Just about every year around this time the legislature in Hawaii considers the idea of gambling in one form or another. Bringing gambling to Hawaii is very controversial because currently there is no formal gambling allowed of any kind. There is no bingo, no lottery or scratch off tickets like in other states in the union. Hawaii is one of only one other state (Utah) in the union that does not allow gambling. At the same time, people still gamble Hawaii. There is a lot of illegal gambling going on and Las Vegas is the top destination for folks living here in the islands to visit; Sin city has been referred to as the 7th Hawaiian island. More recently with the Akaka Bill moving through Congress which will give native Hawaiians some of the same rights as native Americans, the idea of casino gambling on these Hawaiian homelands has created a new interest in bringing gambling to the state.
Those who are for gambling think it will be good for the economy and bring much-needed dollars to state coffers, especially to the education sector which is currently underfunded and as a result has resorted to a four-day school week because of lack of money. Those who are against gambling believe that no new dollars will be created and that it will create crime which will lead to problems problems for the tourism industry. Both sides have valid points but unfortunately with an issue like this there’s very little way to compromise.
If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii and think gambling needs to be part of the equation then you might want to think twice. It’s actually the perfect family destination because you don’t have to worry about some of the things that are associated with the casino gambling that exists in other destinations. You can really spend some quality time with your loved one or kids. There’s so much to do and see here that you’ll hardly ever even think that you missed gambling. It’s really an opportunity to relax and enjoy the beauty of Hawaii has to offer.
If gambling is something that you just can’t live without on your Hawaii vacation you may want to consider one of the cruises that come to the islands. There are ships leaving from mainland destinations and have casinos on board. Remember there is no gambling in Hawaiian waters either so it’s some point during your trip over the casino will be off-limits.
Posted by: Bruce Fisher