January 31, 2012 |
No need to fret for the state of Hawaii tourism anymore. Visitor numbers to the Aloha State dropped dramatically during the recession, and the state's tourism industry suffered another blow when an earthquake and tsunami in Japan last year stifled the flow of big-spending Japanese vacationers to the islands. But tourism in Hawaii is rebounding fast, with the state welcoming nearly 7.3 million visitors in 2011. Although that is still short of the state's record year in 2006, officials expect continued growth this year.
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August 5, 2002 |
Helen Matthew Robinson, 91, owner of Niihau Island and Ranch--home to the last all-Hawaiian community--died Wednesday in Makaweli, Hawaii. The cause of death was not given. A native of Berkeley, the matriarch was married to Lester Robinson from 1937 until his death in 1969. The Robinson family purchased the private island and ranch from the Hawaiian monarchy in 1864, and moved there from New Zealand. The family founded Gay & Robinson Sugar Co.
July 18, 2005 |
An overcast morning blossomed into a warm afternoon with calm winds to greet the last 20 starters of the 2,225-mile Transpacific Yacht Race from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Honolulu. The other 55 yachts departed on July 11 and 15. The staggered starts, classified by size, give each yacht the opportunity to reach Hawaii first. Among those leaving Sunday was Roy E.
February 27, 2013 |
How do you follow the purchase of an island in Hawaii? If you're Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison, you buy an airline so you can hop to and from your tropical paradise. Ellison has been on a shopping spree lately, buying 98% of the island of Lanai in June from Los Angeles billionaire David Murdock and then, in November, buying a beachfront Malibu home from film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Ellison's most risky acquisition may be Island Air, which he bought Wednesday through a holding company.
April 13, 2003 |
Molokini Island, the captain of our catamaran said, is the best snorkel spot in Hawaii. The five-hour morning jaunt, at $75 each, took us to a half-moon-shaped crater two miles off Maui's southwest shore that met my expectations for paradise. The lava rock reef, a marine and bird sanctuary, was home to thousands of colorful, oddly shaped fish with tongue-twisting names. Flocks of birds chattered atop the island's promontories. Haleakala Crater rose majestically above the Maui coastline.
August 21, 1988 |
Twenty-nine years ago, Ed Hogan had to resort to making speeches in order to convince residents in Point Pleasant, N.J.--where he was a travel agent--that Hawaii really was heaven on Earth and not paradise lost. Hogan had gone to Hawaii many times as a charter pilot, but folks in the Garden State thought it was too far away, too exotic and not as hospitable as Europe or the Jersey shore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2000 |
The sandy cove and turquoise, reef-patched, shallow waters of Oahu's Hanauma Bay are rimmed by palm trees and volcanic cliffs. It is just the image that draws millions of vacationers to Hawaii each year, making tourism its No. 1 industry. But below the surface, precious corals that grow an average of an inch a year are being crunched by reef-hopping snorkelers who leave behind balding coral heads, a sign of coral death. Tanning oils leave slicks on the sea.
July 27, 2004 |
Four years after launching a major expansion outside the islands, Hawaii-themed retailer Hilo Hattie has pulled back, eliminating half its mainland stores after learning demographic lessons about selling tropical merchandise outside its home market. Although Hilo Hattie stores in Southern California and Las Vegas have fared well, other mainland outlets have struggled. In April, Hilo Hattie closed its second-largest store, a 23,000-square-foot mall anchor in Tempe, Ariz.