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Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii faces shutdown as tourism rebound brings more visitors, risks

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Tourism is picking up as more people are vaccinated and some restrictions are lifted. Beachgoers packed the shores of Waikiki on April 8.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Tourism is picking up as more people are vaccinated and some restrictions are lifted. Beachgoers packed the shores of Waikiki on April 8.

  • GEORGE F. LEE / 2019
                                Funding for the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii is at risk. Jessica Lani Rich of VASH held a sign bearing a photo of Casimir Pokorny of Pennsylvania during a vigil on Jan. 30, 2019. Pokorny was one of three killed by a speeding vehicle at Kamakee Street and Ala Moana Boulevard on Jan. 28, 2019.

    GEORGE F. LEE / 2019

    Funding for the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii is at risk. Jessica Lani Rich of VASH held a sign bearing a photo of Casimir Pokorny of Pennsylvania during a vigil on Jan. 30, 2019. Pokorny was one of three killed by a speeding vehicle at Kamakee Street and Ala Moana Boulevard on Jan. 28, 2019.

Keith Fulp, a visitor from Alpharetta, Ga., still remembers the emptiness he felt going back to his hotel after viewing the body of his wife, Jeannie Fulp, after she died of COVID-19 in a Honolulu hospital last month. Read more

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