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Let Hawaii Work: Kristy Ford’s story

Let Hawaii Work: Kristy Ford’s story

We have a commercial boat tour business. Not only have we been shut down but between Gove. Ige’s and the DLNR’s regulations, we are allowed to take only 10 people on a boat no matter the boat size. There are over 300 boat owners throughout the island and many...
Let Hawaii Work: Kathryn Dioso’s story

Let Hawaii Work: Kathryn Dioso’s story

I am a senior living here on Maui with my son. I have given my health, specifically my immune system, high priority all of my life. Three friends of mine have had strokes and are in the hospital. Of course, I cannot visit them nor can anyone else. We can’t encourage...
Let Hawaii Work: Sarah Schroeder’s story

Let Hawaii Work: Sarah Schroeder’s story

I am a single mother of a 16-month-old almost toddler. I have been greatly affected by this lockdown, not only financially in regards to my business, but also emotionally due to the stress of not knowing how or if I will ever recover. It has been months full of severe...
Let Hawaii Work: Jeffrey Wood’s story

Let Hawaii Work: Jeffrey Wood’s story

I was supposed to receive seven total procedures, including neck and back surgery, a sacroiliac SI joint fusion, and various radiofrequency ablations, all requiring two visits for same-day surgery at The Queen’s Medical Center. Because of the coronavirus lockdown, my...
Let Hawaii Work: Vanessa Kelso’s story

Let Hawaii Work: Vanessa Kelso’s story

I am the owner of Kelso Photography on Oahu. Last year was the best year for me, as an artist and business owner. I work with mostly tourists, capturing their memories while visiting the islands. After the pandemic hit and our governor put in place the stay-at-home...
Let Hawaii Work: Willa Marten’s story

Let Hawaii Work: Willa Marten’s story

I am the owner of two condos in Kailua-Kona, and I have depended on renting them out to make an income that allows me to meet my cost of living here. As soon as the quarantines and lockdowns were put in place in March, my bookings through June all canceled, leaving me...
Let Hawaii Work: Janet Eisenbach’s story

Let Hawaii Work: Janet Eisenbach’s story

I own a vacation rental on the North Shore of Kauai that is almost always booked due to great reviews and a great location. I also work on Saturdays at the local farmers’ market as a vendor.   Both of my sources of income came to a complete halt with the shutdown in...
Let Hawaii Work: Mark Lofquist’s story

Let Hawaii Work: Mark Lofquist’s story

How has Hawaii’s statewide coronavirus lockdown affected me? Well, I am retired and live on the Big Island. I have an aneurysm and am way overdue for tests on my damaged carotid artery. There is no vascular specialist on the Big Island. I need to go to Honolulu for...