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Tourism in Waikiki surges, but will it stick?

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                In Waikiki, shops, and restaurants are starting to pick up business as tourists return and people get vaccinated. Pedestrians maneuver around each other in Waikiki on Saturday.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    In Waikiki, shops, and restaurants are starting to pick up business as tourists return and people get vaccinated. Pedestrians maneuver around each other in Waikiki on Saturday.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Anthony Arjoan, left, and Zach Sheets, partied on Waikiki Beach.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Anthony Arjoan, left, and Zach Sheets, partied on Waikiki Beach.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Soon-to-be- wed Shawnee Schoenrock and Walker Cool of Nebraska wait for their ride on Kalakaua Avenue.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Soon-to-be- wed Shawnee Schoenrock and Walker Cool of Nebraska wait for their ride on Kalakaua Avenue.

The beaches along world-famous Waikiki on Saturday looked a lot like they did before COVID-19 took hold of the planet: packed. But some who depend on the tourism industry are still cautious about whether the spring bump in visitor arrivals signals the start of a lasting economic recovery. Read more

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