“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 30 November 2018, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Comment: Here are today’s top Hawaii State news stories from “Hawaii Business Magazine”. Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.
TOP STORIES Isle tourism still pacing ahead of 2017
Neither strikes nor flooding nor volcanic eruptions nor natural disasters appear to have curbed this year’s Hawaii tourism juggernaut from pacing ahead of a record 2017.The Hawaii Tourism Authority reported Thursday that total arrivals in October rose 4.4 percent year-over-year to 770,359. Star-Advertiser.
Former hotel housekeeper and executive is tapped to lead HTA
Chris Tatum, who currently serves as area general manager of Marriott Hawaii, comes to HTA on the heels of a strike settlement with Unite Here Local 5. Though HTA had selected Tatum for its top leadership role in October, he wasn’t free to join the agency until resolution of the strike, which ended Tuesday after 51 days. Star-Advertiser.Garden Island.
Massive, extended data breach at Marriott’s Starwood hotels
The information of as many as 500 million guests at Starwood hotels has been compromised and Marriott said that it’s discovered that unauthorized access to data within its Starwood network has been taking place since 2014. Associated Press.Reuters.
HTA allocates funds to perpetuate culture, protect aina, show community
The agency awarded more than $1.2 million to 28 recipients that are perpetuating Hawaiian culture. More than $1.1 million was given to 28 recipients that are protecting Hawaii’s natural resources. Seventy-four recipients will share more than $1.2 million to assist with community programming. Star-Advertiser.
Lt. Governor-Elect Dr. Josh Green plans homelessness strategy
Green says he and Governor David Ige have discussed priorities. One of the first is homelessness. Green’s model includes hygiene, housing, health care, and post hospital care. Green is also working with some retired Governors from mainland states to help craft solutions to homelessness. Hawaii Public Radio.
Hawaii given approval to use Medicaid dollars to help chronically homeless.
Hawaii is one of the first states in the country given the go-ahead to use federal Medicaid dollars, typically reserved for health care costs, to help homeless people move into housing. The change is intended to help Hawaii’s chronically homeless population, made up of about 1,700 people. And it represents a significant expansion of what falls under the umbrella of health care. Hawaii News Now.
Gabbard’s New Hampshire trip marks possible presidential run
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is scheduled to speak Sunday to progressive Democrats in New Hampshire as part of a series of discussions with prospective Democratic presidential candidates, a further indication that she is indeed looking at running for the Oval Office in 2020. Star-Advertiser.KITV.
Marijuana might reverse heart failure, UH study finds
A recent study shows that drugs can protect and reverse damage to the heart from the stress that progresses the disease. Alexander Stokes, assistant professor in cell and molecular biology at the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, said the potential medical benefits of cannabis to treat heart disease are promising. Star-Advertiser.
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