Tourism officials call for more sustainable industry

  • Visitors play in the surf Thursday at La‘aloa Beach Park, also known as Magic Sands. As people flock back to Hawaii after more than a year of pandemic travel restrictions, some industry experts are calling for more environmentally responsible and sustainable forms of tourism. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Visitors flock to La‘aloa Beach Park, also known as Magic Sands, on Thursday. As tourists return to Hawaii in droves after more than a year of pandemic travel restrictions, some industry experts are calling for more environmentally responsible and sustainable forms of tourism. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Visitors take a break to eat shave ice on the Kailua Bay seawall Thursday afternoon. As people flock back to Hawaii after more than a year of pandemic travel restrictions, some industry experts are calling for more environmentally responsible and sustainable forms of tourism. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Visitors stroll down Alii Drive Thursday afternoon. As people flock back to Hawaii after more than a year of pandemic travel restrictions, some industry experts are calling for more environmentally responsible and sustainable forms of tourism. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Visitors launch a rental kayak into Kailua Bay on May 21. As people flock back to Hawaii after more than a year of pandemic travel restrictions, some industry experts are calling for more environmentally responsible and sustainable forms of tourism. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

HONOLULU — As people flock back to Hawaii after more than a year of pandemic travel restrictions, some industry experts are calling for more environmentally responsible and sustainable forms of tourism.