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Developing a Dream DestinationTourism and Tourism Policy Planning in Hawaii$
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James Mak

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832438

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832438.001.0001

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Protecting Hawaii’s Natural Environment

Protecting Hawaii’s Natural Environment

(p.141) Chapter Six Protecting Hawaii’s Natural Environment
Developing a Dream Destination

James Mak

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter details efforts to protect Hawaii’s natural environment. It recounts the story of government regulation of tourism in three high-profile cases: Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (Oahu), Hanalei River boating (Kauai), and waste dumping of cruise ships in the state’s ocean waters. Hanauma Bay is a success story; regulation of Hanalei River boating, to date, has been a failure; and the verdict is still out on the regulation of cruise ship waste dumping in Hawaii. The chapter argues that tourism and the environment are interdependent, with high-spending visitors producing the largest environmental footprint in Hawaii. While Hawaii’s enormous popularity as a tourist destination can be attributed in no small part to the outstanding quality of its natural environment, that environment is also affected by tourism. In all destinations, tourism affects the natural environment in several ways.

Keywords:   environmental protection, natural environment, tourism impact, natural resources, tourism regulation, Hawaiiann environment

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