Hawaii’s Wedding Business Has Been ‘Completely Demolished’

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For David McGaw and Kalei Kalani, Hawaii seemed like the dream destination for their wedding. Kalani was born on Oahu and raised on Kauai, and the two, who live in San Jose, California, had visited Hawaii together numerous times over the past 20 years.

“It’s always been kind of our special place,” said McGaw, a retail manager.
But now their plans for a 100-person celebration, including about 60 out-of-state guests, are up in the air. The planned October date seems safe, he said, but with the state shut down to tourists and no guidance from the government concerning large gatherings, it’s hard to say.
“Obviously, there’s a big air of uncertainty,” he said.
McGaw and Kalani are hardly alone. As a major subset of Hawaii’s tourism industry, the wedding business is bearing the brunt of the impact of Hawaii closing itself off from visitors.
A 14-day quarantine order for arriving passengers has helped shut down the spread of the virus, but it also has shut down the tourism industry and eliminated tens of thousands of hotel and restaurant jobs.
David McGaw, left, and Kalei Kalani, of San Jose, California, are hoping to get married in Hawaii in October. …

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