Yesterday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell extended Oahu’s stay-at-home order another two weeks, deciding to keep businesses deemed unessential shut down and forbid all social gatherings through September 23rd.
It’s just the latest in a string of bad news for Hawaii, who last week saw more than 25 major hospitality companies announce mass layoffs and furloughs in the face of an uncertain future. Hawaii’s leadership has come into question in recent months by residents for its lack of direction, high turnover, and failure to devise a concrete plan for reopening.
Tourism has essentially been shut down since the start of the pandemic in March, and now, nearly six months later, residents and local businesses are still struggling through the hardships that come with on-again, off-again shutdowns.
“Yet all these months later, there’s still not a playbook in sight, and what little guidelines Hawaii