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234 thoughts on “Decline In Hawaii Tourism Starts According To State”

  1. I am totally opposed to resort fees or any other additional charges for which one cannot opt out. We’ve stayed at Outrigger properties many times because they have not charged resort fees, but now I see they’re also doing it at the former Sheraton outside of Kona. I suggest the state pass a law requiring all of these ridiculous add-ons be included in the basic rate. Until they do, I will look for hotels without them or stay in condos. Thanks for letting me vent.

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  2. I think your analysis is right-on. We had a lovely visit in March but spent a small fortune. It will be a long time before our family returns to Hawaii simply because that same amount of money could buy a luxury vacation practically anywhere in the world.

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  3. Living here and working as a tour guide has been a challenge. Many locals do not understand that tourism brings in about 95% of our 75 billion annual income. It doesn’t matter what people do locals will always complain. Unfortunately Racism, violence, and intolerance are part of Hawaiian history. If you come to HI and explore Hana take a guide and avoid the drama.

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  4. We love Hawaii, and had planned to return this fall. However, we decided to go to Cozumel where we can dive and everything else is half the cost. We will be coming back. Just not sure when.

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  5. I have loved Hawaii since the first time I came over on the Lurline in 1961. My parents had been once before & wanted me to see the beauty & culture of the islands. We visited all parts of Hawaii, Maui & Kauai to experience the different climates & landscapes. It was then we found a little place called the “Hotel Hana Maui”. This little girl found her dream come true! Early morning rides with the paniolos, learning to hula & play instruments by the pool & bodysurfing at Hamoa. The people, kind & beautiful! I am now 70 years old & have returned to the islands nearly every year. Last time we drove to Hana was about 10 years ago…I prefer my memories of that little place. I will be back to the islands I love so much very soon…

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    1. My father traveled on the Lurline in 1943 to work as a civilian on the ships and subs instruments in Pearl Harbor. Did not realize it was still being used in 1961…

  6. A Hawaiian vacation should not be cheap. Visitors don’t seem to understand that living here is expensive and becoming more so. Vacationing here will continue to get costlier as well.

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  7. I agree! I have been coming to Maui for 42+ years now and I have been gobsmacked by the prices this time. I will be looking elsewhere in the future as I feel as though we can no longer afford to come here.

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  8. I’ve been going to Hawaii since 1982 I was unable to go for 2 years to the covid. I just went and as much as I love the islands I was very disappointed by the Locals Attitude. I have always had positive experiences in the many many times i have been there. not this time. I was not made to feel welcome this time. I co-own a condo in maui & I’ve always felt blessed. ButI’m seriously considering selling. I felt like I was being taken advantage of and Definitely not welcomed. It maybe time to find somewhere where we are accepted. there are other Destinations that are just as beautiful.

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  9. Hawaii has the same issues as most big cities worldwide. I see the issue maybe that Hawaiian politicians and those in the decision-making positions are not thinking like a business person. That is, give your visitors/customers what they want. Waikiki which is the district which generates the most cash flow for the entire state has three major problems in my opinion, 1. rising crime rates. 2. homelessness everywhere . 3. There is no late nightlife venues. They refuse to issue permits for new night clubs and or bars till 4am. If one is trying to attract business at an international level. And certainly trying to track business from the Asian region then your competing cities are all outpacing and out doing Honolulu/Waikiki tenfold. Thanks

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    1. Funny how quickly we go from “Too many people like us, what do we do?” to “Not enough people like us, what do we do?” Although I agree with everything you are saying, you are speaking as if Hawaii doesn’t have enough tourists, and explaining the reasons why. Just yesterday, we were discussing Hawaii having too many tourists, because everyone likes it too much. The tides certainly turn suddenly.

      A healthy mix of tourists and residents is what we need, and it will always be a matter of opinion how much is too much and how little is too little.

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  10. I love Maui. I have been 7 times since 2016. I felt like that’s where I belonged. My husband and I was there in March. Sadly I don’t know when or if I will return. We will be going to Virgin Island’s. I hope things turn around in Hawaii because it is a magical place. Mahol

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