Hawaii Reopening – Visitors Are Welcome

Governor Ige delayed Hawaii reopening with Covid-19 Pre-testing until October 15th. We do believe that this date will stand.

9/16/2020

It’s been news we’ve all been waiting for – Hawaii’s Reopening! Governor Ige held a news conference September 16th 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 Testing Partner 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 cost is anticipated to be between $120 and $140, although Kaiser is considering offering the tests to their members for free. The Vault Test seems to be the most easily acquired, as it is a home test and you send the testing kit back to obtain results.

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, if there is an increase in cases in Kauai. Kauai’s Mayor has implemented a tiered system that comes to play if cases on the island increase.  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.

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

Guest Welcome Book & Local Travel Guide

My Kauai Vacation Rental introduces our very own Digital Guest Welcome Book & Island Travel Guide

Everything our guests will ever need to know before and during their stay. And all just a click away! Our Guest Welcome Book & Travel Guide will help our guests get comfortable and make our home their home. We used to use the same old binder ideas every other vacation owner tried, packed with the information we though they would need  and hoped they would be able to find and use. I always wondered, would it be left so our next guest could even find it? Would they even read it?

Now I’ve found and built a resource, I know everyone will be able to actually use. It’s our Digital Guest Welcome Book and a Travel Guide. It’s something that I send them link to, they download it and it provides them what they need to know about our home, the local area with guiding information like where’s the beach, the grocery store, and all the sights they should not miss right at their finger tips. Save a copy on your phone and even if you loose cell signal it’ll still function providing a guiding hand to our island of Kauai.

My Kauai Vacation Rental Guest Welcome Book & Travel Guide

With our welcome book & travel guide, we can now offer our guests not only a place to call home, but a truly amazing experience! It is packed with our local knowledge, leading our guests to the hidden gems off the beaten path, sharing our experience of local culture, our favorite restaurants and events right at their finger tips, We want our guests to thoroughly enjoy their stay and have every reason to return time and again. Book your stay at My Kauai Vacation Rental Today.

Our Digital Guest Welcome Book & Local Travel Guide is just the beginning of what make My Kauai Vacation Rental stand out. Added Services like:

Our Grocery Shopping Service. You don’t need to fly across country, 1/2 way across the Pacific Ocean, pick up a rental car and drive another 1/2 hour to the Rental Home; Then figure which one of you has to go to the store. Our Grocery Service will take your shopping list to the store, shop, and bring the groceries back to the rental, & fill the refrigerator all before you arrive.

Water Sports Equipment & Bike Rentals. Looking forward to spending time at the beach? Plan to or would like to take out and getting some exercise on a Stand Up Paddle Board, Don’t want to bring your own Snorkel, Mask & Fins or want to be able to exercise on a bike throughout your stay. Our knowledge, local friends and resources will be able to make sure you can have the equipment available when you want. Let us know that this is something you would like to do & we’ll help get equipment lined up during your stay. Looking forward to a relaxing stay, Schedule a Couple’s Massage. We’ll schedule the couple’s massage or even a solo massage and they’ll arrive at the condo ready to get your trip started the Aloha Way.

On the adventurous side? Enroll in Surf Lessons. Your choice in Group, Semi-Private or Private one-on-one Surf lessons to learn more faster. They are only a short distance from our Vacation Rental in Poipu. Discounted Rates for surf lessons when booked with your stay at My Kauai Vacation Rental.

Travel Insurance. Everyone that had a trips scheduled within the middle of 2020 has either wished they got a decent travel insurance policy for their trip or one that is the only one that paid out during the Covid-19 Pandemic, a Cancel For Any Reason of CFAR Travel Insurance Policy. We had one of the few companies working with us and providing our guest with this option and still do. Our Travel Policies can be obtained as part of your booking process, you will have the option to choose either a Standard Policy or a CFAR Policy.

As you are booking your stay, you have optional services you can also obtain, to get all of your on-island trip items scheduled and taken care of up front. If you need help, let us know.

We look forward to seeing you in Kauai!

Mahalo

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.

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