a century ago Hawaii’s Mala Wharf was built as a mooring for transport steamships Pineapple and sugar cane in front of the island. (It was ultimately unsuccessful for that purpose, as currents that were too strong hindered its landing.) But after that heyday of World War IIthe port of Maui fell into a desolate state – and was finally decimated by Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
Over those three decades, the port has grown into a hugely popular tourist destination in Hawaii, considered a premier snorkeling and diving spot. and residents according to a KITV report posted on April 7, are unhappy at how crowded the area has become with tourists – fueled in large part by social media and the internet in general. (After all, almost the entire first page of Google searches for Mala Kai are tourist and diving websites.)