ROAD TO HANA, MAUI

Hawaii tourism is at risk both for its ability to maintain an acceptable quality of life for residents, quality of experience for visitors and economic vitality for the State. The ultimate solution for visitor industry sustainability requires development of a new model.

Resident volunteer collects visitor impact data along the Road to Hana.

Resident volunteer collects visitor impact data along the Road to Hana.

The region of East Maui, Hawaii’s largest single source of surface water, is at a tipping point. The influx of tourism and the lack of its appropriate management has been conflicting with our day to day lives as residents for over a decade.

Data collection effort along the Road to Hana, began in the early Summer of 2016.

RED SAND BEACH FIELD ADVISOR EXERCISE

RED SAND BEACH MAUI - 1 dead, another critically injured after 2 separate ocean incidents.    Click here to read the article by HNN staff   .

RED SAND BEACH MAUI - 1 dead, another critically injured after 2 separate ocean incidents. Click here to read the article by HNN staff.

Whereas, the continued mismanagement threatens to cause damages, losses and suffering of such character and magnitude to affect the health, welfare and living conditions of a substantial number of persons, and to affect the economy of the State, and is expected to be of such a nature as to warrant rehabilitative assistance from responsible parties.

Surveys conducted over the last two years estimates the highway to be four times over visitor capacity and now considered to be insufficient to serve the current level of use which creates issues such as overcrowding, illegal parking, hazardous driving conditions, rampant trespassing on private property leading to visitor injuries requiring emergency rescues, excessive unlicensed commercial activity triggering economic adversities, waste disposal concerns including public facility cleanliness, pluming issues leading to stream and ocean contamination, health hazards and death. 

Hawaii Tourism Authority was ordered to shift from marketing to adopt tourism management as a priority. This was a specific recommendation in the 2017 Resident Sentiment survey report. HTA and all pertaining entities shall reallocate their budget to adequately fund a program that enhances the visitor experience through support of the community-curated safety system presented below.


COMMUNITY-CURATED VISITOR SAFETY SYSTEM

VOLUNTEER TO HELP PROTECT SACRED SITES >> ALOHA@KUAHAWAII.COM