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Molokai council member seeks Maui County ferry subsidy
Molokai-based council member Stacy Crivello has introduced a resolution urging the administration of Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa to propose an amendment over the issue to the current fiscal year budget, the Maui News (http://is.gd/yhYyzp) reported. Sea Link of Hawaii, doing business as Lahaina Cruise Co., sent a letter last week to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission requesting a service ...

Maui County Council seeks subsidy for Molokai ferry
Maui County Council members are taking a first step toward subsidizing the Molokai-to-Maui ferry to keep it afloat.

New York to honor Belgian priest who served the suffering on Molokai
A Belgian priest who cared for a colony of Hawaiians suffering a disfiguring and much-feared disease will be honored as New York names a street for him.

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Dave Jung, President of the Lahaina Cruise Company, which operates the Molokai Princess, says the future of the Molokai ferry is in jeopardy as ridership is at an all-time low and more people choose to fly to Maui instead of taking the two-hour boat ride.

Ferry between Molokai, Maui sees decline in ridership
Lahaina Cruise Co. President and Senior Captain Dave Jung said ridership has plummeted in the last six months, which he blames in part to competition from airlines that are able to offer cheaper and faster interisland trips. The company plans to ask the state Public Utilities Commission to allow changing the ferry schedule from two daily roundtrips to one per day, Wailuku newspaper, The Maui ...

Ferry from Maui to Molokai struggles to stay afloat
Dave Jung, President of the Lahaina Cruise Company, which operates the Molokai Princess, says the future of the Molokai ferry is in jeopardy as ridership is at an all-time low and more people choose to fly to Maui instead of taking the two-hour boat ride.

HECO ?reviewing? solar applications on Molokai, approvals in question
Some Molokai customers claimed they were told their applications would not be approved, even after HECO and the Public Utilities Commission ?

_ust_Off the beaten path in Hawaii
Millions of tourists flock to Hawaii each year, packing the beaches and attractions at hot spots such as Oahu?s Waikiki and Maui?s Kaanapali.

OrangeRoc Clients Win Gold and Silver at 38th Annual AMA Hawaii Awards
HONOLULU, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- OrangeRoc proudly announces two of their clients are 2014 recipients of American Marketing Association's Hawaii Chapter (AMA) Marketer of the Year Awards and accepts on behalf of Molokai Ranch and Hawaii Tobacco Quitline for marketing and creative efforts. Its objectives were to create a new brand identity and generate positive awareness of the ranch by ...

Coast Guard seeks owner of kayak adrift off Molokai
The Coast Guard is looking to the public for help in locating the owner of a partially submerged 12-foot-long kayak seen drifting in waters off Hawaii's Molokai Island. The kayak was seen adrift Sunday about 12 miles southwest of Molokai's Laau Point. The Coast Guard says there have been no distress reports or missing person reports in the area. The Coast Guard says it conducted a three-hour sea ...

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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