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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.

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.

 

Restaurants, Fitness Centers Allowed to Re-open June 1st.

As Kauai enters phase two of COVID-19 restrictions on June 1st, the County’s Emergency Rules, governing public spaces and businesses are allowing restaurants and other activities to re-open under strict guidelines, through Emergency Rule #11. Previously, Emergency Rule #10, as part of phase 1, provided for the opening of public and private pools,  places of worship, outdoor based tours, salons and barber shops. Retail shops and stores are also allowed to be open. Physical distancing and use of masks remain highly important.

Mayor’s Emergency Rule #11 In accordance with Governor David Y. Ige’s Eighth Supplemental Proclamation, and Exhibit G the “State Roadmap to Recovery and Resilience,” the businesses, operations, or activities (“operations”) specified in this rule are permitted to re-open June 1, 2020. These operations are subject to all restrictions and physical distancing requirements found within the Eighth Supplemental Proclamation, State Department of Health Reopening Hawai‘i Safe Practices, and CDC industry guidelines. Each business, operation, or activity shall determine the maximum number of individuals that may be accommodated while maintaining the specified separation distance and limit occupancy accordingly.

The following high risk operations may reopen provided they act with care:

• Businesses & Operations

• Indoor exercise facilities x Gyms, fitness centers, and recreation facilities

• Outdoor spaces x Playgrounds x Skateparks x Pavilions x Parks x

• Organized outdoor team sports

• Personal services x Spas

• Restaurants x Dine-In, provided the Phase 2 requirements in the “State Roadmap to Recovery and Resilience, Guidance for Reopening Food Services Sector” are strictly followed

• Musicians and bands may perform in restaurants, as long as, the individuals who are performing maintain a distance of at least 10 feet from all restaurant patrons and staff, and physically distance from fellow performers by at least 6 feet. It is recommended that performers be outdoors if possible and that performers who can do so, wear masks.

Effective June 1, 2020, subject to modification.

Resorts and Kauai Food Bank Feed Furloughed Staff

A number of Kauai’s hotels and condominium resorts are working with the Kauai Independent Food Bank (KIFB) and several other organizations to distribute meals to furloughed workers. Most are laid off until Hawaii re-opens to visitors. On the Royal Coconut Coast, Pono Kai Resort,  The ISO, Mokihana, Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach, Kauai Shores, Hilton Garden Inn and Kaha Lani have recently received hundreds of meals. Planned distributions are coming up for Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort, Plantation Hale, Islander on the Beach and Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy.

Each package typically contain rice, cream of mushroom and chicken noodle soups, hamburger, fresh vegetables and other staples some of which has been donated by Sysco Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, formerly known as Hawaiian Flour Mill Food Service.

“The hotel and resort industry has done so much to support the Kauai Food Bank over the years, this is something we can do right now for the large amount of workers who are struggling to make ends meet,” says Kelvin Moniz, Executive Director of the KIFB.

The overwhelming response by resort general managers and working staff is joy in seeing their employees who drive by to pick up food boxes. “We miss you, we love you,” said Sady Riggan, a staff member helping to distribute food at the Hilton.

Pono Kai Resort staff distributes food packages to furloughed workers.

 

Restaurants & Grocery Providers on Kauai — Current

House-made taro burger from Papaya’s Natural F00ds

Treats from Haole Girl Sweets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kauai County has partnered with the Kauai Chamber of Commerce to create this interactive map to help locate Food Resources during the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes restaurants, grocery stores, and non-profit food providers. On the Royal Coconut Coast, these establishments are also offering take out: Haole Girl Sweets – open Tues and Thurs 8am-noon, Kealua Farmers Market Mondays and Fridays and Anahola farmers Market Wednesdays and Sundays; Papaya’s Natural Foods – take away salad boxes and daily specials from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Passion Bakery – take-out options in the morning, and Shivalik Indian Cuisine – open daily for take-out.

Fresh ingredients in dishes from Shivalik Indian Cuisine

Cookies from Passion Bakery