‘A burst of joy’: Lifting of indoor mask mandate, Safe Travels program restores sense of normality

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Lexy Castaneda Santos, left, and Mia Boyer watch as shoppers enter Zumiez while working at the store in Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo on Saturday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Chantel Takabayashi, left, and Nathan Kamakea-Napihaa, sans masks, talk about an order for a table while another employee serves water at Coconut Grill in Hilo on Saturday.

Hawaii’s indoor mask mandate and the Safe Travels program — the state’s only remaining COVID-19 restrictions — officially ended Saturday.