Taking it slow

People exit the terminal after arriving at the Hilo International Airport on Tuesday. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

Southwest Airlines employee Jaren Layaoen helps a traveler check in for her flight to the mainland at Hilo International Airport on Tuesday. Gov. David Ige on Tuesday announced that more visitors from Japan could start visiting Hawaii in a few weeks, thanks to a new program that will allow them to avoid quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to arrival. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

When visitors from Japan are allowed to travel to Hawaii without being quarantined — which could happen as soon as Nov. 6 — officials aren’t expecting the demand seen when the state reopened for mainland U.S. tourist arrivals on Oct. 15.