Hawaii tourism

Hawaii Tourism Authority rushes to avoid losing $18 million in special funds

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The rush is on. The Hawaii Tourism Authority Board of Directors on Thursday gave staff approval to advance 15 projects totaling $18 million to ensure the funds do not revert to the state. HTA staff are now trying to encumber funds either by creating purchase orders […]

Hawaii tourism

The pace of Hawaii’s tourism recovery surprises even experts

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii’s tourism recovery is ahead of schedule – even though international tourism has yet to come back strong. The state now expects visitor arrivals to reach 6.6 million this year, or 64% of arrivals from 2019. Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries said he didn’t expect the rate […]

Hawaii tourism

Bill cuts source of funding for Hawaii Tourism Authority

Let’s go. The state legislature has thrown Governor David Ige a scheme that jeopardizes funding for the Hawaii Tourism Authority. What happens next will determine the fate of HTA. The agency enjoyed wide support when it was set up in 1998 to help the tourism industry weather a seven-year crisis after the Japanese bubble burst. […]

Hawaii population

Getting the second half of Hawaii’s population to take the COVID-19 vaccine is a challenge

While Hawaii residents once clamored for who got the first shots for the COVID-19 vaccine, lines these days aren’t necessarily that long and appointments are wide open. After passing the milestone of one million vaccine doses administered, Hawaii health officials now face the challenge of how to inject the second million needed to reach herd […]

Hawaii tourism

Here’s why it’s so hard to reshape Hawaii’s tourism industry

As recently as early 2020, before COVID-19 wrecked the state’s economy, Hawaii was grappling with a very different problem than today’s economic challenges. The question then was what to do with the ever-increasing hordes of tourists. The 250,000 visitors to Hawaii each day were equivalent to nearly one-fifth of the state’s population. And residents’ attitudes […]