Survey: Locals feeling a little friendlier toward tourists: West Hawaii a little less enthusiastic about benefit of visitor industry than East Hawaii

A sample of survey results from the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

Tourists embark on a Sea Quest Ocean Adventure Saturday at Keauhou Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Big Island residents are reporting an increasingly favorable view of the visitor industry, with East Hawaii residents expressing a more positive opinion than their West Hawaii counterparts.