“You are type of raised to hate vacationers,” one Maui native and resort worker instructed the BBC. Many residents stated the fires highlighted the “two Hawaiis” phenomenon: one constructed for the consolation of vacationers and the opposite “harsher Hawaii left to Hawaiians.”
Tourism “normalizes and conceals the present dystopian actuality” of poverty and local weather change skilled by native Hawaiians, one activist instructed CNN final 12 months. Over-tourism has contributed to the destruction of ancestral land and Hawaii’s ecosystem, with Maui residents in 2021 begging vacationers to cease visiting throughout a water scarcity disaster. Different locals have been engaged on creating new vacationer experiences that prioritize schooling about colonization, militarization, and tourism over seaside days.
However tourism carries Hawaii’s economic system. Economists this 12 months predicted that even when the U.S. slid right into a recession, Hawaii could be unaffected as a result of tourism has helped ebb the state’s inflation fee and gotten the economic system to bounce again from the pandemic way more rapidly than different states.
Gov. Josh Inexperienced is contemplating a brief ban on gross sales of property broken by the fires as a result of locals are fearful builders will “steal land.” Even earlier than the catastrophe, Maui was dealing with a extreme housing scarcity with costs rising yearly.