Holding on in Honokaa: Hamakua town hit hard by pandemic, lockdown order

A woman walks by the sign outside of the Honokaa People's Theatre on Mamane Street on April 7. All movies and performances have been cancelled or moved this season due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

An employee at Cafe Il Mondo works behind upside down chairs on top of tables in Honokaa on April 7. On a normal day, Cafe Il Mondo would seat 60 tables per shift. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Tyler Ortiz looks at a to-go menu outside Sea Dandelion Vegetarian Cafe and Awa Bar in Honokaa on April 7. The restaurant is providing food and drinks for take-out and curbside pick-up through the stay-at-home order. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

A motorcyclist stops in front of the True Value Hardware Store in Honokaa on April 7. True Value is one of the only stores open on Mamane Street and is deemed an essential business. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

For Honokaa, Gov. David Ige’s stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating.