Island economy depends heavily on tourism

  • John Steinhorst / The Garden Island Darren Green, owner of D Green BBQ, caters to hungry visitor Peggy Briskar of Oregon.
  • John Steinhorst / The Garden Island Nukumoi Surf Company owner Bob French, along with his daughter Kelly and son Kainoa, keep visitors happy by providing beachwear and equipment rentals. The family also owns and operates Brennecke's Beach Broiler and snack bar next door, across from Poipu Beach Park.
  • John Steinhorst / The Garden Island First-time visitor Josh Ewing of Denver buys a shot glass from Cushla Tucker at Divine Planet in Koloa.
  • John Steinhorst / The Garden Island Miguel Baldera, owner of Chalupas and Rockin Rooster food trucks, says most of his business comes from visitors.

LIHUE — The increasing number of visitors to Kauai continues to impact the island’s economy and infrastructure.

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