Hawaii population

Hawaii’s population continues to decline

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated that the number of residents leaving Hawaii had doubled in 2020, based on a misinterpretation of data from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii press release, which relied on another source for his numbers. July 1 population figures from the US Census Bureau estimate that Hawaii’s population […]

Hawaii tourism

Hawaii Tourism Authority to spend another $250,000 on ailing center of Hawaiian music and dance

The pandemic has cost the Hawaii Tourism Authority more than half of its budget and all of its public appropriations for the foreseeable future. But that hasn’t stopped HTA’s board of directors from agreeing to invest an additional $250,000 in the Center for Hawaiian Music and Dance, a long-awaited project that has been fraught with […]

Hawaii tourism

Lackluster tourism in Hawaii increases hotel losses

Holiday traffic in November — the first full month of the test program before Hawaii Safe Travels arrived — didn’t help Hawaii hotels much. Just 22.1% of available hotel rooms were occupied in November, according to new data released by Hendersonville, Tennessee-based STR. The 72.1% decline in statewide occupancy from November 2019 was the smallest […]

Hawaii tourism

Hilton Hawaiian Village reopens as Hawaii tourism slowly recovers

The reopening of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, the state’s largest hotel property, and the start of COVID-19 vaccinations in Hawaii are important milestones on the still long and winding road to tourism recovery. Tuesday’s reopening of HHV is expected to bring some 250 to 300 employees back to work. It also allowed […]

Hawaii tourism

Has Hawaii’s tourism industry lost its influence?

The last weeks of November have been particularly cruel for the Hawaiian tourism industry. At a time when the industry was starting to recover thanks to Governor David Ige’s pre-travel testing program that allows travelers to avoid a 14-day quarantine, the governor has dealt the industry a double whammy. First, on Nov. 18, Ige changed […]