House Bill 862
Late last week, House Bill 862 HD2, SD2, CD1 was passed out of conference committee and will be voted upon by both chambers of the Legislature tomorrow. This measure is highly detrimental to the industry and does the following, among other things:
On Thursday, HLTA's O'ahu Chapter held its first-ever golf tournament fundraiser to support O'ahu's Visitor Industry Charity Walk campaign. Held on a beautiful day at Pearl Country Club in 'Aiea, it was a fun event of golf, fellowship, good food and drink. It was wonderful as always to see so many familiar faces, and I was pleased to hear that so many of our players had a great time.
Mahalo to our wonderful event sponsors and all those who donated in support of the tournament. I also want to commend HLTA O'ahu Chapter Chair Simeon Miranda and event co-chair and board member Glenn Nakamura for pulling together a great outing on such short notice. The entire planning committee worked so hard, and their efforts really shined on tournament day!
Mahalo to the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Committee chaired by Ross Wilson , for hosting me at their monthly meeting. It was great to talk story with President & CEO Wendy Laros and other committee members about the current state and the future of the local tourism industry. We also touched upon issues including the vaccine passports, overtourism, economic diversification, and much more.
The committee was a great audience, and I look forward to connecting with them again in the future!
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