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COVID-19 RESPONSE

Notice COVID-19 Response

(Updated June 25, 2021)

Beginning July 8, 2021, individuals fully vaccinated in the United States or its Territories may enter Hawaii on domestic flights without pre-travel testing/quarantine starting the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination. All other travelers must have their negative test results from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner prior to departing as an alternative to Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine.

As of June 15, all passengers who are not in quarantine are free to travel between islands without restriction.

For more information visit hawaiicovid19.com/travel and register with the State of Hawaii Safe Travels online system. Only test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners will be accepted. Review new vaccination exception requirements at hawaiicovid19.com/faqs. All incoming travelers are required to have their temperatures checked and complete a health questionnaire online before they can leave the airport.

(Updated March 5, 2021)

–Governor David Ige approves Kaua‘i’s re-entry into Safe Travels for Trans-Pacific travelers beginning April 5–
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has approved Kaua‘i Mayor Derek Kawakami’s request to rejoin the Safe Travels pre-travel testing program for Trans-Pacific travel, effective April 5, 2021. Existing rules for travel to Kaua‘i remain in place until that date.
“This emergency rule will simplify travel to Hawai‘i by including Kaua‘i in the existing Safe Travels program. The increased restrictions over the winter months helped Mayor Kawakami safely balance travel with the health and safety of residents and visitors on the Garden Island,” said Gov. David Ige.
“I thank Governor Ige for recognizing Kauai’s unique rural community with limited resources, and allowing us to institute stricter testing and quarantine rules over the winter months as cases spiked on the mainland,” said Mayor Kawakami. “Since that time, Kaua‘i has built a robust vaccine distribution program. By April, we will have offered vaccines to our hospitality industry and restaurant employees, and our healthcare workers, first responders and kupuna will have been fully vaccinated.”
Gov. Ige and Mayor Kawakami urge residents to install the Aloha Safe app, which will notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for COVID-19.
All incoming travelers to the state must be able to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 pre-arrival test from a trusted partner.
For more information on the State of Hawai‘i’s Safe Travels program, please visit www.hawaiicovid19.com/travel.
To download Aloha Safe, please visit alohasafealert.org.
For more information on travel to Kaua‘i before or after April 5, please visit www.kauai.gov/COVID-19.

(Updated December 30, 2020)
HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has approved Kaua‘i Mayor Derek Kawakami’s request to implement a pre- and post-travel testing program for visitors who stay in “resort bubble” hotels, effective January 5.
“This proposal will allow Kauaʻi to move forward with limited tourism in ‘resort bubbles’ while honoring the county’s request to opt-out of the Safe Travels pre-travel testing program,” said Gov. David Ige.
“Travelers who participate in this program will be able to enjoy resort amenities and visit the pool for the first three days of their vacations, until they are eligible to take their post-travel test,” said Mayor Kawakami. “Once the post-travel test shows they are COVID-free, they can enjoy all that Kaua‘i has to offer.”
The new rule will allow travelers to Kaua‘i, who receive a negative pre-travel test and stay in an approved Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ) “resort bubble” property, to take a post-travel test three days after arrival and be released from quarantine with a negative post-travel test result.

To qualify, travelers must:

  • Take a pre-travel test within 72 hours before traveling to Kaua‘i and receive a negative test result.
  • Stay at an approved EMQ “resort bubble” property.
  • Take a post-travel test more than 72 hours after arriving on Kaua‘i and receive a negative result.
  • The current Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ) “resort bubble” hotels on Kaua‘i are:
    • The Cliffs at Princeville
    • Hilton Garden Inn Kaua‘i Wailua Bay
    • Ko‘a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poʻipū
    • The Club at Kukui‘ula
    • Timbers Kaua‘i Ocean Club & Residences at Hoku‘ala
    • Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club
      Kaua‘i properties interested in learning more about becoming an EMQ may contact the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency at kema@kauai.gov.
      Participation in the post-travel EMQ program is voluntary and open to all travelers, including visitors and residents. Visitors can also stay in non-EMQ hotels and motels, but they will be subject to the full 10-day traveler quarantine without a post-travel testing opportunity and cannot leave their rooms. Residents can also fulfill their 10-day travel quarantine at home without leaving their property.
      The County of Kaua‘i’s modified quarantine program will remain in place for critical infrastructure workers, essential medical travel, or other special circumstances. To apply for a modified quarantine, please visit www.kauai.gov/COVID-19 and click on the “modified quarantine request” button at the top of the page.
      The Safe Travels Hawaiʻi pre-travel testing program remains in place for all other counties.
      For additional details on the new rule for Kaua‘i, please see Mayor Kawakami’s Rule 24 at www.kauai.gov/COVID-19.

