Hawaii pushes tourism agency to better manage visitor hordes

House Speaker Scott Saiki, center, speaks to Rep. Luke Evslin, right, and Rep. Justin Woodson, left, on the floor of the Hawaii House of Representatives on the last day of the 2023 legislative session in Honolulu on Thursday, May 4, 2023. Hawaii lawmakers ended their 2023 legislative session on Thursday without allocating money for the tourism agency that manages the state’s biggest industry and employer but legislators said some money would likely be made available to the Hawaii Tourism Authority through a process that will have Gov. Josh Green’s administration and lawmakers vetting its funding requests. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers ended their 2023 legislative session on Thursday without allocating money for the tourism agency that manages the state’s biggest industry and employer.