With an increase of over 6% in 2017, the number of visitors traveling to Maui could hit the 3 million mark for 2019. Visitor spending also increased by over 8% to $5.07 billion.
Hawaii overall is expected to surpass 10 million visitors for 2018. This is an increase of 1.8% according to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Expected visitor spending is over $19 billion. There was on average 242,629 visitors in the Hawaiian Islands on any given day during 2018.
In an effort to balance the impact of so many visitors, changes in promotional tactics have been started. New videos focusing on the cultural appreciation, ocean health and safety, have started playing on social media, resort websites, and in hotel rooms.
10 families were recipients of $5000 thanks to the Lahaina Strong Benefit Concert held on October 21st. 8 of the 10 families were present at Lowe’s to receive their gifts as well as 10% off purchases.
Entertainers that donated their time included Willie K, Amy Hanaialii, Ekolu, Damon Williams, Na Wai Eha, Nuff Sedd, Piilani Arias, John Cruz and Matagi. The concert organizers partnered up with Maui United Way to obtain donations. Other donations included hotel stays for silent auction and food donations. The community really came together not only with donations but volunteering time.
The Maui Fire Department determined the fire was fueled by winds caused by Hurricane Lane. In total 21 homes and 27 vehicles were destroyed. Families who received money raised by the benefit did not have insurance or other financial assistance at their disposal.
The true meaning of aloha was shown during the communities time in need. Mahalo to all!
The annual Great Whale Count will start this Saturday, January 26th. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in what is known as one of the longest running citizen scientist projects.
There are 12 survey sites located along the Maui shoreline. Site leaders will give brief instruction to volunteers and record data throughout the day. Data collected includes the number of whales and behavior patterns. After all the data is collected throughout the day, numbers are tallied and released immediately following the count.
Other count dates include Saturday, February 23rd and Saturday, March 30th. Those wishing to become volunteers must create an account through the Pacific Whale Foundation here.
Staffing company, Altres, is offering temporary industrial work to federal workers that have been displace by the partial government shutdown at their Maui office.
Altres has need for workers in positions that include, mail sorters, rental car cleaners and transporters, janitors, landscapers, warehouse workers, and construction jobs. This program is being offered only to displaced government workers and will end once normal government work is resumed.
Those interested would need to contact 877-5572 to make an appointment. Be sure to bring your federal ID and fill out an application. A $100 bonus will be given to workers when their first 40 hours of work are completed.
Reminder! Maui Luxury Real Estate LLC is currently taking food donations at our office at 161 Wailea Ike Place Building A-106 (next to Matteos) or call us 808-874-8473. Your support for our community is greatly appreciated!
Help us support our Federal Workers! We are currently taking food donations at our office at 161 Wailea Ike Place Building A-106 (next to Matteos) or call us 808-874-8473. Your support for our community is greatly appreciated!