(Updated 11/27/20)

Effective December 2, 2020 Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami’s request to place a temporary moratorium on Kaua‘i’s participation in the state’s pre-travel testing program will take effect. Effective Dec. 2 at 12:01 a.m., all transpacific and intercounty travelers arriving in Kaua‘i are subject to the 14-day quarantine regardless of testing.

“The unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases on the mainland and a rise in community spread on Kaua‘i are of significant concern for the Garden Isle. We must protect Kaua‘i residents and visitors and ensure that Kaua‘i’s hospitals do not become overwhelmed,” said Gov. Ige. “Kaua‘i county currently has the fewest number of ICU beds in the state, and private providers are seeking ways to increase capacity. This moratorium aims to stabilize the situation on Kaua‘i.”

 

(Updated 11/20/20)

Hawaii travelers with pending coronavirus test results will no longer have chance to bypass quarantine. Gov. David Ige announced 11/19/20 that trans-Pacific travelers to Hawaii, who can’t present a negative pre-arrivals test upon arrival, won’t be able to bypass the 14-day quarantine once their test arrives. More about this and see the press conference.

(Updated 10/16/20)

Kauai’s Tourism Reopening – What Kauai Visitors Need to Know Safe Travels Pre-flight Covid-19 Testing Program.

(Update 9/17/20)

Hawaii Reopening with Covid-19 Pre-Travel Negative Testing. See the Article; Hawaii Reopening – Visitors Welcome

 

(Updated 8/7/20)

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 throughout the Country & Kauai, as of March 1st My Kauai Vacation Rental discontinued hosting guests. Our Local and state Governments implemented a 14-day quarantine for anyone entering Hawaii. It has now been 19 weeks that the 14-day quarantine order has been in effect, for domestic travelers coming to the Islands. This has been extended through August 30, 2020 for any arrivals from out of state.

As of August 11, 2020 – The availability to travel inter-island without a 14 day quarantine, shall come to a halt. The Governor’s news briefing on August 6th brings a reversal to opening the islands to travel is said to be due to an increase in COVID infections. With this, it is probable that the September 1 opening to domestic travel will be postponed as well. Much of the spread has been on the island of Oahu and according to Governor Ige, is suspect from the uncontrolled large gatherings happening, individuals not wearing masks and those doing so with little regard for safety.

Opening to Domestic TravelBeginning August 1, 2020. Travelers coming to Hawaii will need to obtain a Negative (PCR) result on a COVID-19 Test prior to your flight to Hawaii to not be subjected to a 14-day quarantine. The results of the test will need to be brought with you to show proof of the results. Travelers will be required to complete a Health Questionnaire to provide along with your test results. Prior to departing the airport your temperature taken to verify you do not have a reading 100.4 or above. Failing to be tested prior to arrival, not completing the Health Questionnaire or having a fever above 100.4 will subject Travelers to the quarantine. See more about Hawaii’s Reopening to Domestic Travelers

As of July 13, 2020 Governor Ige has announced that the plan to allow domestic visitors arrival with a COVID Negative test, “The state will now delay by at least a month the planned Aug. 1 reopening of Hawaii’s tourism industry with a traveler pre-testing program to at least September 1st.”

