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Hawaii Navy busy in South China Sea, vets irked over CBS tour of secret NSA facility, low-income housing turned over to private partnership, Maui council mulls Clean Water Act settlement, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

USS Preble at Pearl Harbor PC: U.S. Navy Hawaii Navy ships step up operations in South China Sea. The Pearl Harbor destroyer USS Preble on Monday conducted its third “freedom of navigation” operation in the South China Sea since February in what so far has been four such Navy challenges to China’s claims this year. Star-Advertiser.Bills On Ige’s Desk Could Be ‘Game-Changer’ For Criminal Justice Reform. Laws that cleared the Legislature would open up jails and courts to more scrutiny and g...
Tags: Travel, Navy, Washington, Cbs News, China, America, Hawaii, Hud, Cbs, Kilauea, Pearl Harbor, Kauai, Maui, South China Sea, Legislature, Maui County Council


Hawaii vacation news & deals: May 21, 2019

* If you’re going to Oahu this weekend, check out our Memorial Day Weekend Guide for Oahu. ( = || []).push({}); * Southwest Airlines announced they’ll be adding inter-island flights to Hilo, but haven’t indicated the exact date service will begin. We’re also still waiting to find out when Southwest will add service to Kauai, which is also in the works. We’ve been seeing roundtrip, inter-island flights for under $100 on Southwest’s lowest fare, which...
Tags: Travel, US, United States, Hawaii, District Of Columbia, Southwest Airlines, Lanai, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Southwest, Oahu, Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, Hilo, Mokulele Airlines, Sheraton Maui


Homelessness down slightly, former lawmaker Tam dies, $5.1M for Maui jail riot repairs, GOP retains state Chairwoman Ostrov, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Homeless in Chinatown, Honolulu ©2019 All Hawaii News Count shows homelessness down, but number of unsheltered homeless swells. The figures from the count, conducted on a single night in January, were released Wednesday and show slight declines in the overall homeless population. Hawaii News Now.Airbnb says it would have hauled in $64M in taxes for Hawaii last year. If the vacation rental platform Airbnb had been authorized to collect taxes on behalf of the state last year, it would have ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Gop, Hawaii, Korea, Airbnb, Hawaii Island, Lihue, Kauai, Maui, Josh Green, Tam, Honolulu, Hawaii County, House Senate, Ron


Best things to do in Lanai, Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the most popular tropical escapes in the US, but that popularity can make some spots feel a bit too touristed. Yet there’s still one island that remains mostly undiscovered: Lanai. Once home to the world’s largest pineapple plantation, Lanai — fittingly nicknamed the Pineapple Island — entices travelers with the most seclusion out of Hawaii’s six publicly accessible islands. With a population of just 3,000 people, Lanai and most of its 140 square miles remain uninhabited and ...
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$67M federal disaster aid coming, Hawaii joins Big Pharma lawsuit, jury selection begins in Kealoha trial, CO2 levels hit record, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Lava overtakes houses in this May 7, 2018 aerial PC: Mick Kalber Hawaii is set to receive about $67 million in new federal disaster relief to help the state recover from torrential rainfall that caused severe flooding on parts of Kauai and Oahu in April 2018, Tropical Storm Lane and the eruption of Kilauea on Hawaii Island. Star-Advertiser.State to receive $67 million in federal disaster relief funding. The grant, totaling $66.9 million, was awarded in part because of efforts of U.S. Sen....
Tags: Travel, Japan, Hawaii, Connecticut, Kilauea, Duke, Puerto Rico, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Mauna Loa, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Katherine, West Hawaii, CIP


No-contest plea in machete attack: ‘He owes me choke ahi’

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Kauai man pleaded no contest after telling police he was under the influence of a hallucinogenic when he used a machete to wreak havoc on his former boss’ home because of a fish dispute. Forrest Broyles pleaded no contest last week to burglary, criminal property damage and terroristic threatening, the […]
Tags: News, Nation, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii AP, Forrest Broyles


