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Suspect in Molokai murder enters not guilty plea
A Molokai man pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder Monday.

Molokai man indicted for murder after body found on dirt road
A Molokai man has been indicted for second-degree murder in an incident that occurred back in May.

4 men arrested for fisherman confrontation in Molokai waters
Four Molokai men will face arraignment and hearings in Maui Circuit Court later this month after being arrested and charged for their roles in a confrontation between two groups of fishermen in Molokai waters.

Boater returns home to Molokai after being lost at sea for nearly two weeks
The story of a boater who had been lost at sea for nearly two weeks has come to a happy end.

4 Molokai men indicted for ocean confrontation
Four Molokai men have been indicted on multiple charges for a confrontation between two groups of fishermen in Molokai waters.

Fishing feud off Molokai leads to arrests and indictments
A growing dispute between Oahu and Molokai fishermen leads to arrests and indictments. ...

Boater found alive at sea nearly two weeks after reported missing
Missing boater Ron Ingram returned to Molokai on Wednesday morning, safe and sound.

Man lost at sea for 12 days reconnects with son
HONOLULU (AP) ? A Hawaii fisherman who rode out massive waves and survived on raw fish while lost at sea for 12 days said the ordeal was worthwhile because it led to him reconnecting with the son he'd lost touch with for years.

Boater missing since Thanksgiving found alive, 64 miles south of Honolulu
The morning call was made by Ron Ingraham, 67, reportedly sounding tired and dehydrated.

Boater missing since Thanksgiving is alive, Coast Guard on its way
The morning call was made by Ron Ingraham, 67, reportedly sounding tired and dehydrated.

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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