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Hawaii looks to grow appeal as destination for sport events

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By MARINA STARLEAF RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Millions of visitors come to vacation in Hawaii each year, but state lawmakers say more would come to the islands if there were more sporting events.

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to establish a Hawaii Sports and Entertainment Authority, which would work to grow Hawaii's appeal as a destination for national and international teams and performers.

Supporters of the bill say Hawaii's location between the U.S. mainland and Asia could help it thrive as a destination for sports. Hawaii already hosts events like the Ironman Championship, the NFL Pro Bowl and the Sony Open.

But in a state without any major sports teams and aging event venues, critics wonder whether the benefits of bringing more events to Hawaii will outweigh the costs of starting another government agency.

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