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$13M allocated to protect Waikīkī Beach from 
The economic impact to Hawaiʻi of Waikīkī Beach was recently estimated at $2.2 billion a year, but the crumbling Royal Hawaiian groin and other man-made structures are all that is keeping the state’s most visited beach from being swept away.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

HTA: Visitors in vacation homes spend less
The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority recently released data which might explain the trend that has increasingly concerned local economists: Hawaiʻi has an ever-growing number of visitors, but income per visitor is declining. While the growth of vacation rental houses has made it easier than ever for people to rent them, the numbers show that people who stay in the properties tend to spend much less than their counterparts staying in hotels. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Air fixes tech glitch that grounded some flights on Saturday
Hawaiian Airlines grounded some of its interisland flights on Saturday. Spokesperson Ann Botticelli says, “A malfunction in a Multi-Mode Receiver unit that interrupted reception of the Global Positioning Satellite system led Hawaiian Airlines to temporarily ground several of its Boeing 717 aircraft this afternoon.” KITV. 

Bankruptcy filings continue upward trend
The number of filings last month increased 14.3% to 144 from 126 in the year-earlier period, according to new data released by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Hawaiʻi. They were the most filings for any May since 150 were filed in 2014. Statewide bankruptcies have now risen four of the five months this year.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

State of the Arts in Hawaiʻi
Public support is vital to the survival of a vibrant arts and culture community in Hawaiʻi. As existing patrons and donors age, arts and culture organizations are shifting… read more.
Vacation rental giants look to temper City Council bills
Representatives for two of the world’s largest operators of web platforms that broker vacation rentals voiced disappointment at a Honolulu City Council committee’s decision Friday to advance two bills they said will cause thousands of job cuts in Hawaiʻi and severely hurt the visitor industry. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kaka‘ako’s empty condo towers
By day, Howard Hughes Corporation’s Ward Village in Kaka‘ako is a bustling hub of trendy restaurants and boutiques anchored by gleaming luxury condo towers, a multiplex movie theater and a two-story natural foods store. At night, however, the neighborhood has a different atmosphere. The street life dwindles, and the high-rises become dark monoliths. Civil Beat.

Kaka‘ako homeless want state to provide land for a ‘safe place’
A group of homeless residents in Kakaʻako are working towards finding state land to live on permanently. For the past six months  Ka Po’e o Kaka’ako, or the People of Kaka’ako, have met at Mauka Park to pick up trash. Moving forward, group members say it hopes to start their own neighborhood watch program to cut down on crime and build their own community.  KITV.

Rail officials deliver recovery plan to feds
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation leaders flew to San Francisco this week to hand-deliver the agency’s latest version of a rail recovery plan to the Federal Transit Administration. The agency indicated recently that it has confidence in HART’s revised $9.19 billion budget for the project, but was still worried about the actual costs associated with switching to a so-called “public-private partnership” in order to finish the project.Civil Beat.

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