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Blaze destroys Molokai home; boy hurt
Fire destroyed a home on Molokai late Monday afternoon, displacing a family of seven and causing a minor injury to a boy, Maui fire officials said. Molokai firefighters responded to a 5:25 p.m.

Firefighters put out house fire in Molokai
The Kaunakakai fire fighters went to Seaside Place, where they found a 1,400-square0foot, single family home, fully engulfed in flames.

Report blames pilot for 2011 Hawaii copter crash
KAUNAKAKAI, Hawaii (AP) ? The likely cause of a Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard was the pilot flying too close to the mountains during inclement weather, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in a final report published Friday.

Report blames Molokai copter crash on pilot
KAUNAKAKAI, Hawaii (AP) ? The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the probable cause of a Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard was the pilot's failure to maintain clearance from mountains during inclement weather. The pilot, a Canadian couple and newlyweds from Pittsburgh died when the sightseeing helicopter crashed sideways into mountains above an ...

7-year-old boy injured in Molokai house fire
A 7-year-old boy is recovering after suffering a minor injury to his hand in a Molokai house fire. Fire officials say seven people were left homeless after the fire in Kaunakakai. The cause is under investigation, but it has been deemed accidental. Damage is estimated at $200,000.

Report blames pilot for 2011 Molokai copter crash
KAUNAKAKAI, Hawaii (AP) ? The likely cause of a Molokai helicopter crash in 2011 that killed all five people aboard was the pilot flying too?

Cause of Molokai copter crash to be released soon
HONOLULU (AP) ? The National Transportation Safety Board expects to release next week a probable cause for a 2011 Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard. The report says the helicopter's manufacturer told investigators about four other accidents where the tail rotor separated from the tail boom.

Report Blames Pilot For 2011 Hawaii Copter Crash That Killed Local Couple
The likely cause of a Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard was the pilot flying too close to the mountains during inclement weather, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in a final report published Friday.

Report blames pilot for Hawaii helicopter crash that killed Pittsburgh newlyweds
The likely cause of a Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard was the pilot flying too close to the mountains during inclement weather, the NTSB determined in a final report published Friday.

Probable cause of 2011 Hawaii copter crash that killed 5: Pilot flew too close to mountains
KAUNAKAKAI, Hawaii ? The likely cause of a Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard was the pilot flying too close to the mountains during inclement weather, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in a final report published Friday.

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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