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Hawaii's 7th Largest Landowner Launches Molokai Ranch Beef
HONOLULU, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, October 7 th , Molokai Ranch introduced their new brand, Molokai Ranch Beef, a premium 100% grass-fed Angus beef, by hosting a private event for leaders ...

Hawaii: Mokulele introducing four routes serving Oahu, Maui, Molokai
A small but growing airline in Hawaii will add four more routes this month. Introductory fares are being offered, and passengers won?t be subjected to the usual TSA security checks.

Part-time paddlers ready to embarass on world?s best
HAWAII BOUND: Mooloolaba Masters team are heading to Molokai for the world championships. Patrick Woods

Flash flood watch, high-surf advisory in place
A flash flood watch is in effect for all of Maui County through Sunday, and a high-surf advisory has been expanded to include parts of Molokai, Maui, Lanai and Kahoolawe, according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

Adventures to be had in Molokai
One of Molokai?s best beaches - Papohaku Beach on the west side. Photograph By David Dossor

Saying aloha to Molokai: unspoiled side of Hawaii
MOLOKAI, Hawaii - After we heard buzzing overhead in the thick Hawaiian jungle for the second or third time, I asked our ponytailed guide, Gregorson Rider, the source of the noise.

Kauai team finishes strong in 42-mile canoe race
Kauai Waa took the highest honors of any Kauai-based canoe club in history in the Moloka?i Hoe on earlier this month. The 42-mile race goes from Molokai to Oahu and had over 100 teams. EDT Va?a, from Tahiti, took first place, just seconds ahead of Shell Vaa, the champions for the last eight years. The top finishing Hawaii team was Lanikai Canoe Club in fifth place, followed by Team Primo in ...

Walk-in absentee voting underway
Walk-in absentee voting for the general election opened up Tuesday on Maui and Molokai. Voters on Maui may go to the Office of the County Clerk in the county building in Wailuku, 200 S. High St., Room 708. Voting will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mokulele Airlines Announces The Addition Of Four New Routes
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mokulele Airlines has announced that it will expand its interisland service with the addition of four new routes that will begin on October 20. The new ...

Public may comment on Molokai munitions cleanup
The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on a plan to remove unexploded ordnance from a World War II bombing range on Molokai's Kalaupapa peninsula.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Shortage of Rental Cars in Hawaii

By Doug Porter

An interesting thing happened this week. Hawaii car rental companies like Avis, Budget, Thrifty and all the others actually ran out of cars. Visitors to Hawaii are up and shortages exist on all islands.

For 8 or 9 months now, rental companies have been reducing the number of cars in their inventory to cut costs. Fleets have been reduced by more than 1500 cars, but the bump in visitors from President’s weekend and Mid-winter break caught rental companies by surprise. Either things aren’t as bad as they expected, or perhaps – dare I say it – we’ve rounded a corner?

Of course it’s too early to say, but the increase in visitors to the islands is a good sign. Not just for car rental companies, but for airlines, restaurants, hotels, vacation rentals and just about everyone else in Hawaii. And, if it’s the beginning of a national trend it could start to spread to other sectors. Rental car companies will start increasing fleets and helping automakers, etc.

I may be grasping at straws here, but I’ll take any good news I can get.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


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