Slow climb ahead for Hawaii economy, even with vaccine

  • Judi Mellon and Jason Ueki visit Hawaii Forest & Trail Hilo in early November 2018. (Hawaii Tribune-Herald/file photo)

Although the anticipated rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines should improve the prospects for economic growth in Hawaii in the second half of 2021, the University of Hawaii’s Economic Research Organization says that making it to the point when the virus no longer poses a threat will be “painful and costly.”