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Tourism comes roaring back in Hawaii

Jun 22, 2021
The hospitality industry and the local businesses who rely on it are grateful but are struggling to keep up.
In Hawaii, around 30,000 visitors have been landing every day, which is approaching regular travel season numbers.
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Raising prices helped this greens farmer stay afloat

May 11, 2021
Scott Snair raised his prices before the pandemic shut down travel. When things got tough, that decision helped him stay in business.
Scott Snair purchased his Hawaii produce business in late 2019, shortly before travel dropped off and his restaurant clients stopped buying.
Courtesy Scott Snair

Hawaii group lures remote workers amid pandemic downturn

Mar 22, 2021
Workers freed of geographic constraints may want to relocate, and Hawaii wants to capitalize on their mobility and skills.
Hawaii's tourism industry has been ravaged by the pandemic, but the crisis may end up bringing workers from a wide range of industries into the state.
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With business down 95%, Hawaiian entrepreneur hopes her company and town survive

Jan 19, 2021
The pandemic has largely halted tourism, and Manu Powers has had to lay off most of her staff.
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Not the usual crowd for the holidays in Hawaii

Dec 24, 2020
A look at how one Hawaiian bed-and-breakfast is faring during the pandemic.
Thomas and Janice Fairbanks, innkeepers at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono.
Credit: Unique Angles

With an economy dependent on tourism, Hawaii tries to encourage visitors

Nov 18, 2020
The state has dialed back mandatory quarantines for visitors if they test negative for COVID-19.
Hawaiian Airlines jets outside Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. Hawaii has seen a more than 90% reduction in the number of arriving air travelers since the start of the pandemic.
Ryan Finnerty

Hawaii meets with teachers to tackle persistent low pay

Oct 24, 2019
The Hawaii Department of Education is working with teachers to try to solve the problem of low pay that has persisted for decades.
Central Intermediate School in Downtown Honolulu.
Ryan Finnerty

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Honolulu looks to Singapore to solve its housing shortage

Apr 30, 2019
Honolulu’s housing market is one of the most expensive in the country.
Condo buildings visible from Ala Moana Beach Park.
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Southwest gets FAA approval to fly to Hawaii

Mar 1, 2019
Southwest flights to Hawaii will start in small Californian airports, possibly as soon as this month.
Southwest flights to Hawaii will start in small Californian airports, possibly as soon as this month.
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Volcanic activity takes the buzz out of Hawaii's coffee harvest

Feb 4, 2019
Coffee farmers in Hawaii are citing volcanic activity for a poor harvest.
Lava spews in Kilauea's East Rift Zone on May 23, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii, amid eruptions from the Kilauea volcano.