State roundup for October 31


New flights to Japan kick off

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines is launching its new service to Sapporo, Japan.

Hawaiian’s inaugural flight to the city on the island of Hokkaido left Honolulu Tuesday morning. The airline plans to fly to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport three times a week.

Sapporo is Hawaiian’s fourth destination in Japan. It’s also the fourth-largest city in Japan, with a population of nearly 2 million.

Passengers on the inaugural flight received flower lei and were treated to a ceremony featuring Hawaiian music and hula, a Japanese cultural performance and a traditional Hawaiian blessing. Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO Mike McCartney estimates the flight will generate more than $60 million in visitor spending.

Visitor arrivals continue rising

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Tourism Authority says 6 percent more people traveled to Hawaii in September compared to the same month last year. Visitors to the islands spent almost 16 percent more while they were here compared to last year.

HTA President Mike McCartney says the agency is pleased the rate of spending growth hasn’t weakened even though the number of travelers increased more slowly. More than 595,000 visitors came to Hawaii in September and spent $1.1 billion.

Soldier allegedly made threats

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Schofield Barracks soldier accused of terrorizing four people as well as making a threatening telephone call to the Army base is scheduled to appear in court.

Obrien McChriston, 24, is headed to court today for a preliminary hearing. He is charged with kidnapping and terroristic threatening.

Police say McChriston got into an argument on Sept. 16 at a home in Kalaeloa. He is accused of threatening a man with a knife and not allowing three women to leave the home. He also remains under investigation for allegedly calling the Army base last week and threatening to come onto the base and kill soldiers.

His bail has been set at $50,000.

Superstorm leaves some Hawaii travelers stranded

HONOLULU (AP) — Superstorm Sandy may be far away, but it is still having an impact on Hawaii.

Hawaii News Now (http://is.gd/47nxfD) reports that more than 1,300 travelers bound for the East Coast remain stranded in Hawaii. The island’s two largest airlines have canceled three direct flights to Washington, D.C. and the New York area since Sunday.

The East Coast is a growing but lucrative market for Hawaii and local tourism officials and airlines are working quickly to accommodate stranded visitors. Tourism officials say late October is typically a slow season for hotel bookings, so stranded travels should have little problem finding a place to stay.

Local hotels are offering discounted rates for travelers whose flights have been canceled. Airlines are also waiving fees to rebook their reservations.

Hawaiian kicks off flights to fourth Japanese city

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines is launching its new service to Sapporo, Japan.

Hawaiian’s inaugural flight to the city on the northern island of Hokkaido will leave Honolulu on Tuesday. The airline plans to fly to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport three times a week.

Sapporo is Hawaiian’s fourth destination in Japan.

Hawaiian entered the Japanese market with a flight to Tokyo in November 2010. It later started flights to Osaka and Fukuoka.

Passengers on the inaugural flight will get to see a pre-flight ceremony featuring Hawaiian music and hula, a Japanese cultural performance and a traditional Hawaiian blessing. They’ll also receive fresh flower lei.

Oahu construction worker dies after wall collapse

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (AP) — Military officials are investigating the collapse of a cinder block wall that killed a construction worker at a Schofield Barracks construction site.

U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii said in a news release emergency officials responded to a 911 call after 1:30 p.m. Monday. The construction worker was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital where he passed away after 2 p.m.

The incident occurred where Army contractor Nan Inc. is renovating Quad D barracks.

The Army says it extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased.

 

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