The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has issued a public call for input and ideas from island communities on how the state and counties can effectively revive tourism. It invites locals to make their voices heard on the topics of destination management, community prioritization, and Hawaii’s broader cultural and environmental needs.
In line with its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, one of HTA’s most recent initiatives is to establish Destination Management Action Plans (DMAPs) – one specifically for each county – through its Community Tourism Program .
The goal is to create four individual action plans for Hawaii, Kauai, Maui and Oahu to reset, redefine and rebuild the direction of tourism over the next three years through a collaborative process. Each county will need to determine its long-term tourism desires and strike a conscious balance between the economic benefits of the industry and its impact on local services, cultural and natural resources, and the quality of life of its residents.
In partnership with county governments and respective visitors’ offices, new “Steering Committees”, made up of local residents representing their communities, have been established to participate in critical decision-making. The Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Lanai steering committees began meeting in September, while the Hawaii island steering committee will meet in October and the Oahu steering committee in January 2021.
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The public will also be informed of the ideas generated by these steering committees through a series of interactive, virtual meetings held via Zoom from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the dates listed below. Participants will need to register, as space is limited, and must reside on the respective island.
Online meetings will then be posted on the HTA website for community members who are unable to attend. The public will also have the opportunity to review the proposals and provide feedback via an HTA web form. Community tourism website. The proposed actions for Kauai will be available online starting the week of October 15 and the week of October 19 for Maui Nui.
Here are the key dates and details of upcoming meetings:
—October 21: Kauai Community Meeting (for residents of South and West Kauai – Kona and Niihau Moku). register here before October 20, 2020.
—October 22: Kauai Community Meeting (for residents of North and East Kauai – Puna, Koolau, Halelea and Napali Moku). register here before October 20, 2020.
—October 27: Lanai community meeting. register here before October 26, 2020.
—October 28: Maui community meeting. register here before October 26, 2020.
—October 29: Molokai community meeting. register here before October 26, 2020.
—November 17: Hawaii Island community meeting. Zoom information is not yet available. To verify this page for the latest updates.