According to The Points Guy, a legal proposal charging visitors a yearly $50 fee to enter the state’s parks, beaches, hiking trails, and forests is making its way through the Hawaii state legislature. The money from the fees could generate funding to conserve the spaces most impacted by overtourism.
“We saw so clearly the impacts of 10 million annual visitors on our islands that in addition to my proposal, there are several being discussed at the legislature,” Governor Josh Green told The Points Guy. “The bottom line is that we need to generate as much revenue as we can from travelers, to help mitigate those impacts.”The organizers behind Hawai’i Green Fee are hoping to “build visitor stewardship, conserve our cultural and natural resources, and invest in our ʻāina with a visitor green fee.” The word ʻāina is Hawaiian for land, which organizers say is what is at stake without immediate action. “Our window to take meaningful conservation and climate action is closing, especially in island regions like Hawai’i. Help us pass a visitor green fee program to safeguard our home for future generations,” the Green Fee website states.
The $50 fee could generate as much as $600 million each year, and that funding could directly support the ecosystems devastated by overtourism. While the proposal has not officially been passed, it has received a lot of support from advocates, government officials, and even members of the Hawai’i Tourism Board.
You can learn more about the Hawai’i Green Fee and how you can support the effort at HawaiiGreenFee.org.
Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.
Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.
You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.
As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.