September 15, 1992 |
When Ida Alkire and her family moved last month from their Seattle home to this place they call the Garden Island, she thought little of hurricanes. This was her slice of paradise. Then she met Iniki. For several terrifying hours last Friday, Alkire and her son coiled under a bathroom sink. Her husband and two other children huddled beneath mattresses in a bedroom closet. They were 10 yards apart but could not hear each other shout in the howling wind.
March 4, 1990 |
Thousands of workers at some of Hawaii's biggest hotels walked off the job Saturday, leaving some guests without fresh sheets and towels and otherwise disrupting the state's $6-billion-a-year tourist industry. Many hotels were forced to cut back on meal and room services as managers scrambled to take the places of strikers.
May 7, 1992 |
Hawaii's tourism trade appears to be benefiting from last week's rioting in Los Angeles. A number of island tour companies said Tuesday that they booked packages for hundreds of Japanese tourists scheduled to visit Los Angeles, but who have changed their minds because of the violence that erupted in the wake of the Rodney G. King beating verdict.
July 7, 1988 |
More than 300 Honolulu-bound vacationers were delayed up to 26 hours after a series of mechanical and other difficulties held up their flight on a small Los Angeles-based airline, it was learned Wednesday. "I just can't believe that they couldn't put them on another plane," said M. Newkirk, who waited overnight at Los International Airport to see her two sons off. "This was supposed to be a nice, relaxed, vacation. All (they've) been is stressed out for the last 36 hours."
April 2, 1990 |
For Elaine Kaopuiki, the luxury hotel that opened Sunday on her beloved island of Lanai goes a step too far. "I have to buy hosieries to go up there!" she says indignantly. "And our men have to wear coats! Who owns coats on this island?" Pink hibiscus blossoms in her hair shimmer as she shakes her head. To this staunchly rural Hawaiian island, long a holdout from tourism, the opening of the 103-room Lodge at Koele is the first step in a transformation.
August 2, 1994 |
The recession is but a fading memory as far as Westlake Village-based Pleasant Travel Service is concerned. Thus far this year, sales of the firm's Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays tour packages have increased at least 40% over the same period last year, spokesman Ken Phillips reports. "Our business has improved dramatically in all parts of the country, but the most significant turnaround of all has been in Southern California, which is our No. 1 market," he said.
September 16, 1992 |
While the full fury of Hurricane Iniki struck the island of Kauai, the storm's shock waves also swept through the Westlake Village headquarters of Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays. Workers at the largest Hawaiian tour company have been showing up at 6 a.m. to find telephone switchboards already jammed with incoming calls from concerned Kauai-bound travelers, who now have no place to stay on the island. About 3,500 Pleasant Hawaiian customers were to visit Kauai this week.
September 25, 1995 |
The last time Makoto Fukumoto tried to do some shopping here, the Home Outlet discount store was closed. So Fukumoto and his new bride, Natsuko, came back. From Osaka, Japan. The 32-year-old Japanese banker said the low prices at Waikele Center, Hawaii's first discount mall, and the chance to spend a few hours at the beach were reason enough to travel 4,000 miles just four short months after he and his wife came here to get married.
September 3, 1990 |
When Hasegawa General Store collapsed in a suspicious predawn fire last month, Hana felt like it had lost a member of the family. Townspeople came all week to pay their respects. "Part of the heart of Hana died with that store," sighed Bob Vogele, head of the Hana Community Assn. For three generations, Hasegawa General Store has been this remote Hawaiian town's lifeline to the world, supplying everything from poi to pick axes. Overnight, it was gone.
September 27, 1999 |
A sightseeing airplane crashed high on the flanks of the Mauna Loa Volcano, killing all 10 aboard. Crews combing a jagged patch of lava recovered the bodies of nine people from Saturday's crash. By late afternoon Sunday, the body of the 10th victim had not been found. The search for the remaining victim was expected to continue at daybreak today. The pilot and passengers have not been identified, but officials said five females and five males were aboard.