Drought disaster declared in Hawaii
This letter is to all people who are thinking of vacationing in Hawaii.
For to many years now Hawaii has been growing at a phenomenal rate. All during that time the kanaka maoli, the Hawaiians have been saying you need to stop and look at what you are doing. The powers that would be did not hear the wisdom in the caution “these are islands with limited resources”
Today we are in serious trouble.
As a result of overdevelopment, over population and global warming our islands can not sustain what is going on for to much longer.
The biggest problem we have is there is no water and it does not look like it is going to get better anytime soon.
I am asking you not to come to Hawaii until we have found away to handle the conditions we are facing.
It is true many of us make our income in the some facet of the industry. But the money is not worth the permanent damage we are doing. And in just a few years when our islands are completely dried up and shriveled all people in the industry will be unemployed and we will have thousands of empty hotel rooms.
If you do not understand what your coming has to do with any of it here are a few items to think about:
• Golf courses use a lot of water
• Swimming pools use a lot of water
• Rental cars are washed every day
• Flushed toilet – 1,298,000 times (low estimate)
• All the laundry generated in the hotel
• Showers – 216,000 (very low estimate)
These figures are based on the State’s department of Business daily average census and only includes the very obvious water uses connected to the visitor.
Please do not misunderstand this plea to mean you are not welcome and we do not want you to come. We are asking that you think about the situation we are in and consider the importance of allowing us the time to deal with the problems before we reach a state of emergency. We really are not that far from one.
So please consider not coming this year and maybe not even next and wait until we are recovered.
Mahalo for considering not just the welfare of the people who call Hawaii home but of Hawaii herself.