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.

Local Kauai Culture

Kauai Culture

Taking in Kauai’s culture is as easy as soaking up its sun. Discover ancient sacred sites on the banks of rivers, in parks, or among the cliffs and waterfalls. Kauai beaches are also filled with history and drama. You’ll soon know why more than 60 movies and television shows have been filmed on Kauai.

Smile, Be Happy

Locals are almost always smiling and happy.  Stress isn’t common since Kauai’s people aren’t in a hurry to get anywhere.  In fact, don’t be surprised if Kauai people wave and say hi.  While Disney calls itself the happiest place on earth, Kauai couldn’t be far behind.  Kauai has been voted the friendliest island on a Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards survey.

Ancient Kauai

Kauai is the oldest island in Hawaii, featuring lush mountains, fertile gardens, and idyllic beaches.

There are three expansive and pristine gardens to explore on Kauai: McBryde Garden; Allerton Garden; and Limahuli Garden and Preserve. Visit the

Old Town Koloa - Kauai Culture
Old Koloa Town dates back to 1835

National Tropical Botanical Gardens and you’ll understand why they call Kauai the “Garden Island.” Do remember to bring Bug spray to spray your legs if you are planning to wear shorts and visit any of the gardens. I either use Off Deep woods Sportsman Insect Repellent or Repel Sportsmen Max and can walk through without a single bite.

The Kaua’i Museum is the cultural sanctuary for the art and artifacts of Native Hawaiians and it nurtures the creative spirit of today’s artists. Kauai has embarked on a journey to revitalize the historic buildings that have been home to our collections.

You can explore the spirit of Kauai by visiting its charming small towns. Leisurely stroll through Koloa town, the home of Hawaii’s first commercial sugar mill. Or visit Hanapepe, “Kauai’s Biggest Little Town,” a sleepy town that is the art capital of Kauai.

Our Poipu Vacation Rental is actually part of the city of Koloa and is only a short 5 minutes drive time from Old Town. So if you order a pizza for pick up, your sure to be able to get it back while it’s still hot. These attractions and many others are part of our Digital Guest Welcome Book & Kauai Travel Guide that we provide access to each of our Guests.  Just one example of one of the many reasons being a guest of our has incredible value.

Kauai – Tourists can still visit the Island

HONOLULU (AP) 5/28/2018 — KAUAI WEATHER RELATED – Residents and businesses are still cleaning up from flooding that deluged parts of Kauai, but community leaders are urging tourists to keep coming so residents don’t suffer an economic calamity on top of record-breaking rains that smothered a normally green landscape in reddish-brown water.As Kauai Weather Creates Flooding April 2018

Some travelers are cancelling their reservations after getting the wrong impression the mid-April flooding damaged the entire Hawaiian island. Although landslides blocked roads and floods tore apart homes and uprooted trees, most of the island is unscathed. Nearly 50 inches (127 centimeters) of rain fell in one 24-hour period.

Some tourists are avoiding the island’s north shore where fast-moving waters swept away cars, even though many businesses have reopened.

Tourism is the biggest industry on the island there and most restaurants and shops rely on spending by visitors to stay afloat, providing jobs for thousands of Kauai residents.

Kauai County Council Chairman Mel Rapozo, who works as a hotel night auditor, said some visitors have been talked out of canceling their trips but that others cancel them online without speaking to anyone.

“My concern is the economic impact should those businesses start closing up — even temporarily — because they do employ a significant amount of our residents,” Rapozo said. “A lot of people will lose their jobs. And that’s going to cause another situation here for Kauai.”

He said it would be an “economic disaster” if Kauai were to lose many jobs to a flood-induced tourism slowdown.

Tourists have been avoiding hard-hit Hanalei. A historic small town and the commercial center of the island’s north shore even though many restaurants and shops on the town’s pedestrian-friendly main street are operating or reopening.

Rapozo said visitors should stick to the highway and avoid side roads, where tourists are likely to get in the way of repair crews.

