Bills threaten HTA programs
Dear Kaua‘i folks;
I want to alert you to two house bills, HB200 SD1 and HB862 SD2, which if passed by the House and Senate will all but wipe out the existing programs of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority — the Community0-Enrichment programs, the Hawaiian-culture programs, the natural-resources programs — which have enhanced many community activities and events for all islands.
Can you imagine the “ghost-town” effect it will have on all the programs that we have enjoyed, including the Garden Island Arts Council’s E Kanikapila Kakou program?
It will wipe out the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai‘i program, which looks after the safety and security of our visitors.
HTA will become just a rubber-stamp entity, sending out PR to the world to come and visit the islands with all the exciting programs wiped out. Please email your legislator asap and ask them to oppose such a short-sighted pair of bills:
• repmorikawa@Capitol.hawaii.gov (Dee Morikawa);
• senkouchi@Capitol.hawaii.gov (Ronald Kouchi);
• reptokioka@Capitol.hawaii.gov (James Tokioka);
• repnakamura@Capitol.hawaii.gov (Nadine Nakamura).
Make your voices heard!
Carol Kouchi Yotsuda, Lihu‘e