Road to business recovery takes a turn for the better

HANALEI — The whirlwind that has overcome the world following the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic has left people across the country reeling from the aftermath.

And Kaua‘i is no different.

Earlier this month, Kuhio Highway near Hanalei reopened to two-lane traffic, which was a step in a positive direction for many local businesses beyond the Hanalei bridge.

Road construction continues, with crews seeking to repair the landslide-damaged highway, but North Shore community members have remained resilient despite the numerous obstacles presented.

“Overall, we are making more revenue than before,” Mike Ching says of the businesses operating out of Ching Young Village Shopping Center in Hanalei. “I am cautiously optimistic because of the…

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