Curfew takes effect with no violations

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    All quiet…The response to the curfew mandated by Mayor Derek Kawakami is demonstrated in the lack of cars on Nawiliwili Road and Kaumuali‘i Highway in the background, Thursday, the day before the curfew was mandated and the first clear day from the effects of the Kona Low that impacted the island with heavy rains, wind, and flooding.

LIHU‘E — The people on Kaua‘i responded positively to the mayor-mandated curfew that took effect on Friday.

The Kaua‘i Police Department would like to thank the public for its overwhelming positive response to the implementation of the curfew on Friday, and for voluntarily abiding by the requirements of the curfew, states a release from the Kaua‘i Police Department.

KPD reports there were no observed violations between 9 p.m., Friday and 5 a.m., Saturday, the hours the curfew is in effect.

“This tells us that you are serious about preserving the health of our community members and stopping the spread of COVID-19,” said Kaua‘i Police Chief Todd G. Raybuck, in the release. “We want to express our extreme gratitude to the community for abiding by this new curfew. We could not do this without the cooperation of the public. As we have said before, this is an unprecedented time, and while it might not be apparent right now, these actions will benefit the community immensely and preserve the lives of many.”

The police department also wants to remind people that the first and foremost responsibility of police officers continues to be to respond to serious crimes, actively.

“Calls for police service are increasing due to the stressful nature of this global pandemic,” Raybuck said. “While we are doing our best to respond to issues presented due to new measures implemented by COVID-19, we must also continue to respond to emergencies. We kindly ask, given the current situation, that you please consider the nature of your concern, and whether it is an immediate risk to public safety before requesting police services. Again, mahalo to everyone for their willingness to work together at this time.”

The curfew that was implemented Friday remains in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily until further notice.

Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami, in making the decision to implement the curfew said curfew was set with three goals in mind — firstly, protecting and preserving our existing resources; secondly, managing the spread of COVID-19 by increasing social distancing, and thirdly, ensuring that essential services, operations, and family care can continue.

Set in the Mayor’s Emergency Rule No. 2, the exceptions to the curfew include those commuting to and from work; working for an essential service provider whose shifts are within the curfew window; delivery services associated with food service establishments, or stores that sell food and household supplies, and those seeking medical attention.

  1. Major Lee Hung March 23, 2020 12:57 am Reply

    The curfew has nothing to do with mitigating the spread of the virus- that’s what the closing of bars, take out only, 14 day quarantine, the new beach park fees and the new stay at home rule is about. The police chief and mayor are doing their best to spin this so people don’t see what it’s really for. They are concerned, and so am I, that some people who are without a job may start resorting to illegal activity.

  2. Paul Revere March 23, 2020 9:29 pm Reply

    Everyone I meet thinks the curfew is stupid and silly. I have not heard one positive vote. So this article seems inaccurate. Propaganda for the state? Martial law in training? However, Major Lee Hung makes a good point.

  3. vinnyb March 23, 2020 10:41 pm Reply

    How clever Mayor Kawakami to order the curfew and order Kauai residence to stay at home at the same time continue outside visitors to come in. Its the visitors now roaming the beaches of Kauai.

  4. Aleksandr Naumenkov March 24, 2020 2:13 pm Reply

    “They are concerned, and so am I, that some people who are without a job may start resorting to illegal activity.” But this is also extremely important, sir, for all us…

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