Notice COVID-19 Response
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.”
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.
Kauai’s Tourism Reopening – What Kauai Visitors Need to Know Safe Travels Pre-flight Covid-19 Testing Program.
Hawaii Reopening with Covid-19 Pre-Travel Negative Testing. See the Article; Hawaii Reopening – Visitors Welcome
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 Travel, Beginning 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.
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.
3/24/20 Kauai Governor Implements Emergency Rule #5. This Rule has the over-arching goal of limiting as much movement throughout the island as much as possible by providing additional clarification and restrictions on businesses within the exempt categories for operating and individuals’ interaction with those businesses.
3/23/20 Gov. David Ige orders all Hawaii residents to stay home starting Wednesday 3/25/20 under a statewide shutdown. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and will remain in effect through April 30. The mandate follows similar orders from Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Maui Mayor Victorino, and Ige’s previous order requiring all visitors and returning residents to undergo a 14-day quarantine starting Thursday. “All residents must stay at home unless you work in essential businesses or operations,” Ige said. “If you are not a resident, your residence in Hawaii may include hotels, motels or shared rental units.” Exemptions outlined by the governor included health care, grocery stores and pharmacies, banks and other financial institutions, food production and farming, public and private schools, restaurants offering takeout, hotels, construction and essential government services.
Residents will be allowed to leave their homes for such needs as health care, buying food and gasoline and taking care of the elderly, children or people with disabilities. People may also leave home to pick up educational materials for distance learning, meals or other related services, and they may exercise outdoors, including surfing and swimming, as well as walking pets on a leash, “provided that social distancing measures are followed.” Failing to comply with the order is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, one year in jail or both.
3/22/20 Hawaiian Airlines to Suspend most of its long-haul passenger service in response to a 14-day, state-ordered quarantine for all arrivals beginning Thursday, March 26. The airline will maintain its regular flight schedule through Wednesday to allow guests to return home and to accommodate the repatriation of aircraft before finalizing significant reductions of its domestic and international passenger network. The airline, which has begun notifying guests about the quarantine rule, has restricted passenger bookings on its network while it finalizes its April schedule.
The airline will evaluate its transpacific cargo network and may provide passenger access on any additional flights for travelers willing to undergo the mandated self-imposed quarantine. Hawaiian will also be reducing its Neighbor Island schedule — starting with the suspension of ‘Ohana by Hawaiian service between Honolulu and Kapalua in West Maui effective Wednesday — but intends to maintain a network that will continue to provide connectivity for guests traveling within the state.
3/21/20 Kauai Mayor implements Emergency Rule #4 to limit use of Kauai Beaches within the guideline of of no more than 10 people gathering. Requires that in order to use beaches or facilities that a Day-Use Permit must be obtained prior to visiting the beach properties. Permits can be obtained through Kauai Parks & Recreation website. This requirement excludes residents from having to purchase permits, but encourages limiting exposure to others.
3/21/20 Kauai Mayor implements Emergency Rule #3 Closure of all non-essential businesses. Stopping Gatherings of 10 or more people, Take Out of Meals from restaurants is OK, and closure of bars, clubs, places of entertainment, visitor attractions, and places of worship.
3/19/20 Hawaii Governor Places Mandated 14 day Quarantine order for arrivals (Visitors or Residents Returning) from mainland or other locations. As of Thursday, All visitors and returning residents to Hawaii will be required to complete a mandatory, 14-day quarantine in what the governor on Saturday called an “extreme action” aimed at stopping the spread of corona virus in Hawaii. Hawaiian is committed to providing one daily nonstop flight between Honolulu (HNL) and Los Angeles (LAX) and its Thursday flight between HNL and American Samoa (PPG) in order to provide a baseline of out-of-state access.
The mandate stops short of the shutdown that a number of Hawaii leaders had been calling for, but authorities believe it will effectively bring tourism in the islands to a standstill. https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/03/22/live-governor-expected-announce-new-restrictions-bid-fight-spread-virus/
3/18/20 Mayor Derek Kawakami implements Emergency Rule #2 and said the island-wide curfew begins Friday, and will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Everyone on Kauai must remain in their homes during those times. https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/03/18/kauai-mayor-institutes-nighttime-curfew-sweeping-effort-address-coronavirus/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
World Health Organization (WHO)