HI - 'It's beyond frustrating': tensions peak as Hawaii locals urge tourists to stay out

Hundreds of travelers, motivated in part by low airfares, are riding out the pandemic in Hawaii – but some islanders see it a disregard for their home

A week ago, on the east side of Oahu, Troy Kane spent the day in waist-high water lugging rocks across Pā Honu fishpond. Usually he’d go with a group, but because of social distancing orders, he ventured out alone.

Kane and other local residents volunteer to help restore coastal walls and fish ponds, or loko iʻa kuapā, to reintroduce native seaweed and pua (baby fish) into the bay.

Resting against the slick black rocks, he looked north toward Sherwood Beach. Usually dotted with local residents, the beach was fuller than Kane expected.

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