s opening theme song throughout the day. After...
Tags: Travel, Pearl Harbor, Andy, Honolulu, Oahu, Evan, Oahu See & Do, Melissa Chang


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


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


DIY: Travel Inspired Art with Photoshop Elements

I’m just putting the finishing touches on my new office, and I wanted some original art on the walls. As you know I looooove to travel and I always take a lot of pictures when I’m someplace new! Last year I visited Oahu for a week and also had weekend getaway in Maya Riviera, Mexico. I love exotic botanicals so much so I took several pictures on my trips. To remind myself of these beautiful places, I turned them into original artwork for my office using Photoshop Elements. If you’re unfamiliar ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Crafts, Diy, Mexico, Oahu, Kailua, Brush Tool, Kinkos, Craft + Art Projects, Maya Riviera Mexico, Polygonal Lasso Tool


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


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


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


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


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


Navy issues EIS for sonar testing, training; Ige reappoints three department heads; Pearl Harbor stays open amid federal shutdown; more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Humpback whale feeding, breeding zones. NOAA The U.S. Navy is moving forward with training and testing in Hawaii-Southern California waters after re-evaluating potential environmental impacts of their activities. “These military readiness activities include the use of active sonar and explosives at sea off the coasts of Hawaii and Southern California,” according to the final EIS. Garden Island.Read the Navy's Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Environmental Impact Statement/O...
Tags: Travel, Navy, Kentucky, Usda, Arkansas, Hawaii, Noaa, Nevada, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Island, Southern California, Maui, Eis, Honolulu, Chapman, U S District Court


Foreign investment soars, owners to face fines for fake service animals, homeless qualify for Medicaid housing, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu ©2018 All Hawaii News Amid already hot housing market, foreign investment in Hawaii properties soars. Decades after the collapse of the Japanese investment bubble, foreign investment in Hawaii is making a big comeback. Hawaii News Now.Hawaii to roll out database to track school repair backlog. The Hawaii Department of Education is rolling out an online database to track the estimated $868 million backlog of repair and maintenance projects in the public school system. Associated P...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Big Island, North Shore, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Wailuku, Oahu, Margaret, Jan, Waimea, Hawaiian Islands, U S House of Representatives, Garden Island, David Ige


Hawaii Supreme Court overturns public records exemption, feral cat feeding at harbors banned, Honolulu rail meets federal deadline, Maui Styrofoam ban to begin, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Feral cat feeding in Hawaii ©2018 All Hawaii News  Gov. David Ige has approved new rules for the state’s small boat harbors that prohibit camping and the feeding of feral cats at the harbors. Star-Advertiser.The backlog of repair and maintenance projects at Hawaii’s public schools is an estimated $868 million, roughly three times worse than what legislators were told in January. Star-Advertiser.For the first time since statehood in 1959, Hawaii’s population declined for two consecutive ye...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Supreme Court, Barack Obama, United States, Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Wailuku, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now


North Shore Oahu calms after the Vans Triple Crown

The three-ring circus of the has concluded on the North Shore of Oahu. And unless you’re a hard-core fan of professional surfing, it’s the best time of year to visit the “seven-mile miracle”. The tents and scaffolding have been struck from the sands and traffic has eased as the many hundreds of athletes and their […] The post North Shore Oahu calms after the Vans Triple Crown appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Oahu, North Shore Oahu, North Shore of Oahu


Surfrider grades beaches, Oahu getting major military projects, Alexander & Baldwin sells 41k acres of Maui sugar land, Big Island residents oppose vaccinations, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Girl playing on Waikiki beach ©2018 All Hawaii News Hawaii received a C-plus in the Surfrider Foundation’s annual State of the Beach Report Card, which grades 30 U.S. states and the territory of Puerto Rico on policies that address climate change, shoreline erosion and extreme weather. Star-Advertiser.The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources has joined forces with various marine and animal protection organizations to make it easier for people to report illegal aquarium collecti...
Tags: Travel, California, US, Canada, Hawaii, Noaa, Lockheed Martin, Puerto Rico, Big Island, North Shore, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Alexander, Honolulu, Coast Guard


