With a population of just 1.429 million people, Hawaii is the tenth smallest of America’s 50 states but one that is, nonetheless, shaking up The American Way in terms of cultural, environmental and quality of life issues.
Made up of six main islands, Hawaii, which is the 50th and last-named state of the USA, is known for its idyllic sun-drenched beaches and unspoilt landscape – and the Governor and residents are determined to keep it that way.
The Hawaiian Islands have complex and fragile ecosystems which, unfortunately also means many endangered native plant and animal species and, protecting these species to prevent extinction is a constant struggle. The Hawaiian people have many important values including “malama aina” which means “to care for the land” and tourists can help to preserve these values by choosing Hawaiian holidays through operators who are committed to helping the islands retain their beauty and culture.
Although Hawaii’s economy is funded largely by tourism, its Governor, David Ige, has made it clear that his main job is to serve the year-long residents of the islands. Ige, along with Chris Lee from the Hawaii House of Representatives, has been instrumental in championing a number of bills which, if passed, will see Hawaii surge ahead of other states in terms of progression. One such bill is a campaign which will see Hawaii using 100% renewable energy by the year 2045, something very close to Chris Lee’s heart and something that other states are currently not even close to achieving. Other initiatives include the writing of laws to protect transgender people on the islands and a new campaign to introduce an essential basic income for Hawaii’s population – a move which will transform the lives of many of the 50th state’s residents and help retain the magic of the islands for residents and visitors alike.