Bring Business Back

Bring back tourists and investments

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Message

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.

Why Mufi?

>> President and CEO of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association, a leading and strong voice for the hospitality industry

 

>> Led industry efforts to support measures that would crack down on illegal vacation rentals; insisted that short term rentals operate legally in resort areas and pay fair share of taxes

 

>> With the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, is working on long-term plans to focus on sustainability in travel, including greater investments in culture and natural resources; also working to reopen tourism in a responsible manner, with an emphasis on quality rather than quantity of tourists

 

>> Successfully lobbied Congress to prevent closure of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, saving 4,000 jobs

 

>> Led the US Conference of Mayors, as trustee and committee head, in securing visa waivers for foreign travelers and making tourism top-10 national priority

 

>>Partnered with East-West Center, State, and other entities to secure 2011 AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Honolulu by committing police and first-responders to event

 

>> As mayor, met with Disney executives to pave the way for the Aulani resort development in Ko Olina

 

>> Negotiated extensions of Pro Bowl with the National Football League—annual game that attracted 20,000 visitors and generated millions of dollars in revenues

 

>>As State’s economic development director, was pointman for loan guarantee to assist financially troubled Hawaiian Airlines, preventing the loss of as many as 3,500 jobs; successfully lobbied the Legislature for the single largest increase in State support for tourism to combat industry slump

 

>> As councilmember, backed the redevelopment of Waikiki’s aging Beachwalk district

 

>> Chaired the Governor’s Home Porting Task Force to support Pearl Harbor as site for USS Missouri

 

Challenge

Hawaii’s economy is reeling due to the impact of pandemic on tourism