Life Interrupted: 15 People. 15 Stories of Sudden Change, Courage and Community During COVID-19

We asked Honolulu residents—teachers, police officers, home care workers, nurses and more—what life was like for them when the pandemic first arrived on O‘ahu. Here are their stories in their own words.

The Nurse

What It’s Like Being a Hawai‘i Nurse During a Pandemic

 

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Photo: Meri Hoffsten

 

 


The High School Senior

Hawai‘i High School Senior Talks About Life and Graduation During a Pandemic

 

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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

 


The Hotel Worker

A Former Waikīkī Hotel Worker Talks About the Moment the Pandemic Became Real to Her

 

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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

 


The Mail Carrier

What It’s Like as a Hawai‘i Mail Carrier During a Pandemic

 

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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

 


The Care Home Owner

What It’s Like Operating a Honolulu Care Home During a Pandemic

 

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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

 


The Flight Attendant

What It’s Like Being a Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendant During a Pandemic

 

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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

 


The Police Captain

What It’s Like Being a Police Captain and Father During the Pandemic

 

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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

 


The Restaurant Server

What It’s Like Being a Restaurant Server Who Lost Her Job During the Pandemic

 

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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

 


The Uber Driver

What It’s Like Driving for a Ride-Hailing Company During a Pandemic

 

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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

 


The School Teacher

What It’s Like Being a Hawai‘i Public School Teacher During the Pandemic

 

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Photo: Courtesy of Ellie Kantar

 

 


The Musician

What It’s Like for a Hawai‘i Musician During the Pandemic

 

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Photo: Pati Tyrell

 

 


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The Honolulu Family Behind Fukuda Seed Store First Sold Seeds to O‘ahu Gardeners 100 Years Ago

 

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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

 


Suzie Schulberg & Anna Gelino

How the Arcadia Family of Companies Copes with COVID-19

 

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Photos: Courtesy of Arcadia Family of Companies