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Forced landing confirmed on Molokai with 4 people on board
Three victims suffered minor injuries while one was flown to Maui Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

FAA investigates forced landing on Molokai
An FAA spokesman said a single-engine Cessna 172 reportedly lost an engine near Cape Halawa at around 2 p.m.

4 rescued after plane makes forced landing on Molokai
Three victims suffered minor injuries while one was flown to Maui Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

FAA: Cessna loses engine; forced to land on Molokai
A small plane reportedly lost an engine and was forced to land on the eastern end of Molokai Friday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The landing took place near Cape Halawa at around 2 p.m. The plane was a single-engine Cessna 172. Maui fire officials say the plane landed near Halawa Falls at the 3,000-foot elevation. Four people were confirmed to be on the plane ...

Waimea Bay back open; high surf warning still in effect
A high surf warning has been posted for the north and west shores of Kauai, Oahu and Molokai as well as the north shores of Maui and the west shores of the Big Island, according to the National Weather Service. The warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. Watch Brenton Awa's report. State officials closed beach area for the Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area on the Big Island Wednesday ...

Plane makes forced landing on Molokai, 4 rescued
Authorities say a small plane lost its engine and made a forced landing on the east end of Molokai Friday afternoon. ...

Native shearwater population soars on Molokai
A Native Hawaiian seabird is making a comeback. Shearwater nests on Molokai have grown from three to more than a thousand.

Power outages hitting homes across Oahu, Molokai
Power outages are striking areas across Oahu and on Molokai. On Molokai, Maui Electric Company says the 1,400 customers on the west end of the island are experiencing a power outage. It happened after high winds blew tree branches into power lines at Kamalo. A crew is working to identify the cause and restore power to customers as soon as possible. Hawaiian Electric Company officials say a car ...

Endangered shearwater population soars on Molokai
An endangered native Hawaiian seabird is making a comeback. Shearwater nests on Molokai have grown from three to more than a thousand.

2 injured in Molokai crash
Two people were injured in a crash on Molokai Wednesday morning, according to Maui County police. Police say two vehicles collided at around 7:40 a.m. on Kamehameha V Highway. A 35-year-old woman from Kaunakakai was driving westbound when she saw her ex-boyfriend in another vehicle approaching from the rear at a high rate of speed, according to investigators. The woman sustained minor injuries ...

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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