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.

 

Hawaii hotel rates top nation


Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 10:33 pm
Alabama residents Laura and Kasey Harris, who were visiting Oahu on Tuesday, said they weren’t surprised to hear that Hawaii’s hotel prices were the nation’s highest during the first quarter. Read More

Hawaii hotels top the nation in daily rates


Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 2:12 pm
Hawaii hotels led U.S. markets with the nation’s highest average-daily-room rate (ADR) and revenue-per-available room (RevPAR) in the first quarter of 2018, according to a hotel report released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority today. Read More

Pacific War bill inspired by veteran passes Senate


Updated on  April 23, 2018 at 9:52 pm
A bill inspired by the late Adm. Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey, who wanted to commemorate U.S. service members who fought in the Pacific theater, passed the U.S. Senate on Monday. Read More

Sidewalks of Waikiki to get face-lift this year


Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 2:12 pm
A portion of the sidewalks along Kalakaua Avenue will soon get an overhaul as the city and its private industry partners begin their first major Waikiki sidewalk project since the city readied the tourism district to host the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation gathering. Read More

Public beach access at Kahala Resort debated


Updated on  April 21, 2018 at 10:22 pm
Kahala Hotel & Resort, which holds a state-issued revocable permit to use its public beachfront for private purposes, promised area residents and beachgoers last year it would widen and improve an existing path to delineate public and private spaces. Read More

Ala Wai boaters wait for state to clear storm debris


Updated on  April 20, 2018 at 9:31 pm
Ala Wai boaters are still waiting for the state to clear storm debris. Read More

Zoo addresses vandalism amid push for validation


Updated on  April 15, 2018 at 9:34 pm
Vandals mangled a sign last week at the Honolulu Zoo’s chimpanzee exhibit. Read More

HTA faces major funding cuts

Substantial cuts to the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s funding, which the state agency says will put tourism and the jobs and programs that it supports at risk, are still on the table as the Legislature heads into conference. Read More

Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor redevelopment plan progresses


Updated on  April 13, 2018 at 10:49 pm
The state’s decision to move forward on redevelopment of the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor through a public-private partnership drew criticism Friday during a Board of Land and Natural Resources meeting. Read More

Visitor from Korea attacked in Waikiki

Honolulu police arrested a 39-year-old man Wednesday after he allegedly assaulted a 30-year-old visitor from Korea in Waikiki. Read More
Updated on  April 12, 2018 at 9:57 pm

Botched missile alert inspires broad FCC recommendations


Updated on  April 11, 2018 at 10:38 am
The Federal Communications Commission said future ballistic missile warning tests in Hawaii should not include words that hark back to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor — specifically, “This is not a drill.” Read More

Isle hotels sell for nation’s top per-room price


Updated on  April 9, 2018 at 12:20 am
Investors spent top dollar in 2017 to buy Hawaii hotels, which averaged the highest price per room of any state. Read More

Police seek public’s help in identify woman and finding teen


Updated on  April 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Hawaii island police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman, whose image was captured on surveillance cameras during a theft at a Hilo store. Read More

Obama marks Akaka’s passing with fond remembrances


Updated on  April 7, 2018 at 12:40 pm
Former U.S. President Barack Obama has joined the many friends and colleagues of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, who have sent condolences and fond remembrances. Read More

Delegation calls on military to handle missile warnings


Updated on  April 6, 2018 at 8:23 am
All four members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation urged the U.S. military Thursday to take responsibility for alerting the public about any future ballistic missile attacks, taking that role away from the state, which botched the job in January. Read More

Hyatt Centric workers vote to unionize


Updated on  April 5, 2018 at 2:59 pm
Workers at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel cast their votes Tuesday to make the property the first Hawaii hotel to join the Unite Here Local 5 union through a National Labor Relations Board election in two decades. Read More

Bill advances to cut Hawaii Tourism Authority funding


Updated on  April 4, 2018 at 12:24 am
The Senate Ways and Means Committee advanced a measure Tuesday to dramatically cut funding to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the state agency responsible for marketing Hawaii to the world. Read More

Visitor industry looks to attract high schoolers


Updated on  April 3, 2018 at 12:29 am
A visitor industry- supported workforce development program kicks off this week to encourage young people to pursue tourism careers, an important recruitment step at a time when the state’s visitor industry is vying to attract candidates amid record unemployment lows. Read More

Hope abides for Hawaiian center despite muddled financial history

The Hawaii Tourism Authority paid nearly $850,000 for consulting work to establish a Center for Hawaiian Music and Dance at the Hawai’i Convention Center only to find out that the state can’t afford the $98 million price tag. Read More