|Tourists on Maui watching the waves at Ho'okipa Beach Park.|
If people are trying to move to paradise, what is it about where they live that isn't satisfying? Other than the weather, is it too many people, not enough nature, living at too fast a pace? The irony is that if too many people move to Hawaii too quickly, then Hawaii will become full of too many people, less nature, and a more fast-paced life. This is what is happening to Oahu. But tourism continues and people continue to create sprawling developments and then run away to places with less urban sprawl.
1. The Little Red Fire Ant could pose a huge threat to Hawaii's ecosystems, agriculture and tourism based economy. It's already invaded the Big Island, causing untold millions of dollars in damage. It has also now been sighted on Maui. This ant species is so dangerous because it proliferates and causes intense pain (even blindness) for humans and animals, plus damage to plants and food crops. That's just the tip of the iceberg.
2. Global warming? I just read a National Geographic article that projects at current levels of rising sea water, even just a rise of four feet, most of Florida will be under water in 100 years. Whether one believes global warming is manmade or a natural process, if sea levels continue to rise as expected, that is going to take tourism to a whole different level.
P.P.S. I am running two mini-contests during the A-Z Challenge (and into part of May). Here's how to enter.