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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Hippie Bus Hawaii rentals include ocean views and maybe a visit from police

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Want to stay in oceanfront lodging in Waikiki for $30 a day or less? It’s possible, but there are several catches to this Airbnb mobile vacation rental. Read More
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Mobile vacation rentals leave enforcement officials in the dust

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There is a state law against sleeping in your vehicle on public streets at night, but that hasn’t stopped at least one Oahu host from parking a former car rental shuttle he turned into a mobile vacation rental, dubbed Hippie Bus Hawaii, in front of Kapiolani Park and selling beds with an ocean view. Read More

Waikiki Beachcomber names new executives as $35M renovation continues

Outrigger Hotels & Resorts has announced three new executive appointments for the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger, which is slated to complete a $35 million renovation in March. Read More

Hawai‘i Convention Center on lockdown after bomb threat

The Hawai‘i Convention Center is on a security lockdown following a bomb threat earlier today. Read More

2018 Oahu home prices hit records amid slowing sales

Oahu’s home market ended the year with record annual median prices for single- family homes and condominiums but saw slowing sales in December and for the full year. Read More

Neighbor island real estate markets slowing as on Oahu

Real estate professionals on the neighbor islands said their markets in 2018 experienced softening and price resistance — similar to Oahu — and that could indicate the latest ramp-up is coming to a close. Read More

Hawaii vacation rentals outpace timeshares in popularity with tourists

Vacation rentals in Hawaii appear to have displaced timeshares as the third most sought-after lodging choice behind hotels and condominiums in 2018. Read More

Former Marriott manager Chris Tatum takes over at HTA amid tourism challenges

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Aulani lauded for embracing Native Hawaiian language

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Disney is known for its flights of fancy. But a big part of the magic at its Aulani resort lies in its authenticity — especially when it comes to the Hawaiian language. Read More

Waikiki Beach Marriott workers ratify new contract

Unite Here Local 5 workers overwhelmingly ratified a new contract Friday with the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Read More

November occupancy fell as hotels hit headwinds

November was not kind to Oahu hotels, with occupancy falling below 80 percent for the first time since March 2017. Read More

Oahu property valuations heading up

Oahu real property values this year soared 6.8 percent to their highest on record — $275.46 billion — the city said Tuesday. Read More

Man stabbed in front of Waikiki hotel in botched drug deal

Police arrested a 24-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed another man in a drug deal gone bad in Waikiki Sunday night, police said. Read More

Rotary still committed to building park in Waikiki

Overgrown weeds, trash and graffiti are still hallmarks of the vacant lot between Aloha Drive and Manukai Street, where the city has been promisingresidents a park for some 15 years. Read More

Timeshare visitors to Hawaii fell 6% in third quarter

Timeshare visitors to Hawaii decreased in the third quarter, and occupancy was flat, according to the Hawaii Timeshare Quarterly Report released Friday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Read More

Construction of Wailea hotel to start in February

Construction of a new 110-room boutique hotel on Maui is scheduled to begin in February, completing the full build-out of hotels in the Wailea Resort master plan, which dates back to 1987. Read More
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United Airlines flight attendants protest staff and service cuts at Honolulu airport

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United Airlines flight attendants are asking management to increase staffing and stop planned staffing and service cuts. Read More

Hawaii Tourism Authority fills 2 more top leadership positions

The Hawaii Tourism Authority on Monday named two more hires to mark the first time since March that the state agency has had all three of its top positions filled. Read More

Hawaii Tourism Authority fills 2 more top leadership positions

The Hawaii Tourism Authority today named two more hires, marking the first time since March that the state agency has had all three of its top positions filled. Read More
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Kabuki’s return to isle marks anniversaries

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Japanese Kabuki will return to Hawaii for the first time in more than half a century to mark the 25th anniversary of the Honolulu Festival and the 150th anniversary of the first organized Japanese group to immigrate to Hawaii. Read More

National class action lawsuit filed over Marriott data breach

The Marriott breach may be among the largest data breaches on record. Read More

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