Frustrated Hawaii businesses feel a further delay could result in “economic catastrophe”
Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, said a delay beyond Aug. 1 is “going to impose a tremendous hardship” on the ability of hotels to bring people back to work.
“With uncertainty of these dates, it just makes it harder to book and plan. There will be widespread ramifications because it’s costing some of our properties a million to a million and a half a month just to stay shuttered with the expenses they have to pay,” he said. “Hovering over all of them is the county property tax payments that are due in August. This is a double whammy in many ways.”