Lifting of interisland quarantine brings optimism for businesses

TOM LINDER/West Hawaii Today Guests gather Wednesday at the newly reopened Island Lava Java on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona.

For months, Hawaii residents eagerly awaited the reopening of the kamaaina economy; with the mandatory 14-day quarantine for interisland travelers scheduled to be lifted June 16, West Hawaii businesses are preparing for a boost.