Two major storms, a historic hotel-worker strike, floods, and active lava flows – through all that happened in Hawai‘i’s tempestuous 2018, one thing held fast: Hotels thrived. According to a hotel performance report released Friday by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, annual revenue for Hawai‘i’s hotels increased from 2017 to 2018 by 4.6 percent, to a total of $4.36 billion last … [Read more...] about Hawai‘i Hotel Revenue Climbs Despite Turbulent Year – Do We Get A Cut?
Transient Accommodations Tax
1. On Mar. 15, which Maui legislator introduced two resolutions to create regional task forces on cesspools? A. Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran B. Sen. Roz Baker C. Rep. Angus McKelvey D. Rep. Justin Woodson E. Rep. Kyle Yamashita 2. Last year, the County of Maui’s share of the state’s Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) was $23.5 million–barely over the $22 million the county was … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: Do you know when UH Maui College will go 100 percent solar?
1. On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Maui County Planning Department officials held a public meeting on how transportation issues relate to the West Maui Community Plan. When was the West Maui Community Plan adopted? A. 1976 B. 1986 C. 1996 D. 2006 E. 2016 2. Last week, President Donald Trump said that he would terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: How much do you know about the DACA program in Hawaii?
He says it used to happen a lot more, but the last time was at about four or five years ago. Mike Molina was still a Maui County Councilmember then, and he’d just walked into the Burger King on Dairy Road in Kahului. Immediately, he says, the woman behind the counter began giggling. He says she then got her manager. “They thought I was Rick Moranis,” Molina is telling me at … [Read more...] about Maui County Council primary elections are normally bland, but this year’s four-way race over Mike White’s Makawao-Haiku-Paia district is different
Watching the Maui County Council interact with Mayor Alan Arakawa these days, sometimes you wonder if they would ever agree anything, including the time of sunset or the number of days left before the 2014 election. So it was actually nice over the weekend to see that members of the council who’ve largely disagreed with the Arakawa Administration for the last two years–over … [Read more...] about Hawaii Legislature’s Refusal To Restore All TAT Monies Brings Maui County Council, Mayor Together