Hawaii Is No Paradise if You Need Medical Care

Honolulu

When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020, the only thing Hawaii had going for it was that it could strictly control who came and went. The Aloha State, however, was ill-prepared to handle the increased burden on its medical system, and authorities used that as an excuse to impose lockdowns on all economic and social activity—to “flatten the curve” and prevent excess demand at local hospitals.