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/

Vacation Rentals Safer Alternative to Hotels

Vacation Rentals Gain Popularity Amid Coronavirus

A recent Article on AARP.org Points to Vacation Rental Homes as an Alternative to Hotels

As a traveler, Theresa Blanding has always considered herself a hotel person. But in the age of coronavirus, a bustling hotel lobby and crowded elevators give her pause. “I’m confident that hotels will be careful about cleaning, but I’m not sure how it’s possible to avoid contact with other guests, not to mention staff,” says the 71-year-old Boulder, Colorado, resident.

As coronavirus lockdowns slowly begin to ease, people are slowly starting to contemplate future vacation plans.

Donna Racette, a 70-year-old retiree in Niwot, Colorado, was traveling in California in early March when the coronavirus-related travel alarms started. “I noticed the hotel staff weren’t cleaning the doorknobs,” she says. “I became fastidious about having my own wipes and would go into a hotel before my husband to wipe down the doorknobs and elevator buttons.” When she starts to travel again, Racette says she’ll definitely book through a Vacation Rental Home. “I like knowing I am in control of cleaning all the rooms and surfaces in a home during my stay,” she says. “I can’t have that control in a hotel.”

A recent survey conducted by market research company OmniTrak examined travel-related perceptions of risk related to the coronavirus pandemic and found that hotels (46 percent) were seen as a greater risk than a vacation rental (39 percent). The survey of 2,500 people did not ask participants to go into detail about their travel confidence, but it’s rather easy to surmise that respondents perceived home shares as less risky because the volume of travelers to a vacation rental is likely smaller than at a hotel. A vacation rental is also less likely to have common areas frequented by guests and staying at a vacation rental you don’t have to eat out every meal.

Increased safety precautions

Our enhanced cleaning protocols for our guests is being implemented where the cleaning protocol is based on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published standards, The new cleaning protocol includes using single-use cleaning products, bagless vacuums and, it also includes requirements for cleaning staff to wear masks, gloves and use certain disinfectants. It’s estimated that housekeeping is allotted just 45 minutes for hotel room cleaning. Within that time frame, they have a long list of responsibilities. This includes replacing toiletries, sheets, and comforters and removing the trash. Sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces and objects oftentimes is not a priority, putting guests and staff at risk for infection. In hotels, many people share the same surfaces, objects, and areas each day, which allows germs to spread easily. A recent study revealed that hotel elevator buttons have nearly 40 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, and a whopping 81% of surfaces in more than 100 hotel rooms tested positive for fecal bacteria during an inspection. Common infections guests acquire in unclean hotels and rooms include MRSA, Staph, influenza, rhinovirus (the common cold) and norovirus. As a precaution, along with our enhanced cleaning procedures, we will also observe at least a 24-hour waiting period before booking new guest to occupy our property. We have set up our system to keep in touch with our guests to 2 weeks after their departed to inquire about their current health so we may follow up on illnesses to help with contact tracing. (Hotel Cleaning Challenges & Statistics)

A More selective host

Travelers opting to stay with us can expect us to be more particular and inquisitive about our guests. We will be asking: “In the last two weeks, have you or anyone you live with traveled to any areas impacted by COVID-19?” and “Do you currently have any travel restrictions in your area due to COVID-19?” We’d prefer longer stays vs a shorter one to lessen the foot traffic and the extra time involved in the cleaning process for the next guest.

Guest-friendly rules

 Compared to other resort properties, we as an owner of the property have the ability to have more guest-friendly rules when it comes to cancellations or rescheduling guest to future dates. Due to some of the Extenuating circumstances of the Pandemic we have given from 50% to 100% refunds to our guests, rescheduled guests stays up to 18 months into the future in the past, and anticipate if necessary due to a rise in Covid Cases or Government places restrictions on travel will continue these policies.

Still, no guarantees

Despite the extra cleaning measures, host-guest education and flexibility, companies like Airbnb, HomeAway and Vrbo aren’t liable in the same way hotels and we are, stresses David Sherwyn, a hospitality professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Ultimately, the homeowners, not the booking platform, decide how thoroughly they clean their home and whether to issue a refund, Sherwyn says. “Home rental companies can say, “We tell our people to follow these procedures,” but they cannot guarantee it,” he notes. “You are counting on the homeowner.” In this case My Kauai Vacation Rental will be standing by our commitment to cleanliness and enhanced cleaning protocols to help ensure our guests safety.

See the entire article on AARP.org https://www.aarp.org/travel/travel-tips/lodging/info-2020/vacation-rentals-amid-coronavirus.html

HAMMERS ‘N ALES Saturday October 12 2019

Hammers ‘N Ales = Oktoberfest Island Style

Hammers 'N Ales 2019 Oktoberfest Island Style
Oktoberfest Island Style

 Come and participate in the Annual Hammers ‘N Ales event on Saturday October 12th 2019 at Poipu Beach Athletic Club Concert Lawn 2p.m. – 6p.m.