Honolulu City Council defers vacation rental bills, All Nippon Airways gears up for Hawaii expansion, Big Island tourism shifts from volcano viewing, Maui home prices top $800k, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu skyline ©2019 All Hawaii News Honolulu City Council Defers Measures to Crack Down On Vacation Rentals. Council members hear heated testimony from supporters of the rentals who say their livelihoods are at stake, and opponents who say they worsen the housing shortage. Civil Beat.Bills to regulate vacation rentals on Oahu get sent back to committee. After hours of debate, the city council sent bills meant to regulate vacation rentals back to committee. Council balks at vacation r...
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What is fractional ownership

Millennials may have ruined a lot, but they have made sharing cool again. Undoing the Boomers’ hard work during the “Me” decade of the 1980s, sharing has returned to fashion. Rideshares. Boat-shares. Communal tables. Conventional wisdom says sharing is back, baby! Except for one place: timeshares. Timeshares still come with a seedy connotation of unscrupulous realtors luring in unsuspecting people in with promises of free side-by-side refrigerators. Then after a three-hour high-pressure sales p...
Tags: Travel, Napa, Napoli, Orlando, Tuscany, Aspen, Kauai, All, Spencer, Timbers, Steamboat Colorado, Balter, Timeshares, Vacation Homes, Greg Spencer, Kiawah Island South Carolina


Vacation rental cap looms, climate change bills die, Kouchi recovering from surgery, Ige to decide midwife license bill, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii vacation rental Honolulu Council considers caps on vacation rentals, fines of up to $50,000 for rule breakers. Proposals before the City Council this week are aimed at drastically reducing the number of vacation rentals on Oahu -- and put in place big fines for lawbreakers. Hawaii News Now.The Council will decide on measures to rein in short-term lodging. The latest version of Honolulu City Council Bill 89 (2018) — which is up for a final vote Wednesday — would allow homeowners who...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, City Council, Transportation Security Administration, Lanai, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, State, Honolulu, Legislature, West Hawaii, Oahu, Kamehameha Schools, Waimea


Take me there Tuesday: Kilauea Point, Kauai

Kilauea Point is so very scenic! Planning a visit here is one of the must-see stops for your Kauai vacation. We revisit this site just about every time we’re on Kauai. Visitors can simply park before the refuge entrance for free. From here you can enjoy the cliffside view to the lighthouse and ocean. ( = || []).push({}); To further explore Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll need to pay an entrance fee. (Check their website for current ent...
Tags: Travel, Google, Hawaii, Kauai, Nene, Hawaiian Islands, Kauai See & Do, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kīlauea Point, Kilauea Point Kauai


Exploring Hawaii's coral reefs, slowing economy is new normal, raises for lawmakers but not minimum wage, Anderson to chair Honolulu council, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii coral reef ©2019 All Hawaii News Hawaii’s reefs provide more than $835M in flood protection, study shows. A new study places a dollar value on Hawaii’s reefs — not for their natural beauty or as a tourist attraction, but for their function in providing flood protection. Star-Advertiser.Researchers put a dollar value on the protection coral reefs provide Hawaii shorelines ... and it’s big. Hawaii News Now.Upcoming summit on climate change addresses more than just environment. Expert...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, House, Kim, Anderson, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Trump, State, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Legislature, Hart, West Hawaii, Waste Management Inc


Whicker: Padres are finally playing for something, and Kirby Yates is there to protect it

SAN DIEGO — Kirby Yates felt a baseball career slipping through his fingers. So he split them. On April 13, 2017, he stood on a shivery mound in Salt Lake City, pitching for the Angels’ Triple-A team against Sacramento. Two innings, no hits, five strikeouts, almost exclusively on a split-fingered fastball that dove like a seagull. “I don’t know how many swings and misses I got that night, but there were a lot,” Yates said Friday. “Consistent movement, swings and misses. I thought, OK. I can work...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Mlb, Salt Lake City, Cleveland, Rays, Yankees, Pacific, Red Sox, Los-angeles-dodgers, San Diego Padres, Kauai, Joe Kelly


