While several Canadians have vowed to halt all unnecesssary travel to the U.S. in protest of Trump's recent trade tariffs, Hawaii still encourages them to continue including the island state in their vacation plans.
Hawaii's tourism authority has a travel page dedicated entirely to Canadians that demonstrates their appreciation for them. Along with providing helpful ideas, travel guides and planning tips specifically tailored to Canadian travellers, the page also has some nice words to say about Canadians in general:
"Hawaii loves Canadians. Whether it’s a winter escape, a golf vacation, a wedding or family reunion or just because; Hawaii waits with warmth and open arms."
"As Hawaii loves Canadians, Canadians love Hawaii. Ours is a special relationship born from an appreciation of the welcoming Aloha Spirit. Calling Hawaii a “bucket list” destination truly doesn’t do it justice. If you’ve visited, you’ll understand. You’ll know why Hawaii is such a special place, and that each one of our six unique islands offers experiences unlike anywhere else in the world. We’d love for you to return, and if you have yet to visit Hawaii, we hope you will very soon."
While such statements were not released as an intended response to the growing tensions between Canada and the U.S., they do give Canadians who are participating in the travel boycott something to think about. Should all states be punished for one administration's actions?
Hawaii is a special case to consider. Some could argue that the state's efforts to appeal to Canadians are only driven by the fact that they are one of their largest markets, accounting for as much as 10 per cent of state visitors in any given year. In 2017 alone, Canadians contributed $1.03 billion to Hawaii's economy, which represents an 8.1% increase over the previous year.
But Hawaii could have political reasons for reaching out to Canadians as well. In some cases, both Hawaiians and Canadians share similar viewpoints when it comes to Trump's controversial policies.
Take the 'Muslim ban' for example, which the U.S. Supreme court recently upheld in a 5-4 vote. Hawaii had led the nation in contesting the U.S. president's travel ban, having filed lawsuits against every version of the revised policy. Canada also responded to the travel ban, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirming the country's support for Muslims and Canadian officials 'scrambling' to address the issue.
"We're a Chop Suey group of a melting pot of cultures who live here and work here. I think the concern that we have a lot of what we're seeing with the travel ban in the current immigration policies such as setting up a wall or separating families, it's just a way of saying people who are outsiders need to keep out," said Hawaii's Lt. Gov. Doug Chin.
Some Americans even played around with the idea of Canada taking in Hawaii as a new province, considering their similar views and strong ties.
Should Canadians still visit Hawaii despite the Trump administration's recent controversial actions?