Tourist destinations around the world are reacting to growing numbers of visitors adding to congestion, increasing costs of living and disrupting fragile ecosystems. “This is our state’s largest industry, so we have to do a better job of addressing our parks, traffic and safety,” said state Rep. Nadine Nakamura, a Democrat who represents Wailua to the North Shore.
In 2017, Hawaii saw several record-breaking statistics in the local economy. The real estate market was one, with median home sale prices up across the state. According to Title Guaranty Hawaii’s 2017 year-end residential report, sales volume was up in all counties except Kauai, which saw a 3.7 percent decrease for the year.
The Kona Coffee Farmers Association is seeing red — KonaRed, in fact. The KCFA also has its collective eye on several other ready-to-drink coffee companies, which like KonaRed are selling products in Hawaii that purport connections to the Kona coffee brand on their labels without specifying the extent.