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46 thoughts on “Rising Costs Continue To Drive Down Hawaii Visitors”

  1. US West Coaster Here –

    Hawaii has to stop looking at us as just $$$ and nickel and diming for everything. OK….hawaii can be beautiful, but lots of the world is more beautiful. Those places are lower cost and actually welcoming. Europe, Carribean, Asia is far cheaper and provides better value.

    Hawaii has destroyed their image on playing identity politics and blaming everyone else for the problems. Proper management and fiscal responsibility would have solved a lot of these problems.

    For example, Bonaire – 1 week of luxury accommodations …week of diving and 4×4 …. 730USD all in. No expectation of ridiculous tipping or surprise fees everywhere. Not to mention they are encouraging and helpful to people visiting……

  2. Social media is damaging the Aloha image. Some locals respond with hostility to visitor inquires. The fire seems to have triggered anti-visitor sentiment. It is difficult to get potential guests to visit a location that is perceived to be xenophobic when there are many other locations that are welcoming and less expensive.

  3. Lived in Maui 3 times, and have been coming for over 25 years. I came with family last Thanksgiving…things have changed. This local anger against visitors has been slowly going downhill over the years and the fire has brought it out to another level. My friends that still live there agree with me. Fear of education, training, life skills, and “what I call fake” Aloha is the norm. So, I will continue to visit the Big Island, where several friends have moved and Maui is off the travel list.

    1. I couldn’t agree more, I’ve been visiting for over 10 years and things have gone down every time but the place is beautiful and accept it for what it is and make the best of it. Save $$ where you can, mainly by Not staying in hotels.

  4. Governor Green, are you listening?

    The tourism industry in Hawaii cannot survive by pricing out the average traveler and his/her traveling companion(s).

    Do not hold your breath waiting for the Japanese to come back. Their economy is in a depression while we suffer an inflation. Food and lodging costs in Japan are just about 65% less than here in Hawaii! Only a very wealthy Japanese person can consider a return to the islands.

    Just like Turo is a cost-efficient alternative to the mainland car rental companies, non-hotel accommodations remain the most cost-effective accommodation choice. Forget Muffi and the hotel industry and support local ownership and hospitality.


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