Trump supporters #BoycottHawaii as a vacation destination; the fifth Hawaii boycott since 2010

Morning joggers on the beach on Oahu’s North Shore. (Brian J. Cantwell/Seattle Times/TNS)

Hawaii is taking a hit once again, but they have certainly been down this road before.

In the past seven years, Americans have called for no fewer than five boycotts on the 50th state in the country.

This time, supporters of President Trump’s travel ban began calling for fellow Americans to boycott Hawaii as a vacation destination after the actions of a federal judge.

On Wednesday, Hawaii Federal Judge Derrick Watson ruled for the state of Hawaii in a suit against the travel ban. The state had argued that Trump’s revised travel ban discriminates on the basis of nationality and religion and would harm the state by reducing tourism. The ruling put a nationwide hold on the travel ban which would have taken effect at midnight Thursday.

Twitter reactions ensued under the trending hashtag #BoycottHawaii

Anyone paying attention may have noticed how Hawaii seems to attract boycotts.

In 2010, some Americans called for travelers to boycott Hawaii after Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed same-sex civil unions.

Two years later, in 2012, Americans who believed President Obama was not born in the U.S. called for a boycott of Hawaii until officials admitted they could not confirm that Obama was born in the state. A year before calls for the boycott, the White House had released President Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate.

In 2015, the U.S. Women’s National Team for U.S. Soccer boycotted Hawaii when they declined to play a match against Trinidad and Tobago at Aloha Stadium. The field and the state of the turf posed significant safety concerns to players, they said.

Last year, in 2016, some gun owners called for other gun owners to boycott Hawaii based on the regulations placed on those who have or carry  a firearm into the state. Gun owners said they believed the regulations were in violation of their second amendment rights.

It is worth nothing that Hawaii hasn’t taken all these boycotts without fighting back. A Honolulu cafe took a stand in 2016 when the owner posted a handwritten sign telling anyone who voted for Trump to stay out.

Read more: Hawaii cafe’s sign banning Trump voters sparks backlash

The owner later said it was a joke, but some said they would avoid visiting 8 1/2 Cafe which is still serving up Italian cuisine.

Hawaii too, has managed to survive the boycott storms.

While it isn’t clear how many of the tourists are American, in 2015, the year for which the most recent data is available, the islands greeted a record 8.7 million visitors. Last year, the Aloha State reported a record number of visits during the first half of the year.

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17 comments
gemmy19
gemmy19

I cant wait to vacation there again. Lets all go....OK?

Subrosa
Subrosa

It will be a much better vacation without those misguided Trump supporters there.

Berry1834
Berry1834

I don't see the Trump demographic being to enthralled with Hawaii and the peoples of Hawaii.. Whites are a minority and it is a respect based society, older people are held in high esteem and children are raised in a village atmosphere . All of these qualities run counter to the typical Trump values. The boycott will not be a bad thing if it keeps mean and dark spirited people away from our lovely state... Plus prices are outrageous and its true that there are no bargains to be found in all of the Hawaiian Islands. Lots of good deals in Mexico though. 

quickdigits
quickdigits

I wouldn't go there if you Paid me! The prices there are plainly Outrageous! I'm a bargain hunter. No bargains to be found in Hawaii.

gemmy19
gemmy19

Good...stay home. You wont be missed...

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

I love Hawaii and, if the Trumpetts are going to stay home, it will be even more beautiful.  Watching those over-weight lily white tubs jiggle around in their swim suits was always the single worst part of the visit.

quickdigits
quickdigits

@Ralph-43 Hey watch it! I'm a Trump supporter, 5' 4" 115 lbs. Hardly a "lily white tub" sir!!!!

gemmy19
gemmy19

Probably orange colored though....

ByteMe
ByteMe

Disney World used to get regularly bashed and boycotted by the holier-than-you-heathens over their "Gay Week" festivities.  Never even became a rounding error on their bottom line.  


I suspect this is what happens when people spend more time looking at Twitter than enjoying their own life.

creative
creative

Not sure which is worse here.  People saying they will boycott Hawaii or people saying that they want travel to Hawaii because they will be accepting immigrants from the banned countries.   Moronic Rednecks = Moronic Elites.  80% of people are clueless on both sides.  

Under-Educated White Guy
Under-Educated White Guy

Of all the under-educated, racist, white-trash Trump supporters I know here in GA, I don't think going to Hawaii was on their to-do list, anyway.

quickdigits
quickdigits

@Under-Educated White Guy I'm a Trump supporter and I happen to have a Masters degree...I'm Not racist and from an upper middle class family....Hardly the Stereotype you are perpetuating here!

gemmy19
gemmy19

However, you think like it....