Best of Kauai’s East Side

Know Before You Go — COVID Guidelines for Visitors Coming to Kauai

Kupaa KauaiHawaii State officials have postponed a plan until September 1st to permit tourists to travel to Hawai‘i if they obtain a negative test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure. The former plan was targeting August 1st. Beaches and parks are open, however, social distancing is expected, except among small groups from the same household. This pre-testing program and the target date of September 1st is subject to change.

Currently, visitors traveling to Kauai must be quarantined to their hotel room, rental unit or time share for 14 days or, if less, for their time-duration on the island. Quarantine means staying the lodging unit. Food must be delivered. Rental cars are not available until after the quarantine. Violation of the quarantine can result in a fine up to $5,000, and an arrest by the Kauai Police Department. Currently out of state visitors must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and may not rent a car until that quarantine is over.

Masks are required in all buildings; as is 6 feet of physical distance. Masks may be required for some outdoor activities.

For updates from Kauai’s Mayor, Derek Kawakami, go here: http://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19. Our Mayor has set up rules and guidelines for visitors and local residents on Kauai, which mirror statewide mandates from Hawaii’s Governor Ige.

Kauai’s medical resources and large population of Kupuna (older generation) continue to be guarded against proliferation of COVID-19 — a devastating scenario on an island where medical facilities are limited.

Kamaaina Specials on the Royal Coconut Coast

As businesses and kamaaina-travel open up for Kauai, East Side resort properties, retail stores and activities are offering special rates and deals.  Kamaaina need to show their Hawaii driver’s licenses and will be subject to temperature screening and filling in state-required forms at the airport. All businesses on Kauai are operating within COVID-19 guidelines requiring social distancing. Many require masks indoors. Check out these great offers (subject to change):

Aston Islander on the Beach: Open. Kama‘aina rates starting at 20% off.

Hilton Garden Inn Open, rates starting at $146.

Kaha Lani: Open. Kama‘ainaa rates starting at $127.

Kaua‘i Coast Resort at the Beachboy: Taking reservations starting August 3rd,, Kama‘aina rates starting at $119.

Kaua‘i Kailani: Open. Kama‘aina rates starting at $127.

Kaua‘i Shores:  Open September 1st. Rates starting at $119.

Plantation Hale Suites:  Open. Rates starting at $121.

Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort: Open. Rates starting at $154.

The ISO: Open. Kama‘aina rates starting at $118.

Waipouli Outrigger: Open August 1st.

Pono Kai Resort: Open starting August 1st, Currently accepting timeshare reservations for Hawaii resident only. Rates provided via direct request.

Hotel Coral Reef: Open. Kama‘aina rates starting at $99.

ACTIVITIES

Blue Dolphin Charters: Operating. Kamaaina rate is 25% off the morning Na Pali Raft and Snorkel cruise. Valid July 1 – 31.

Dolphin Touch Wellness Center: Open. Kama’aina rates available on reiki, massage and offering a free upgrade to Amethyst Biomat sessions with each booking. Click on Kamaaina.

Kauai Yoga On The Beach: Offering a kamaaina special for Sunday yoga classes on the Beach ⛱.  Only $10 for a class, normally $20.Registration is required by emailing  kauaiyogaonthebeach@gmail.com or text 808 635 6050.

Kayak Kauai: 15% off of paddling/hiking tours and rentals. Join us on the Wailua River Sacred Falls Hike, Hanalei Snorkel or Na Pali Coast sea kayak paddles. Use code when booking direct for discount: kamaaina15

RETAIL STORES

Goldsmith’s Kauai: Open by appointment Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Offering custom made jewelry. Kamaaina rates starting at 10% off.

Orchid Alley: 10% off all orchids and Orchid Gift Baskets. (Discount does not apply to mainland or interisland shipping or deliveries) Valid through September 1st.

Vicky’s Fabrics: Free Small Project Kit with purchase (while supplies last) and Free Shipping in State of Hawaii on all orders in shop or online. Valid through August 15th.

