Lahaina Wildfire Having A Crushing Impact On Maui Tourism

FILE - People walk along Main Street past wildfire damage on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
  • Hawaii’s tourism statistics are down for the third straight month, according to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
  • “The effects of the Maui wildfires continued into October, impacting both visitor arrivals and spending for the third consecutive month,” said DBEDT Director James Kunane Tokioka. “As areas in West Maui reopened, Maui tourism showed signs of a slow recovery.”
  • Gov. Josh Green reopened West Maui to visitors on Oct. 8.
  • Nearly 133,000 tourists visited Maui in October 2023, down 42.3% from October 2022, when more than 230,000 people vacationed there. The number was 44% lower than October 2019, the final year before the pandemic.