Mostly virus-free Kaua‘i hit by pandemic after travel resumes

  • Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press file

    Napali Coast is seen from a helicopter in late 2019.

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    Clouds hang over the Princeville Makai Golf Course near Hanalei Bay in 2018.

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    A woman walks into the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu amid a quarantine rule that effectively shut down the tourism industry in the state in October.

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    Governor David Ige speaks at a news conference as Lt. Gov. Josh Green, left, looks on, at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu in October.

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    Ron Clark’s favorite chair sits empty in Kapa‘a earlier this month. Clark died of COVID-19 on Kaua‘i last month, the first on-island resident virus death.

HONOLULU — On Kaua‘i, where sprawling, white-sand beaches and dramatic seaside mountains attract visitors from around the world, local residents spent the first seven months of the pandemic sheltered from the viral storm.