Tourism may have a negative impact on Big Island

By Elisa Parrino/The Guardsman

Year after year the Hawaiian Islands are exposed to intense tourism that may be causing an impact on the environment. While surfing, kayaking, snorkeling and hiking are still popular activities on the island, water pollution, unsafe fishing and mass tourism continue to be a rising issue. According to the Miami Herald, in 2013 the islands had over 204,000 visitors on any given day.

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The view from the Diamond Head trail on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Elisa Parrino/The Guardsman

 

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Tourists visit Diamond Head State Monument at sunrise on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Elisa Parrino/The Guardsman

 

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A worker preps food at a local fruit shop on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in the North Shore area of Oahu, Hawaii. Photo by Elisa Parrino/The Guardsman

 

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Tourists swimming at the Manoa Falls, despite the area being restricted, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Elisa Parrino/The Guardsman

 

 

 

 

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  1. Greetings!
    Very glad that the subject is written about. The Big Island is Hawaii not Oahu. Curious why we are at Diamond Head.

    When I was on Hawaii (the Big Island) I saw terrible pollution and you know where I think it comes from? The people who live there. People were trashing their own space. Education is the answer, glad you are doing it.

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