Hopeful in Honokaa: Businesses struggle with lack of visitors, eye Oct. 15 reopening

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Cathy Parrens shows Liz Kelly a new bowl at Kelly's store, Topstitch, in Honokaa earlier this month. Kelly is closing her store at the end of the month.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Kiki Isabel hands a customer ice cream wrapped in a homemade waffle with toppings at Wifey's Waffles in Honokaa.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Cynthia Worrell closes a display case recently at Honokaa Treasure Mall. Worrell's sales are down by at least 75%.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Carol Ignacio stands outside her breakfast and brunch restaurant, Gramma's Kitchen, in Honokaa recently. Ignacio misses the bustle of tourists that she's used to seeing in town.

Businesses in Honokaa continue to struggle with a lack of tourism caused by COVID-19 restrictions.