Sumary of Letters: Time to require proof of vaccination for services; Get rid of illegal B&Bs, raise hotel room tax; Visitors picking flowers diminish Hawaii’s beauty:
- Hal Omori Mililani Get rid of illegal B&Bs, raise hotel room tax The article, “There’s too many visitors” (Star-Advertiser, July 18), really ticked me off.
- All residents of Hawaii know there are far too many visitors here already: increased COVID-19 cases, long lines at shops and restaurants, no room at our beaches, harassment of our endangered animals, increased number of dangerous rescues, crazy driving and parking, no aloha, and more.
- Once the illegals are out of business, charge every visitor the highest transient accommodations tax (TAT) possible.
- With 20,000-plus visitors per day, we could remedy a lot of issues that should have been addressed years ago.
- Jill Thach Kailua Educate tourists on rules that protect wildlife Living on the North Shore, and swimming most days in the summer, my husband and I have noticed literally boatloads of tourists getting off a catamaran to swim and chase the turtles feeding off of the reefs at Pupukea.
- The tourists often try to “pet” them and touch their shells.
- Nakamura Haleiwa Visitors picking flowers diminish Hawaii’s beauty Lately there has been a spate of incidents where tourists have been harassing seals, turtles and porpoises, the fauna of Hawaii.
- I’ve noticed on several occasions tourists picking the pretty flowers from the beautiful yellow poinciana tree in the Queen Kapiolani Garden across from the zoo, sticking them behind their ears, and having their photos taken.