Maui tattoo shop Blue Hawaii Tattoo has just held it’s post-covid grand reopening to welcome back visitors to a normal tourist experience. Over the last two years Hawaii tourism was hit especially hard with the Covid epidemic resulting in lockdowns and restrictions that discouraged visitors to Maui and the rest of the Hawaiian islands.
Now that the mainland U.S. and much of the rest of the world is settling back into a post-Covid normalcy, Blue Hawaii Tattoo owner David Coronado remains optimistic about Maui’s business environment after many other local merchants had gone under. Coronado notes that several of those ruined local businesses were other tattoo shops in Lahaina that competed with his studio, and he found that regrettable.
“I knew all the local tattoo shops and their owners and I know the effort and investments those other guys made to stay in business and it’s sad to see anyone go out of business while doing what they love to do,” he said.
However, now that the rest of the world is crawling out of the Covid shadow, Blue Hawaii Tattoo is teaming up with other Lahaina businesses in seeking to help lead a renewal in the vibrant local tourist industry.
“All our local Lahaina businesses need to support each other to see us get back to normal, even if they are competitors.” Coronado added. “At the end of the day, we’re all in the same boat.”
Indeed, the end of Hawaiian state restrictions and quarantines levied against arriving tourists is leading to a bump in the economy of all the islands.
Blue Hawaii Tattoo Maui’s shop on Front Street in Lahaina will be rolling out the new welcome mat and offering new services including piercing and tattoo removal services in what will be the first normal summer season since 2019.
“We’re looking forward to seeing Maui’s visitors coming back in big numbers, and we always make sure to let them know our shop’s motto- we don’t have customers, only honored guests,” David concluded.