Also, planning to open when the 14-day mandatory quarantine for trans-pacific travelers is lifted are many other activities on the Royal Coconut Coast. Chief among them is Smith’s Tropical Paradise which is working with the State and County on opening its luau after September 1st for Monday, Wednesday and Friday and also working with the County on resuming boat tours. Smith’s is also helping couples plan their weddings following current group guidelines.

 

Top Picks for Dining Out on the Royal Coconut Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the top picks for eating out at seven restaurants on the the Royal Coconut Coast. All also offer take-out.

The Bull Shed:  5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week, 4-796 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, (808) 822-3791

Coconuts Fish Cafe: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, 4-831 Kuhio Highway #420, Kapaa, (808) 320-3138

Haole Girl Island Sweets:  Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., 934 B Kipuni Way, Kapaa,  (808) 822-2253,

Hukilau Lanai:  Thursday through Sunday 5:30-8:30, 520 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, (808) 822-0600

Shivalik Indian Cuisine:  11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. 7 days a week, 4-771 Kuhio Highway Suite 109, Kapaa, (808) 821-2333

Papaya’s Natural Foods and Cafe: Dining outside 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, 4-901 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, (808) 823-0190

Taps & Hops Eatery : Noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed on Wednesdays), 4-885 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, (808) 378-4199

Also on the Royal Coconut Coast, yet to open are: Sams Oceanview Grill and Bar, Lemongrass Grill, Oasis On the Beach, Lava Lava Beach Club and restaurants at Hilton Garden Inn Wailua Bay and Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach.

 

Top Ideas for Kauai Giving

Right now Kauai’s highest priority is for its residents, helping out-of-work families make ends meet, feeding the hungry and providing resources to keep everyone safe (and fed) until Kauai can welcome visitors back. If you’re a Kauai fan and want to help support our kama‘aina (local residents) face their challenges, here are two key organizations working continually to serve Kauai folks. Donations are highly appreciated.

The Kauai Independent Food Bank is contributing food to countless community meal distribution projects during this time of COVID-19 restrictions. Kauai’s Food Bank is committed to providing emergency food to vulnerable members of the community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as those already facing hunger every day. Currently many of Kauai’s residents are laid off or their hours are severely cut back. Learn more about the measures being taken and how you can help. http://www.kauaifoodbank.org or contact Kevin Moniz, Executive Director, kmoniz@kauaifoodbank.org, 808-846-3809.

 

Aloha Later: Kauai’s hotels and condominium resorts have laid off almost all of their staff until Kauai is considered safe enough to welcome visitors.  The Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation is raising funds to go towards relief for furloughed hospitality workers and their families, and also support  initiatives that benefit first responders, as well as other community nonprofits providing critical services during this pandemic.  Purchasing the Aloha Later Ribbon for $20 provides  1 redemption code, which will be sent by mail. The code can be used during a future Hawaii vacation to redeem 1 discount per participating vendor, based on the offer from participating businesses.  Check out Where to Redeem.  Almost 75 resorts, restaurants, activities, car rentals and others are honoring credits, once it’s considered safe to return. Buy your Aloha Later Ribbon by calling 808-234-7245 to speak with a friendly Aloha Later volunteer, receive an immediate coupon code, and confirm your mailing address. They will quickly mail you your ribbon and coupon.

Future Booking Policies at Kauai’s East Side Resorts

Now is not the time to travel to Hawaii,  though a number of top properties  on the Royal Coconut Coast have revised their cancellation policies for future bookings after COVID-19 is gone. Many are offering 24 hours advance notice for cancellation or refund of advance payment. Check out the cancellation policies linked at each property, and make plans for later this year, with flexibility. First check, however, with Kauai’s latest COVID-19 advisories and regulations.

 

•  Aqua Aston Islander on the Beach,

• Fern Grotto Inn,

• Hilton Garden Inn at Wailua Bay

• Hotel Coral Reef (email reservations@hotelcoralreefresort.com),

• Kaha Lani Resort,

Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy, call 808-822-3441

• Kauai Kailani

• Kauai Shores Hotel, call (808) 822-4951

• Plantation Hale Suites

• Pono Kai Resort

* Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort

• The ISO Hotel