Live music – Craft Beer –  Food

Come have fun and support affordable housing on Kauai at the ultimate island Oktoberfest. Kauai Habitat’s Hammers N’Ales will feature great food, cold drinks, music, sunshine, and fun. All food and drink included in ticket price plus logo tasting glass.

Breweries participating in this event include: Kauai Island Brewery, Kohola, Lani Kai, Maui Brewing, Honolulu Beerworks, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, 10 Barrells, Four Peaks, and more.

Food By; The Cabana Bar & Grill, Keoki’s Paradise, Lava Lava Beach Club, Plantation Gardens, Merriman’s Fish House, The Right Slice, The Kitchen at Papaya’s & Ruth Chris.

Live Music by; Cruz Control & Homestead.Hammers ‘N Ales 2019

Tickets – $75.00 in advance through EventBrite

This is a 21 and over event. Must present ID at the Door.

Join Habitat for Humanity Kauai for a fun afternoon at Hammers ‘N Ales and to help support affordable housing on Kauai. For additional Information about the event and how you might lend a hand as a volunteer call Chris Young at 808-635-0411 for any information or email at chrisyoung@kauaihabitat.org.

This is another great event to attend while you are staying at our Poipu Vacation Rental

Currently we have availability for this weekend at our Poipu Vacation Rental. Check our Online Calendar to confirm that it is still available or Contact Us directly for a Reservation. If you Mention this article when you call to reserve  & Let us know that you found out about our Vacation Rental through reading it.  We’ll Donate 10% of your Lodging to Habitat Kauai

Looking for more “Things-To-Do in Kauai” checkout our Articles / Blog and search for Activities, Water Sports and more.

Spring in Kauai

Spend Spring Vacation in Kauai

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Beautiful Trees & Beautiful Seas

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Be a hero and bring the family. Better yet make the trip with your mate and make it a romantic get away to our Kauai Vacation Rental.

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Manualoha Condo 601 is a completely renovated and fully furnished 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom 1000 sq ft. Condo. You can start your day off with coffee & breakfast on the secluded lanai while watching the sunrise over Shipwreck Beach. Next, follow the greenbelt down to Brennecke’s Beach for a day of sunbathing and body boarding. Later catch a spectacular sunset over the ocean at the award-winning Poipu Beach. 

See the full gallery of images of Kauai Vacation Rental Manualoha 601 or Check for Availability before the Spring Vacation Season is fully Booked!

Vacation Accommodation and Amenities:

Property Type: Condo, floors 1 on 1st Floor
Building Type: Townhouse
Meals: Guests provide their own meals
Location Type: Near The Ocean, Ocean View, Poipu Kai Resort
Theme: Adventure, Family, Romantic, Sports & Activities

General: Clothes Dryer, Hair Dryer, Internet, Iron & Board, Linens Provided, Living Room, Parking Free, Telephone, Towels Provided, Washing Machine
Kitchen: Coffee Maker, Dishes & Utensils, Dishwasher, Microwave, Oven, Pantry Items, Refrigerator, Stove, Toaster
Dining: Dining Area seating for 4 people
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Bedroom  1 – 1 king, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa
Entertainment: Books, DVD Player, Music Library, Satellite / Cable, Stereo, Television,
Outside: Golf, Lanai / Gazebo, Lawn / Garden, Outdoor Grill, Tennis, Water Sports Gear,
Pool / Spa: 2 Community Pools, Hot Tub
Attractions: Botanical garden, Playground, Beaches
Leisure Activities: Beach combing, Bird watching, Boating, Eco tourism, Horseback riding, Luaus, Scenic drives, Shopping, Sight seeing, Walking, Whale watching, Wildlife viewing.
Local Services & Businesses: ATM/bank, Fitness center, Groceries, Hospital, Massage therapist, Medical services, Restaurants,
Sports & Adventure Activities: Deep-sea fishing, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Scuba diving or snorkeling, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis.

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HAMMERS ‘N ALES Saturday October 13th, 2018

Oktoberfest Island Style

Hammer-N-Ales Brew Fest 2018
Poipu Beach Oktoberfest 2018
Online Tickets: http://KauaiHabitat.org

Saturday October 13th 2018 at Poipu Beach Athletic Club Concert Lawn 2p.m. – 6p.m.

Live music – Craft Beer – Ono Food

Food By; The Cabana Bar & Grill, Keoki’s Paradise, Lava Lava Beach Club, Plantation Gardens, Merriman’s Fish House, The Right Slice, The Kitchen at Papaya’s & Ruth Chris.

Live Music by; Cruz Control & Homestead.

Tickets – $75.00 in advance / $85.00 at the door

This is a 21 and over event. Must present ID at the Door. Net proceeds to support the construction of affordable homes in the ‘Ele ‘ele Iluna subdivision.

Another great event to attend while you are staying at our Poipu Vacation Rental. For more “Things-To-Do in Kauai” checkout our Articles / Blog for more!