My Kauai Vacation Rental Concern for Health & Safety

We understand the concerns about the impact of COVID-19, the impact on traveling to our Island. It is always our primary goal to help each of our guests have a fabulous experience in Kauai as well as protect each of our Guests’ Health & Safety. We continue to diligently pursue the highest standards in ensuring the well being of our guests and workers. We do this so you can book with confidence knowing we are “Vacation Ready” and that we have even taken additional steps toward ensuring our already high standards while we implemented enhanced cleaning protocols and updated our Cancellation Policy for a more worry free experience.

Plan on the need to wear facemasks and maintaining the Social Distancing measures while in public on the islands in the near future. Hawaii, especially Kauai has enjoyed low numbers of COVID infections, hope all who travel to our island Paradise will help us keep it that way.

We have not been any infected visitors staying at our Vacation Home or any crew members working within our property.

We are accepting reservations for Inter-Island Travelers for the dates beginning July 16th, 2020. For our Inter-Island Guests Use Coupon Code: kama’aina for a Discount on Standard Rates. It is our goal to continue to closely monitor the situation in coordination with the state of Hawaii’s mandates. Then will make a determination to reopen when it is safe for our guests and our fellow residents of Hawaii.

It is our hope that everyone has been encouraged to limit their travel during this time. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to My Kauai Vacation Rental in Kauai to enjoy the beach, the pool, and our aloha spirit in the very near future. In the meantime feel free to browse through our website planning activities and places you would like to visit when you are able to schedule your stay.

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Additional Information & Updates

5/13/20 Kauai Mayor Signs Emergency Rules #8 & #9. The rules in short open beaches for locals and those that might be there and beyond the 14 days quarantine. The other rule extends the 14 day quarantine for any person that arrives on island, whether they are a visitor or local. The only exception to the 14 day quarantine is a health worker performing duties on island and for only the period they are working. Then must return to quarantine.

4/8/20 Kauai Mayor Signs a Supplementary Emergency Proclamation. This proclamation extends the Emergency Declaration through May 3rd, 2020.

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Prince Kuhio Day Celebration

The 9th Annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration

On March 16th 2020 will be the 9th annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration. Join us at one of our favorite Kauai events, a celebration of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, a former heir to the throne during Hawaii’s monarchy, as well as US congressional delegate. The Hawaiian culture comes alive through music, hula, and hands-on activities during this well-loved local event.

See educational, cultural, health and wellness exhibits that are great for the whole family, as well as craft booths from local vendors at the Prince Kuhio Day Celebration. You will be also able to enjoy local Hawaiian comfort food from various food booths and lose yourself in the rhythms of the islands with live music and hula presentations. For an authentic view into Hawaiian culture, come for the start of the event when the Hookupu (offering) protocol ceremony will be held.

When and Where

The Celebration will take place on March 16, 2019 from 11am-4pm. This free event is held at Anahola Beach Park, located in Kauai’s east coast town of Anahola. To reach the Beach Park, turn toward the ocean from Highway 56 on to Anahola Road.

Located just 7 miles north of Kapa’a, Kauai’s largest hub for shopping and restaurants. It’s location on the northern portion of the east coast. There is also easy access to the island’s popular Princeville resort area, as well as the north shore’s pristine beaches.

Anahola is not too distant from our Poipu Vacation Rental. It does give you an excuse for a day trip to another part of the island. Anahola is another beautiful area to visit on the island.  Book Your Trip at one of the best places to stay on Kauai today! We are more than happy to answer any questions, make suggestions, and help you design a trip that’s perfect for you. MyKauaiVacatrionRental.com or (808) 346-1788

The Humpbacks Are Here!

Whale Watching In Kauai Is Hugely Popular.

Whale Watching in Kauai – So many people yearn to see these gentle giants. The feeling of seeing this awesome creature in person is nothing at all like seeing one on tv. The sheer immensity and the ability of the whale to breech or jump out of the water is nothing short of incredible. If you’re lucky, you will see one up close as it cruises by your boat and slowly slips by. Even more lucky is to have the whale exhale through its blowhole and get sprayed. Okay, that may be a bit smelly but cool nonetheless.Whale watching 2019 Season

Whale watching tours can be found easily while in Kauai. On MyKauaiVacationRental.com you will find a link to this and many other activities in our activities section.
The best months to start seeing whales around Kauai are November through January. They are often around until April or May, so there is plenty of time to book at trip to Kauai and see the whales! Kauai whale watching can be done at any time of day or night but the best light is from 11am to 3pm as the sun is directly overhead.

