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  • Jared Ellis

Plans in the works to market Hawaii as the ‘safest place in the world’

But Hannemann warns that diversifying the economy or replacing tourism with some other industry won’t happen overnight. He said he has been involved in government since the 1980s, and every economic diversification idea “just hasn’t happened.”

Hawaii should keep trying, “but at the end of the day, tourism will remain our core competence. I mean, how do you replace 250,000 jobs, $2 billion in taxes and $17 billion in revenues that this industry does? That’s going to be the challenge.”

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