Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tourism up, but spending down

Hawai'i greeted more visitors last month than the previous July — the first increase in that key index since February 2008.

Hawaii saw a small increase in the number of visitors traveling to the islands last month for the first time in more than a year, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Boisse Correa concluded five years as Honolulu's police chief and 39 years on the force yesterday, saying he may reappear on the public scene as a politician or in some other government role.

Seated behind his desk in his office yesterday morning, Honolulu Police Chief Boisse Correa teared up as the reality of wearing his police uniform for the last time finally sank in

A state Board of Education committee pushed forward a proposal yesterday to authorize closing 51 public libraries two days a month to meet an anticipated shortfall of $3.58 million.

Honolulu council members Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a bill to make drivers stay at least three feet away from bicyclists.

The Big Island's private schools are fighting a continuing slide in their enrollment as parents look for cheaper options.

One major audit is nearly wrapped up and could go before the Hawaii County Council in October, but that doesn't mean the county's legislative auditor has time to slow down.

Skittish lenders and real estate buyers apparently accomplished what hundreds of protesters couldn't: halt the massive Makena Resort development in South Maui.

In one of the largest community outpours in recent years, approximately 600 people from across the island gathered Aug. 21 to argue against a public access closure of an area known as Pine Trees. Because of the heated public turnout, three days later the shoreline was opened.