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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.


Community meetings will discuss canal crossing

The city is seeking public feedback on whether a new crossing should be planned for the Ala Wai Canal to connect Waikiki, Ala Moana and the McCully/Moiliili neighborhoods. Read More

Tourists urged to be cautious as Olivia stirs up the ocean

For tourists on Oahu, even a weakening Tropical Storm Olivia could force plans to change, especially if those plans involved the ocean. Read More

Judge rules to dismiss Waikiki beachboys case

First Circuit Judge Dean E. Ochiai ruled Monday to dismiss the last remaining motions in Star Beachboys court proceedings against the city and Dive Oahu, the city’s current operator of the Waikiki beachboy concessions. Read More

Local 5 authorizes strike at Marriotts on Oahu and Maui

Unite Here Local 5 hotel workers voted Monday to authorize a strike at six Marriott-operated hotels in Honolulu and on Maui. Read More

Shops remain open as visitor industry prepares for storm

Hurricane Olivia weakened to a tropical storm Monday as it advanced toward the Hawaiian islands but that didn’t stop the state’s visitor industry from unleashing a whirlwind of safety preparations. Read More

Judge rules to dismiss Waikiki beachboys case against Dive Oahu and city

A judge ruled to dismiss the last remaining motions in Star Beachboys court proceedings against the city and Dive Oahu, the city’s current operator of the Waikiki beachboy concessions. Read More

United Airlines plans to invest $200 million in state’s airports

With increasing tourist arrivals to the state comes increasing investment. Read More

Kahala Resort’s permit request prompts backlash

Opponents of The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s use of the beach for commercial purposes are ramping up efforts to protect the public shoreline. Read More

July set record for visitor arrivals

More visitors came to Hawaii in July than in any other month in the state’s history, keeping the state within range of reaching a 10 million visitor arrival benchmark by the year’s end. Read More

July sets single-month record for Hawaii visitors

Despite volcanic-activity related softening on Hawaii island, more visitors came to Hawaii in July than in any other month in the state’s history. Read More

Rain increases Ala Wai Canal pollution, causes beach warning

The Ala Wai Canal was a chocolate brown mess Tuesday complete with floating trees, natural debris and trash. Read More

Residents’ response to Lane was boom or bust for many businesses

Hawaii didn’t take a direct physical hit from Hurricane Lane, which was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday, but it did dampen performance for some businesses. Read More

Visitors to Oahu play as Tropical Storm Lane shifts direction

Tropical Storm Lane might have resulted in the closures of six out of seven Duke’s OceanFest events this weekend, but it didn’t stop hundreds of beachgoers from enjoying Waikiki’s surf on the birthday of legendary surfer Duke Kaha­namoku. Read More

Mayor warns tourists to stay out of the ocean

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and other city officials held a press conference in Waikiki today to warn tourists to heed advisories in regard to Hurricane Lane, which could cause dangerously high surf and flooding later this afternoon and beyond. Read More

Visitor industry prepares to hunker down

As Hurricane Lane, Hawaii’s most unwelcome guest, prepared to unpack dangerous wind and flooding across the state, the visitor industry scrambled to get hospitality workers to their jobs and get some 270,000 tourists back home or safe inside. Read More

Storm likely to further curb September hotel performance

Hoteliers, especially those on the Big Island that suffered losses connected to the Kilauea eruption during the peak summer period, are bracing for another hit as Hurricane Lane moves closer to the islands. Read More

Visitor industry says it’s ready for Hurricane Lane

As Hurricane Lane strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane Tuesday, the state’s visitor industry prepared to care for 270,000 tourists in the islands. Read More

HI-EMA selects director with Hawaii ties

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, which transmitted a false ballistic missile alert Jan. 13 and underwent a major leadership shake-up, has hired a new executive director with ties to Hawaii. Read More

Vacation rental bans firmly in place on Kauai and the Big Island

The shutdown of vacation rentals on Kauai and Hawaii island remains in effect, despite improvements to flood-damaged areas of the Garden Island and an easing of the lava flow on the Big Island. Read More

Search for Hawaii Tourism Authority leaders moves into high gear

The Hawaii Tourism Authority, the state tourism agency, is kicking efforts into high gear to fill vacancies for nearly a third of its staff, including its top three leadership positions. Read More

Repeat offender gets 1-year term for attack that hurt Arizona visitor

A 30-year-old homeless man was sentenced to one year in jail for his attack on a female tourist in Waikiki who tried to stop him from injuring a second homeless man. Read More

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