Recovery Centers To Open In Kona And Kohala

(KHNL) - More help will soon be arriving on the Big Island.

State, federal and county leaders are planning to open two recovery centers in Kohala and one in Kona for people affected by the 6.7 earthquake.

The centers will offer a variety of programs.

"You know things like information, property tax breaks, building permits and those kinds of things. Anything we feel may help them," said Big Island Mayor Harry Kim.

He says residents are bouncing back. And although some visitors cancelled their trips immediately after the earthquake, there haven't been any more since.

Oahu hotels are nearly 85% filled.

"And even though we've had a few minor setbacks with the Spring rains and the recent earthquake and power outage, those are just blips on the radar, we're looking very strong for next year," said Les Enderton, executive director with the Oahu Visitors Bureau.

While roads and other structures are being repaired and residents are putting their lives back together, Mayor Kim says some will never get over what Mother Nature left behind.