Still struggling to recover from 2018 eruption, Pahoa takes another hit from pandemic

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Mark Wynn sits on his truck Tuesday outside the Bank of Hawaii in Pahoa. Wynn was listening to music and trying to enjoy the outdoors to brighten spirits of anyone passing by.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Patrons maintain distance while waiting for the ATM outside Bank of Hawaii on Tuesday in Pahoa. The bank is closed, but the community can continue to access the ATM.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Glenn Kokuban, superintendent at the Pahoa Community Center, talks Tuesday behind the fence at the center about the difference between the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and the lower Puna eruption in 2018 to the Pahoa community.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Alika Nihipali paints decorations Tuesay at Kaleo’s Bar & Grill in Pahoa. Nihipali is helping with projects around the restaurant while it remains closed through the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Tin Can Bakery owner Matt Purvis talks Tuesday about the changes to his business in Pahoa. Purvis said the bakery has had decent traffic from locals, but is hoping the stimulus package for the federal government helps them continue to stay open and keep employees paid.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Byron Leger and Shannon Garity eat on their truck outside Tin Can Bakery on Tuesday in Pahoa. The bakery is making to-go meals and implementing curbside pick up and delivery to continue operating through the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald A biker rides past Sovereign Tea & Books on Tuesday in Pahoa. A closing sale sign is posted on the front of the store. Owner Carmen Ka‘ana‘ana officially decided to close the shop when the COVID-19 outbreak hit the U.S. and tourists were no longer welcome in Hawaii.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Marie Delacrois looks over to another Sirius Coffee patron while sitting outside the cafe Tuesday in Pahoa. Delacrois has continued to come the coffeehouse since it is the only place she is able to sit outside and visit with passersby.

With businesses still fighting to recover after the 2018 Kilauea eruption, Pahoa is once again facing an economic catastrophe as the coronavirus lockdown continues.