Sine die for Hawaii Legislature, Ige's top aide Fuchigami resigns, schoolteachers average $57,866, Kilauea anniversary marked, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii House members sing 'Hawaii Aloha' at session end PC:Hawaii House Majority Hawaii legislative session ends on a divisive note. The state Legislature on Thursday adjourned for the year without its traditional display of unity, when House and Senate members clasp hands and sing “Hawaii Aloha.” Star-Advertiser.Senate Closes The 2019 Session With Some Sharp Divisions. The state House adjourned while highlighting its successes. The Senate, meanwhile, is left reflecting on its compromises...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, House, Army, Associated Press, Bill, Kilauea, Faa, Kauai, Maui, State, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Capitol, Legislature


Mail-in voting awaits Ige's signature, Oahu monster house bill becomes law, man falls into Kilauea crater, Honolulu-Princeville flights commence, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

How people fall into Kilauea crater ©2019 All Hawaii News  Man Rescued After Fall Into Kilauea Caldera. A man fell in from a location by Steaming Bluffs Wednesday evening, and was later rescued and airlifted from the park. Big Island Video News.Man who fell into Kilauea Caldera rescued after hours-long mission. Multiple rescue parties from the park and county worked together in the rescue operations. Nightfall and windy conditions reportedly made the rescue challenging. Hawaii News ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Army, Fda, Bill, Kilauea, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Princeville, Oahu, Health Department, East Maui, Alexander Baldwin Inc, Waimea


Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations in The USA

America is a majestic country that annually attracts millions upon millions of tourists to its borders. The country is big, and, because of its importance to our modern history, it is absolutely filled with things to see. For a regular middle-class person that isn’t a citizen of the beautiful United States of America, it may be quite financially challenging to visit all the places that are out there to see. However, what can you do when your honeymoon is approaching, and you want to make it as ...
Tags: Florida, Usa, New York, Hollywood, Texas, Design, California, Washington, Mexico, White House, US, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Events, Guides


Legislature passes vacation rental tax bill, REIT tax; water rights bill dies, Maui mulls property tax hike, pilot in deadly copter crash was a newcomer, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Senators listen to debate PC: Hawaii Senate Majority Vacation rental bill awaits Ige’s signature. A bill that critics say will aid the proliferation of illegal vacation rentals in Hawaii narrowly passed the Senate on Tuesday following an emotional floor debate that centered on whether the state was forsaking good public policy to go after $46 million in potential revenue from unpaid transient accommodation taxes. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii Senate Narrowly Votes To Tax Vacation Rentals. If sig...
Tags: Travel, Senate, San Francisco, Hawaii, House, House Of Representatives, Airbnb, Kim, Department Of Justice, Big Island, Hawaii Island, North Shore, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu


Why Waikiki? It's Hawaii to Da Max

Most people's image of Waikiki Beach on Oahu is summarized by a thousand words in the photo above: lot's of tender flesh elbow to jowl on a strip of artificial sand backed by square blocks of high-rise resorts, designed shops, eateries, and weirdness run amok. And that image is pretty much true. (And what's wrong with that?) But the roots of Hawaii literally run through the place, on the Waikiki Historic Trail. You can bus in from the airport and spend a vacation on foot and riding trolle...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Magic, Waikiki, Kauai, Honolulu, Oahu, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, North Shore Oahu, Kapiolani Park, Waikiki Historic Trail, Prince Kuhio Beach Park, Queens Beach, Sans Souci Beach, Da Max


Minimum wage, vacation rental, police disclosure bills die, while red light cameras, hemp, suicide bills advance; Rapozo wants to be Kauai auditor, more than half Maui school not vaccinated, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Ala Wai ©2019 All Hawaii News Ala Wai Canal: Flood Control Project Will Do Little To Clean Up the Polluted Waterway. Federal engineers could ease the impacts of its plan if it also worked to restore the local ecology, conservationists say. The agency says its hands are tied. Civil Beat.Minimum Wage Increase Dead For 2019 Session. Concerns about different rates of increase and the impact to employer health care plans scuttled a deal. Civil Beat.A bill that would have increased the state’s ...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, Fda, Pahoa, Southwest Airlines, Family Court, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Southwest, Honolulu, Legislature, West Hawaii, Hawaii Legislature


