Maui mayor asks airlines for fewer tourists amid travel boom

A long line of travelers wait to pass through a state agriculture inspection at the Kahului Airport on the Hawaiian island of Maui on Thursday, June 3, 2021. The Hawaiian island of Maui has become so overrun with tourists in recent months that its mayor is taking the unusual step of pleading with airlines to fly in fewer people. (Matthew Thayer/The Maui News via AP)

HONOLULU — For nearly a year, Maui residents had their tropical oasis virtually to themselves.