September 14, 1992 |
Tourists fled the once-plush hotels of this resort town in chartered boats and helicopters Sunday as food and water supplies dwindled on the hurricane-devastated island of Kauai. Because the island remained without electricity or running water two days after Hurricane Iniki hit, those left behind used buckets of water from swimming pools and the ocean to flush their toilets.
December 5, 1990 |
STAR WARS: The state of Hawaii and the Sierra Club have filed suit in federal court to block "Star Wars" rocket launchings from the island of Kauai for fear that they could harm the environment. "We are dealing here with a situation involving extremely dangerous chemicals and old propellants," said state Atty. Gen. Warren Price, who warned of potentially "catastrophic results."
September 14, 1996 |
The Hawaiian vacation plans of thousands of consumers--most of them Californians--have been disrupted or canceled because of the grounding of a Miami-based charter airline. SunTrips Inc. of San Jose said Friday that it has been forced to cancel all of its trips to Hawaii beginning Oct. 1 because the vacation packager has not been able to find an airline to replace its regular carrier, Rich International Airways, which was grounded Sept. 2 by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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.