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Hawaii Tourism Authority’s future in limbo

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2022
                                Lawmakers passed a budget with $64 million for the Hawai‘i Convention Center on Tuesday but no funds for the Hawaii Tourism Authority. That means the stakes just got higher for the HTA, which will now have to be funded within two bills, which currently repeal the agency. Tourists relax at Waikiki Beach.
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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2022

Lawmakers passed a budget with $64 million for the Hawai‘i Convention Center on Tuesday but no funds for the Hawaii Tourism Authority. That means the stakes just got higher for the HTA, which will now have to be funded within two bills, which currently repeal the agency. Tourists relax at Waikiki Beach.

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                                Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries, second from right, during an HTA meeting Thursday. Also pictured is HTA board Chair George Kam, center.
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Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries, second from right, during an HTA meeting Thursday. Also pictured is HTA board Chair George Kam, center.

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                                The Hawaii Tourism Authority board approved a measure Thursday to pursue putting out a request for propoals for a study to determine the best tourism governance model. The board took this action in advance of a conference hearing today that could repeal the agency. Above, the group stood to observe Native Hawaiian protocol prior to the meeting.
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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

The Hawaii Tourism Authority board approved a measure Thursday to pursue putting out a request for propoals for a study to determine the best tourism governance model. The board took this action in advance of a conference hearing today that could repeal the agency. Above, the group stood to observe Native Hawaiian protocol prior to the meeting.

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                                Hawaii Tourism Authority board Chair George Kam, second from right, adjourned an HTA meeting Thursday.
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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Hawaii Tourism Authority board Chair George Kam, second from right, adjourned an HTA meeting Thursday.

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2022
                                Lawmakers passed a budget with $64 million for the Hawai‘i Convention Center on Tuesday but no funds for the Hawaii Tourism Authority. That means the stakes just got higher for the HTA, which will now have to be funded within two bills, which currently repeal the agency. Tourists relax at Waikiki Beach.
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries, second from right, during an HTA meeting Thursday. Also pictured is HTA board Chair George Kam, center.
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Hawaii Tourism Authority board approved a measure Thursday to pursue putting out a request for propoals for a study to determine the best tourism governance model. The board took this action in advance of a conference hearing today that could repeal the agency. Above, the group stood to observe Native Hawaiian protocol prior to the meeting.
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii Tourism Authority board Chair George Kam, second from right, adjourned an HTA meeting Thursday.