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Hill points out uneasy truth about tourism in Hawaii

The following commentary was first published on March 18, 2024, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ___________ No matter how you feel about tourism, the reality for all of us is that it’s the state’s biggest industry and the source of much of our income. Even jobs and industries that aren’t directly

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HB2778: Proposed surcharge on STRs lacks justification

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Tourism on Feb. 1, 2024. ___________ Feb. 1, 2024, 10:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 423 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Tourism       Rep. Sean Quinlan, Chair       Rep. Natalia

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HB1517: Don’t resurrect tourism fund with HTA future in doubt

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Tourism on Jan. 30, 2024. _____________ Jan. 30, 2024 10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 423 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Tourism       Rep. Sean Quinlan, Chair       Rep. Natalia Hussey-Burdick, Vice-Chair

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Reopening of Lahaina prompts discussion on role of government

Maintaining restrictions on tourism to West Maui might have triggered legal challenges because of everyone’s right to travel Hawaii’s love-hate relationship with tourism was brought into sharp focus following the devastating Aug. 8 Lahaina wildfires that killed almost a hundred residents and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. Maui Mayor

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West Maui tourism decision should be individual choice

The best way to deal with the clashing preferences about reopening West Maui to tourism is to leave it to each resident’s own timeline, not government officials, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Executive Vice President Joe Kent. Speaking last week with host Rick Hamada on KHVH NewsRadio 830, Kent

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Let Maui tourism recover at its own pace

There has been a lot of passionate debate about when to reopen West Maui to tourism in the wake of the Aug. 8 fires in Lahaina that killed almost a hundred people and destroyed thousands of homes and nearly a thousand businesses. Proponents of reopening say Maui desperately needs the

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Proposed ‘green fee’ could end aloha as we know it

Certain images come to mind when you hear the words “Hawaii vacation” — think sunsets, luaus and mai tais by the beach. What doesn’t come to mind is sitting on a beach and being approached by a government agent who wants to see your papers. But that could become part

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SB1522 SD2 HD1: Rhetorical facelift won’t fix HTA problems

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Finance on April 5, 2023. _____________ April 5, 2023 2 p.m. Conference Room 308 and via videoconference  To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Chair       Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Vice Chair

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Hill highlights flaws of ‘green fee’ for H. Hawaii Media listeners

Gov. Josh Green’s proposed $50 “visitor impact” fee to be levied on every tourist coming to Hawaii could have many unintended consequences — including how tourists spend their money here, according to Malia Hill, policy director for Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Hill spoke about the governor’s measure, SB304 SD2, this

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Hill points out uneasy truth about tourism in Hawaii

The following commentary was first published on March 18, 2024, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ___________ No matter how you feel about tourism, the reality for all of us is that it’s the state’s biggest industry and the source of much of our income. Even jobs and industries that aren’t directly

Read More →

HB2778: Proposed surcharge on STRs lacks justification

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Tourism on Feb. 1, 2024. ___________ Feb. 1, 2024, 10:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 423 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Tourism       Rep. Sean Quinlan, Chair       Rep. Natalia

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HB1517: Don’t resurrect tourism fund with HTA future in doubt

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Tourism on Jan. 30, 2024. _____________ Jan. 30, 2024 10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 423 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Tourism       Rep. Sean Quinlan, Chair       Rep. Natalia Hussey-Burdick, Vice-Chair

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Reopening of Lahaina prompts discussion on role of government

Maintaining restrictions on tourism to West Maui might have triggered legal challenges because of everyone’s right to travel Hawaii’s love-hate relationship with tourism was brought into sharp focus following the devastating Aug. 8 Lahaina wildfires that killed almost a hundred residents and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. Maui Mayor

Read More →

West Maui tourism decision should be individual choice

The best way to deal with the clashing preferences about reopening West Maui to tourism is to leave it to each resident’s own timeline, not government officials, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Executive Vice President Joe Kent. Speaking last week with host Rick Hamada on KHVH NewsRadio 830, Kent

Read More →

Let Maui tourism recover at its own pace

There has been a lot of passionate debate about when to reopen West Maui to tourism in the wake of the Aug. 8 fires in Lahaina that killed almost a hundred people and destroyed thousands of homes and nearly a thousand businesses. Proponents of reopening say Maui desperately needs the

Read More →

Proposed ‘green fee’ could end aloha as we know it

Certain images come to mind when you hear the words “Hawaii vacation” — think sunsets, luaus and mai tais by the beach. What doesn’t come to mind is sitting on a beach and being approached by a government agent who wants to see your papers. But that could become part

Read More →

SB1522 SD2 HD1: Rhetorical facelift won’t fix HTA problems

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Finance on April 5, 2023. _____________ April 5, 2023 2 p.m. Conference Room 308 and via videoconference  To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Chair       Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Vice Chair

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Hill highlights flaws of ‘green fee’ for H. Hawaii Media listeners

Gov. Josh Green’s proposed $50 “visitor impact” fee to be levied on every tourist coming to Hawaii could have many unintended consequences — including how tourists spend their money here, according to Malia Hill, policy director for Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Hill spoke about the governor’s measure, SB304 SD2, this

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