One of them is Hoonah, a predominantly Tlingit community on Chichagof Island, a roughly half-hour plane ride from Juneau. Formerly a logging town, Hoonah is now a cruise-ship destination for visitors seeking to experience Alaska Native culture, eat some locally caught wild salmon and halibut, and watch humpback whales cavorting in nearby waters.
Hoonah’s successful transition from a struggling economy in the late 1990s to a place where tourism entrepreneurship is on the rise is captured in the September issue of Alaska Business Monthly. It was reprinted this month in Sitnews, a regional online news source in Southeast Alaska. Read the article here.