Trump Jones Act waiver could save Hawaii shipping billions, scrambling at state Capitol as legislative session nears end, UH volleyball coach Wade accused of sexual misconduct, Maui mulls $832M budget, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Matson shipping courtesy photo Possible Trump waiver to Jones Act watched closely. The Trump administration is said to be considering a 10-year waiver to the Jones Act to allow foreign-flagged vessels to deliver natural gas to Puerto Rico — and possibly nationwide — creating the latest dust-up over the controversial century-old maritime law. Star-Advertiser.A Flurry Of Deal-Making At The Hawaii Legislature As End Of Session Looms. Stay tuned. More decisions are coming Friday, the deadline...
Tags: Travel, Budget, Senate, Hawaii, House, Public Safety, Puerto Rico, Kauai, Maui, Trump, Josh Green, Wade, Honolulu, Capitol, Legislature, West Hawaii


Aloha Friday Photo: Kauai Tunnel of Trees

Mahalo to Diana Tan of Canberra, Australia for sharing this pretty photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. This enchanting stretch of road, under the tunnel of trees, is on Maluhia Road (Highway 520) which is on the south side of Kauai. This road runs between Highway 50 and Koloa Town. Diana took this photo in September, 2018. She visited the island to participate in the Kauai marathon and says is one of the best races in the world to run. Well done, Diana! Happy Aloha Friday! The post Aloha Fri...
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Public Safety Director Espinda confirmed, no budget surplus tax refunds this year, Maui may withdraw injection well appeal, Kauai officials get raises, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda, courtesy photo Hawaii Senate reconfirms Public Safety Department leader Nolan Espinda. Nolan Espinda was confirmed by the Senate to lead Hawaii’s Department of Public Safety for another four years, but he will do so amid numerous internal and external investigations into a recent riot at the Maui jail that took more than three hours to contain, and the fatal shootings of an Oahu jail inmate and homeless man outside the state Capitol. Star-Adver...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, Public Safety, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, State, Honolulu, AARP, West Hawaii, Oahu, Sandia National Laboratories, Hawaiian Islands, County Council, Department of Public Safety


Polling places may become a thing of the past, public resists Honolulu park plans, Kauai residents want road to themselves, Big Island struggles with Sunshine Law, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii paper ballots ©2019 All Hawaii News Lawmakers approve statewide mail-in voting. Leading lawmakers have finally agreed on a plan to switch to statewide mail-in balloting starting in the 2020 election, a shift that is expected to save the state hundreds of thousands of dollars each election cycle and possibly boost voter turnout slightly. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii Takes Another Step Toward Statewide All-Mail Voting. A House-Senate conference committee approves the measure, and other ele...
Tags: Travel, Senate, City, Hawaii, House, Fema, Parks and Recreation, Smith, Department Of Transportation, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, House Senate, Federal Emergency Management Agency


Connors confirmed as attorney general, raises for firefighters in new contract, Maui's first industrial hemp farm, Raybuck new Kauai police chief, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors, courtesy photo Clare Connors confirmed as Hawaii's 16th Attorney General. Clare Connors was confirmed as Hawaii's 16th attorney general by the state senate Monday. KITV.Hawaii hotels report lackluster first quarter. State occupancy in March fell nearly 3 percentage points to 79.6%, while the average daily room rate fell 1.1% to $285, according to a report released by hotel analytic company STR. Star-Advertiser.Firefighters’ pay to increase with new c...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Company, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Capitol, Legislature, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, Board of Ethics, Garden Island, Aloha State


