Hawaii now allows visitor arrivals without having to quarantine, with proof of being COVID free via an FDA-approved NAAT PCR nasal swab test within 72 hours of arrival. Those with pending results may not travel. Positive test results must be uploaded as a PDF (not a photo) on the State’s Safe Travels Program . Check out the approved pre-test providers here — make sure to check on outlets or mail in options. More guidelines are also provided provided by the Hawaii Visitors Bureau.
Anyone who has not uploaded their test results MUST quarantine until the State’s Safe Travels Program gives them the approval. Due to the volume of pending tests, this may take 2-3 days to be reviewed.Travelers may take a voluntary second test 72 hours after arrival. The cost, $150, is counter-balanced with a $150 certificate from a participating Kauai business.https://www.kauai.gov/visitorposttest . 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. In addition Kauai County has four-tiered criteria for tightening restrictions, depending upon the number of active cases. See Mayor’s Rule #19 at https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19
Keep Kauai Open — Wear a Mask. Visitors must conform to strict mask guidelines (on all islands) wearing masks covering nose and mouth in all buildings, lobbies, check-in areas and outdoors when approaching, passing by or being near another person. Activity companies, restaurants, shops, services, hotels, inns, and condominium resorts require masks in all public areas. Not wearing a mask is considered disrespectful of our local residents and other visitors. 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.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.
If travelers encounter a flight delay through no fault of the passenger and as a result they are outside the 72 hour window, their test will still be accepted. The traveler should tell the passenger verification screener the situation and show them their boarding pass with the original departure time that was inside the 72 hours window. If there are any additional questions, the screeners are able to check with the airline agent at the gate to confirm the delay status. Travelers who inquire — have your original boarding pass handy, electronic versions, too.
Here are the top picks for eating out at seven restaurants on the the Royal Coconut Coast. All also offer take-out.
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.
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.
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.
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, email@example.com, 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.