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HAWAII COVID-19 NEWS AUGUST 6, 2020

Surge Prompts Reinstatement of Interisland Travel Quarantine

At an afternoon Covid-19 News briefing August 6, Governor Ige announced that the mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling interisland will be reinstituted effective next Tuesday, August 11. The governor said that he and all the county mayors agree that additional measures are necessary to make sure that cases do not spread, uncontrolled, across the entire state. “I know many of you will be disappointed to hear this news. Interisland travel is an important way for families and friends to stay in touch. I wish this was not necessary, but your health and safety must always come first,” Governor Ige said. He encouraged anyone traveling interisland to check airport websites for updates.

The governor also addressed concerns that everything would be shut down again. He said in order to avoid further damage to the community, including to the economy, the strategy is to eliminate large, uncontrolled gatherings that are happening both outdoors and indoors.

Governor Ige had strong words for people who have let their guard down contributing to the surge in cases, “It has been very disappointing and infuriating. I hate to see people not wearing masks and gathering in large groups with little regard for safety. I know people are frustrated and everyone wants life to return to normal, but we still need to be vigilant.

Extends Condolences to Family and Friends of Latest Victims

“Today we received the heartbreaking news that two more of our neighbors passed away due to COVID-19. I want to extend my sympathy to the families and friends of the victims. This sad news comes after a tragic week where we saw record COVID-19 cases statewide, with the City and County of Honolulu hardest hit with 173 cases reported yesterday,” Governor Ige said. He added that there is no question the virus is surging and that he and all county mayors share everyone’s concerns. He noted the increase in hospitalizations and reiterated that healthcare capacity is one of the key indicators used to make sure COVID-19 doesn’t overwhelm hospital capacity. “There are already warnings,” the governor said, “that the number of hospitalizations is starting to reach a critical point.”

This latest action by the Governor affects the ability of us welcoming visitors to our Vacation Home as we are unable to allow guests subjected to quarantine orders. Hopefully if the infection rate decreases we may be able to host guests once again.

More about Kauai’s Covid-19 resources https://mykauaivacationrental.com/covid-19-response/

Hawaii Reopening – Visitors Are Welcome

Governor Ige has delayed Hawaii reopening with testing until October 15th. We do believe that this date will stand.

It was the news we had all been waiting for – Hawaii’s Reopening! Governor Ige held a news conference yesterday to announce that Hawaii will reopen to domestic travel on October 15th, as long as visitors can show a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours of departure. So, what does this mean?

The 14-day quarantine is still in effect for domestic and international travel, and will continue to be in effect indefinitely. However, now there is another option for travelers outside the state. The model was taken from Alaska’s reopening. If a visitor agrees to take a NAAT, Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure, and is able to show a negative result, they will be allowed to enter the state after October 15th without having to quarantine.

Many have questioned how they can meet these requirements when some areas still require a doctor’s referral to get tested and test result findings can sometimes take up to a week. Josh Green, Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor, has been working diligently with CVS Pharmacy and Kaiser to create a national program to help avoid these two problems. The idea is that one would go to the pharmacy to give his/her specimen and then the results would be uploaded into a data base with which Hawaii officials would have access. The details have not been released yet however I would expect much more information to be forthcoming in the next few weeks. The cost is anticipated to be between $120 and $140, although Kaiser is considering offering the tests to their members for free.

Vacation Rental Owners, including myself, are so excited that guests will now have an option to come to Kauai without having to quarantine. It has been a very difficult time for all of us as our properties have been sitting empty for months. This program is not 100% risk free, but neither is daily life on the mainland. With this option available, it is hard to imagine anyone choosing to not test, board the plane, and have to quarantine for 14 days.

It’s doubtful that we will have the same number of tourists arriving, but in a way that makes it even nicer for those who do decide to come. I must say it is rather idyllic right now – no crowds, no traffic, and most businesses are back up and running with social distancing practices in place. The waiters and service persons wear masks, tables are spaced apart, the food is delicious you must have the seafood.

