I was astonished to read that Hawaiian tourism prefers Japanese to American travelers because Japanese spend more money than U.S. citizens (see Shocked Hawaii Tourism Reps Scramble As Japanese Visits Drop Sharply
, Page One, March 21, 2011). We were determined to go someplace exotic this year and remain in the USA. The flight to Honolulu from Philadelphia is a long and grueling one. I figure about 12 hours with the layovers. San Francisco and San Diego are only half that. The US Virgins are even closer. I will be canceling my two-week Hawaii vacation if Americans are not appreciated as much as Japanese because they spend double what we do. Everyone's heart goes out to the Japanese now. And we sympathize with the damage Hawaii has sustained on its own shores and from Japan's heartbreaking crisis. In this moment, perhaps Hawaiian tourism officials can open their eyes to their fellow Americans.