Fixing Kuhio Highway will be costly and complicated, but may provide impetus for a long-term plan limiting daily visitors in the area.
The state’s detailed assessment of damage includes destroyed homes and roads, lost tourism dollars and PTSD among residents.
The islands’ cane crop will never return to the production levels of plantation days, but it’s essential for these local businesses.
The storm’s toll in Hanalei and more remote areas includes destroyed homes, lost jobs and vanished tourist dollars.
Take a look at the first Google satellite imagery capturing the extent of the flooding, road damage and altered beachscapes.
UPDATED: Officials expect to reopen one lane for emergency access on the damaged Kuhio Highway by May 7.
Construction crews arrive in force and businesses and homeowners clean up, but residents are keeping a wary eye on weather reports.