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“Slow Travel” Trend

New “slow travel” trend counters the fast-paced social media motivated visitor.

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New ‘slow travel’ trend counters the fast-paced social media motivated visitor

“Slow travel” is a step towards engaging with the destination and learning more about the culture. Researchers say it’s a trend that is outweighing the “social media motivated visitor” — someone who focuses more on content creating rather than focusing on their travel destination. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawai‘i hotel occupancy starts soft, but momentum is building
A hotel analytic company released data Friday that showed that occupancy at Hawai‘i hotels in February was at 72.1%. The results were nearly 137% better than in 2021 — but 12.6 percentage points below February 2020, when occupancy was 84.7%. This week’s endpoint for the state’s Safe Travels program is expected to help the industry slide into a more robust summer.  Star-Advertiser.

Omicron subvariant BA.2 now present in all major Hawai‘i counties
The omicron subvariant, BA.2, now makes up approximately 13% of the variants circulating in Hawai‘i, according to the latest report from the state Department of Health State Laboratories Division. Star-Advertiser.

Legislature passes bill to clear up ‘chaotic situation’ in courts
A Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruling in December led to the dismissal of dozens of cases as well as confusion among judges over how to interpret it. A bill would clarify acceptable procedures for initiating criminal complaints. Civil Beat.

Legislature advances bill giving counties more power to take private property
A bill giving counties the power to take private property where civil fines have accrued and sell it to clear up the debt has passed the state House and its first Senate committee. West Hawaii Today.

Coffee labeling bill headed to final Senate hearing
The measure would require coffee blend labels to disclose geographic and regional origins and percentage by weight of the blended coffees. It would also prohibit using geographic origins of coffee in labeling or advertising for roasted or instant coffee that contains less than a certain percentage of coffee by weight from that geographic origin, phased in to a minimum of 51%. West Hawaii Today.

EPA offers 10 new low-emission school buses to Hawaiʻi public schools
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is granting Robert’s Hawaiʻi School Bus $200,000 to replace 10 buses running on diesel fuel. The models from 2005 will be replaced with 2022 diesel buses. Hawaii Public Radio.

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Many people in Hawai‘i have embraced a vision of sustainable or regenerative tourism based on Native Hawaiian values. But can we persuade millions of tourists each year to also embrace that vision? This event will focus on how some local organizations have already made regenerative tourism work and how we expand that model to other venues and activities. Register Now!
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New rail route is just ‘first phase,’ Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi says
The latest idea to end rail construction at Halekauwila and South streets would cost $9.8 billion and, if approved, assure three years of federal funding that would save about $100 million in financing costs, Mayor Rick Blangiardi said Monday. Star-Advertiser.

HART CEO says she won’t accept potential $25,000 bonus
The executive director leading Honolulu’s struggling rail project now says that she will not accept a $25,000 bonus for her first year on the job, days before the board that oversees her was slated to vote on that award. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i lawmakers considering regulatory shake-up of Aloha Stadium project
Hawai‘i senators are pushing to shake up control of an effort in progress to replace Aloha Stadium and redevelop 73 acres of state land around a new facility in Hālawa. Star-Advertiser.

To slow ‘monster home’ construction, city revokes permit for Pacific Heights property
The city last year issued to permit to the owners of the home at 2761 Pacific Heights Road, but pulled it because the planned development apparently exceeded the square footage limits. Neighbors had complained that the planned three-story, nine-bedroom home will be an eyesore. Hawaii News Now.

Mayor hopes HPD can fill hundreds of vacancies to increase police presence
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has taken note of recent violent crimes around the island, and wants to increase police presence in the coming months. Right now there are over 320 vacancies in the Honolulu Police Department. Hawaii News Now.

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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Stewardship measure could imperil astronomy on Mauna Kea, University of Hawai‘i says
A controversial measure that would remove the University of Hawai‘i from its role as manager of the Mauna Kea summit will be heard in a public hearing this afternoon before a state Senate committee. The bill would create a Mauna A Wakea Stewardship Authority of 10 voting members. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now.

County officials provide update on Puna roads cut off by 2018 eruption
County officials are aware that the project is taking a long time to complete, but noted that the county cannot start the procurement process until the Federal Emergency Management Agency completes its assessment or else the county would risk the $61.5 million grant awarded for road reconstruction. Work to fully restore Pohoiki Road is now not expected to be completed until late 2025. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now.

A group of children groom one of the horses at Healing Horses Kauai. | Photo Courtesy of Healing Horses Kauai
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MAUI COUNTY
Save Maui trip money by camping in a rental? Council may put brakes on the growing practice
Rental vehicles with camping accessories can’t be used as visitor accommodations under a new proposal being considered by county lawmakers.  Maui Now.

State to pay $550K to family of inmate who hanged herself at Maui jail
The lawsuit claims guards did nothing to prevent the mother of four from committing suicide back in 2017. In the lawsuit, 26-year-old Daisy Kasitati claimed that she asked a guard if she could be placed on “safety watch.” Her cellmate also asked on a separate occasion, but they were both denied. Hawaii News Now.

Food hub grows beyond expectations
Nonprofit Maui Food Hub expanded operations and services after securing a new facility with warehouse partner SunFresh Hawaii LLC in Kahului last month. Organizers say this space doubles their previous capacity. Maui News. Maui Now.

KAUAʻI
2 volunteer pilots killed in Civil Air Patrol crash
Two volunteers with the Hawaii Wing of the Civil Air Patrol were killed when their plane crashed Sunday afternoon a few thousand feet below the Kalalau Lookout on Kaua‘i during a training exercise. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii Public Radio. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Garden Island. Hawaii News Now.

Omicron variant detected in wastewater
The subvariant has not been detected in a human case on Kaua‘i, but was detected in wastewater. The state Department of Health recently added testing wastewater samples on Kaua‘i to its various methods of monitoring variants. Garden Island.

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