Federal recognition for Native Hawaiians advances, Senate panel quizzes University of Hawaii, Oahu hotel occupancy falls following strike, bioenergy plant fined for discharge, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Native Hawaiians guarding the Hokulea ©2018 All Hawaii News Civil Rights Panel Backs Federal Recognition For Native Hawaiians. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights reversed its 12-year-old opposition, and now supports providing Native Hawaiians similar status to Native American tribes. Civil Beat.Senators Put UH Finances Under A Microscope. A proposal backed by Gov. David Ige to expand a community college scholarship program to four-year schools is met with skepticism. Civil Beat.An intern...
Tags: Travel, Senate, United States, Hawaii, Marriott, Noaa, Lockheed Martin, DOE, Pahoa, Puerto Rico, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, Honolulu


Cesspool mandate looms, Kauai DOBOR manager fined, resigns after no-bid contracts, Honolulu prosecutor impeachment filed in court, grumbling about state Senate assignments, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Oahu aerial view ©2018 All Hawaii News Hawaii homes with cesspools must be upgraded by 2050. But, a State Environmental Council Committee is calling for more scientific evidence to drive this mandate. Hawaii Public Radio.Some Grumbling Over Senate Committee Posts. A few senators are upset about their assignments and say traditions are not being followed, but President Ron Kouchi says any complaints are baseless. Civil Beat.State Education Board Plans To Lobby Legislature Directly. The BOE...
Tags: Travel, Navy, Senate, White House, Hawaii, Boe, Michigan, Seattle, DOE, Kauai, Pali, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Coast Guard, West Hawaii, Oahu


Ige proposes 7.2% budget increase, Honolulu prosecutor refuses to step down, Hawaii homelessness drops in new report, Lingle speaks to Maui vets, Kauai water diversion approved, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. David Ige presents budget, courtesy Governor's Office Gov. David Ige is taking a cautious approach to the state’s biannual budget, holding back on about $100 million in proposed spending next year in case general fund growth is lower than expected. Star-Advertiser.Governor Ige Submits "Conservative" Budget Request to Legislature. The Governor submitted his executive budget request to the state legislature today as required by law. Hawaii Public Radio.Governor David Ige released his s...
Tags: Travel, America, Hawaii, Pga, Pacific, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Morgan, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Legislature, Oahu, Department of Finance, Hawaiian Islands


Assisted dying law kicks in Jan. 1, Honolulu rail costs climb, legislators pan Ige homeless plan, audit clears Mauna Kea management, Hanabusa, Gabbard look to future, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii dawn ©2018 All Hawaii News Preparing For Hawaii’s New Medical Aid In Dying Law. The state estimates around 40 people will use the new law to seek medical assistance to end their lives next year. Civil Beat.Health care industry prepares for ‘Our Care, Our Choice Act’ New law that takes effect Jan. 1 will allow terminal patients to end their lives. Maui News.University of Hawaii economists are forecasting that the state’s expansion has more room to run, but their outlook for the Asia...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Washington, Nasa, Asia Pacific, Ireland, Hawaii, Sears, Kaká, Hawaii Island, Mauna Loa, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, Mauna Kea


Aloha Friday Photo: Oahu helicopter ride

Mahalo to Rhonda Dillon for sharing this Aloha Friday Photo. She took this photo of Waikiki Beach while she enjoyed a helicopter tour on Oahu. If you are considering a helicopter tour on your Oahu vacation, check out our list of Oahu helicopter tour options. Happy Aloha Friday! The post Aloha Friday Photo: Oahu helicopter ride appeared first on Go Visit Hawaii.
Tags: Travel, Oahu, Waikiki Beach, Mahalo, Aloha Friday Photo, Rhonda Dillon


