Sue Kanoho tells us how wonderful she thinks the tourism increases are for the island (TGI, Feb. 1). How wonderful it is that the tax revenue and the total amount of money spent by tourists has increased dramatically and the future shows with the daily increase of flights in the spring, it’s going to be even better for 2018.
As I see it, her mind is so congested over this, that she has failed to realize or mention what these wonderful things are doing to the quality of life for residents.
The challenges and changes that are taking place because of this continually growing tourism is raising havoc on our environment, services, and needs of those who live here. We are definitely approaching and in some cases surpassing the capacity to reasonably accommodate our increasing visitor counts.
Sue Kanoho just like her boss George Szigeti and the minds of our politicians who apparently are blinded by all the “money” they see, and for that reason fail to mention the impacts of it all.
I think what should bother us most is the fact there was 230,000 visitors on any day state wide and they spent $16.8 billion, yet we have no money for infrastructure that’s being pounded daily by our tourist friends, a back log of $100 million in road maintenance mostly due to thousands of rental cars on our roads daily which is causing the unnecessary traffic congestion that has cost effective solutions if implemented.
We have deplorable conditions in our park facilities where recently Ms. Yukimura was forced to leave Kokee park and find a working restroom in Waimea town. And to make matters worse a county council who decides to increase our excise tax because it was the only “creative” way they know how to solve a problem that more than likely with their track record over decades won’t solve it.
Because of all this I can see the reality of it. It’s all of us who use our “popularity contest” election system to bring inexperienced non-professional people to serve us. We are the ones who are ultimately responsible for what’s taking place, for not demanding the changes needed for the destruction of our quality of life we are experiencing.
Steve Martin is a Wailua Homesteads resident.