KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald A surfer walks down to the beach at Honoli‘i Beach Park north of Hilo on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Although the beach was closed, surfers were able to go out to the water and come straight back to their cars.
KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald A sign encourages mall patrons to wash their hands while other signs inform shoppers what stores remain open at the Puainako Center in Hilo on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Dairy Queen, Jackson Hewitt, Microcom, Payday Hawaii and Vitamin Shoppe are the only retail shops and restaurants open at the mall.
KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Linda Robb talks about how she is keeping herself safe while standing in the parking lot of Bayfront Park in Hilo on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Although the park was closed, Robb wanted to train for future rowing races while social distancing from other patrons.
KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Two park patrons walk through Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens on a rainy day in Hilo on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The beach parks and outdoor spaces were empty throughout the city.
KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Hania Mesa waits for a ride from the Hilo International Airport after arriving from Oahu on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Mesa, 15, lives in Oahu, but came to Hilo to stay with his family.
KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald A sign warns against entry to Rainbow Falls in Hilo on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Public spaces are closing to help prevent the continual spread of COVID-19.
KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Brandon McQuillan and Ashley Garnett wait for their ride after arriving to Hilo from Australia at the Hilo International Airport on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. McQuillan and Garnett had nearly expired visas in Australia and decided to come home early before international flights were completely cancelled.
Whether it was because of Gov. David Iges order to lock down the state or simply due to inclement weather, few people were out and about on the first day of the states five-week stay-at-home order.