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Let Hawaii Work

Let Hawaii Work: Jim Coon’s story

I am president of the Ocean Tourism Coalition, which represents over 300 charter boat companies in Hawaii. Because of the shutdown, many of us laid off most — if not all — of our workers. In the industry, easily two to three thousand people have been laid off. If we

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Let Hawaii Work: Scott “Otto” McDonough’s story

OttoCake these past 30 years has been my passion and my sole source of survival. I’m desperately trying to stay in business during the shutdown, and I’ve stayed open seven days a week. Nobody from the state Health Department has ever told us we had to change anything. So, we

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Let Hawaii Work: Tuan Vo’s story

I have a small barbershop in Kailua, The Regulation. For over 28 years, I served Marine Corps Base Hawaii marines, with 12 part-time employees. But now, my business is shutdown, since March 23, 2020. Zero income. Burning through savings. No unemployment benefits from beginning till now. I still have to

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Let Hawaii Work: Cliff Slater’s story

I’ve been with Maui Divers Jewelry since 1962. We’ve gone through occasional hard times, but we’ve never had anything like this, where everything is out of our hands. Hawaii made the decision to shut down on March 19th, and the next day, all 30 of our retail stores were shut

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Let Hawaii Work: Lee Anderson’s story

Since its beginning in 1985, Hawaiian Brian’s has always been a gathering place and entertainment venue. My father and I own and operate it together. On May 21, Honolulu’s mayor released the initial restaurant reopening guidelines. The order allowed restaurants to start opening. We figured since we have kitchens and

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Let Hawaii Work: Steve Haumschild’s story

“I was asked to speak in front of the City Council on behalf of businesses and the problems we’re facing, but after five hours of waiting, it was pretty clear I wasn’t gonna get my chance. “Hawaii loves to throw this term around, ‘We’re all in the same canoe together.’

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Let Hawaii Work: Dennis Koo’s story

“I have been a manufacturer, importer and distributor of Hawaiian-culture products since 2005. “The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has made me lose the chance to spread our valuable products throughout the world. It has been not only a loss for me and all of my accounts in Hawaii, but also a

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Let Hawaii Work: The Muamoholeva’s story

“Our business has been completely shut down as of March 20. “We have a small kiosk at Dole Plantation near Wahiawa. We have no income and are still trying to seek unemployment, but claims for sole proprietors are not being processed yet. “While we do believe some local businesses should

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Let Hawaii Work: Bill Comerford’s story

“I am a 67 year old resident of Oahu who has operated four of Honolulu’s most popular pubs, bars and nightclubs for 20-plus years, including Kelley O’Neil’s, Irish Rose Saloon, Anna O’Brien’s and O’Toole’s, all in Honolulu. “I run a good, organized operation, with the prior month’s sales covering all

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Let Hawaii Work: Roy Wemyss’ story

“We run Kula Herbs, a business that sells organic soap, and exports 90% of its production — to the neighboring islands, Japan, Guam, Saipan and the mainland. “We were shut down because we’re “nonessential.” We don’t have any customers other than a few web sales. We haven’t received any assistance

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Let Hawaii Work: Jim Coon’s story

I am president of the Ocean Tourism Coalition, which represents over 300 charter boat companies in Hawaii. Because of the shutdown, many of us laid off most — if not all — of our workers. In the industry, easily two to three thousand people have been laid off. If we

Read More →

Let Hawaii Work: Scott “Otto” McDonough’s story

OttoCake these past 30 years has been my passion and my sole source of survival. I’m desperately trying to stay in business during the shutdown, and I’ve stayed open seven days a week. Nobody from the state Health Department has ever told us we had to change anything. So, we

Read More →

Let Hawaii Work: Tuan Vo’s story

I have a small barbershop in Kailua, The Regulation. For over 28 years, I served Marine Corps Base Hawaii marines, with 12 part-time employees. But now, my business is shutdown, since March 23, 2020. Zero income. Burning through savings. No unemployment benefits from beginning till now. I still have to

Read More →

Let Hawaii Work: Cliff Slater’s story

I’ve been with Maui Divers Jewelry since 1962. We’ve gone through occasional hard times, but we’ve never had anything like this, where everything is out of our hands. Hawaii made the decision to shut down on March 19th, and the next day, all 30 of our retail stores were shut

Read More →

Let Hawaii Work: Lee Anderson’s story

Since its beginning in 1985, Hawaiian Brian’s has always been a gathering place and entertainment venue. My father and I own and operate it together. On May 21, Honolulu’s mayor released the initial restaurant reopening guidelines. The order allowed restaurants to start opening. We figured since we have kitchens and

Read More →

Let Hawaii Work: Steve Haumschild’s story

“I was asked to speak in front of the City Council on behalf of businesses and the problems we’re facing, but after five hours of waiting, it was pretty clear I wasn’t gonna get my chance. “Hawaii loves to throw this term around, ‘We’re all in the same canoe together.’

Read More →

Let Hawaii Work: Dennis Koo’s story

“I have been a manufacturer, importer and distributor of Hawaiian-culture products since 2005. “The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has made me lose the chance to spread our valuable products throughout the world. It has been not only a loss for me and all of my accounts in Hawaii, but also a

Read More →

Let Hawaii Work: The Muamoholeva’s story

“Our business has been completely shut down as of March 20. “We have a small kiosk at Dole Plantation near Wahiawa. We have no income and are still trying to seek unemployment, but claims for sole proprietors are not being processed yet. “While we do believe some local businesses should

Read More →

Let Hawaii Work: Bill Comerford’s story

“I am a 67 year old resident of Oahu who has operated four of Honolulu’s most popular pubs, bars and nightclubs for 20-plus years, including Kelley O’Neil’s, Irish Rose Saloon, Anna O’Brien’s and O’Toole’s, all in Honolulu. “I run a good, organized operation, with the prior month’s sales covering all

Read More →

Let Hawaii Work: Roy Wemyss’ story

“We run Kula Herbs, a business that sells organic soap, and exports 90% of its production — to the neighboring islands, Japan, Guam, Saipan and the mainland. “We were shut down because we’re “nonessential.” We don’t have any customers other than a few web sales. We haven’t received any assistance

Read More →