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Let Hawaii Work

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 are

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Let Hawaii Work: Valerie Sisnero’s story

I own a business that installs business phone and voicemail systems, data cabling for phones, and computer networks. I’ve worked for just about every industry on Maui for the past 25 years. The majority of the businesses I serve are reliant on tourism or the trickle-down from the tourism industry

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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

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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 anxiety,

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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 same-day surgery procedures were postponed three months. This completely disabled

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Let Hawaii Work: Shawne Garliepp’s story

I own Creekside Lounge Kailua, which had been open every day since 1982 until March 19, 2020. Even after the statewide coronavirus shutdown, I was paying my employees, but then the state offered $600 dollars a week for their weekly incomes, so now all they want is unemployment. We need

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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 order, my business

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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,

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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

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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 tests

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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 are

Read More →

Let Hawaii Work: Valerie Sisnero’s story

I own a business that installs business phone and voicemail systems, data cabling for phones, and computer networks. I’ve worked for just about every industry on Maui for the past 25 years. The majority of the businesses I serve are reliant on tourism or the trickle-down from the tourism industry

Read More →

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

Read More →

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 anxiety,

Read More →

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 same-day surgery procedures were postponed three months. This completely disabled

Read More →

Let Hawaii Work: Shawne Garliepp’s story

I own Creekside Lounge Kailua, which had been open every day since 1982 until March 19, 2020. Even after the statewide coronavirus shutdown, I was paying my employees, but then the state offered $600 dollars a week for their weekly incomes, so now all they want is unemployment. We need

Read More →

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 order, my business

Read More →

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,

Read More →

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

Read More →

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 tests

Read More →