Haiku Poem – 誰もいないワイキキ

giant planes arrive
30000 empty seats a day
Waikiki ghost town

(Scott Gatdner)
さんまん の じょうきゃく は へり いま は ゼロ

On a normal day there are 30,000 passenger arrivals in Honolulu. Majority of those people head to Waikiki. Waikiki is a bustling city with perfect weather and world famous beaches. There are many hotels and restaurants, stores and street venders, surf shops and activities to enjoy. At any given time there are thousands of people on the street or enjoying Waikiki’s beaches.

However Waikiki has become a ghost town. To stop the spread of the corona virus stores and restaurants shut down. Hotels are shuttering and the Parks and beaches in Waikiki are closed. Recently the Hawaii’s Governor placed a mandatory 14 day quarantine for anyone arriving in Hawaii. On the first day of the quarantine there were only  250 non-resident arrivals to Honolulu and 1,500 arrivals total.  

Seeing Waikiki empty at noon was a surreal experience. Hawaii’s tourism industry and economy is effectively dead.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Scott Gardner
– Japanese by Scott Gardner and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Scott
Honolulu, Hawaii ハワイ州オアフ島ホノルル
(編集長 美智子)

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