Nov 15, 12:18 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Adam Levine-Weinberg 11/15/18 AT 12:18 AM Since late August, U.S. airlines have raised their checked bag fees one after the other. By the end of October, Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) subsidiary Hawaiian Airlines was one of the last remaining holdouts -- with the notable exception of Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), which is sticking with its popular "bags fly free" policy.This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool.For a while, it seemed like Hawaiian might be reluctant to raise its baggage fees due to the impending arrival of Southwest Airlines in Hawaii. However, Hawaiian Airlines announced this week that it is matching its other rivals' bag fee increases on mainland-Hawaii routes.A new standard for baggage feesUntil recently, most U.S. airlines charged $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for a second checked bag on … [Read more...] about Hawaiian Airlines Raises Bag Fees To Match Rivals
A HAWAIIAN island has been wiped off the map completely after the eastern Pacific was struck by a powerful hurricane. Satellite images have confirmed that the 11-acre East Island in the French Frigate shoals has been entirely erased following Hurricane Walaka earlier this month. The tiny island, which was around half a mile long and 400 feet wide, was a key habitat for the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal, endangered green sea turtle, as well as several species of seabirds and tiger sharks. Before disappearing, Hawaii’s East and Trig islands accounted for 60 per cent of the monk seal pups born at French Frigate Shoals. The category three hurricane, with wind speeds of up to 125mph, came within 70 miles of the west of the island in early October 2018. East Island was the second-largest islet in the French Frigate Shoals, an enormous protected marine area in the north-western Hawaiian Islands around 550 miles from Honolulu. Dr Chip Fletcher was one of seven researchers … [Read more...] about This entire Hawaiian island completely VANISHED after a massive storm
Allyson Chiu, The Washington Post Published 2:09 am PDT, Thursday, October 25, 2018 If you aren't a researcher studying the threatened green sea turtle, endangered monk seals, or the albatross, chances are you've probably never heard of East Island. For centuries, the islet peeked out from the turquoise and azure waters of the Pacific Ocean about 550 miles northwest of Honolulu in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The 11-acre patch of sand and loose gravel was often frequented by sea turtles, monk seals and albatrosses, which returned there year after year to nest and raise their young, safe from human threats. But the next time these animals come back to their haven, it likely won't be there. In early October, East Island was decimated by Hurricane Walaka - one of the most intense storms ever recorded in the Pacific Ocean - and effectively wiped off the map overnight. "I was absolutely shocked," Randy Kosaki, NOAA's deputy superintendent of research and … [Read more...] about This remote Hawaiian island was a critical nesting ground for threatened species. Climate change and a powerful hurricane wiped it out overnight.
A remote Hawaiian island that provided a vital habitat for endangered species of seals and turtles has been washed away by a powerful hurricane. East Island, which was only about half a mile long and 122m (400ft) wide, was wiped out by Hurricane Walaka earlier this month.The category three hurricane, with wind speeds of up to 125mph, came within 70 miles of the west of the island.Satellite images taken after the hurricane showed that it has almost entirely vanished.The island had been part of the French Frigate Shoals, an atoll in the far western reaches of the Hawaiian archipelago.Its sinking threatens the future of two endangered species - Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles - for whom the island was a vital habitat.There are thought to be just 1,400 individual Hawaiian monk seals, meaning they are classified as critically endangered.Many of them raised their young on the island.Green sea turtles are also threatened while seabirds such as albatrosses, whose young were often … [Read more...] about East Island: Remote Hawaiian island wiped out by devastating hurricane
By Alix Martichoux, SFGATE Published 11:57 am PDT, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Google Earth satellite imagery shows East Island, Hawaii in 2014. A Category 5 hurricane made the island practically disappear from satellite images in October 2018. Google Earth satellite imagery shows East Island, Hawaii in 2014. A Category 5 hurricane made the island practically disappear from satellite images in October 2018. Photo: Screenshot / Google Earth This Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows a HC-130 Hercules aircraft approaching Johnston Atoll to evacuate four wildlife refuge workers before Hurricane Walaka arrives at the remote Pacific island. The Coast Guard said Tuesday one of its Hawaii planes picked up the Fish and Wildlife Service workers from Johnston Atoll on Monday. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Griffin/U.S. Coast Guard via AP) less This Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 photo provided by … [Read more...] about Hawaiian island practically disappears off map after Hurricane Walaka