Pandemic budget crunch leaves Hawaii with unpleasant options

A woman walks past the closed doors of the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Honolulu on Friday.

Barriers block off the entrance Friday to the temporarily closed Sheraton Waikiki hotel in Honolulu. Hawaii faces unpleasant options for addressing a dramatic decline in tax revenues precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of the state’s tourism industry. (AP Photos/Audrey McAvoy)

HONOLULU — The coronavirus pandemic has pushed Hawaii’s unemployment rate up to 22.3%, generated miles-long food bank lines and led hotel operators to close their doors and board up their windows.