Some who monitor the tourism industry are getting concerned that Hawaii's homeless problem could soon have a large impact on tourism.
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Jerry Agrusa, professor of hospitality and tourism from Hawaii Pacific University says the problem is worse than ever and tourists are taking notice. With competition high among tourist destinations Hawaii can't afford to have a reputation as a haven of the homeless. "Tourism is our mainstay and our bread and butter when tourist perceive there is a danger and have to cross the street to stay away we have a problem," says Agrussa.
Lawmakers have taken notice and are attempting to address the problem. In Honolulu several new programs and laws are in effect including new sidewalk ordinances and sweeps. Officials say no one single effort will solve the problem but the right combination of housing and enforcement will help.