COLUMBUS (WCMH) — As Americans hit the road and take to the skies again this summer, after the long pandemic, many are making plans to visit Hawaii.

But one Hawaiian island is now asking airlines to slow down their return because they can’t handle the sudden tourist boom.

Normally Hawaii welcomes tourists, a major source of the island state’s income. After all, it is the Aloha state.

But the Mayor of Maui County is asking airlines to pause their return to full flights.

He says the island of Maui is being overrun by tourists this summer and says there aren’t enough hospitality workers to support the surge.

More than 170,000 people flew into Hawaii over the 4th of July, according to state officials..

That’s left vacationers complaining of pricey hotel rooms, sold-out rental cars, and long waits at airports and restaurants because the hospitality industry is not back up to full steam.

And from the “doesn’t that stink” file, the continued rental car crisis in Hawaii.

A weekly car rental can now run well over a thousand dollars — if you can find one — because agencies don’t have enough cars.  Don’t even think of finding an affordable Jeep Wrangler to rent.

And that stinks.

Some savvy tourists have been renting U-haul trucks for $25 a day, now resulting in a U-haul shortage.

If you are thinking of later this year, check hotel and rental car prices before you hunt for airfares.

That way you’ll know if it’s affordable, so you don’t waste your money.


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