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In an interview with Local News in May 2020, Mayor Victorino asked the community to see the pandemic as an opportunity to embrace change and “New normal”.

After acknowledging that Maui had seen exponential growth in visitor numbers to the island of late, straining the island’s capacity with a negative impact on our infrastructure and the environment, he stated that the spread of COVID-19 should be viewed as an opportunity to resign. look at what we do and “To repeat” Maui County.

“I’m asking people to really take a look at Maui County’s new normal.” he said. Most of us assumed that this new normal would lead to better management of tourism.

Just a year later, it is widely reported that tourists are almost back to pre-pandemic numbers, with more arriving every day.

Who would have thought a year ago that the new normal that the mayor envisioned was just the same, if not a little more.

Without guidance to achieve a better future, we will inevitably revert to what many consider to be an unhealthy imbalance of tourists on the island.

Mark Hyde


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