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.

 

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State cancels purchase of land engulfed by lava

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The state agrees with Hawaii County that it’s time to kill a land purchase in Puna that was started before the property was made worthless by lava inundation. Read More

Waikiki sidewalk project to cause traffic delays

Waikiki traffic is going to get a little worse on Monday as the city kicks off another phase of its sidewalk improvement project. Read More

Ige, Carvalho receive endorsements from Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association

Incumbent Gov. David Y. Ige will head into the Aug. 11 Democratic primary with the endorsement of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, the state’s largest private-sector tourism organization. Read More

Eruption sparks downturn for Big Isle hotels

Hawaii island’s hotel occupancy dropped in June by its largest amount in almost five years as the continuing eruption of Kilauea Volcano kept visitors away. Read More

State unemployment up slightly from last month

The state’s unemployment rate moved up a smidgen in June from May’s all-time low of 2 percent. Read More
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Tour boat operator involved in a lava bomb incident has history of passenger issues

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Lava Ocean Tours, the lava boat operator whose 23 passengers were injured Monday morning by lava bombs, had a prior history of passenger lawsuits and had been previously fined by the state for lava tour boat violations. Read More

Accident could hurt lava boat tours on Hawaii island

Despite the news that 23 people were injured Monday when a lava bomb hit a Lava Oceans Tours boat, the isle’s other three certified lava boat tour operators reported they were still getting calls from customers wanting to venture close to the lava flow. Read More

Kauai mayor considers lifting ban on north shore vacation rentals

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. is considering lifting a ban on legal transient vacation units on Kauai’s flood-­ravaged north shore if the owners agree to house some of the 15 families displaced when their homes were destroyed by severe flooding and landslides in mid-April. Read More
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Building mitigation and renovations kick into high gear at Marco Polo

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To this day, many occupants of the Marco Polo complex have yet to return to their homes. The fire caused an estimated $107 million in damage. Read More
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Families of Marco Polo fire victims sue those in charge

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The families of the four victims who died in the Marco Polo high-rise fire filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the deaths could have been prevented. Read More
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Closure still eludes those most devastated by Marco Polo fire

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A year after the seven-alarm fire at the Marco Polo apartments, which caused more than $107 million in damage, the wounds are still fresh for the families of the four victims who perished. Read More

Marco Polo first responders regard blaze as worst in modern times

Emergency responders regard the Marco Polo blaze as Honolulu’s worst in modern times — a wind-driven blaze that turned flames into a blowtorch. Read More

Families of Marco Polo fire victims sue property managers, condo board

The July 14 blaze killed Britt Reller, 54; his mother, 87-year-old Jean Dilley; and their neighbors Joann M. Kuwata, 71, and Marilyn Van Gieson, who died Aug. 3 at age 81 from fire-related complications. Read More
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Tourist helps man at Waikiki beach and gets knocked out

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The homeless man who allegedly attacked a tourist on Sunday afternoon at Kuhio Beach was in the hospital Tuesday, recovering from injuries suffered when bystanders piled on him and held him until police arrived. Read More

Waimea Valley finally in the black and expanding after years of financial struggle

Waimea Valley will soon close on a 3.75-acre land purchase that will allow the attraction to undertake its first real expansion since emerging from more than a decade of major financial struggles. Read More
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Zachary Manago’s Ride in Paradise raises awareness about road safety

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The eighth annual Zachary Manago’s Ride in Paradise attracted more than 250 participants Saturday, including some who knew the 18-year-old cyclist for whom the ride is named. Read More

Big Isle tourism drop-off raises concerns

Tourism numbers were up statewide in May, but the Hawaii island market is finally showing the softening that the visitor industry has been dreading since the Kilauea eruption began May 3. Read More

Hawaii Tourism Authority board fires CEO George Szigeti

The Hawaii Tourism Authority voted Thursday to fire the agency’s president and CEO, George Szigeti, without cause — a decision that could leave HTA rudderless at a time when the state’s tourism industry is finally seeing some softening in its nearly seven-year growth trajectory. Read More