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As Kaimuki reopens after COVID-19, vacant storefronts increase

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A fictional storefront built by the producers of the CBS television series “Magnum P.I.” is seen on Waialae Avenue on June 14 in Kaimuki. The space, once an antique store, remains vacant. As Hawaii’s economy begins its slow recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Kaimuki’s small businesses— some who had been around for over 40 years — have not survived.
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Pedestrians walk on the sidewalk along Waialae Avenue on June 14.
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People walk past two shuttered storefronts on Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki earlier this month.
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Curious passerby peer into the now shuttered Top of the Hill bar on Waialae Avenue on June 14.
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The inside of the shuttered Top of the Hill bar.
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The interior of what used to be Gecko Books in Kaimuki.
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The entrance to Coffee Talk in Kaimuki. The coffee shop is one of the businesses to successfully remain open as the neighborhood slowly recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Coffee Talk owner Liz Schwartz, middle, smiles through her mask while helping a patron on June 14.
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Manoa resident Francesca Scola, right, works on her laptop inside Coffee Talk on June 14.
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A sign is seen in the window of the shuttered Gecko Books on 12th Avenue.
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Tina Yamaki, president of Retail Merchants of Hawaii, stands outside the vacant storefront once occupied by Gecko Books.
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The storefront that was once Pill Box Kaimuki.
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The interior of the former Pill Box Kaimuki is seen empty on June 14.

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