Tourists Are Back In Force On Hana Highway. Why Not Charge Them? … It would be a simple solution to help reduce neighbor-island traffic — and make life better for the locals there, a UH economist says.

Last year, East Maui residents saw a brief respite during the pandemic from all the visitor traffic that typically clogs the popular Hana Highway, taking a toll on their daily lives.

What if state officials charged an actual toll on the visitors instead to solve that traffic problem for good?

Those visitors are definitely back in droves, part of the recent “tourism tsunami” that’s gripped Hawaii. More people on the mainland and across the globe are getting vaccinated, and after a year stuck in place they’re eager to resume traveling again.

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