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Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

  It’s official, 2014 was a record year for tourism. The final numbers aren’t yet in for Hawaii, but they are for Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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One trend of Hawaii’s tourism industry over past year has been a growing number of visitors from China. While the numbers are still small compared to Japan, they’re increasing. And China’s government is taking a new step that may improve the travel experience for all parties concerned. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Maui No. 1 for Vacation Rentals

Dec 26, 2014
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Wikipedia Commons

While hotels continue to be the accommodation of choice for most visitors to Hawaii, short-term vacation rental units have been growing in popularity. That’s especially true on Maui. A recent study commissioned by the Hawaii Tourism Authority reports that there are more vacation rental units on Maui than on any other island in the state. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News. 

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  A relatively small city that has big plans for tourism has been named the top travel destination for 2015 by Lonely Planet. It’s been a country for less time than Hawaii’s been a state, and if you’re flying from Honolulu, you’ll need to change planes at least once. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Later this month, Hawaii Island will host a unique gathering combining science, science fiction, fantasy and a lot of enthusiastic fans. It's a fan convention called Hawaii Con.  HPR's Sherry Bracken caught up with one of the organizers and has a preview.

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  This continues to be a busy summer for visitors to Hawai‘i. A growing number of those travelers are coming from China. The numbers are still relatively small compared to visitors from other countries. But in South Korea, the numbers of Chinese travelers, and their economic impact are much bigger. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  According to the latest tourism figures, about 25,000 visitors came to Hawai‘i from Australia in June. While Hawai‘i remains a popular destination for Australians, some of their travel choices may soon face restrictions. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  There’s been some mixed economic news this week from one of Hawai‘i’s key tourism markets. South Korea’s pace of economic growth is slowing, but it’s about to get some help from the government. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

New Ferry Pier for Lahaina Harbor

Jul 11, 2014
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Flickr Commons / Joe Parks

  Lahaina Harbor on Maui is going to be getting a new ferry pier. It’s designed to ease congestion, but the state Department of Land and Natural Resources revised its plans after hearing from the community. Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News. 

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  The tourism industry always gets a lot of attention in Hawaii. As most local residents know, the leading overseas market for visitors to Hawaii is Japan. But Japan is also becoming a more popular destination for travelers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Redevelopment Cleared for South Maui Resort

Jun 2, 2014
Eileen Chao
Eileen Chao

  A proposal to redevelop a resort in south Maui cleared a major hurdle this week. The Maui Planning Commission approved the plan to make a series of changes to the Makena Beach and Golf Resort. Eileen Chao reports from the Maui News.

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www.scmp.com via Creative Commons

  Memorial Day weekend is one of the most popular travel holidays in the United States. But this year, it also marked the middle of a travel period for a large group of Chinese visitors to the United States. In fact, it’s a record breaking group. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Seoul’s Hotel Boom

May 19, 2014
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  South Korea remains a growing market for tourists coming to Hawaii. For travelers going to South Korea, hotel rooms can be a challenge, especially in the capital city of Seoul. But that’s beginning to change. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Competition for Hawai'i Tourists on the Horizon

May 13, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s $15 billion visitor industry is in the process of diversifying and re-tooling to meet an onslaught of competition from other tourist destinations. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

The State had an $844 million budget surplus last year and the 4 counties are now asking the legislature to reinstate their share of tourism revenues.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

Hawaii Ecotourism Association
Hawaii Ecotourism Association

Tourists are increasingly seeking a vacation experience that values local culture and the environment. This growth in eco-tourism has prompted a nonprofit, Hawaii Ecotourism Association, to promote a more sustainable type of travel. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Tourism 2014

Jan 3, 2014
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  While the final figures aren’t in yet, 2013 already looks like a record year for tourism in Hawaii. But both visitor arrivals and spending have been falling for the past three months. What about this year? HPR’s Bill Dorman looks ahead at some of the travel trends for 2014.

Nils Nilson
Nils Nilson

Seasonal events in Hawaii vary according to location.  On the Big Island, it's time for one of the biggest events of the year, the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.  The race itself isn't until this weekend, but as HPR's Sherry Bracken reports, participants have already begun to arrive.

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Flickr / Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

If you see more Chinese tourists than usual in the islands this week, it might be because this is China’s “Golden Week.” It’s one of the country’s semi-annual set of holidays—the other one comes in the spring. But this fall’s holidays come with a new set of rules. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / mickdejong

Any international passengers coming to Hawaii have to clear customs in Honolulu. That was not always the case. Up until last year, visitors from overseas could travel directly to Kona. But now the Kona Customs Facility is closed. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken explains why.

Flossie Delays Flights, Stranding Travelers

Jul 30, 2013
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NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Airlines have canceled flights in and out of Hawaii due to Tropical Storm Flossie. Powerful winds and heavy rains have left many visitors stranded or unable to get here. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Hawaii Aims to Boost Chinese Tourism

Jun 17, 2013
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Flickr / rickz

This year, visitors from China became the top source of international tourism for the country. But how many of them are choosing Hawaii as their destination? HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on what the state is doing to attract Asia’s largest economy.

The number of Chinese tourists coming to Hawaii is continuing to grow. But China’s government has some advice for citizens traveling anywhere overseas. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tourism Trends Show Japanese Seeking Out Local Culture

Apr 25, 2013
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Flickr / chibirashka

March turned out to be another month of growth for tourism in the state. The Hawaii Tourism Authority says overall visitor arrivals were up 7.6% compared to a year earlier, while visitor spending was up 7.8%. The number of tourists coming from Japan was also up—by a little more than four percent. And a growing trend for those Japanese visitors is a movement beyond Waikiki---searching for a more local experience. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Tourism has been growing on all islands across the state, but in some places, there's more room to grow.  That's certainly the case on the Big Island of Hawaii.  HPR"s Sherry Bracken has more from Kona.

Local Photographer Turns Lens Toward Waikiki

Oct 17, 2012
Eric Yanagi

Nearly 40 years ago, a 22-year old artist decided to document the changing landscape of Honolulu's most famous neighborhood --- Waikiki.  That artist was local photographer Eric Yanagi.  

Thanks to a state grant, Yanagi completed the year-long project in 1973. His focus was on the community that was living in a rapidly developing Waikiki.  Now he’s compiled a collection of his photographs that are on display at UH Manoa, “Framing Paradise: Photography and Waikiki.”

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