Economist: Hawaii in recession as virus shuts down tourism

  • A U.S. Postal Service worker picks up mail at the corner of Palani Road, Kaahumanu Place and Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona on Monday. (Chelsea Jensen

  • Rental cars fill a gravel lot off Kuakini Highway on Monday. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Typically busy restaurants are shuttered Monday in Kailua-Kona. The coronavirus pandemic has plunged Hawaii's economy into a recession that's unprecedented for today, University of Hawaii Economist Carl Bonham told lawmakers on Monday. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Huggo's and Huggo's on the Rocks are closed Monday afternoon in Kailua-Kona. University of Hawaii Economist Carl Bonham said Monday he's currently forecasting that the state’s unemployment rate will likely peak at 25% in the April-June quarter. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Typically busy restaurants are shuttered Monday in Kailua-Kona amid Gov. David Ige's stay-at-home order. The coronavirus pandemic has plunged Hawaii's economy into a recession that's unprecedented for today, University of Hawaii Economist Carl Bonham told lawmakers on Monday. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A mo-ped cruises on Alii Drive passing restaurants and businesses shuttered amid Gov. David Ige's stay-at-home order on Monday. The coronavirus pandemic has plunged Hawaii's economy into a recession that's unprecedented for today, University of Hawaii Economist Carl Bonham told lawmakers on Monday. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A woman sits on the rocks at Kamakahonu Bay fronting an empty King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel Monday afternoon in Kailua-Kona. The coronavirus pandemic has plunged Hawaii's economy into a recession that's unprecedented for today, University of Hawaii Economics Carl Bonham told lawmakers on Monday. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

HONOLULU — The coronavirus pandemic has plunged the state’s economy into a recession that’s unprecedented for people alive in Hawaii today, a University of Hawaii economist told lawmakers Monday.