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Letter for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Kama‘aina rate packs Koloa Landing


Something special is happening in Po‘ipu, and I suspect other resort areas around the island. I am giving a shout out to my neighbor, Koloa Landing. Yesterday, as I walked through the usually c-virus empty parking lot, it wasn’t. Full to the brim, and not with rental cars.

Went to the pool, and it was loaded with local families, kids, parents, tutus, all excitedly enjoying that beautiful property. I asked a couple folks what was going on, and they said the hotel had cut prices so deeply that it was affordable and filled up with all local residents having an experience they normally can’t afford.

I heard other hotels are doing the same. So rooms are filled and employees back to work. Win-win. It occurred that tourist companies could do the same thing and get their businesses up and running again, as busy as they want.

Who hasn’t wanted to experience a sunset cruise to Napali, or snorkel Ni‘ihau side, zipline, horseback ride, ATV, etc.? If these companies cut their prices in half, they could bring back their employees and be very busy, and I suspect profitable. They would be charging less, but maybe with greater bookings. Moreover, if this experiment works and these companies thrive, then when visitors slowly return, you could keep the same low rates for kama‘aina and financially profit, plus provide a wonderful opportunity for the rest of us to enjoy our island as visitors do.


Candy McCaslin, Koloa

  1. Charles L. Chimknee May 27, 2020 3:55 am Reply

    Aloha Candy
    Great update. Kama‘aina rate could be full time thing. I might suggest even some “free days” for the hotels and catamaran cruises just to help some of the locals who are out of a job etc. Pay it forward!


  2. IKUDIAS May 27, 2020 6:09 am Reply

    Wouldnt this be racial discrimination?

    1. Patrick Flores May 27, 2020 2:31 pm Reply

      IKUDIAS, which race are you referring to? Local is an address not a nationality.

      Patrick H Flores, Wailua Houselots.

  3. Pono Malolo May 27, 2020 6:45 am Reply

    Exactly my thoughts. Its the local people that will keep the economy going, it always was this way before. Tourists were just an added benefit.

    1. Everythingisawesome May 27, 2020 4:56 pm Reply

      They (local people) are also the most generous tippers.

  4. Rick May 27, 2020 8:23 am Reply

    “It occurred that tourist companies could do the same thing and get their businesses up and running again, as busy as they want” Yes some business will slash prices (As they often do before they go out of business). They want to salvage what they can at this point. But the idea that they can slash prices and “thrive” tells me that you don’t know much about business in general.

    Aloha airlines had some amazing deals before they went under… WHO DOESN’T WANT 5 DOLLAR FLIGHTS?! I ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO LANAI

    1. manongindashadow0711 May 27, 2020 3:40 pm Reply

      Rick, “don’t knock Ms McCaslin’s thought!” She may not know much about business. However, if the prices were cut lower . There would be more people booking and spending while travelling. It would out weigh the higher cost.
      It’s times like this is when the businesses need the local spending money to keep ahead.

      Rick, you seem like the type that would take advantage of people by keeping your cost of things high. And probably lose money or your business.

  5. Susan Campbell May 27, 2020 11:11 am Reply

    Great idea! We would love to go on another Napali coast cruise but they’re so costly we haven’t been in years. We’re seniors and 21-year residents of Kauai.

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