Hawaii tourism

The conversation: what will happen to tourism in Hawaii?

Views of an evolving and updated visitor industry from Iolani Palace; Community view from Lanai; Use state land for the homeless in Waimanalo; Moved from Crane Park; Hui Aloha helps the homeless; Keeping Hawaiian Music alive Credit Noe Tanigawa/HPR / Iolani Palace Views of an evolving and updated visitor industry from Iolani Palace Kuuipo Kumukahi […]

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Hawaii tourism officials expect an average of 2,000 to 4,000 daily arrivals

Hawaii recently reopened its borders to tourists who pass rigorous COVID-19 testing protocols, leading to a massive increase in trans-Pacific arrivals. According to Honolulu Star-Announcertourism officials revealed that the number of arrivals fell from 463 on October 14 – the day before the pre-arrival testing program came into effect – to 5,124 on October 17. […]

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Hawaii tourism reopens to choppy start

The daily number of trans-Pacific arrivals jumped as Hawaii launched a pre-arrival testing program to welcome travelers back. Now, a week after the state’s tourism reopened, visitor arrivals have already begun to level off. The number of visitors coming on vacation or to visit friends stood at 463 on October 14, the day before Hawaii […]

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Open Day for Tourism in Hawaii: This is just the beginning

Hawaii welcomed more than 8,000 travelers on Thursday as the state kicked off its pre-travel testing program designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and allow one of the state’s largest industries to reopen. But the architect of the testing program, Lt. Governor Josh Green, said much work remains to be done to ensure the […]

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New Hawaii tourism chief comes at critical time for Aloha State: Travel Weekly

John De Fries took the helm of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) a month, almost to the day, before the scheduled launch this week of a crucial foresight program for restarting tourism in the state. “It’s a vertical learning curve,” De Fries said. “Not just for me, frankly, but for the whole industry.” The program, […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority seeks input from Hawaiians

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has issued a public call for input and ideas from island communities on how the state and counties can effectively revive tourism. It invites locals to make their voices heard on the topics of destination management, community prioritization, and Hawaii’s broader cultural and environmental needs. In line with its 2020-2025 […]

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After tourism reopens in Hawaii, will there be a flood or a trickle of visitors?

After seven months of shutting down tourism, the state is finally ready to reopen the doors. But what does that mean? Will there be a flood of 2019-style visitors or just a trickle when the pre-arrival testing program on October 15 begins? Before COVID-19, an average of around 29,000 passengers arrived each day, most of […]

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Hawaii’s population is shrinking. The pandemic could make things worse

Erina Peters, a single mother who has lived in Hawaii since she was 3, packed her bags and made the difficult decision to move to Nevada in mid-February. The worsening pandemic and its ripple effect on the tourism industry, on which her two jobs depended, threatened her livelihood, she said. It wasn’t going to be […]