Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Saturday, November 26, 2022
Reinventing Tourism: Maui Makes Fodor's 'NO' List
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 PM :: 2423 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

Fodor’s 'No' List 2023

Fodor's Travel Fodor's Travel, November 2, 2022 (excerpt)

Maui, Hawaii

Accessing freshwater can often be challenging for island residents. Tourism consumes 65% of the water supply in Bali, while in the Caribbean and Hawaiian islands, it accounts for the biggest usage of water. One particularly striking case is Maui.

This past summer, Maui County placed mandatory water restrictions on the residents of West Maui and Upcountry communities with a hefty fine of $500 for non-essential water use, such as irrigation, watering lawns, and washing cars in order to combat dry conditions and high temperatures. However, while everyone on the islands of Maui is asked to conserve water, no such limitations were placed on resorts in South and Central Maui, many of which boast pools, sprawling lawns, and golf courses. As travel returns to pre-pandemic levels–about 8,000 travelers per day to Maui–the disparity in water distribution is leading to conflicts between the hospitality industry and household users. 

(Editor’s Note: The Maui Upcountry water system is not physically connected to the water system in Kihei or Lahaina.  We could kick every tourist off the island and it would not do anything for Upcountry Maui water users.  But, as usual, facts don’t get in the way of Kaniela Ing’s grandstanding.)

Many Native Hawaiians, frustrated about bearing the burden of limiting water use to accommodate tourism, are urging travelers to avoid coming to the islands out of respect for its inhabitants. Former Hawaii State Representative and Native Hawaiian, Kaniela Ing, posted to Twitter last year: “Stop coming to Hawaii. They are treating us like second-class citizens, literally cutting off our water to feed over-tourism.” 

Native Hawaiians are paying the price for the growing tourism industry in other ways. The cost of living continues to rise due to the increase of short-term rentals that are predominantly owned by non-residents, which in turn is leading to more people experiencing homelessness, specifically among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. 

Water is restricted for basic daily life for residents, according to Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove, professional MMA fighter and Maui resident, who has been outspoken about the issue. Public beaches have the water turned off for showers and grass areas. However, the waterfalls at resorts are running and their pools and hot tubs remain filled. Grove tells Fodor’s, “There’s no timer or caps on hotel showers which in my opinion should be required and installed in all hotels; the golf courses are green and flourished. All the double standards blatantly pushed in our faces while we, as residents, Hawaiians, are having water restrictions, rerouted and controlled in our homeland.” 

He adds, “This is one of many issues, overtourism is ravaging our islands, depleting our natural resources and shipped in. The quantity over quality of visitors that have been arriving with little care for preservation is starting to take a toll, and it’s sad to see.”

read … Full Report 

CB: Citing Water Crisis, Maui Makes Fodor’s List Of Places To Not Visit Next Year

Kaniela Ing: The Gift That Just Keeps on Giving

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute


Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii


Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii


National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii


Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns


West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii