Casino gambling is not present in the state of Hawaii, but it appears that politicians are considering the possibility of launching a casino resort as a way to help bring some positive economic impact to the islands, which have been hampered by a lack of tourism because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Department of Hawaiian Homelands is recommending that a casino report be built on the island of Oahu, which would bring a number of jobs as well as tourists to the state. Tax revenues would also be created from the game revenues, which would provide long-term financial assistance to a state that is seeing a $6 billion deficit that will hamper plans to provide housing to residents.
A statement from the DHHL said in part: "Given the impact of COVID-19 on our state's economy, the department is proposing a bold measure that has proven successful for indigenous groups in generating critically needed revenue to improve the lives of their people."
Currently Hawaii is one of eight states that have no casinos at all, and one of two that doesn't have any form of legalized gambling. Without a doubt it'll be interesting to see how the industry enters the market. We'll be updating readers as we learn more.