Hawaii’s strong tourism recovery this year puts us squarely in the top 10 across all the major economic indicators (occupancy, revenue, rates) for sunny destinations.

Pacific Business News has this report: 

Oahu hotels had the highest occupancy during the first nine months of the year among other island and sun destinations around the world, while Hawaii’s three other major islands — Maui, Kauai and the Big Island — each placed in the top 10, according to a report released Tuesday by Hospitality Advisors LLC and Smith Travel Research.

Oahu had an occupancy rate of 85.6 percent for the January-September period, which was 4.7 percentage points higher than a year ago, and more than 1 percentage point higher than the No. 2 destination, Puerto Rico, whose occupancy rate was 74.5 percent.

All four islands (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island) were also in the top 10 for average daily room rates and revenue per available room, or RevPAR, during the first nine months of the year, according to the report.

Read the full story.


Sen. Daniel Inouye is in the middle of a tiff between the family of the late President Dwight Eisenhower and the famed architect tasked with building his memorial.

From the Associated Press:

Plans to build a national memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower will be delayed into next year as the World War II general’s family continues to object to a design by architect Frank Gehry.

“Taxpayers and donors alike will be better served with an Eisenhower Square that is a green open space with a simple statue in the middle, and quotations

The day after President Obama‘s historic visit to Myanmar, Hawaii Pacific University announced its participation in the Institute of International Education’s new initiative to help rebuild higher education capacity in the country.

Nine U.S. colleges will be part of the strategic planning process. HPU President Geoffrey Bannister had this to say in a statement Tuesday:

“HPU is pleased to be invited by IIE to join this select group of U.S. higher education institutions. Countries in transition, such as Myanmar, represent a global challenge for democracy, and universities play a critical role in providing the infrastructure for citizenship development to supports the democratic process. At this early stage of re-establishing working relationships, HPU is dedicated to its continuing global mission to bring democracy and the spirit of aloha to the world.”

Learn more by reading the news from HPU here.

Water repair crews are trying to fix a break in a 16-inch water main along Farrington Highway that’s left the satellite city hall there without water. City officials are asking people to go to the facility at Kapolei, 1000 Uluohia St., until the Waianae office reopens.

Water line breaks are a huge problem on Oahu, with a major break happening on average of once a day. Water bills are rising as the Board of Water Supply struggles to deal with the problem.

We took a deeper look at the issue a few months ago. You can read that report here.


From The Garden Island:

If Congress does not reach a compromise in the next six weeks, the Budget Control Act of 2011 will go into effect when the clock turns to midnight on Dec. 31, setting up a chain reaction which will likely leave many government programs short-funded. That would include the National Wildlife Refuge System, the world’s largest system of lands and waters protected for wildlife.

“The fiscal cliff that we are all facing right now is most likely going to have a devastating effect on America’s wildlife


It hasn’t even been two full years since Hawaii passed civil unions into law, but equality advocates think the islands are ripe for full gay marriage rights before too long.

Politico reports today that advocates hope to capitalize on the momentum of Democratic victories during the 2012 election to move the ball forward. The U.S. Supreme Court may or may not weigh in on the issue soon. On the state level, Hawaii has been identified as fertile ground for a change.

From the article:

Meanwhile, advocates are looking at putting a gay marriage

Here’s an amusing story of a joke gone wrong. 

DC808 reports:

A Montana newspaper copy editor changed an Associated Press story about President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia to say he was “allegedly” born in Hawaii.

Here’s how the story should have looked, per the version on Hawaii News Now’s website:

The Asia trip underscores Obama’s efforts to establish the United States as an Asia-Pacific power, a worldview defined by 21st century geopolitics but also by Obama’s personal identity as America’s first Pacific president. Obama was born in Hawaii.

According to Jim Romenesko, a journalism industry blogger, the newspaper ran an editor’s note explaining the change:

Our copy desk made an error in judgment in editing the Sunday 2A Associated Press story about President Obama’s trip to Asia and his place of birth. One of the copy editors inserted the term “allegedly” born in Hawaii in the story thinking the other copy editor would catch it, he didn’t. It was a poor attempt at humor and a poor decision, but was not intended to be printed in the paper. Those responsible have been disciplined.

The Helena Independent Record is owned by Lee Enterprises, which also owns The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai.

— Michael Levine