Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Hawai´i Hotel Performance Sees Meaningful March Uptick

While the overall results were promising, they did vary by county.
Tuesday, April 06, 2021

HDOA Looks to Grow Local Ag Through New Financial Initiative

The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is now accepting proposals for the Grow Hawai`i Agriculture Initiative 2021.
Thursday, April 01, 2021

HTA Publishes Tourism Action Plan For Big Island

The community-based plan focuses on key actions that the community, visitor industry and other sectors deem necessary over a three-year period.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Southwest Introduces Pre-Clearance Screening Program to Oahu, Maui

The program allows visitors and returning residents to bypass a mandatory 10-day quarantine on arrival provided they have met key requirements of the program and have correctly uploaded the relevant items into a traveler profile on the State of Hawaii website.
Monday, March 29, 2021

‘Carmageddon’ Crashes Into Big Island, as Rental Industry Swallowed by Mass Demand

Anyone on the hunt for a rental car in Hawai´i is in for a disappointing month. At least.
Friday, March 26, 2021

Visitor Arrivals Down 70% in February

According to preliminary statistics released by the Hawai´i Tourism Authority (HTA), the average daily census showed that there were 90,776 visitors in Hawai´i on any given day in February 2021, compared to 250,052 visitors per day in February 2020.
Monday, March 22, 2021

Committee Will Announce Banyan Drive Proposal Selections in April

A committee is evaluating proposals that were submitted in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) published in August 2020.
Monday, March 22, 2021

Live Venue Grant Funding Available in April

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that the $16 billion program aimed at helping live event businesses impacted by the pandemic will begin accepting applications in April.
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Soul Community Planet Acquires Hilo Seaside Hotel

A California-based company announced its purchase of the 138-room Hilo Seaside Hotel.
Monday, March 15, 2021

$1 Million Raised for Local Nonprofits

Blue Planet Foundation announces the successful completion of its program to crowdfund for Hawaiiʻs nonprofits.
Monday, March 15, 2021

Survey Shows Record Level of Support for Local Businesses

Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Foundation partners with Omnitrak on “The People’s Pulse Survey”.
Monday, March 15, 2021

Guide For Hawai‘i Bars, Restaurants to Access New COVID Grant Funding

Administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), the new Restaurant Revitalization Fund will offer grants to small food and beverage businesses to cover the difference between 2019 revenue and 2020 revenue.
Monday, March 15, 2021

Mālama Market Opening This Month in Pāhoa

Mālama Market Pāhoa will officially open its doors at 10 m on March 31 following a private blessing ceremony. The store will be open daily from 6 am to 9 pm.
Monday, March 15, 2021

Hawaiian to Expand Pre-Clearance Travel Program

Hawaiian announced Monday it is expanding its pre-clearance program to Japan and South Korea, making it more convenient for international travelers to visit and safely enjoy the state of Hawai‘i.
Thursday, March 11, 2021

Bill That Just Cleared Hawaii Senate Would Create Highest Income Tax Level in US

The Hawaiʻi State Senate passed Senate Bill 56 on March 9, which aims to address a multi-billion dollar shortfall in state revenue through a number of different tax and rate increases.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Hawaiian Launches Nonstop Flight From Maui to Long Beach

Hawaiian Airlines on Wednesday began nonstop service between Long Beach and Kahului, Maui.
Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Hawai´i Businesses Receive Temporary UI Tax Break

Hawai´i businesses will pay lower unemployment tax rates in response to the economic strain caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Tuesday, March 02, 2021

How Do You ‘Ulu?

The Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Cooperative recently released two new products: ʻulu flour and ʻulu chocolate mousse.
Sunday, February 28, 2021

Visitor Attractions and Amenities on the Big Island Are Back, Sort Of

The Hawaiian Islands share a great many characteristics, yet each has its own personality. Amid so much commonality, differences stand out starkly, which has also proven true through each county’s unique response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus arrived to Hawai´i in early 2020, travel screeched to a halt, the tourism economy fell to ashes […]
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Visitor Arrivals Down 80% in January From 2020

Hawai‘i’s visitor industry continues to be impacted significantly by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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