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.


Flood control plan for Ala Wai strongly opposed at meeting

Controversy over a $345 million project to lessen flood risks at the Ala Wai Canal by building a wall around the canal and huge flood control structures in the upper reaches of the watershed drew hundreds to a Tuesday town hall meeting in Manoa. Read More

Southwest makes its inaugural flight to the islands

Southwest Airlines President Tom Nealon marked the carrier’s debut of over-water service to the isles with a promise that “we’re in it to win it.” Read More

Inaugural Southwest Airlines flight arrives in Hawaii

The debut got a full-court press with Hawaiian blessings on both sides. In Honolulu there were lei greetings, hula dancers, hapa haole music and a display of aloha attire that harked back to days of old. Read More

Waikiki landmark King’s Village to be demolished next month

Demolition of King’s Village, a circa-1970s Waikiki landmark patterned after Disneyland’s Main Street USA, is slated to begin next month to make way for a soaring 32-story Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare tower. Read More

Ala Wai project will affect 37 private properties

A $345 million project to lessen flood risks at the Ala Wai Canal is moving quickly through the state Legislature despite concerns from property owners. Read More

737 Max grounding strands 2 jets in Hawaii; an expert sees little long-term impact on isles

Two planes with passengers on board were temporarily stranded in Hawaii Wednesday after the Federal Aviation Administration ordered the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Read More

Grounded Boeing planes strand some Hawaii passengers, affects 11 daily isle flights

Today’s FAA requirement for all U.S. airlines to ground its Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes will affect Hawaii’s North America air capacity, but not by that much. Read More

West Coast bus tour would promote isles

Hawaii Tourism Authority’s largest marketing contractor, Hawaii Tourism USA, plans to launch a bus tour to drive up domestic tourism, the top source for visitors to Hawaii. Read More

Hawaii Tourism Authority shifts focus to managing tourism

The message at the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s first statewide event under new leadership was more about how the agency is going to partner with the industry to manage tourism rather than its marketing plans. Read More

Hawaii Tourism Authority trims marketing aimed at Canada, Europe

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is cutting marketing budgets for Canada and Europe and reinvesting funds into other priorities, including diversifying and managing tourism and programs that benefit the community. Read More

Tourism jobs take a hit as Hawaii unemployment rises

Hawaii’s unemployment rate inched up to its highest level in two years amid signs the state’s economic growth is slowing, especially in tourism. Read More

Hawaii’s unemployment rate inches up as economy slows

Hawaii’s unemployment level is still near historic lows. Read More

Hawaiian Airlines gives $31M to staff

Hawaiian Airlines said Thursday it would award $31 million in profit- sharing and performance bonuses to employees following what was an “exceptional” 2018. Read More

As competition heats up, Hawaiian Airlines rewards employees for 2018 performance

The payout, which went to 7,100 employees, represents more than 11 percent of Hawaiian’s adjusted net income of $274.8 million last year. Read More

Southwest’s success could lead to more routes

Southwest Airlines has new fuel-efficient planes coming that would allow the carrier to add more destinations to its lineup of flights between Hawaii and the mainland, a spokesman said Wednesday. Read More

Southwest Airlines’ low fares ramp up interisland competition

Southwest Airlines’ entry into the Hawaii market might just be the biggest aviation announcement in the carrier’s 50-year history. Read More

Southwest flying to Hawaii this month, offers low introductory fares

An airline spokesman said today the inaugural flight is already sold out. Read More

‘Super Golden Week’ expected to boost Hawaii tourism

Major tour companies and legacy air carriers for Hawaii’s Japan tourism market are reporting double-digit gains for this year’s “Super Golden Week,” a 10-day period of consecutive national holidays. Read More

January sees more visitors and less spending

Hawaii’s tourism industry started 2019 with its deepest monthly drop in visitor spending in more than three years. Read More

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