|Tourists are back at Punalu`u Black Sand Beach. Photo by Julia Neal|
HAVING TOURISM HERE IS WORTH IT for most residents across the state, concludes the Hawai`i Tourism Authority report on its Spring 2021 Residential Survey. HTA released the results at its board meeting on Friday, announcing, "The survey found that while many are concerned with the visitor industry’s growth, the majority of Hawai'i residents believe that tourism is worth the issues associated with the industry."
Residents were asked: “In 2019, visitors spent nearly $18 billion in Hawai'i, which produced $2 billion in state tax revenues to support local schools, hospitals, and infrastructure. Do you think tourism is worth the issues associated with the industry?” More than 75 percent of Hawai'i residents statewide said “yes,” with 78 percent on O'ahu, 73 percent on Hawai'i Island, 70 percent in Maui County and 70 percent of Kaua'i residents. When broken down by demographics, "the highest percentage of respondents who said they do not think tourism is worth the issues came from residents 18-34 years old and those who have lived in Hawai'i for less than one year," according to HTA.
|Visitors and residents park vehicles out onto the sand at Punalu`u.|
Photo by Julia Neal
When residents were asked statewide about tourism management efforts, results were mixed. Just under half (44%) provided a positive rating of 6 to 10 or “don’t know” rating in their agreement that “I feel like tourism is being better managed on my island.” Of the four counties, those on Kaua'i had the highest percentage of positive responses (46%) to that statement.
HTA concludes that its survey results "also revealed what is most important to residents when it comes to specific tourism management strategies. The highest percentage of residents said that it is extremely or somewhat important to educate visitors and residents to malama the islands and each other (88%), to eliminate illegal vacation rentals on my island (76%), and to charge visitor access fees to state parks and trails (71%)."
Regarding overall resident sentiment towards tourism, the survey found that initiatives that grow the economic and quality-of-life benefits of tourism, integrated with managed tourism efforts, can help to improve resident sentiment the most. When compared to the 2020 survey results, fewer residents felt that the tourism industry creates many well-paying jobs or jobs that have opportunities for advancement. Fewer residents also felt that the tourism industry enhances residents’ quality of life.
HTA’s Tourism Research Division contracted Omnitrak Group, Inc. to conduct the survey from April 27
|Vehicles through the palms at Punalu`u Beach. Photo by Julia Neal|
The results of the 2021 survey are compared to HTA’s last Resident Sentiment Survey, from September 16 through October 25, 2020, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and just as Hawai'i’s Safe Travels program got underway, allowing travelers with a valid negative COVID-19 test to bypass the state’s mandatory quarantine.
The 2021 Resident Sentiment Survey is available on HTA’s website: www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/research/evaluation-
Tribune Herald and West Hawai`i Today ran a story this morning listing dates:
Calling into Hilo: Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess on Nov. 11, Nov. 25 and Christmas Day; Ruby Princess on Nov. 12 and Dec. 15 and 27; Holland America’s MS Zuiderdam on Nov. 27 and Dec. 11; and Carnival Miracle on Dec. 6 and 12.
Calling into Kailua-Kona: Carnival Miracle on Sept. 24, Oct. 24, and Dec. 5 and 11. Celebrity Eclipse on Sept. 27; Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas on Oct. 11; Norwegian Jewel on Oct. 12, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9; MS Zuiderdam on Nov. 28 and Dec. 12; and Pride of America on Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24 and Dec. 1, 8, 15, 23 and 29.
|Lisa Barnard founded Kula|
'Amakahi at Volcano School.
|Field trips are essential in the |
Kula 'Amakihi program.
Images from Volcano School
Students work from home most of the week, follow an innovative curriculum, and keep in close contact with Kula ʻAmakihi program teachers. Each week, students, parents, and teachers meet up for small group lessons or a field trip that reinforces the real-life applications of what they have been studying, offering a place-based perspective in nature.
Lisa Barnard, the teacher who founded the Kula ʻAmakihi program and also a founder of the school, said, “We’ve been on a double hulled sailing canoe, gone to the ʻalalā (endangered Hawaiian crow) facility, visited local farms and aquaculture facilities, seen the HI-Seas Mars Lab on Mauna Loa (where scientists are preparing for long-term space travel), and been on excursions with the Three Mountain Alliance and other groups.”
Principal Kalima Kinney said, “Students are most successful in the program when they have an involved parent, or other adult learning coach, at home to help them. Kula ʻAmakihi is perfect for children who learn best in a home setting and whose parents want more of a role in their children’s education.”
To learn more or to enroll a child in Kula ʻAmakihi, call 808-985-9800 or visit www.volcanoschool.net.
current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramic ocean views. Golf memberships range from unlimited play for the avid golfer to casual play options. Membership is required to play and practice golf on the course. All golf memberships include Social Membership amenities. Membership fees are designed to help underwrite programs and improvements to the facilities.
Call 808-731-5122 or stop by the Clubhouse during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 94-1581 Kaulua Circle. Email email@example.com. See The Club at Discovery Harbour Facebook page.