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Changing Communities in Hawaii

Kailua and Haleiwa are navigating change: trying to preserve their small-town communities while supporting businesses and creating jobs

Today’s tourists are not willing to just stay close to their hotels or only take tours to the standard attractions. They want to experience out-of-the-way beaches, trails and neighborhoods that locals have had mostly to themselves for decades. Those incursions into our communities statewide help spread visitor spending around, make tourists want to come back to Hawaii, and create jobs and build revenue for local companies. However, those same tourist incursions can irritate residents, increase traffic and erosion, and eliminate the peace and quiet of our special places.

In this issue, Hawaii Business looks at two communities that are changing because of an influx of both locals and tourists – changes that are similar to what is happening in towns and regions across the Islands. We welcome your thoughts and comments in the online versions of these stories at or in emails to

Kailua Seeks Balance
Negotiating Haleiwa's Future

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