The economic slump hit Hawaii tourism hard in 2008, but 9.6 percent more visitors arrived in 2012 than 2011, introducing $14.3 billion into the economy, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. What’s not to like?
For starters, mass tourism stomps heavily on our Islands’ fragile ecosystems and drains energy, water and other natural resources. This year, our Green Travel issue gives you everything you need to build yourself an ecologically gentler alternative adventure. Whether you’re local or visiting, here’s how to make sure your stay (or away) cation doesn’t negatively impact our environment.