HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The first figures from May come from adding up the estimated daily arrivals. Total arrivals were up three percent from last year at the same time. Honolulu saw strong Japanese traffic offset much of a decline from the mainland, while mainland arrivals were up three percent to Kauai, five percent to the Big Island and six percent to Maui.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is inviting comment on proposed regulations to make airlines pay refunds when you pay a fee for checking bags and then bags don't arrive on time. The proposal would also raise compensation for getting bumped, depending on how long it takes to get onto another flight.
The 29th annual General Assembly of the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures is meeting today in Kiribati. State senator Kalani English is there. He's president of the association. Member nations have a lot of issues on their plate but a big one is, for obvious reasons, concern about rising ocean levels.
Governor Lingle has signed House Bill 808, which forbids property owners from blocking shoreline access by planting or cultivating vegetation. The bill was sponsored by Hermina Morita, representing the Kapaa to Kapolei part of Kauai. The Hawaii State Constitution makes it very clear that the shoreline belongs to all.