‘It’s been a very rough ride’: Economic research group issues latest forecast

  • A woman walks across Haili Street on Nov. 12 while shopping in downtown Hilo. (KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald)

Although the anticipated rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines should improve the prospects for economic growth in Hawaii in the second half of 2021, the University of Hawaii’s Economic Research Organization says that making it to the point when the virus no longer poses a threat will be “painful and costly.”