These are the things that are killing Maui

I do not believe that overtourism is killing Maui. I believe that the failure to choose an expert in island urban planning as a planning director, irresponsible and unsustainable development for foreign residents, combined with insufficient infrastructure and a failure to assess and collect owed revenue from development are killing Maui.

Tourism is the engine which powers the economy. If tourists get tied up in traffic on their way to the beach they won’t wish to return.

Moreover, there is no Hawaiian economy, and it is the exploitation of aloha and the aina without its own people at the forefront, and as beneficiary, which is disingenuous and lacks basic integrity. It is, in my opinion, self-defeating and self-destructive. Let’s make correction while it’s still possible.

Christopher P. Fishkin