RESIDENTS, 76%, don't want any more hotel development in
the Islands even if more visitors come, according to a study by the
Hawaii Tourism Authority. The fear of dependency on tourism was a
serious concern for 78% of respondents. Sixty-two percent said that
Hawaii is being run for tourists at the expense of local people.
The full report is available at www.hawaii.gov/tourism.
AIRLINES has prevailed in the latest round of legal
battles with Mesa Air Group, parent of Go, an interisland carrier.
Hawaiian Airlines' lawsuit against Mesa Airlines took a step
forward when Mesa's antitrust counterclaim against Hawaiian was
rejected in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, clearing the way for a trial on
Hawaiian's claims against Mesa for breach of contract and misuse of
Hawaiian's proprietary information. Mesa allegedly accessed
proprietary information when Hawaiian was in bankruptcy and Mesa
Chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein was a potential
& RESORTS has added the 80-room Coconut Plaza Hotel in
Waikiki to its portfolio. The off-beach property will be renamed
the Aqua Coconut Plaza and initially marketed as a budget hotel.
Several million dollars worth of upgrades are planned for 2007,
with Aqua taking over from ResortQuest.
HUMPBACKS have returned to Maui waters, and whale-watching
cruises are under way. While humpbacks are being sighted in waters
off all the islands, Maui's Maalaea Bay is a preferred birthing
place and nursery, with sightings common from the beach and closer
up by naturalist-led tour boats that operate between late November
and early May, when they head back to Alaskan waters.
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