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Waikiki tourism rebounding from pandemic lows

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Brockton Kodama, vice president for Stussy Honolulu, said the streetwear retailer is doing well and plans to move to a larger space in the Royal Hawaiian Center.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Brockton Kodama, vice president for Stussy Honolulu, said the streetwear retailer is doing well and plans to move to a larger space in the Royal Hawaiian Center.

  • KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Royal Hawaiian Center launched its latest expansion, Ka Lewa Lanai, last month. The 5,091 square feet of space for meetings and private events overlooks Waikiki.

    KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Royal Hawaiian Center launched its latest expansion, Ka Lewa Lanai, last month. The 5,091 square feet of space for meetings and private events overlooks Waikiki.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Owner Joe Jitsukawa, above, opened Hawaii’s first Junbi location in the Royal Hawaiian Center. The drink shop specializes in matcha products sourced from Japan.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Owner Joe Jitsukawa, above, opened Hawaii’s first Junbi location in the Royal Hawaiian Center. The drink shop specializes in matcha products sourced from Japan.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kalakaua Avenue was empty on April 6, 2020. A mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors to Hawaii was issued on March 26, 2020, as the state dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Kalakaua Avenue was empty on April 6, 2020. A mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors to Hawaii was issued on March 26, 2020, as the state dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Visitors are back in force in Waikiki, although still lagging. People crossed a bustling Kalakaua Avenue in January.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Visitors are back in force in Waikiki, although still lagging. People crossed a bustling Kalakaua Avenue in January.

At the worst point of the pandemic it was possible to walk down Kalakaua Avenue — the 50-yard line of the state’s tourism economy — without encountering cars or people. It was so quiet that wild chickens wandered freely through the neighborhood. Read more

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