In March 2003, Hawaiian Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in its history. The airline continued its normal operations, and at the time was overdue for $4.5 million worth of payments to the pilots' pension plan. Within the company, it was suggested that the plan be terminated. As of May 2005, Hawaiian Airlines had received court approval of its reorganization plan. The company emerged from bankruptcy protection on June 2, 2005, with reduced operating costs through renegotiated contracts with its union work groups; restructured aircraft leases; and investment from RC Aviation, a unit of San Diego-based Ranch Capital, which bought a majority share in parent company Hawaiian Holdings Inc in 2004.
Just off the coast of Massachusetts lies the island of Martha’s Vineyard, long known as a getaway for old-money scions and politicians. Surprisingly, the island has a bit of a bohemian streak, best embodied by its small, but beloved, nude beach. Known as either Moshup Beach, after the Moshup Trail that leads down to the sand, or Gay Head Beach, because of its position below the scrub-topped Gay Head Cliffs, this strand has a clothing-optional section for sunbathing and recreation. Visitors must pay a $15 parking fee in order to access Moshup’s Beach.
The city of Long Branch in Monmouth County has the distinction of being the beach playground of former U.S. presidents, with the beach areas now aptly named Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park. The 38-acre beach park features a snack bar, sheltered picnic facilities, a volleyball area, outdoor showers and designated areas for surfing. If you carry your launch kayaks and canoes from the parking lot, you're free to launch them from the beach. Expect to pay admission fees during summer months, and you'll lifeguards on duty during the designated summer season. A playground and skateplex also sit near the beach. The beach park is also a protected ecological habitat for threatened bird and plant species.
The most well-known beach near Newark actually sits in the southern Brooklyn borough of New York City, about 24 miles away. Coney Island spreads across the shoreline with three miles of sandy beaches and a lively boardwalk connecting visitors to famous entertainment venues, including at least 50 rides and attractions such as a roller coaster, bumper cars, arcades and the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. The beach and boardwalk are open all year with lifeguards on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Stay until dark to experience fireworks on the beach on Friday nights in the summer, generally beginning on the last weekend of June.
St. Martin, the French-speaking side of the island also known as St. Maarten, is home to Club Orient, a family-friendly naturist resort that fronts one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the Caribbean. Guests are invited to participate in all activities, from sunbathing to dining, while in the buff. When the nude bodies begin to bore you, head to the other side of the island for a visit to Maho Beach, famous for its planespotting.