Kauai employment suffers under restrictive travel policies

Before the COVID-19 pandemic the payroll at Kilohana Kauai, a popular Kauai attraction, was 168.

Fred Atkins, Kilohana’s general partner, said Friday that he signed checks for just seven employees.

“I’m kind of numb,” said Atkins, who also serves as a Hawaii Tourism Authority board member.

Since opening to the public in 1986, Kilohana has grown from 36 acres of gardens to a 104-acre visitor destination, including an agricultural park, Plantation Railway, Gaylord’s Restaurant &Mahiko Lounge, Lu‘au Kalamaku, Koloa Rum Co. and more.

Kauai employment suffers under restrictive travel policies

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