Allison Schaefers, Author at Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Allison Schaefers, the Waikiki Bureau Chief of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, has covered Hawaii tourism for more than a decade.

She joined the parent company of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in 2003. Prior to this, Schaefers was a staff writer for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla. where she covered the Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach beat. Earlier, Schaefers served as News Editor for the Camden County Tribune. Schaefers has worked alongside the White House Press Corps during President Barack Obama’s many Hawaii visits. She also has written for the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.


FEMA confirms state’s delay in call for guidance

It took Hawaii emergency management 23 minutes to connect with the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a state employee triggered a false ballistic missile alert. Read More
Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:29 pm

FEMA confirms state’s delay in call for guidance

Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 7:58 pm
It took Hawaii emergency management 23 minutes to connect with the Federal Emergency Management Agency after it had triggered a false ballistic missile alert. Read More

Panic drawn out by lapse in communication

One reason for the 38-minute delay between sending a false missile alert to cellphones Saturday and sending a retraction was the mistaken belief among state emergency workers that they needed approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to correct the faulty alert. Read More
Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:50 am

Investigations into missile scare intensify

Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:25 am
Hawaii leaders are taking heat from the highest level for the colossal blunder that resulted in 38 minutes of terror for residents, who thought that a missile was headed for the islands. Read More

Ige addresses death threats to emergency department

Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:59 am
Gov. David Ige apologized to the state again today during a televised address about the false missile scare on Saturday and promised it will never happen again. Read More

Military warning termed ‘wake-up call’ for Waikiki

Updated on  January 14, 2018 at 9:50 pm
Young military members were lined up Friday waiting to get into Moose McGillycuddy’s and other Waikiki establishments. Read More

U.S. officials demand answers in wake of nuclear scare

Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission issued a stinging rebuke Sunday to Hawaii’s emergency management as ripples from Saturday’s nuclear scare spread far and wide. Read More

State had no safeguards to prevent nuclear scare, FCC says

Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm
The chairman of the Federal Communication Commission said today Hawaii did not have “reasonable safeguards in place” to prevent Saturday’s false alert of an imminent missile attack. Read More

Alarm’s impact on tourism remains unclear amid widespread publicity

Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 12:17 pm
California visitors Danny Stewart and his girlfriend, Julianne Jouglard, were on a quest for malasadas when they saw the emergency ballistic missile alert that derailed their Hawaii vacation Saturday. Read More

Pro golfers’ tweets mar isles’ image as serene locale

Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 12:21 pm
Celebrity golfers making positive testimonials about Hawaii’s weather and activities were supposed to be part of the $2.1 million marketing contract signed Tuesday by the PGA Tour and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Read More

Tourism industry fears repercussions after erroneous missile warning

Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:32 am
This morning’s false alarm placing Hawaii under threat of a ballistic missile attack was short-lived, but some fear the repercussions to Hawaii’s lead tourism industry could be longer term. Read More

Decision on Denny’s contested liquor request delayed again

Updated on  January 11, 2018 at 10:32 pm
A group of concerned citizens filled the Honolulu Liquor Commission hearing room to capacity Thursday in their quest to stop a liquor application for the Denny’s under construction at 2538 Kuhio Ave. Read More

Neighborhood board OKs rental project on Kuhio Avenue

The Waikiki Neighborhood Board approved a plan late Tuesday night from OliverMcMillan to develop 500 rental units on Queen Emma trust land. Read More

Blackstone Group to buy Grand Wailea for $1.1 billion

Updated on  January 10, 2018 at 11:01 pm
The pending sale of Grand Wailea resort on Maui for $1.1 billion will be the highest price paid for a Hawaii hotel and the second highest paid for a hotel in the United States. Read More

Developer to seek city concessions for Waikiki rental

Updated on  January 10, 2018 at 2:19 pm
OliverMcMillan, the company developing approximately 500 rental units on Queen Emma trust land, told the Waikiki Neighborhood Board on Tuesday that it plans to ask the city for variances to increase density, height and transitional setbacks in exchange for providing affordable housing. Read More

Hawaii Tourism Authority extends PGA contract to 2022

The PGA Tour and the Hawaii Tourism Authority signed a $2.1 million contract Tuesday extending their marketing partnership through 2022. Read More
Updated on  January 9, 2018 at 10:29 pm

Oahu’s home market ended 2017 on robust note

Updated on  January 7, 2018 at 10:35 am
Oahu’s 2017 housing market finished strong with gains in both condominium and single-family home sales and median prices, and experts from the real estate industry expect the momentum to continue this year, but possibly at a slower pace. Read More

Oahu home sales finished strong in 2017

Updated on  January 6, 2018 at 2:32 pm
Oahu’s December housing market helped bring 2017 to a strong finish with gains in both condominium and single-family home sales and median prices. Read More

Protest delays Denny’s bid for liquor license

Updated on  January 6, 2018 at 6:57 pm
The Honolulu Liquor Commission has delayed a decision over a license application for a new Denny’s restaurant in Waikiki due to community opposition. Read More

Conflicts arise over harbor contract

Updated on  December 25, 2017 at 11:09 pm
A legislator as well as a member of the Board of Land and Natural Resources have ties to the public relations firm hired by the state to help determine redevelopment of the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor. Read More

HTA falling short on payments to the state for the convention center

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has fallen short of making its full state reimbursement for the Hawai‘i Convention Center for the past two years and may extend the facility’s debt repayment schedule again — even though the agency still owes 79 percent of the center’s original $350 million balance. Read More
Updated on  December 23, 2017 at 10:00 pm