Psychiatric hospital employees cleared in killer's escape, state shorted in federal rail funds, CIO stepping down, pilot rescued in military 'Sentry Aloha' crash, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii road construction ©2018 All Hawaii News Hawaii only state shut out of federal DOT grants. The federal Department of Transportation will disburse some $1.5 billion to fund 91 infrastructure projects around the country — none in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.State information chief Todd Nacapuy resigning at year’s end.  Star-Advertiser.Hawaii’s Chief Information Officer Is Stepping Down. The state’s top technology official, Todd Nacapuy, was appointed by Gov. David Ige in 2014. Civil Beat....
Tags: Travel, California, Washington, Hawaii, Pahoa, Department Of Transportation, Justice Department, Dot, Hawaii Island, Maui, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Wailuku, Oahu, Kihei, Maui County Council


Island Hopping on your Hawaii Vacation

This week’s podcast is about island hopping and multi-island Hawaiian vacations. Back in the day when flights were cheap, that could be done easily. Back then, you could even come to Oahu (The Gathering Place) and decide on a whim to go to another island. Those days are long gone, and interisland airfare is much […] The post Island Hopping on your Hawaii Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Oahu


FBI closing in on Honolulu prosecutors, Ige outlines biosecurity plans, man swims from Japan to Hawaii, Maui mayor-elect names top staff, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Kaneshiro Honolulu prosecutor meeting, from city website Honolulu City prosecutor shows no signs of stepping aside after getting formal notice that he’s a target of federal probe.  City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro has received a Justice Department target letter informing him that he’s under investigation in the federal public corruption probe that has already led to two indictments against his former top deputy, Katherine Kealoha. Hawaii News Now. Kaneshiro Federal Investigators ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Navy, California, San Francisco, Fbi, Hawaii, City Council, Justice Department, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Wailuku, Oahu, Western Governors ' Association


Harbor fees to rise, Oahu beach erosion uncovered, vets lose free access to Kilauea Military Camp, Land Board denies contested case for Maui water access, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu Ala Wai boat harbor ©2018 All Hawaii News The state Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation got the green light Friday to move forward with public hearings on proposed fee hikes at small boat harbors that, if approved, will affect more than 10,000 boaters. Star-Advertiser.Hearings on New Fees Proposed at Small Boat Harbors. The Board of Land & Natural Resources voted on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, to approve a proposal by the DLNR Division of Boating & Ocean Recreation to move forward...
Tags: Travel, United States, Hawaii, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Kilauea, Sierra Club, Natural Resources, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, U S Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, Kmc


Pearl Harbor anniversary commemorated, Hawaii Department of Education sued over Title IX female access to sports, Big Island beach reopens after lava flow, Patsy Mink statue unveiled, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

The USS Arizona burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, public domain photo Hundreds to gather for 77th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor. As they do every year, hundreds of veterans, service members and dignitaries will solemnly gather Friday to mark the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Hawaii News Now.Ceremonies mark 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack. There will be a number of public events commemorating the date, including a ceremony at Barbers Point, whi...
Tags: Travel, Japan, US, United States, Hawaii, Aclu, Kilauea, Pearl Harbor, Big Island, Maui, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Legislature, American Civil Liberties Union, Oahu, Patsy


Aloha Friday Photo: “Black tears”

Mahalo to Toni McIntire from Tampa, Florida for sharing this photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Toni’s photo shows a circle of oil that has seeped from the sunken USS Arizona at the memorial. Drop by drop, oil has slowly leaked from the USS Arizona since the 1940s. With today being Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Toni’s photo is the perfect one to share — to remember and honor the many men and women who lost their lives on that surprise attack on December 7, 1941. On a recent trip to Oahu, we ...
Tags: Travel, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Tampa Florida, Mahalo, Aloha Friday Photo, Toni McIntire, Aloha Friday Photos Toni



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