BY LENNY KLOMPUS – Mazie Hirono is again exaggerating her record by taking credit for bringing South Korean tourists to Hawaii. Speaking to the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA), Hirono boasted about her tourism record, taking credit for achievements of the Lingle Administration, while simultaneously trumpeting the VISIT USA Act as her own creation.
During the HLTA forum, Hirono constantly referred to her advocacy of visa waivers and her sponsorship of the VISIT USA Act, which Hawaii voters know have resulted in all talk and no action. Ed Case made a valid point in the debate: What has Hirono been doing for the past six years?
Before Hirono even stepped foot in Washington, D.C. as a Congresswoman, Gov. Lingle had taken concrete, measurable action by making official trips to China and the Republic of Korea to expand Hawaii’s business, educational, and cultural opportunities.