Hawaii’s tourist based economy is more or less dead… comatose at best, but mostly dead. Businesses that target the tourist trade are struggling with several permanently closed or in the process of closing. Tourism’s sharp decline has crippled Hawaii’s economy. Businesses in the restaurant industry, retail, home furnishings, catering and much more have been severely impacted.
One morning last month I took a long walk through the Ghost Town of Waikiki and took a series of photos, some of which appear on this page. It is hopeful that the current stay at home orders are lifted, and that tourism can make a gradual comeback. Travel to Hawaii is slated to re-open in October. A new COVID-19 test will be required for incoming passengers at least 72 hours prior to arrival in Hawaii. Travelers will have to bear the financial burden of the test.
In the meantime, Hawaii’s tourist destinations struggle and look like ghost towns without too many people roaming around.