Walking for rights

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    People decry a variety of ideas stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic Friday during the Walk for Our Rights stand, or walk, at the lawn of the Historic County Building along Rice Street in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    About a hundred people “walking for our rights” walk and stand in front of the Historic County Building along Rice Street in Lihu‘e Friday, watched by law-enforcement officers and a constant stream of cars.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Not everyone decried the use of face masks as a member of the nurses union carries her message of advocacy Friday during the Walk for Our Rights stand or walk at the lawn of the Historic County Building on Rice Street in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kamal Hassain, right, has his Palestinian-rights shirt on while carrying a sign protesting the COVID-19 lockdown Friday during the Walk for our Rights stand or walk at the lawn of the Historic County Building on Rice Street in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The walker’s sign asks for more than just exercising on the beach Friday during the Walk for Our Rights stand or walk on the lawn of the Historic County Building on Rice Street in Lihu‘e.

LIHU‘E — Danny Hashimoto disagrees with Gov. David Ige on the face-mask aspect of the governor’s seventh supplementary proclamation signed May 5.

The governor’s proclamation encourages the wearing of a cloth face mask covering as described and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and exempts people who are engaged in permissible outdoor activities so long as social-distancing requirements are maintained.

“The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social-distancing measures are difficult to maintain (i.e., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission,” the CDC Exhibit C that was used to draft the governor’s proclamation states.

Hashimoto, while encouraging participants to bring masks and wearing them during the Walk for our Rights walk, instead chose not to have a mask, in protest of the governor’s proclamation.

Hashimoto was joined by Misty Cluett, Levanna Lomma and Sarah Schroeder in leading about a hundred people to an hour-long stand or walk decrying aspects of the lockdown, starting with stay at home, and now, safer at home, stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attracting advocates of other causes, including those advocating the use of face masks to Palestinian rights, the crowd filled the Rice Street block in Lihu‘e fronting the Historic County Building, being reminded of social distancing by about a dozen law-enforcement officers, and drawing horn beeps from supporters and verbal outbursts from those who disagreed with the sign-wavers.

Lomma said the Walk for our Rights Kaua‘i group has other concerns, including that places of worship are still closed while other businesses are allowed to open; beaches are still closed; quarantine for inter-island travel with people for critical infrastructure or medical being exempt; coastal zone management is suspended without explanation; criminal-history check requirements are suspended prior to enrollment of Medicaid service providers; health-care professionals are required to follow the direction of Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency and state Department of Health and are subsequently immune from civil liability in the event of patient injury or death; and the discriminatory practice in allowing additional businesses to reopen while other are still required to remain closed.

  1. Lawaibob May 9, 2020 2:05 am Reply


  2. Joseph Sapinski May 9, 2020 3:45 am Reply

    I have been a regular visitor to Kauai for over 15 years. The protestors of the stay home and wearing masks have their brains up their butts. They don’t know how lucky Kauai is to have no current cases, and most importantly NO DEATHS. I would be in Kauai for 2 weeks in May if not for the coronavirus, for among other things annual participation in the Visitor Industry Charity Walk. I live in Wayne NJ, a town with a population of 54,000, which is less than that of Kauai. As of Friday May 8th we have had 1067 positives AND 113 DEATHS. The protestors, by not adhering to the distancing rules, masks, etc. may well enjoy their new found freedom at Wilcox Medical Center, or worse yet be at Borthwick Mortuary in Koloa. They don’t understand the grief they would imposing on others by their selfishness. As the NJ Governor Murphy says daily in his briefings ‘don’t be a knucklehead ‘. I know dozens of people in Kauai, have spoken to several, know the hardships they are suffering from business shutdowns, job losses.

    As a side note not part of comment Dennis Fujimoto knows me by ‘alter vs altar’, most recently at the Wednesday Kauai Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukuiula this past November

    1. Everythingisawesome May 11, 2020 11:10 am Reply

      The protesters clearly are not in a nursing home. More importantly, NO ONE IN KAUAI IS INFECTED.

  3. Jake May 9, 2020 4:49 am Reply

    At least some in this Blue State get the Scamdemic.

    This is a panic caused by the media and politicians. Politicians must keep it alive to cover their incompetence and dishonesty.

  4. jake May 9, 2020 7:14 am Reply

    No, let them not wear their masks. Let them open their shops to tourists and other potentially sick people. Let them get huggy/kissy with their relatives and friends. The Darwin Principle is at work here. This is how nature culls the idiots out of our gene pool. Let it happen. The smart people will wear their masks and continue to breed.

  5. Entertaining at best May 9, 2020 7:43 am Reply

    OMG! (Bwaahahahah) “Sunlight kills covid, Open up” funniest sign ever. Thanks for the laugh.

  6. Uncleaina May 9, 2020 8:18 am Reply

    Tiny group wants attention. Same group as before with ties to Trump campaign. I’m pretty sure Karen from Hilo was there as well.

  7. Sue May 9, 2020 9:08 am Reply

    Bunch of covidiots right there. So selfish and lacking discipline. They just can’t handle someone else telling them what to do in an emergency situation. Obviously you can’t depend upon them in a time of need. Sure wouldn’t want them to be a friend of mine!

  8. pete thomas May 9, 2020 10:01 am Reply

    Oh boy all you can hope is these idiots wake up one day with the virus

  9. Doug May 9, 2020 10:46 am Reply

    For those of you who think opening everything up right now is a good idea:
    “62,441 people visited Georgia from neighboring states as the state re-opened some businesses, according to research from the University of Maryland. ”
    “The biggest influx came from Florida, which had the strictest remaining rules in place. ”
    And this was only reopening “some businesses”……..can you imagine the numbers of people who will flood in here from NY, CA, Washington state, all hotbeds of the virus if we just open up???? Do you want to be shut down for a year instead of another couple of months? Slowly opening with restricted tourism is the key to keeping us virus free!!!!

  10. Vicky May 9, 2020 2:42 pm Reply

    I’m not gonna even read this article, but I have one question shouldn’t they be arrested??? They are breaking the law?!

  11. GoTo Afterburners May 9, 2020 5:17 pm Reply

    You know what’s funny about this is that all these people are affiliated with the tourism business in one way or another. Now for YEARS I’ve been reading about how Kauai wants to get rid of those nasty tourists and go back to the “simple island life”…well, you got your wish folks and what are you doing about it? Your saying that you’re living in a disaster now. I’ve visited ONLY your island 9 times in the past 18 years and have spent a LOT of my money there, but no more. I’m finally (and I hope many other tourists will also) giving you your wish! I’m not coming back to your island. So all your Princeville folks who own those shops in Hanalei, good luck keeping those million dollar homes.

    Come on everyone, this is your chance to be rid of us terrible tourists!! Take advantage of it and quarantine your little island. You can live off the land again in grass huts the way you really want to…right?…right?…I can’t hear you?

  12. Jamie Dolphin May 11, 2020 7:15 pm Reply

    I think you are lucky the guy from Jersey ain’t visiting anymore, I will be back when you think it is safe. Love you all and be strong. Remember life is more important than money. If you truly love Hawaii as a visitor and enjoyed your time there consider helping someone with a meal, rent or just a word of encouragement or thanks.

    Rainbow Dolphin

  13. No get nutz May 17, 2020 3:15 pm Reply

    Thank you for never returning to Kauai.
    You think youll be teaching us some kind of lesson?
    when the fact of the matter is, the less people with your type of attitude on Kauai the better.
    Aloha, and good day sir!

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