Monday, June 14, 2010

Hawaii tourism: Once they get here, then what? Rebound slow, but Oahu home prices up, more news from all the islands of the state

State officials looking to attract more tourists and boost the economy say cultural events, like this weekend's Pan-Pacific Festival, are a big part of Hawaii's tourism mix.

The HTA's spending shows that its focus is heavy on getting tourists on a plane but less on giving them something to do once they get here.

The annual Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa'u Parade was held Saturday morning on Lahaina's Front Street.

UHERO's economic forecast predicts it will take years before the state recovers from the 40,000 jobs lost since the recession began in 2007. But the report reveals Hawaii's economy is on the re-bound.

The crystal meth epidemic may have eased, but it is far from over, substance abuse treatment providers say, pointing to state figures that show most adult admissions to treatment centers in the islands continue to be for "ice" and that the number of people seeking help for crystal meth addictions rose last year.

State Commission on Water Resource Management Director Laura Thielen defended last week's decision by the water panel to order 12.5 million gallons of water per day - now diverted by ditches for sugar cane irrigation and other uses - back into West Maui Mountain streams.

Dozens of former baggers gathered at the Pearl Harbor Commissary yesterday, claiming they had been unfairly dismissed from their jobs.

For 68 years, no one knew who he was. He was buried at Punchbowl, another unknown casualty of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but modern technology allowed U.S. Navy Fireman 3rd Class Gerald George Lehman to finally go home.

Getting a brand new home for under $250,000 is almost unheard of on Oahu.

According to the Honolulu Board of Realtors, home prices on Oahu continue to climb.

Hawaii's poor business climate certainly has not helped many businesses survive the challenges of a sluggish economy.

Hawai‘i clearly defines a shoreline as the upper reaches of the wash of the waves, other than storm and seismic waves, at high tide during high surf season.

The 15th annual presentation of Mealani's Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival will be Friday, Sept. 10, at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Each year, the event brings together ranchers, farmers, restaurateurs and eager eaters to celebrate a bounty of locally produced food.

It’s easy to imagine why Laysan albatross parents have found the bluffs along Kaweonui Road here suitable nesting sites for their offspring generation after generation.

Samantha Monge Kaser is fulfilling a dream by heading to Yale University to study in one of its most esteemed programs: political science.