There are only two states that do not have legalized gambling in some form or another. Hawaii and Utah.

I think this is ridiculous. I enjoy gambling and I guess a lot of other people do also. That is why Las Vegas is referred to as the ‘eighth island.’ Vacations Hawaii capitalizes on this by offerering very good packages to Las Vegas.

For one nominal fee, you get round trip airfare, hotel, food and transportation to and from Las Vegas. If two people go it is a really good deal. I always go as a single so it is slightly higher, but still a bargain in travel.

Usually for around $699-899 you can fly to Vegas, stay in a hotel for five nights, get a coupon book for most all of your meals and get picked up and taken to the airport in Las Vegas. Your luggage (and you can take two pieces) is magically deposited in your room shortly after you arrive and then picked up before you return.

You have a choice of several hotels, all part of Boyd gaming. I always choose the Orleans, which is slightly higher, but I prefer it to the downtown hotels. There is more variety in the food department and the sixteen theaters right above the casino are a nice diversion.

The downtown hotels like the California have a lot going for them. Local folks are made very welcome and the menu in the restaurant features lots of island food. Oxtail soup is one of their specialties. The rooms are nice and best of all, the machines are a little looser and real money comes out, not just the paper slips.

As for gambling here in Hawaii, I really think it would give tourists something to do in the evening other than going out to dinner or a luau. And local people would flock to the casino  not only to play but to eat, drink and socialize.

It would be so nice to be able to just drive into Waikiki, play a few games and not worry about a ‘date’ or breaking the law.

For years there have been high stakes poker games in Hawaii. I know for a fact that at many of the ‘private’ clubs this goes on. Meanwhile in Chinatown, police are busting the gambling parlors.

There is a bill before the legislature to allow gambling on Hawaiian Homestead Lands. This is similar to the Indian reservation casinos in other parts of the United States.

This probably will not pass, although it would certainly add some much needed money to the coffers of the Hawaiians and the state.

There was another crazy idea someone came up with in our government. Let’s have a gambling casino in a hotel in Waikiki, but only for the registered guests. No local people. How’s that for brilliant? What if you were a registered guest at another hotel. Even the same chain? Who would enforce this ruling?

Don’t our lawmakers have anything better to worry about?

I don’t see how this would hurt anyone, except maybe it would affect the number of people who have to fly 3000 miles each way just to gamble.