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Molokai man gets 2 years for investment fraud
A Molokai man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for an investment fraud scheme.

Molokai man, 47, sentenced in investment fraud scheme
A judge sentenced a 47-year-old Molokai man to two years in federal prison on Monday after he pleaded guilty to operating an investment fraud scheme targeting investors in Hawaii and on the mainland. David Buchanan also received three years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. Judge Susan Oki Mollway also ordered him to pay $55,000 in restitution to his victims. Back in May ...

Molokai man receives two-year sentence for wire fraud
A Molokai man who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court has been sentenced to two years in a federal prison.

The idyllic 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.

Hawaii veterans talk doctor shortages in panel
HONOLULU (AP) - Veterans told U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono they face a shortage of doctors on Maui, Molokai and the Big Island, which has contributed to the long wait times they endured seeking medical treatment across the isolated island chain. Vietnam veteran Victor Craft called the Veterans Affairs ...

Updated 12:05 p.m.: No tsunami after 4.2 quake off Molokai
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded southwest of Molokai early Friday morning, which was felt by some Maui County residents, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on the Big Island.

Haliniak leaving job as Molokai athletic director
Molokai High School athletic director Hoku Haliniak confirmed Monday that she is stepping down from the position to take a media relations job with the Hawaii High School Athletic Association. Haliniak will begin at the HHSAA on Sept. .

Hawaii boat rescue caught on camera
MOLOKAI, HAWAII ? These days, you can catch all sorts of cool stuff with a GoPro camera, but a family in Hawaii caught more than some gnarly waves. They caught a major wipe-out. The group was headed to Molokai from ?

Hawaiian Airlines Foundation awards 3 grants
A Molokai charter school is receiving a $50,000 grant from a new charitable foundation established by Hawaiian Airlines.

Slideshows
Four adults and four children traveling to Molokai from Oahu Sunday afternoon were forced to abandon ship when boat they were in sank in the Kaiwi Channel.

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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