George D. Szigeti, Hawaii Tourism Authority president and CEO, has heard the critics of his agency. He’s heard them say tourism is ruining the islands, especially Kauai. He’s heard them say the HTA is not needed. He’s heard them say Hawaii doesn’t need more tourists. He’s heard them say money that goes to HTA could be used elsewhere for the benefit of the state (oh, no it can’t).
Back in January 2014, on a sunny afternoon, a friend and I enjoyed a “whale walk” along the coastal path heading north from Kealia Beach. My second “Green Flash” column told how we soon spotted a spouting whale and watched the emerging curve of a humpback whale as it breached.