Bring Business Back
Bring back tourists and investments
Tourism is the economic glue that holds Honolulu together. We will do everything to bring it back and create a more resilient and sustainable visitor industry.
>> Build on our core competence of tourism by developing synergistic industries such as: sports, film and television production, regional cuisine and agriculture, culture and the arts, education, health and fitness, science, and other businesses that attract visitors and investment, while showcasing and supporting tourism.
>> More aggressively pursue sports, as we did with the 2019 National Football League preseason game, and will seek to do with the Rugby World Cup, additional NFL and National Basketball Association contests, and more.
>> Continue our support for anchor events like the Honolulu Marathon, Polynesian Bowl and Football Hall of Fame, and Sony Open, smaller events like the AVP and Hula Bowl, and activities that attract mainland and international participation such as soccer, swimming, and youth sports.
>> Seek to attract national and international gatherings, as we did with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, by joining with the East-West Center, University of Hawai‘i, business organizations, and other stakeholders to attract prominent organizations to meet in the islands, with a goal of showcasing our human and natural resources.
>> Nurture Honolulu’s many sister-city relationships by exploring opportunities for more business, trade, and investment.
>>Reenergize the Military Affairs Council so the City can work more closely with the armed forces and defense industry on matters of mutual concern.
>> Accelerate the City’s building permit approval process through the greater use of information technology, third-party reviews, and adequate staffing of the Department of Planning and Permitting; conduct a comprehensive review of City building requirements to determine which are necessary and, if not, reevaluate or eliminate them.
>> When available, identify federal money earmarked for agricultural purposes and work with the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau, Hawai‘i Ag Foundation, and agricultural stakeholders to direct that funding to sustain farmland and increase food self-sufficiency.
>> Expedite approvals of plans to build agriculture-related infrastructure, including worker housing, food processing plants, and other facilities.
>> Expand the farmers markets to more communities and seek to reduce the operating costs of these events.
Hawaii’s economy is reeling due to the impact of pandemic on tourism