Airbnb’s silence raises more questions

The email that dropped into my inbox late last week was innocuous enough. It announced a “webinar” on housing people displaced by disasters. But then, it turned out that the sponsor of the webinar was Airbnb.com. To me, that refocused the entire discussion.

Be sure to vote – and know what candidates stand for

The clock ticks on the most consequential county election Kauai has ever staged. The primary is Saturday. Regular registration ends this afternoon at 4 p.m., but you can register at your assigned polling place and still vote between when the polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

Are you ready?

Kauai residents with their eyes on the horizon for a hurricane are reasonably prepared, but fall short on complying with new state guidelines for the amount of nonperishable food and water they should have on hand.

Starwood denies purchase

Uncertainty surrounded the future of the St. Regis Princeville Resort after weekend media reports said it had been purchased by a Miami-based hotel investment company, but the companydenied on Monday that it had done so.

St. Regis sale near

The large California public employee pension plan that owns the St. Regis Princeville Resort and Makai Golf Club is in negotiations to sell the property to a buyer identified only as prominent hotel operator and investment firm.

Haena repairs to begin soon

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has let contracts totaling more than $2.9 million for repairs and new construction at Haena State Park that will set in motion a long-term plan to substantially redo facilities in the Ke‘e Beach area. At least four contracts have been awarded. All went to local firms.

Draft plan reduces convoys

The state Department of Transportation has circulated a draft plan to reduce the number of convoy runs to escort residents of the Haena-Wainiha area over the closed portion of Kuhio Highway and told community leaders the highway may close completely on weekends for six to nine weeks.

Kauai to kick off vote-by-mail

Gov. David Ige has signed into law a historic bill making Hawaii the fourth state in the country to switch to a universal vote-by-mail elections system — a process that will start with the 2020 election.

We need to protect Kauai’s brand before it’s too late

The head of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, George Szigeti, has been gently ousted in what is an unmistakable acknowledgment that the agency’s only strategy — best summarized as “more” — is weakening the state’s overall appeal amid concerns about over-saturation of visitors. In other words, Hawaii has found out how much is too much.