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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.

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.

 

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.