Ige looks back on coronavirus, tourism shutdown

  • Vern Miyagi, Administrator, HEMA, left, and Hawaii Gov. David Ige addressed the media during a press conference at the Hawaii Emergency Management Center at Diamond Head following the false alarm issued of a missile launch on Hawaii on Jan. 13, 2018. As Hawaii's governor, David Ige faced a false alert about an incoming ballistic missile, a volcanic eruption that destroyed 700 homes and protesters blocking construction of a cutting-edge multibillion-dollar telescope. (George F. Lee/The Star-Advertiser via AP, File)

HONOLULU — As Hawaii’s governor, David Ige faced a volcanic eruption that destroyed 700 homes, protests blocking construction of a cutting-edge multibillion-dollar telescope and a false alert about an incoming ballistic missile. During the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism shut down and Hawaii’s unemployment rate soared to 22.4%.