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.


Tour company launches internal investigation after fatal trolley crash

Travel Plaza Transportation, a subsidiary of JTB Hawaii, has launched an internal investigation into a trolley accident involving one of its drivers that killed a 76-year-old pedestrian. Read More

Bargaining break extends hotel strike

The Hawaii hotel workers strike, now at day 42, is likely to continue for at least another eight days. Read More

One plan to redevelop Ala Wai harbor calls for Ferris wheel, movie theater ride

Twenty-seven interested parties, including one that is exploring building a Ferris wheel and a movie theater that offers a virtual reality flyover Hawaii ride, have approached the state about redeveloping the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor. Read More

Money is the sticking point for striking workers at Marriott-managed hotels

Striking Unite Here Local 5 hotel workers head back to the bargaining table today with added momentum from taking their picket to Marriott’s Hawaii headquarters. Read More

Striking Marriott hotel workers hold noisy Waikiki protest ahead of negotiations

Workers with megaphones spent more than an hour in front of the Marriott headquarters chanting strike mantras like “Marriott, Unfair.” Read More

Union action in Waikiki precedes hotel bargaining

Unite Here Local 5 and major community organizers are slated to gather in Waikiki this morning, which marks day 38 of the hotel workers strike, to demonstrate “resolve and solidarity” prior to resuming bargaining later this week. Read More

State grants Kahala resort continued use of public beach

A decision by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources could mean that the Kahala Hotel & Resort can now legally use more of the public lands adjacent to its property for commercial purposes. Read More

Waikiki Natatorium supporters approve plan for overhaul

Supporters of the Natatorium applauded the city’s latest plan for restoring the Waikiki memorial: a $25.6 million rebuild that would keep the historic structure and pool intact. Read More

New Sky Ala Moana project moves ahead with affordable and market-priced units

Avalon Group became the first local developer Wednesday to agree to a city requirement to set conditions that will keep the affordable units in its proposed mixed-use residential and commercial project affordable for 30 years. Read More

Unite Here Local 5 marks union’s longest running Hawaii hotel strike in nearly three decades

The Unite Here Local 5 hotel workers strike, which has become the union’s longest running Hawaii hotel strike in nearly three decades, is now a month old. Read More

BLNR considers Kahala, Ala Wai permit issues

The state Board of Land and Natural Resources is set to tackle two hot-button issues Friday dealing with commercialized portions of public land at the Kahala Hotel & Resort and the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor. Read More

Damage from Ala Moana lot fire estimated at $730K

Honolulu firefighters responded twice Tuesday to an accidental fire in the storage area of the sub-parking lot of Ala Moana Center that caused approximately $730,000 in damage. Read More

Oahu housing sales softening

Oahu’s residential real estate sales softened in October amid increased inven- tory and rising interest rates. Read More

Vote-counting system is ready for Tuesday’s election

The state Office of Elections conducted tests Saturday to ensure the votes for Tuesday’s general election are counted correctly. Read More

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell joins picket as hotel strike persists

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined Unite Here Local 5 hotel workers on the picket lines in Waikiki Saturday. Read More

Japanese travel firm to launch electric tour buses in Hawaii

JTB Hawaii Inc., the first Japanese travel company to establish a presence in the isles, plans to invest nearly $13 million in the Hawaii market over the next year or so. Read More

Duration of hotel workers’ strike surpasses 1990 walkout

A Unite Here Local 5 hotel workers strike marked its 25th day Thursday, making it the union’s longest- running hotel strike in nearly three decades. Read More

Tourism up despite declines on Big Island

Hawaii’s visitor industry realized statewide growth in visitor arrivals and spending despite September decreases on the Big Island. Read More

Roughly $30 million in improvements planned for Sea Life Park

Sea Life Park is embarking on a five- to six-year master plan that involves an estimated $30-million redevelopment — the circa-1964 facility’s most ambitious ever. Read More

Strike might affect dentists’ return for isle convention

With 16,500 registered attendees and guests wrapping up the state’s largest convention of the year in the middle of a hotel workers strike, the American Dental Association left town without committing to another visit — a booking the Hawai‘i Convention Center typically counts on for Waikiki. Read More

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