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Flickr / Marvin Chandra
Flickr / Marvin Chandra

Officials from the state’s biggest industry shared their plans for promoting the islands to key international markets, including China, Southeast Asia, and Korea. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

It was mostly good news at Tuesday’s tourism briefings. For example Hawai‘i saw a 29% increase in travelers from China this year, bringing it up to the fourth most popular destination in the United States.

Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.

The state’s highest court has revoked a permit for construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea. The Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruled that due process was violated when it approved the permit for the telescope before holding a contested case hearing. TMT may now have to go through the process again if they still want to construct the $1.4 billion telescope. 

Kevin Kodama / Central Pacific Hurricane Center
Kevin Kodama / Central Pacific Hurricane Center

Today marks the official end to what’s been a busy hurricane season in Hawai‘i. It’s been a record-breaking year for the islands, with a total of 15 tropical cyclones formed in the Central Pacific. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is right around the corner. And for many that means the return of a favorite local celebrity. Shaka Santa is heading to Honolulu Hale starting next week. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, a lot goes in to preparing him for his holiday debut.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

When it comes to Thanksgiving traditions, nothing is more local than a turkey served up imu-style. Last night hundreds of birds were placed in underground ovens, called imus. They steam overnight on hot lava rocks, covered with layers of banana leaf. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the results are delicious!

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

There’s new evidence in a case challenging the Honolulu’s stored property and sidewalk nuisance ordinances. That’s according to the American Civil Liberties Union. It’s representing 14 plaintiffs in a suit against the city and county’s response to homeless people and their personal property. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Flickr/Melissa Emmons Photography
Flickr/Melissa Emmons Photography

The state Department of Health has confirmed 4 more people have dengue fever. That brings the total up to 15 cases on Hawai‘i Island. It’s prompted Hawai‘i County to close Hookena Beach Park in Captain Cook. Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira says it’s the first time the county has closed a beach in response to dengue fever.

Flickr/Sanofi Pasteur
Flickr/Sanofi Pasteur

Dengue fever is back in Hawai‘i. So far, the number of confirmed cases has jumped to 11, all of them acquired locally on the Big Island. HPR’s Molly Solomon has the latest.

Flickr / USDAgov
Flickr / USDAgov

Hawai‘i is ground zero when it comes to tackling invasive species. Nowhere is that more apparent than on the Big Island, where residents deal with everything from little fire ants to coqui frogs. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, it’s the focus of an upcoming community forum.

Flickr / Prayitno
Flickr / Prayitno

It’s another record month for tourism in the islands. More than 650,000 visitors traveled to Hawai‘i in September. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the amount of money they’re spending is beginning to decline.

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