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Brown Water Advisory issued for Maui, Lanai, Molokai, parts of Oahu
The Department of Health has issued a Brown Water Advisory for the islands of Maui, Lanai and Molokai.

Cause of 2011 Molokai copter crash to be released soon
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 pilot, a Canadian couple and newlyweds from Pittsburgh died when the sightseeing helicopter crashed sideways into mountains above an elementary school. NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson says a probable cause release date is targeted for ...

Cause of 2011 helicopter 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. According to the report, the engine was disassembled and examined, revealing "no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation." "According to Eurocopter, in addition to this ...

Hawaiian Airlines becomes title sponsor for two long-time outrigger canoe races
For the first time, Hawaiian Airlines will become the title sponsor of the 2014 to 2015 women's Hawaiian Airlines Na Wahine O Ke Kai, produc?

Brown water advisory issued for three islands
A Brown Water Advisory has been issued for Maui, Lanai and Molokai. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff?

Feds to release chopper crash report
HONOLULU (AP) The National Transportation Safety Board expects to release a probable cause for a 2011 Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard this week.

Maui seed companies say moratorium could kill jobs
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - More than 500 jobs and millions of tax dollars could be lost if a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically engineered organisms passes, two Maui County seed companies say. Monsanto has 540 employees on Maui and Molokai, The Maui News (http://bit.ly/1z5P4lU) reported. Its county ...

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The Department of Health has issued a Brown Water Advisory for the islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai.

MECO: Power restored in Kaunakakai
The Maui Electric Company says the Kaunakakai area of Molokai was experiencing a power outage Thursday morning.

Columbus native tees it up at 1,000 courses
Course No. 500 was in Kenai, Alaska. Dave McNair had to ride in a horse-drawn carriage to course No. 600 at Wawashkamo on Mackinac Island, Michigan, where there are no autos allowed.

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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