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Monday, May 2, 2016

"How to be great ambassadors of Aloha..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world #125)

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
with his best friend and spiritual adviser Obama Da Dog!
Kimo's world #125

How to be great ambassadors of Aloha

I recently read an AP article from Honolulu in the April 24th edition of the Garden Island news.
It was titled; "Don't hate on the tourists."  
According to the states agency that promotes travel to Hawaii --last year brought 8.6 million travelers to Hawai'i for the 4th straight year of increased travelers.
It can be fun being
a tourist on Kauai

They are saying be nice to da tourists since there is a trickle down effect. Your Auntie or brother or sister who works at the hotel needs that job to pay bills, buy groceries and live life in general. Without the money generated from tourism where would many in Hawaii have the funds to live?

Suck it up, put up with the Kapaa crawl, traffic, long lines at the grocery stores, high prices at Food trucks, overcrowded beaches. overpriced shaved ice, overpriced farmers markers, suck it up.

When I lived in Alaska there was a permanent dividend where every resident of the state who lived there one year or longer shared in the oil revenues of the state. The interest  from invested funds in oil called permanent fund are divided amongst each state resident.Each year every resident of Alaska  one year of age or older gets a check for $1,000 or more, in 2015 it was $2072. Imagine having a family of 7 kids?
Traffic is a constant problem
with few roads, too many vehicles
and a large number of visitors
all over the state of Hawaii

My idea for Hawaii, are you listening Governor? Are you listening state Senate? Here's a way to ease the pain and make every Hawaiian a great ambassador of Aloha, share in the profits!  Add a penny tax  to the hotel tax which will only effect people staying in hotels,  B and B's and vacational rentals. Divide that money every year amongst each state resident.

I am betting that money will amount to a good chunk of change, I am guessing somewhere between 1,000-$3,000 a year for each resident of Hawaii.

Maybe then and only then we will be able to be better ambassadors of 'Aloha' next time somebody tries and stops us while we are bicycling full speed ahead to ask where's the closest coke machine? Can everyone say, Aloha tourists?

Hana Hou, (Encore)