There is, of course, so much uncertainty still involved, which makes it very hard to plan a vacation. For this reason I would strongly encourage everyone to purchase travel insurance for your future trips. It has always been a good idea, especially when traveling to an area which has hurricanes, but now it is even more important. I realize that many trip insurance policies did not cover the pandemic, but now companies are coming out with plans that do. Play Travel Protection, as an example, has a plan which covers you if you get Covid-19 during your trip and even if you should test positive 72 hours before your flight. The Cancel for Any Reason policy covers even if the guest tests positive and they’ve purchased insurance before testing, that would be a covered reason for cancellation. Furthermore, that would cover everyone going on the trip.” Yes, the insurance companies’ goal is to make money, but booking a vacation rental with confidence, knowing that if you have to cancel you will get your money back, goes a long way to reduce stress!

As you can imagine Kauai residents are a bit nervous about opening our borders to visitors because we have been living in a Kauai Pandemic Bubble for six months. Please be sensitive to this fear, and respect the safety measures in place. You will find most people wearing a mask in public. We are a small community, living on a small island which has a history of residents being devastated by disease. We must all be careful. Please bring a mask. Additional testing information.

So, do not give up on that dreamy Kauai vacation. Hawaii’s reopening has made it possible. It will not be quite as easy to get here, but once you do, you’ll certainly enjoy your stay.

Reopening Hawaii – Visitors Welcome After Testing

Last Wednesday we finally received some welcomed news. Hawaii’s Governor, during his news conference at the Honolulu Airport announced that Hawaii is going to open to domestic  and international travelers beginning August 1, 2020 with restrictions.  Due to the efforts of many people, including those of you who postponed trips to Hawaii, and our fellow residents who abided by the earlier “Stay At Home” quarantine restrictions. Hawaii now gets to begin the process of re-opening the state to visitors.

Reopening Hawaii begins Saturday August 1, Travelers to Hawaii who have a valid negative COVID-19 polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test from a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory prior to arriving at a Hawaii airport will not be subject to the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine. This test result must be confirmed prior to arrival and the traveler must present evidence of this test upon arrival. Travelers are responsible for the cost of the pre-travel testing.

We have all sacrificed to reach this point allowing the re-opening of travel and it is essential that we continue being vigilant. This process is going to allow visitors to return to Hawaii and to continue protect the health and safety of our communities. It needs to be a continued focus and priority.

Pre-Travel Testing Program for Out-of-State Travelers Beginning August 1

  • Beginning August 1, travelers arriving in Hawaii must have and bring proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test from an FDA certified laboratory to not be subjected to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Be sure to bring proof of the Negative Test Results.
  • No testing will be provided upon arrival at the Airports in Hawaii.
  • The 14-day quarantine will remain in place for those who do not get pre-tested. If quarantine is refused, travelers will be able to make arrangements to depart Hawaii immediately. Departure from the airport is not permitted.
  • Temperature checks will also continue at the airports across the state. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees or is experiencing other symptoms will be required to undergo secondary screening  at the airport by healthcare staff.
  • Travelers will be required to complete the State Travel and Health Declaration forms upon arrival.
  • Everyone will be required to wear face masks in Hawaii airports and businesses while staying in Hawaii.
  • It will be much better to travel into Hawaii with your pre-travel Negative COVID-19 test than face the 14-day quarantine. The quarantines are stringent. There are only few locations in Hawaii that are conducting the quarantines.  Travelers are not allowed to leave their rooms, except for seeking medical care or to go to the airport to depart the island. Food is delivers to your door for the full 14-day period, and the costs are the responsibility of the traveler. Adherence is closely monitored, and violators are prosecuted ($5,000.00 and or a year in Jail).
  • Further Details are forthcoming; The timeframe of how far in advance a test can be taken, from what age children will need to be tested, how long the pre-arrival testing requirement and 14-day quarantine process will be in effect, whether this applies to only travel from mainland U.S. or does it apply to travelers from other countries, and how this effects returning residents.

We will continue to update this information as is gets closer to August 1. Additional Information about the entrance and quarantine process from Hawaii’s Department of Transportation Website. 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 1”. http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/07/13/governor-says-he-plans-extend-day-quarantine-all-trans-pacific-travelers-through-august/. This means that all individuals arriving to Hawaii will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine.

Once the reopening of Hawaii begins our Vacation Rental in Poipu will be “Vacation Ready.” We have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols for our guests health & safety. To view more about our Poipu Vacation Home and to check on our rates or to make a reservation for your trip to Kauai.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Notice COVID-19 Response

(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.

Mahalo

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.

Continue reading “COVID-19 RESPONSE”

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