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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 ...

Molokai Ranch Heritage Rodeo Ropes in the Fun
MOLOKAI, Hawaii, March 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Molokai Ranch will be hosting the Molokai Ranch Heritage Rodeo on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 6 PM to 10 PM at Molokai Ranch, located on the West End of Molokai, Hawaii. As one of the largest rodeo events of its kind in the state, the Heritage Rodeo attracts professional riders and rodeo enthusiasts from all over Hawaii to share in the cultural ...

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 ?

Off the beaten track in Hawaii
Three places, rich in beauty and heritage, to escape the crowds on the islands of Oahu, Kauai and Molokai.

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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.

Coast Guard seeking owner of adrift kayak found off Molokai
The Coast Guard says there are no reports of any missing persons or distress calls in the area where the kayak was found.

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 ...

High Surf Advisory issued for rising surf on north shores
A High Surf Advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Monday for a rising northwest swell that's expected to peak Sunday night.

High Surf Warning issued ahead of approaching northwest swell
An approaching northwest swell will bring large waves to the islands starting Thursday evening. ...

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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