Mina Morita, the president of the Hanalei Community Center, said the damaged narrow road leading to her home is now busy with heavy equipment and residents trying to clean up. She hopes visitors will respect the “local traffic only” sign posted on her street but wants them in the center of town because people whose homes were damaged “definitely need their jobs at this time.”

The Weather and flood reports didn’t deter Christina Zhu of Seattle, who hopes to snorkel and hike when she and her boyfriend visit Kauai early next month.

Rescheduling isn’t an option because their tickets aren’t refundable. Plus, they’ve already requested the time off work. She’s been researching what to do by reading guides and checking the Reddit page for Kauai for the latest weather and flooding news.

One activity she’s looking forward to: taking a shelter dog from the Kauai Humane Society on a field trip, perhaps on a dog-friendly hike. The human society has allowed visitors to take a dog on such excursions since 2012.

“Flood or not, I’m sure there will be plenty of things to do on the island, and hopefully as a tourist I will be able to help out somehow as well,” she said.

Jan Snarski of Vancouver, British Columbia said his family was a little worried when they saw how much water was on the ground when they arrived a day after the storm. But they found places to surf, hike and swim.

Snarksi said Kauai was “business as usual” when he left Wednesday.

“The weather was perfect and we had a fabulous last day on the island,” Snarksi said in an email while flying home.

The National Weather Service said preliminary data indicates Kauai’s Weather broke a national rainfall record after a gauge one mile west of Hanalei recorded 49.69 inches (126.21 centimeters) during the 24-hour period ending at 12:45 p.m. on April 15. If certified, that would break the current record of 43 inches (109 centimeters) recorded in Alvin, Texas in 1979.

The island’s north shore towns of Haena and Wainiha will be off-limits until at least next month because landslides cut off Kuhio Highway, the only road connecting them to the rest of the island. Officials hope to open one lane by May 7 but only for emergency vehicles at first.

The blocked highway will prevent access to hiking trails hugging dramatic cliffs along the Napali Coast and popular beach parks at Haena.

Visitors can still gaze across Hanalei valley for a postcard-picture view of taro patches fronting verdant mountains.

And there was no damage to favored sites elsewhere, like the white sands of Poipu Beach, spots overlooking Wailea’s waterfalls and Waimea Canyon — a deep gorge dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” We are seeing clear skies, warm weather at our Kauai Vacation Rental on the South Side of the Island and there is plenty to do on the South Island. More About This Story

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Koloa Plantation Days

Koloa Plantation Days 2018Koloa Plantation Days

– is held on Kauai’s south shore every year in July. The many ethnic groups that came to Hawaii to work on sugar plantations, and the Hawaiians who welcomed them, are celebrated through music, dance, costumes, and food throughout this ten-day festival.

Koloa Plantation Days July 20th – 29th 2018

 The Festival is held in the area where Hawaii’s first sugar plantation was founded in 1835. Koloa Plantation Days comprises a lively, family-oriented slate of events that showcase the area’s social history. Its natural history, and its diverse cultural traditions. Most events are outdoors and free of charge.  The Plantation Days also celebrates the immigrants who came from Philippines, Europe, the Azores, Japan, Korea, China, and elsewhere. Each who contributed traditions, music, dances, and foods. along with the Hawaiian culture, traditions, crafts, and music which are the foundation of this island. The various events will remind us and teach us about this culture and history.

With different events through out the festival for all ages check the event daily schedule at: http://www.koloaplantationdays.com/eventlist.php where you are sure to find something the whole family will enjoy. There are events for Sports & Active Lifestyle, Kids & Family Fun, Local Foods & Shopping, Island Culture & History and Events like the Annual Historic Kola Plantation Days Parade.

If you would like to find out how you can become a part of Koloa Plantation Days, please contact the Event Coordinator.

There’s still time to get involved and participate.
For the Parade, Craft Booths and Food Booths on July 28th,
Contribute to the Silent Auction or Buy a Commemorative T shirt!,
Join our volunteers to bring the festival to visitors & community.

Advance registration now available:
Koloa Plantation Days Rodeo,
Family Fun Run,
Keiki Ukulele Contest,
Koloa Rum Plantation Heritage Dinner,
For inquiries, please email info@koloaplantationdays.com.

