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Molokai man gets 12+ years in prison for meth conspiracy
A 35-year-old Molokai man was sentenced on Monday to 12 years and 7 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Jon Hans Kaapuni Jr. of Kaunakakai pleaded guilty on Sept. 2, 2014 to conspiracy, with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of meth. U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni said the evidence presented in court showed that Kaapuni was a manager and supervisor ...

Molokai man sentenced for role in meth distribution
Evidence presented in court showed that he was a manager and supervisor of a long standing meth conspiracy on Molokai involving five or more?

Man receives 12-year prison sentence for Molokai meth ring
A man has been sentenced to more than 12 year in prison for his role in a Molokai crystal meth dealing ring.

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The Democratic Party District 13 Selection Committee has submitted three names to Gov. David Ige to replace state Rep. Mele Carroll.

2-year-old Molokai boy critical after being hit by a car
A two-year-old boy from Molokai was airlifted to Maui in critical condition Monday. Authorities say the car hit the boy on a private road off Kamehameha V Highway. A 67-year-old woman drove the vehicle. The incident happened around 11:20 a.m. in Waialua.

Hawaii Gov. Ige appoints DeCoite to fill vacant House seat
Hawaii Gov. David Ige is appointing a Molokai farmer to fill the vacant seat in the Hawaii House of Representatives.

Small Business Revitalization grants available for Hana and Molokai
The Mayor's Office of Economic Development has announced that $24,000 in Small Business Revitalization grants were awarded to small businesses on Lanai, and noted that applications are now being accepted for a second round of grants for businesses...

Committee nominates 3 to replace state Rep. Mele Carroll
The Democratic Party District 13 Selection Committee has submitted three names to Gov. David Ige to replace state Rep. Mele Carroll.

Flood Advisory extended for parts of Oahu
The National Weather Service has issued Flood Advisories for parts of Oahu and Molokai.

High Surf Advisory issued for north and west shores
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a High Surf Advisory for the north and west shores of Kauai and Niihau and the north-facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui.

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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