Eh distraught San Diego tourists who usually stay in Wailea and went to Honolua Bay for the first time, do you realize that the tons of sun-screened tourists that visit the bay are to blame for the horror you witnessed? To reverse the abomination of our reefs, less tourists are needed, so please be my guest and “don’t plan to return in the foreseeable future.” In fact, never … [Read more...] about Eh Brah! Goodbye ‘den!
Seriously, that has to be the least controversial headline in Hawai‘i today. I mean, among residents–for tourists, this is all just Disneyland with a few palm trees and sickly sweet rum drinks, right? For those of you who for whatever reason aren’t yet convinced that transient vacation rentals represent an alarming danger to Hawai‘i’s whole way of life for people who … [Read more...] about New report details vacation rental costs on Hawai`i economy
ALL-AMERICAN WEIRDOS Two American tourists, Joseph Dasilva, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, of San Diego, were arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 28 and detained in an immigration detention center after they posted a “butt-selfie” on Instagram, taken in front of the Buddhist temple Wat Arun, or Temple of the Dawn. The pair’s Instagram account, traveling_butts, showcased their … [Read more...] about NOTW: All-American weirdos, liver branding and a man who really loved his hole
Lahaina resident Randy Draper has spent many, many years fighting for beach access public parking in West Maui. Back in 2016, we wrote about his pressure on the County of Maui to make sure they’re enforcing the public access rules on the big Ka‘anapali resorts. He’s still at it, of course–now he’s part of a new lawsuit filed against the state Department of Land and Natural … [Read more...] about Maui groups sue DLNR over Ka`anapali tour boats
So the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) just released their new Maui County Tourism Industry Strategic Plan (TISP) for 2017-2026. It’s a 10-year plan that, at least on paper, is supposed to guide the visitor in the county. “This strategic plan addresses the pillars of a healthy tourism economy that must be of benefit to local residents,” said Teena Rasmussen, OED … [Read more...] about New Maui County tourism plan calls for more visitors, infrastructure, international flights and reef protection