Return to normalcy: Lifting of interisland quarantine brings optimism for Hawaii businesses

Guests gather at the newly reopened Island Lava Java on Alii Drive Wednesday. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

For months, Hawaii residents have been eagerly awaiting the reopening of the kamaaina economy; with the mandatory 14-day quarantine for interisland travelers scheduled to be lifted on June 16, local businesses are preparing for a boost.