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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 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, 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.

The Hawaii that was
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 ...

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 ?

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.

Eight rescued after boat sinks off Molokai
Eight people were rescued by the Coast Guard after their vessel sank in Kaiwi Channel, Molokai, on Sunday.Officials received a distress call originatingapproximately 12 miles west of Molokai.A helicopter crew from the Barbers Point air station was launched to search the area.Shortly after the initial call, the Coast Guard received a call from a father stating his son and seven others were in ...

8 rescued after sinking off Molokai
HONOLULU (AP) - Eight people were plucked from the water off Molokai after the boat they were in sank. The Coast Guard said the group sent a distress signal about 12 miles west of Molokai on Sunday.

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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