February 9, 2021
A Hawaii-based influencer has set off a storm on Instagram after his comments on Arcata and Eureka in late January. His comments, as well as actions in his current state of Hawaii, have put a spotlight on some of the ethical issues that surround Instagram travel influencers during the pandemic.
Noah Lang Ragone, who posts as @noahawaii on Instagram and prefers to go by Noah Lang, is a travel influencer who has worked with Boody Wear, an eco-friendly clothing line, and Kiliwarrior Expeditions, a Kilimanjaro tour operator, according to his online portfolio. On Jan. 21, he wrote a post calling Eureka and Arcata in Humboldt County “horrible disgusting towns that surround such a beautiful area.”