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Know Before You Go — Quarantine Restriction Lifted After October 15

Kupaa Kauai

Starting October 15th, Hawaii will allow visitor arrivals without having to quarantine, with proof of being COVID free. Travelers who complete an FDA-approved nasal swab COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their flight arrival in Hawaii — and are able to produce evidence of negative test results — will be eligible to forego the state’s 14-day quarantine instructions. See the url for pre-test information at the bottom of this post.

The test program was originally supposed to be implemented on Aug. 1, but has since been pushed back several times, due to surges in COVID-19 cases.

In addition to the test results, travelers to Hawaii must undergo a health screening process and temperature checks upon arrival. Before boarding their flights, they must fill out travel and health forms, which will provide a QR code to speed up the arrivals process.

Currently, all visitors traveling to Kauai, including kamaaina 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 in 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. In general, Kauai’s beaches and parks are open, with the exception of Polihale. For more travel alert information, go to

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

For updates from Kauai’s Mayor, Derek Kawakami, go here: 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.

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Kauai “Staycation” Specials on the Royal Coconut Coast

Kauai’s East Side resort properties, retail stores and activities are offering special rates and deals for locals, aka kamaaina.  Restaurants are offering daily specials. Kauai residents can plan a few days of down-time for a “staycation” on the Royal Coconut Coast enjoying its beaches, hikes, Wailua River activities, biking, adventures, restaurants and charming shops. Kamaaina from neighbor islands currently have to quarantine if traveling to Kauai. Off-island kamaaina will 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. Masks are required indoors. Check out these great offers (subject to change):


Aston Islander on the Beach: Open. Kamaaina rates starting at 20% off. Two night minimum stay.

Fern Grotto Inn: Taking reservations after October 15.

Hotel Coral Reef: Open. Kamaaina rates starting at $99.

Hilton Garden Inn Open, rates starting at $146.

Kaha Lani: Open. Kamaainaa rates starting at $127.

Kaua‘i Coast Resort at the Beachboy:  Opening October 15, Kamaaina rates starting at $119.

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

Kaua‘i Shores:  Opening on October 15th. Rates starting at $119.

Plantation Hale Suites:  Open. Rates starting at $121. Online bookings only, discount code is KAMA

Pono Kai Resort: Opening October 15, Currently accepting timeshare reservations for Kauai residents only. Rates provided via direct request.

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

The ISO: Open. Kamaaina rates starting at $118.

Waipouli Outrigger: Opening October 15.

RESTAURANTS (Check restaurant websites for daily specials)

Hukilau Lanai,  Open Wednesday through Sunday 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Live music on Wednesdays, Focaccia Fridays — order online, pick up Fridays at 5 p.m.

Coconuts Fish Cafe Kapaa,  Open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Papayas Natural Foods, Open Mon-Sat 8am to 8pm, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Taps N Hops Eatery, Open daily (except Wednesday, 12 to 8 p.m.

The Bull Shed: Open 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Daily. Reservations strongly recommended. Live music.

Shivalik Indian Cuisine, Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ha’ole Girl Island Sweets, Open Tuesday through Sunday, 6:30 to 11 a.m. Next to Pono Market


A Heavenly Massage: Open by appointment, Discounted Kamaaina rates on deep tissue and Swedish massage as well as Red Light Therapy.

Blue Dolphin Charters:  Kamaaina rate is 25% off the morning Na Pali Raft and Snorkel cruise. Taking reservations starting October 20th.

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.

Hele On Kauai Bike Rentals: Offering a kamaaina rate of $10 for a two hour bike rental. Explore great bike equipment and accessories while you’re there.

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 or text 808 635 6050.

Kauai Backcountry Adventures Mountain Tubing: Open Sundays. Float through Kauai’s interior mountains on an amazing water canal.  $99 for Kamaaina through September 30th

Kayak Kauai: Open. 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

Lydgate Farms Tour:  Offered by appointment with kama‘aina rates offered at 50% off. Special needs arrangements are available. Kids are free. Gift shop open 9-12 Monday through Friday.

Wailua Golf Course: Kamaaina rate – $15, cart $11/9 holes, $20 18 holes, non-resident $48 – $60. Reservations required, 2 days in advance or day of. Reservations limited to six people. Check in 30 minutes prior to tee time. Cart rentals subject to COVID guidelines

Weddings at Smiths Tropical Paradise – Getting married? Local couples can plan their weddings in Smith’s spectacular tropical gardens or up at the beautiful Fern Grotto. Group size and COVID guidelines for gatherings are in effect.

Kauai Athletic Club Kapaa, Monday through Friday 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Members only at this time.

Planning to open after quarantines are lifted are Smith’s Tropical Paradise Luau and Boat Tours which is working with the State and County on opening its luau after November 1st for Monday, Wednesday and Friday and also working with the County on resuming boat tours. In addition, Holo Holo Charters is taking reservations after December 1st.


Goldsmith’s Kauai:  Offering custom made jewelry. Kamaaina rates starting at 10% off. Open by appointment Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online orders available.

Orchid Alley: 10% off all orchids and Orchid Gift Baskets. (Discount does not apply to mainland or interisland shipping or deliveries). Monday through Friday 10:30 a. to 4 p.m. Saturdays by appointment.  Online orders available.

Vicky’s Fabrics: Free Small Project Kit with purchase (while supplies last) and free shipping in the State of Hawaii on all orders. Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Online orders available.

Jim Saylor Jewelers: Custom-made fine jewelry and estate jewelry. Workshop on site. Hours vary. Online orders available.

JC’s Flowers: Open. Special orders include Lei, Haku and Bouquets. Current store hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Online orders available.

Kiko Kauai: Open, Handmade specialty items of unusual and quality design. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online orders available.

Work It Out Kauai, Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out their latest apparel, accessories and Pre-Sale section. Online orders available.

Laundromat Express Kauai Open. State of the art washers and dryers. TV and wi-fi on site. Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and until 4 p.m. on Sundays. Located at 4-733 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa.

Landmark Realty: Open. Exploring new property ownership options? Check in with Landmark Realty, Kapaa.

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.