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Molokai offers a taste of unspoiled Hawaii
To visit big resorts and drink colorful, umbrella-capped drinks, there are five other Hawaiian islands appropriate for that. For a taste of a Hawaii barely touched by tourism, there is Molokai.

Molokai: A taste of unspoiled 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.

Molokai beats Lanai 33-0 in Pine Lads' MIL 8-player football debut
The Molokai High School football team beat Lanai in the Pine Lads' Maui Interscholastic League 8-player football debut on Saturday at Lanai Community Football Field in Lanai City. It was the first football game for Lanai High School since 1953.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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HONOLULU (AP) - A Molokai charter school is receiving a $50,000 grant from a new charitable foundation established by Hawaiian Airlines. Kualapuu School will use the money to develop a science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.

Magnitude-4.2 earthquake strikes off Hawaii
MAUNALOA, Hawaii (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude-4.2 earthquake has struck off the Hawaiian islands. The temblor struck in the ocean about 34 miles southwest of Maunaloa, Molokai early Friday. It had a depth of about 4 miles.

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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