Episode 13:
Reimagining Tourism 2021 – Sustaining Our Future

Tuesday, January 12 • 6-7pm

Online via Zoom

For this special episode of EAT THINK DRINK, Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation (HAF) has partnered with Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association (HLTA) to discuss opportunities to rebuild and innovate our tourism industry to restore our local economy. With 2020 visitor arrivals at approximately 90% below 2019 numbers, and resident support for the visitor industry at an all-time low, we need to look at ways to balance tourism with the well-being of our island communities.

How do we reshape tourism to keep our economy going while making sure we maintain livable communities? Overcrowding, traffic, and the depletion of our natural resources are just the tip of the iceberg for the number of community stressors associated with tourism. What opportunities can we leverage by connecting industries like tourism and agriculture (i.e. agrotourism) to establish a mutually beneficial relationship and a win-win for our local communities? How can we innovate our existing industries such as agriculture with new technology, and create new programs to attract remote workers?

HLTA President & CEO, former City & County of Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, will open the discussion with his remarks on the far-reaching effects of tourism and the outlook for the state’s top industry going forward. He will introduce economist Paul Brewbaker, Principal of TZ Economics, to provide a contextual frame of reference on the economy and deliver relevant statewide statistics. Senator Glenn Wakai, Senate Chairman of the Energy, Economic Development and Tourism Committee, will moderate a panel discussion to discuss the future of tourism in Hawai‘i and how we can sustain our economy. The panel will feature:

  • Daniel Chun, Director of Sales, Community & Public Relations – Hawai’i
    Alaska Airlines
  • Lynette Eastman, General Manager of The Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club
  • John Morgan, President of Kualoa Ranch, Inc.
  • Paul Yonamine, Executive Chairman of Central Pacific Bank and Chairman & CEO of Central Pacific Financial Corporation


For this online event, HAF has partnered with restaurants on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui and the Island of Hawai‘i to offer attendees tuning in from across the state a meal to take home and enjoy during the event. Event registration is FREE when you order takeout from one of our featured #FoodAGoGo restaurants!


M by Chef Mavro
Roy’s Hawai‘i Kai
Zia’s Caffe

Keoki’s Paradise

Humble Market Kitchin
Roy’s Kāʻanapali

Island of Hawaii
Papa Kona Restaurant and Bar

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