Japanese travel plan nearly set

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Jonathan Hakim, center, talks with Georgia Calimeres after eating lunch Monday at The Booch Bar in Hilo. Hawaii is almost ready for a return of visitors from Japan, according to Gov. David Ige, which is expected to help bolster the economy throughout the state.

Gov. David Ige said Monday his administration is “very close” to being able to announce plans for the return of Japanese visitors to the state.