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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)  


Jason Gross said...

Sounds like redistribution of wealth...not very republican of you

KimoRosen said...

Remember, I am an Independent and can go either way depending on the candidate! But this blog ain't about politics! wink emoticon

Jason Gross said...

I was just jerking your chain...Do individuals still get the oil $$$ in Alaska?

KimoRosen said...

You obviously did not click on the blog and read it! The answer is yes! This year was $2072.00! For every man woman and child who can prove they lived there one year or longer.... Basically you need to move to Alaska and get an Alaskan drivers license! wink emoticon Now read the blog!

Francine Grace said...

Sounds like an awesome idea; but it'll never happen. Politicians are too busy lining their pockets. And yes, I'm being sarcastic.
BUT, you sure gotta wonder...
As HVB reports: The State of Hawaii made a gazillion $$ off tourism last year. So you ask yourself, well why aren't our streets not paved of gold (rather than being in pothole-riddled heaven status) or our restrooms at our beaches & parks not repaired to 5-star hotel status?
Just thinking out loud, but where's all that $$$$ Waldo?!
Btw: Love reading your blogs Kimo and thanks for posting, cause I hardly ever buy TGI; except occasional Sundays for the coupons. wink emoticon

KimoRosen said...

My pleasure. This is what makes blogging worthwhile.. Mahalo for the compliment and feedback. 😇

Thomas LaVenture said...

Hmmm, towing their car from Maha’ulepu Beach, breaking into their nonconforming vacations rentals in Kapaa and Anahola, stealing their beach bags and cameras while they are in the water, tailgating and honking horn when they drive too slow? Getting a local girl to lure them out of bar and roll them in the parking lot. Okay, I covered court more than community, slightly warped perspective.

Ron "Martini" Ostroff said...

8.3 million visitors would be about 5 million rooms. A penny tax a room would be $50,000. That would come out to be a whopping 3 ½ cents for each person. Even Donald trump can't fix that.

KimoRosen said...

Cuz, taxes are paid per dollar spent. Not inthe amount of people. So if each visitor averages 1000 in lodging fees the final figure is closer to my original approximation. smile emoticon

Ron "Martini" Ostroff said...

Using your figures $1000 times 1 cent is $10. 8.3 million times $10 is $ 83 million. That would be a whopping $58.45 per person. That also means a family of four will have a hotel bill of $4000!!! Still doesn't work. Call trump. He can fix anything!

KimoRosen said...

So we tax them 5 cents. The bill still needs to go through a first reading to work out the Kinks. So with your great input I think this will work! Good job! smile emoticon

Ron "Martini" Ostroff said...

Nope. That is only $292. Still doesn't work. 10 cents (which is a whopping 10%!!) still doesn't work. Only $584 per person. The taxes on hotel rooms are already 13.92%. That would make them almost 24%!!!!! Just make gambling legal. Much easier.

KimoRosen said...

Ostroff for Hawaii Governor! Did you know our last Governor Neil Abercrombie was a Graduate of Williamsville North High school! And our Governor before that was Jewish, her name was Linda Lingle. Current Governor is a Japanese American.

Ron "Martini" Ostroff said...

Ha. I went to williamsville high school, I was Jewish, and I love sushi

KimoRosen said...

That's my point! I knew you'd get it! Martini your no F in idiot your a Williamsville north Graduate!