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Kahe Wale Newsletter

Translated, Kahe Wale means “free flowing”. We invite you to share in the free flowing of information, from HVCB to you, our valued member. Working with all HVCB departments, our goal is to provide insight into available tools and resources, updates on member initiatives, and learning opportunities.

March

There is a feeling of hope and optimism circulating in the industry. A reduction in positive COVID-19 cases and the rollout of the Hawaii vaccination program, along with reports that travelers are more and more ready to travel bring a much-welcomed sense of a start to recovery. Read More

February

As we near the anniversary of the shutdowns caused by the pandemic, none of us would have guessed that this is where we would be one year later. My team and I meet regularly with government officials, HTA, and other industry stakeholders. We continue to advocate for the needs of... Read More

January

2020 was undoubtedly the most challenging year in the history of hospitality, bringing unimaginable challenges and loss. However, crisis also brings opportunity and like all of you, we looked for new ways to do business and stay connected to our visitors, residents and most... Read More

November

This year certainly has felt deep and rough; however, we remain standing and continue to bravely face the challenges and seek opportunities to rebuild Hawaii tourism. We’ve seen some progress this week, Canada has joined the Continental United States and Japan in the pre-travel... Read More

October

As the time has come to once again welcome visitors, we can’t help but reflect on the last seven months. Through the many challenges, our industry has consistently demonstrated hospitality, courage and resiliency. We have cared for visitors arriving to carry out essential duties,... Read More

September

The Governor’s announcement that a pre-testing program, allowing visitors to avoid the 14-day quarantine, will start October 15th has given the industry some much needed hope that tourism is moving into recovery. HVCB has been ready with a communication strategy to welcome back... Read More

July

We have been working with the Governor, Mayors of all counties, and other industry stakeholders to provide tourism’s perspective on what is needed to open Hawaii in a way that is most importantly safe but also provides a much-needed boost to Hawaii’s economy. Read More

June 24

In this issue of Kahe Wale, we have provided you with resources that will assist you in keeping up to date with government orders, resources to share with your guests, and tools to help you culturally promote the Hawaiian Islands when the time is right again. Read More

June 15

We are actively working with our client (the Hawaii Tourism Authority) along with the Department of Health, Department of Transportation, HiEMA and the Governor’s office on a plan that will allow us to begin the recovery of the Visitor Industry as soon as is practicable. This... Read More

May

This issue of Kahe Wale is dedicated to providing important resources that will assist you in the current environment. Everything listed below, and more, may be found on the HVCB Crisis Communications page. This page is updated daily so please bookmark it for easy access to new... Read More

April

Despite our industry coming to a standstill, there is evidence of the amazing soul of hospitality everywhere we turn. We asked you, our members, to share some positivity and bring some light to everyone’s day through your amazing stories. You’ll see this issue of Kahe Wale is... Read More