Hawaii vacation news and deals: April 23, 2019

* To celebrate the launch of Hawaiian Airlines service to Boston from Honolulu, they’re giving away 160,000 HawaiianMiles (enough for two roundtrip tickets from the US mainland) and a four-night stay at The Royal Hawaiian Resort (or the Sheraton Boston Hotel.) See this link for sweepstakes entry and official rules. ( = || []).push({}); * Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu is running a 15% off promotion through May 31, 2019. That’s 5% more off than w...
Tags: Travel, Boston, US, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Island, Hawaiian Airlines, Kauai, Honolulu, Oahu, Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii News Now, Napali Coast, Waipio Valley, Oahu Deals, Oahu See & Do


Botanists Rediscover a Rare Hawaiian Flower Thought To Be Extinct -- Thanks To a Drone

Hibiscadelphus woodii, a relative of the hibiscus flower thought to be extinct, has been spotted by a drone on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The last known sighting of H. woodii was in 2009. Quartz reports: In 2016, Ben Nyberg, a drone specialist, began working with the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai to scope out extreme spots in the verdant valleys of the island. He's found examples of several rare species over the last few years, expanding the number of their individuals known to ...
Tags: Tech, Wood, Kauai, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Nyberg, Kalalau Valley, Ken Wood, Ben Nyberg


Waikiki faces floods, beach erosion; lower property taxes for Honolulu homeowners, federal transit funds at stake in grant mismanagement, electric rate hike on Maui, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Waikiki Beach scene ©2019 All Hawaii News Ige Assures Caldwell Of Ala Wai Flood Control Financing Plan. The latest letter in the saga over canal flood control informs city leaders that at least some dollars have been committed to the project. Civil Beat.Waikiki flood concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection. Predicting Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years, state lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that would spend millions for a coas...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Associated Press, Bill, City Council, Kilauea, Big Island, North Shore, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Ka, Honolulu, House Senate, Princeville, West Hawaii


Drone discovers a Hawaiian plant that was thought to be extinct

Hey there, Hibiscadelphus woodii. How you been? The plant, which is also known as "Wood's hau kuahiwi" and was thought to be extinct, is apparently still around and possibly even flourishing in its native Hawaii. Researchers for the National Tropical Botanical Garden on the island of Kauai made the discovery with a little help from a drone. SEE ALSO: In a glamorous turn of events, polar bears are pooping glitter to fight off extinction Three of the plants were spotted in footage captured...
Tags: Science, Hawaii, Kauai, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalalau Valley, NTBG, Ben Nyberg


Ige urges resurrection of water rights bill, vacation rental bills sent to Honolulu mayor, eruption communication criticized, gas prices up 5 cents, homeless rousting continues, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Pipe brings water down from mountain ©2019 All Hawaii News Gov. David Ige urges Hawaii Legislature to resurrect water rights bill opposed by environmentalists. Gov. David Ige is prodding state lawmakers to resurrect a controversial bill that would give public water users, including Alexander & Baldwin, the electrical utilities, farmers and others, more time to meet stringent requirements for obtaining long-term leases, a move that has angered opponents of House Bill 1326. Star-Advertiser....
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, Associated Press, City Council, Customs, Kilauea, Big Island, Kauai, Patricia, Border Protection, Honolulu, Coast Guard, Oahu, Civil Defense, Kailua Kona


Hawaiian flower, thought extinct, rediscovered by a drone

Researchers dispatched a drone into the Hawaiian skies to observe an extremely biodiverse area on a remote part of Kauai's Kalalau Valley. The scientists soon realized they had rediscovered a flower species that was thought to be extinct in the wild.
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Governor tours Maui jail, signs Kilauea lava relief bill; homeless shelters don't meet specs; pay raises for Honolulu officials, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Elderly hula dancer n Hawaii ©2019 All Hawaii News Lawmakers boost funding for senior services. State lawmakers Tuesday approved a package of bills that earmark about $10 million during the next two years for services and staff to support seniors. Star-Advertiser.Legislature Approves Spending Millions For Elderly Care. Funding for kupuna care programs were some of the outstanding big ticket items that weren’t included in the state’s operating budget in March. Civil Beat.8 homeless shelter...
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