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Zócalo Panel Explores Issues Surrounding Tourism

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“How much tourism is too much?”

That was the question posed at panel organized by Zocalo Public Square, the Daniel K. Inouye Institute, and Hawaii Public Radio.

From the summit of Haleakala to the beautiful beaches, bays and trails of just about every island, have we reached the tipping point for tourism in the islands?
Hawaii is forecast  to see 10 million tourists this year. How do we manage this before locals start to push back like they have in cities like Barcelona and beyond?

Today we broadcast hana hou highlights from that discussion moderated by HPR's Catherine Cruz. Guests on the panel included:

  • Frank Haas, a marketing consultant and former vice president of tourism marketing at the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

  • Peter Apo, a cultural tourism specialist and former Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee.

  • Martha Honey, the Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Travel is Washington DC.

  • And John Knox, a former president of the Hawai‘i Economic Association and a public policy researcher who studies tourism.

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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