Posts Tagged ‘Hawaii tourism’


Beware the Ides of March! This month has not been kind to Hawaii businesses and the superstition that bad things happen in threes was confirmed once more.

First it was Weyerhaeuser announcing it was closing its doors after 50 years in Hawaii. Then Molokai Ranch shocked the islands with the same news last week. And today, the news we were all hoping we weren’t going to get came down.

Aloha Airlines today announced it is ceasing passenger operations at close of business tomorrow. What does that mean? No more Aloha Airlines interisland or transpacific service come Tuesday. But sadder, it means roughly 1,900 Aloha Airlines employees will lose their jobs in less than 48 hours. I wish all of the Aloha Airlines employees the best and a heartfelt mahalo for everything they’ve done over the past 61 years.

On a brighter note, Hawaiian Airlines and go! Airlines are stepping up its service to accommodate the void left by Aloha Airlines in the interisland marketplace. Hawaiian said today it is increasing its interisland capacity by 6,000 seats starting on Tuesday, so it good to know we won’t be hung out to dry.

If you’re following the story as a local or visitor heading to or currently here in Hawaii, the best source for updated information is the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau’s website. It’s a one-stop-shop for the latest updates from the Governor’s office, Hawaii Tourism Authority, airlines, hotels, and visitor industry.


[Photo courtesy of Boeing]

My client, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB), launched a series of short films on showcasing local people sharing “Stories of Hawaii” about life in the islands. These aren’t your ordinary tourism promotion videos. These are films that share a unique side of Hawaii which many travelers may not know about and give them a deeper understanding of what this paradise has to offer. As you’ll see, and as the residents of Hawaii know, is place has much to offer beyond the warm sun, white sand, and awe-inspiring surf. Who wouldn’t want to visit Hawaii after watching these short films?

To view all eight videos and share them with your family and friends, visit the “Stories of Hawaii” page on this blog or visit As a person that loves food, here’s one of my favorite videos to give you an example: “Maui cuisine from farm to table with Chef James McDonald.Credit goes to Milici Valenti Ng Pack and Firefly Interactive for creating these awesome pieces.