aloha73g wrote:Wneast wrote:aloha73g wrote:
I don’t care, many locals and most Native Hawaiians don’t either. Maybe I’d move to the big island and work in my cousin’s Kalo Lo‘i. When my grandma was born on Maui in the 1920s the population was less than 40,000…now there’s nearly twice that may TOURISTS on Maui each day (58k+ in May 2021 … during a pandemic). I would gladly live a much simpler life in an alternate universe with no tourism.
There’s more to life than “economic benefits” from extractive tourism. If leaders can’t figure something out the system will self implode. Check out the online content of locals screaming at and harassing arrogant, ignorant and obnoxious tourists during Covid…it’s good fun.
Locals think there’s too many tourists, tourists think there’s too many tourists…. That sounds unsustainable from both ends.
The focus should be on QUALITY of visitors and not QUANTITY. Compare 2019 to 1989—60% the number of visitors and the same amount of spending. All illegal short term rentals (the vast majority) should be shut down. There cannot and should not be year-over-year growth of airline seats to Hawaii.
You could gladly tell that WN but I think they could care less if there’s room for more flights from them and they keep making even more money they won’t just stop more flights neither will the other airlines. Also would the locals tell HA to stop adding flights ?
I don’t have to tell anyone. Elected leaders are already making it known. And so is the Hawaii Tourism Authority. If they keep bring more people the residents will hate tourism more and the tourists will have worse & worse experiences… which will hopefully mean they won’t come back, thereby solving the “problem.” Hotel owners have formed a group to tackle this issue. They know it’s a ticking time bomb.
If you’re truly interested in over tourism concerns in Hawaii here’s some reading:
https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/06/house ... ople-want/
https://news.yahoo.com/amphtml/hawaii-t ... 00594.html
https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2021/06/2 ... -visitors/
https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/08/trish ... or-action/
https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/07/chad- ... ings-true/
And yes, if HA (or any other airline) was going to double their ASMs between Hawaii and the continent, I would not be alone in complaining about it. Much of the interview between a WN executive and the Star-Advertiser I posted above was about this issue. He insisted that WN wants to be positive benefit in the community and also serve the needs of Hawaii residents …. Flights to Hilo and non-stops to Vegas are a good start, but they are just that—a start.
I saw that I think WN is really trying too listen to the community on what the do next because they want be wanted and get in good with the locals