Photo Gallery: Maui’s Vibrant Destinations Turn Into Desolate Spaces

April 19, 2020, 8:39 PM HST · Updated April 19, 8:39 PM
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Exactly four weeks ago, Mayor Michael Victorino announced a stay-at-home order for the county of Maui due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the next few weeks, Maui’s visitor arrivals have exponentially decreased. Its popular destinations turned silent and empty.

For one week in April, MauiNow’s Gaylord Paul Garcia photographed the current state at some of these Maui destinations.

Lahaina

Front Street, Lahaina at 6:42 p.m. on Easter Sunday. (04.12. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Covered Benches, Wharf Cinema Center

Plastic covered benches face stores at The Wharf Cinema Center. (04.12. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Closed stores welcome no visitors on Front Street, Lahaina during the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.12. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Kāʻanapali

Whalers Village Shopping Center at Ka’anapali Pkwy, Lahaina during the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.13. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Empty tables at Hula Grill, Ka’anapali Pkwy, Lahaina. (04.13. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina. (04.13. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Kahului

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, Kahului at noon during the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.14. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, Kahului at noon during the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.14. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, Kahului at noon during the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.14. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Kahului Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.13. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Kahului Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.13. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Kahului Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.13. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Wailuku

‘Iao Valley State Park, Wailuku. (04.15. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Park closed signage on the way to ‘Iao Valley State Park, Wailuku. (04.15. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

A closed box office at the ‘Iao Theater, Wailuku. (04.15. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Wailea

The Shops At Wailea’s interior is unrecognizable amid an incomplete construction project and the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.15. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

The Shops At Wailea’s interior is unrecognizable amid an incomplete construction project and the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.15. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Exterior dining of Longhi’s at The Shops At Wailea during the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.15. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Paia

Pāʻia Corner in Pāʻia. (04.17. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

Boarded up shops in Pāʻia. (04.17. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

A boarded up shop in Pāʻia. (04.17. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

 

Additional Images

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Boarded up windows at Volcom. (04.12. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.
Signs by Down The Hatch, one of the remaining open stores on Front Street. (04.12. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.
One of two temporarily closed ABC stores on Front Street. (04.12. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.
Plastic covered benches face closed gift shops at The Wharf Cinema Center. (04.12. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.
Whalers Village Shopping Center at Ka’anapali Pkwy, Lahaina during the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.13. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.
Empty jewelry busts at Whalers Village Shopping Center. (04.13. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.
Whalers Village Shopping Center at Ka’anapali Pkwy, Lahaina during the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.13. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.
Empty beach chairs in front of a hotel on Kāʻanapali Beach. (04.13. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.
A silent children's playground in Queen Ka’ahumanu Center during the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.14. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.
A movie theater in Queen Ka’ahumanu Center goes dark during the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.14. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.
A closed box office at the ‘Iao Theater, Wailuku. (04.15. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.
Closed store at The Shops At Wailea amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (04.15. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.
Pāʻia Town Center in Pāʻia. (04.17. 2020) Gaylord Paul Garcia for Maui Now.

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