After the devastating Lahaina wildfires in Maui, Hawaii’s state government is now encouraging travel to other Hawaiian islands, as well as parts of Maui that were unaffected by the fires.
In a press conference last week, Hawaii Gov. Josh Green informed travelers that they can still visit the Hawaiian islands.
“Like we saw in the pandemic, decisions we made can affect everyone across the islands,” he said. “So what we’re saying now is travel should not be to West Maui, but other parts of Maui are safe.”
Green added that the other Hawaiian islands are safe for incoming tourists and referenced the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s list of which areas of Maui are safe for travel.
The Tourism Authority has outlined the following regions as safe: Kahului, Wailuku, Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena, Pā’ia and Hāna.
The State of Hawaii has also created a website page designated for news updates and resources for information-seekers and individuals affected by the wildfires.
The state is encouraging tourists to monitor official government websites and check with their airline for the latest Hawaii travel updates.
The state is likely looking to recuperate huge tourism losses as a result of the recent Lahaina wildfires.
In a report from Hawaii’s Tourism Authority, it was revealed that over 10 million people visited Hawaii in 2019, spending $17.75 billion and bringing in over $2 billion in tax revenue.
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