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Protesters decry “dirty tourism” during a demonstration outside the Hilo airport. “It’s never been this bad,” said a County Council member.
The islands have a smaller gender pay gap than the mainland, but that’s partially due to relatively low pay for men here.
Travelers spent $1.6 billion last month, and the number of visitors climbed almost 7 percent to more than 890,000.
UPDATED: The proposal to raise hotel taxes and extend the GET next faces another vote by the full Senate on Wednesday, then likely House consideration.
A coastal hazard expert briefs Hawaii officials and others about the need to adapt to rising sea levels and warmer temperatures.
Thanks primarily to volunteer efforts, more than 1,000 yellow rescue tubes have been installed on beaches on the Mainland and Hawaii, including 240 on Kauai.
The tourism industry is showing little concern for the impact increasing numbers of visitors has on residents and communities.
A House bill aims to attract major events to Hawaii. But the Senate has already killed similar legislation.