If you don’t want to go on a boat and risk the waves (seasickness!) then you can still see whales off North Shore beaches of Kauai such as Kilauea Bay or Anini Beach and seen from Kilauea Lighthouse. If you are lucky, you might even see some from the pool at our Kauai Condo!
Whales not your thing? Dolphins and Monk Seals surely must be then. There are sometimes spinner dolphins and Hawaiian Monk Seals that spend their time off Southern Kauai and can be found at times swimming off Poipu Beach or Hanapepe Bay.

Dolphins & Hawaiian Monk Seals

As for swimming with Dolphins, that is not a “thing” here in Hawaii. It is generally considered not an activity that is good for the dolphins. Holding such beautiful creatures captive just for entertainment purposes is just not fair to them. However, if you are lucky, you might get one or two that come up to you while in the water. They are not dangerous but it is generally advised that you stay away from them.

Green Sea Turtles

Although not mammalian in nature, turtles are in the waters off Southern Kauai and love to sun along the beach in Poipu. It seems they love to ride the waves of Brennecke’s Beach with the boogie boarders. To swim, snorkel or dive when there are turtles nearby is a very humbling experience. These gentle creatures, while mostly shy, will come near you as you are in the water. It is truly a beautiful thing to be blessed with a visit by a sea turtle.

Sharks? As some might say…Forgettaboutit. While there are sharks around here and there, the chances of being attacked are slim to none. Sharks are far from the lurking danger that the movies make them to be. So, let’s just consider that subject closed.
There are so many activities that one can do in the waters of Kauai especially with how warm the water is. So, book your Kauai trip with MyKauaiVacationRental.com and come join us, the water’s fine!

WHY KAUAI’S SOUTH SHORE ROCKS

I’ll bet your family has debated which side of Kauai is the best to stay on — the North Shore or the South Shore. You love the North because it manages to be both laid back and spectacular — with dramatic green cliffs, world-class surf, and predictably unpredictable rains. But this time you were all in for a luxurious beach villa on Kauai’s South Shore, and it does not disappoint.

The moment you steer your rented Jeep into that unmistakable tunnel of trees on Maluhia Road you feel the magic. They’re just trees . . . right? So then why do they make you so happy? A gift to Kauai from a pineapple baron more than a century ago, these Eucalyptus form a fluttering green entryway that welcomes every visitor to the South Shore — an aloha to one of the most stunning natural wonderlands on earth.
To say the South Shore is loved for being “the sunny side” is like saying a beer is loved for being cold. There is that, of course – but there is so much more. Here are a few reasons why you think the South Shore rocks:

