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Hawaii island’s visitor decline is felt throughout its communities

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Mimi Bergstrom quit her waitressing job at Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay after a reduction in hours. She now works as a caretaker at a Buddhist temple.

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Olivia Leupold, 18, hugs her grandmother Maryanne in the Manta restaurant at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The Leupold family have been legacy guests at the hotel since the ’80s. “We’ve been coming so long the children consider it home,” Maryanne Leupold said.

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Pictured above, vacant beach chairs line the oceanfront of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island.