HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The military construction budget has cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee. Brian Schatz says the bill has more than 240 million for medical clinics at Schofield and K-Bay, 46 million for a new jet fighter facility for the Hawaii Air National Guard, and 31 million for the power grid at the Pacific Missile Range Facility.
Hotel occupancy – Oahu 84% full – Maui 75 – Kauai 66 – Big Island 61% full – Oahu was commensurate with L.A. but Kauai and Kona fell below the mainland average of 70% occupancy.
Dr. Beach – that guy in Florida who makes a living ranking beaches around the country – is out of with his annual list of the best beaches – and after 25 years he finally discovered Waimanalo Beach, and naturally ranked it first in the nation. Since 1990 Dr. Beach, whose real name is Steve Leatherman, has been retiring beaches after they rank first. But he's run out of beaches, and says starting next year they'll all be eligible again.