  1. Abundant Sunshine
    The random rain showers happen all over a tropical island, but Kauai’s South Shore gets about 35 inches of rain annually versus the 85 inches the North gets. The North is wetter due to the tradewinds and the mountains. Kauai’s South Shore is drier which means more bright, warm, picture-perfect beach days.
  2. Beautiful Beaches
    South Shore beaches look straight out of a movie: White Sand Beaches, the Turquoise Water, Palm Trees swaying, and with More Sea Life Than Humans. From the calmer-gentler Kalapaki all the way to exclusive-and-pristine little Lawai. Each beach along the way offers something unique and unforgettable and most are within easy reach from wherever you find yourself on the South Shore. The southernmost beach, Poipu (which means “crashing waves” in Hawaiian), was dubbed “The Best Beach in America” by the Travel Channel for its cozy snorkeling cove, vast wading pools, surf-and-swim-friendly vibe, and the adjacent grassy park. You do some quick research on the beaches before you go and discover that each is ideal for different activities.
  3. Ease of Walk-ability
    It’s not an easy feat for some to decide which side of Kauai is the best to stay on, but having to jump into the car every time you want to go somewhere can kill that back-to-nature feeling you’re craving on vacation. Kauai’s South Shore offers plenty of beaches, shops, restaurants and other amenities within an easy stroll, especially around Poipu. You’re staying at My Kauai Vacation Rental where there is world-class snorkeling right outside your door. You also find loads of activities and plenty of nearby restaurants. The Shops at Kukui’ula Village have gift and clothing stores, art galleries, an ice cream parlor and even a farmer’s market featuring a spectacular array of local produce and specialties. You need to try the white sugarloaf pineapples to slice up once you get back to the Condos’ kitchen.
  4. The Quaint Local Town, Koloa
    In addition to the amenities, a quick car ride just two miles up the road gets you to historic Old Koloa Town. The quaint plantation buildings house art, music and clothing shops, and the beloved mom-and-pop restaurants. You also find the post office, food trucks, and grocery store. My personal favorite the Koloa Fish Market where the fish is so fresh it’s irresistible. Best when it’s grilled alongside that pineapple at the barbecue just outside the front door.
  5. Simply Convenient for Families
    In addition to several grand hotels complete with pools, spas, dining and kids clubs, there are full-service condominiums and resort villas large enough to be affordable for families. My Kauai Vacation Rental is one of the largest 1 bedroom Condos on all of Kauai — with a full kitchen, washer-dryer and all the comforts of home — plus a beautifully designed pool that is directly across from Brennecke’s Beach which rivals the Hawaiian Islands’ best.
  6. Lots of Adventure
    Surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, horseback riding, kayaking, golf, and sailing are just a few of Kauai’s South Shore favorites.  The nearby Koloa Zipline takes you through the heart of a rainforest and boasts the longest ride on the island: clocking in at half a mile. You can hike the magnificent Heritage Trail bordering the crashing waves of the ocean. You can climb amid the roots of the same prehistoric Australian fig tree seen in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” at the Allerton Gardens in Koloa or head to McBryde Garden in the Lawai Valley to gawk at unbelievable flora and waterfalls. Then you realize, Kauai isn’t known as the Garden State for nothing! A can’t miss are the lava tube formations at Spouting Horn. Witness pluming spouts up to 30 feet in the air. Enjoy a perfect night out at Kauai’s Luau Kalamaku at Kiohuna Plantation. A true spectacle with a full buffet & open bar every Tuesday & Friday evening.
    You enjoy your days on the sunny side . . . and your cold beers as well.

So, which side of Kauai is the best to stay on? The good news is that you are actually quite close to the North Shore and to all points in between. It hardly has to be an “either/or” situation. In fact, you can drive from Koloa all the way to the end-of-the-road at Ke’e Beach in about 90 minutes if you drive straight through. We ordinarily make a day trip out of it taking in all the spots along the way. . .
Book Your Trip at one of the best places to stay on Kauai today! We are more than happy to answer any questions, make suggestions, and help you design a trip that’s perfect for you. MyKauaiVacatrionRental.com or (808) 346-1788

Kauai Folk Festival Sept 28-29, 2019

The Kauai Folk Festival will be held on the Grove Farm grounds in Lihue providing a fascinating glimpse into the island’s past. Kauai Folk FestivalFounded in 1864, this 100-acre, historic site showcases life during Kauai’s plantation era more than a century ago. The Kauai Folk Festival is a fundraiser for the preservation efforts for the Grove Farm Museum. With more than 34 performers over the 2 day festival.

SEPT 28-29, 2019
THE KAUAI FOLK FESTIVAL IS FINALLY HERE!

NEXT WEEKEND! Come for Two Days of Folk-n-Aloha featuring Americana and Hawaii roots music, workshops and more at historic Grove Farm Museum, Lihue! It’s here! 34 performers, on five stages, activities / workshops For the event schedule, Tickets and event news. Download the event map & lineup!

DATE, TIME AND LOCATION

SAT, SEP 28, 2019, 10AM-10PM
SUN, SEP 29, 2019, 10AM-10PM

LOCATION:

GROVE FARM MUSEUM
LIHUE, HI

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