Economist talks about future of state, post-eruption

HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Paul Brewbaker (center) smiles with Barry Taniguchi, president and CEO of KTA Super Stores, and Roberta Chu, with Bank of Hawaii, Wednesday during the Hawaii Island Economic Development Board 35th Anniversary Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon at the Church of the Holy Cross Community Center in Hilo.

A leading Hawaii economist believes the state’s economy might not completely recover from the Kilauea eruption before the next major economic recession.