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Devastated by lockdowns, Hawaii's struggling tourism industry pins its hopes on the first signs of reopening

From left, Shelly Harris, Janice Fairbanks, Tom Fairbanks and Taylor Harris at their Old Wailuku Inn, whose last out-of-state guest left March 21. Foto: The Washington Post by Anna Kim

The last out-of-state guest left the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono on March 21.

On Thursday, 208 days later, the state of Hawaii reopens to tourists, and innkeepers Tom and Janice Fairbanks know it could take months for business to pick back up. But the cozy 10-room bed-and-breakfast near Maui's northern coast has made it this far, temporarily closing for three months earlier in the pandemic, then reopening to a handful of locals at the end of June...

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