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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.

Airline Cancellation and Change Policies

Now is not the time to travel to Hawaii. The governor and county mayors are on board for ultra-tight and prohibitive restrictions to discourage visitors until the threat of COVID-19 spread is in the past. If you’re thinking of coming to Kauai later this year, check out this great resource to look up airline cancellation and change policies. It covers all carriers globally.

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

 

 

 

 

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

Current Guidelines for Visitors Planning A Kauai Trip

Hawaii State Governor David Ige held a press conference on June 24 and announced a pre-travel testing program for out-of-state travelers that will begin Saturday, August 1. The governor’s message was: “We are working on an alternative to the 14-day mandatory quarantine that would allow a safe and healthy way for travelers to return to the islands. Masks are required in Hawaii in all buildings, and also if social distancing is not possible. 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 August 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, and are limited to staying in their rooms. 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. The quarantine is a restriction to a lodging unit, with food delivery only.

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.