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New Waikiki restaurants rise amid COVID pandemic

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                                Amanda Byrum mixes a drink at Tex 808.

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    Amanda Byrum mixes a drink at Tex 808.

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                                Skybox Taphouse is one of many new Waikiki businesses that opened or expanded during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Skybox Taphouse is one of many new Waikiki businesses that opened or expanded during the coronavirus pandemic.

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                                There’s been a recent wave of more than a dozen restaurant openings or expansions in Waikiki. Above, Justin Vierra and daughter, Autumn, select pastries at the new Liliha Bakery.

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    There’s been a recent wave of more than a dozen restaurant openings or expansions in Waikiki. Above, Justin Vierra and daughter, Autumn, select pastries at the new Liliha Bakery.

While the pandemic created challenges, it also created opportunities. That’s evident in Waikiki where the pandemic plunge has given rise to a wave of more than 15 restaurant openings as well as significant expansions and reinvestment. Read more

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