Flood damaged Kauai highway opens to residents Friday

Flood Damaged Kauai

HONOLULU (KITV) – 5/4/2018

A transportation lifeline for isolated residents on Kauai’s north shore look forward to a bit of relief on Friday. The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and the County of Kauai announced on Thursday that they will reopen and restore the 2-mile stretch of Kuhio Highway damaged in April floods, beginning Friday, May 4, 2018.Flood Damage Kauai Vehicle Covered With Water

“This is a significant development, and I’d like to thank our entire team of responders who have worked diligently towards reopening a safe pass way for our isolated residents. However, there is still much work left to be done in the Wainiha-Haena area. And while we continue to conduct these emergency operations, this area will be limited to residents only until further notice. We appreciate everyone’s understanding, residents and visitors alike,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho.

The roads closed after heavy rains on April 14, 2018 flooded and damaged the highway. HDOT says there are many conditions regarding opening this single lane route on Kuhio Highway (Route 560) from Waikoko to Wainiha, including:

It is for local traffic only, and residents need to prove it before they can get a placard to display on their dashboard. Placards will be issued to Wainiha and Haena residents only.

To receive a placard, residents must bring their vehicle and be prepared to prove residency. Placards may be picked up from Planning Director Mike Dahilig at the County office at the Hanalei Colony Resort between 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Beginning on Thursday, May 3, and between 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4.

There is a 10,000-pound weight restriction, which means only passenger vehicles such as sedans, SUVs and pickup trucks will be allowed on the highway. North Shore residents seeking access to the single lane route are advised to check their individual vehicle weight, which can be found on the vehicle’s registration. All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and Utility Task Vehicles (UTV) will not be permitted to travel on the single lane route.

If you need to access the area for work (like insurance adjusters, utility company personnel, private contractors, and others) must coordinate their travel needs through the Kauai Emergency Management Agency at 808-241-1800. Those people with approved access will need to have their name on a list provided to the personnel at the checkpoints in order to be allowed through.

There’s a timeline for usage of the road:

  • 6 a.m. Waikoko to Wainiha
  • 6:30 a.m. Wainiha to Waikoko, to include shuttle
  • 12 p.m. Waikoko to Wainiha, to include shuttle
  • 12:20 p.m. Wainiha to Waikoko,
  • 12:40 p.m. Waikoko to Wainiha
  • 1 p.m. Wainiha to Waikoko to include shuttle
  • 6 p.m. Wainiha to Waikoko
  • 6:30 p.m. Waikoko to Wainiha, to include shuttle

The road will only open if the weather permits. Should the local access be suspended due to weather.  HDOT and the County of Kauai will provide updated information through the media and social media accounts.

“Safety is our first priority as we continue recovery efforts in the areas that were isolated last month by heavy flooding and numerous landslides. We are actively deploying disaster response resources to help residents and businesses in those areas. I am pleased that work has progressed to allow residents of Wainiha and Haena to safely use the highway.  However, we are asking visitors to enjoy other areas on Kauai to avoid impacting the ongoing recovery efforts. We also ask the same of the general public,” said Gov. David Ige.

The route opened for one-lane emergency access on April 28, 2018. Friday’s opening marks the first time residents can use the highway.

HDOT says $8 million in quick release funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for the emergency work helps greatly. The current estimate for total emergency costs for the response and recovery work on Kuhio Highway is $40 million.

HDOT says it will seek FHWA Emergency Relief funding, which is provided on a cost-share basis for repair or reconstruction of highways damaged as a result of natural disasters.

HDOT says future phases of the work will likely require reassessment of and modification to management of public access through the construction site. The full reopening of Kuhio Highway from Waikoko to Wainiha for two-way traffic is expected within three to four months.

A detailed schedule for the restoration of unrestricted access to Wainiha and Haena will be available following the upgrade of the Waioli, Waipa, and Waikoko scheduled to start in June.

 Posted May 3, 2018 by Diane Ako Hawaii News. More on Flood Damage in Kauai For other news related to Kauai.