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Allison Schaefers is the Waikiki bureau chief at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Based in Waikiki, Schaefers covers Hawaii tourism and Waikiki topics for the state's largest newspaper. But she’s just as likely to rush out to cover the breaking news story of the day or pursue an investigation.

 

She joined the parent company of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in 2003. Earlier, Schaefers was a staff writer for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla., in the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach bureau. Schaefers also has served as news editor for the Camden County Tribune. She has worked alongside the White House Press Corps during President Barack Obama’s many Hawaii visits. Her byline has appeared in HILuxury Magazine, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

 

Schaefers has been honored three times in the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW)’s national business-writing contest. She has journalistic awards from the Best of the West regional contest and more than 20 state awards from Georgia and Hawaii.

 

She reported abroad during several fellowship programs, including the Foreign Press Center’s Japan Fellowship Program; the Jefferson Fellowship Program at the University of Hawaii’s East West Center; and the United Nations Development Program.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
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                                The Hawaii Tourism Agency kicked off a new campaign to welcome the world to Maui. This is a view of the Kaanapali Coast grove of hotels near Lahaina.
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The Hawaii Tourism Authority has launched a new public service campaign, “Makaukau Maui,” which seeks to tell visitors that while historic Lahaina remains closed after the deadly Aug. 8 wildfires, accommodations on West Maui are open and residents are ready to welcome them back. Read more

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                                Market conditions for Japanese arrivals are difficult to read, a tourism industry official says. Above, visitors from Japan departed buses in Waikiki last week.
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                                This rendering shows the entrance into the FestPAC 2024 village designed by Architects Hawaii Ltd. The village sets the stage for the festival. AHL designed a space that honors and celebrates the diverse cultures of the Pacific, with an eye to sustainability and resiliency.
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Hawaii is finalizing plans to host delegations this summer from 28 Pacific island nations at the 13th annual festival of Pacific Arts and Culture, or FestPAC — the state’s most important international meeting since the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders summit and the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress. Read more

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                                A family of visitors Thursday set up their spot on Duke Kaha­na­moku Beach to enjoy the sun and sand in Waikiki.
HTA seeks additional funds for destination management

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is still fighting for its life in the state Legislature but has come out swinging with a request to increase its budget by $9 million, add 14 more staff positions and raise salaries for its top executives. Read more

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