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Oahu grapples with overtourism at popular locations

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Oahu residents are feeling the strain of overtourism, particularly in hot spots that were identified through a pending Hawaii Tourism Authority Destination Management Action plan. The next step is figuring out how to lower the visitor counts and address degradation of cultural and natural resources.
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The rocky tide pools are located at the bottom of the Makapuu Lighthouse trail.
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Beachgoers line up for free bus ride to the top of Hanauma Bay.
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Kaohikaipu Islet, left, and Manana islet can be seen from Makapuu Lighthouse trail lookout.
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Lynette Liu, middle, the recreation director for Dept. of Parks and Recreation, made sure beachgoers were arrived as scheduled at Hanauma Bay.
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Visitors need to see a short video before being let into Hanauma Bay.
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The rocky tide pools are located at the bottom of the Makapuu Lighthouse trail.
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Beachgoers stand in the water at Hanauma Bay.
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At Makapuu Lighthouse trail, Kam Wong looks out towards Maui.
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Beachgoers snorkel in the water at Hanauma Bay.
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At Makapuu Lighthouse trail, the parking lot can get busy with hikers during the day.
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At Makapuu Lighthouse trail, Anthony Yu takes a photo overlooking east side of Oahu.
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Beachgoers are seen at Hanauma Bay.
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Beachgoers snorkel in the water at Hanauma Bay.
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The Makapuu Lighthouse is at the end of the trail.
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Hanauma Bay has a free bus ride for beachgoers.
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Oahu residents are feeling the strain of overtourism, particularly in hot spots that were identified through a pending Hawaii Tourism Authority Destination Management Action plan. The next step is figuring out how to lower the visitor counts and address degradation of cultural and natural resources.

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