Arrests made for quarantine violations

  • Contributed by Kaua‘i Police Department

    Sean Wade

  • Contributed by Kaua‘i Police Department

    Benjamin McGranahan

LIHU‘E — Two men were recently arrested for violating the state’s 14-day quarantine order related to COVID-19.

Benjamin McGranahan was arrested at Lihu‘e Airport on June 5 after refusing to abide by the rule that requires all arriving visitors and returning residents to remain at an appropriate quarantine location for two weeks.

The rule states they are not allowed to leave the premises during the quarantine unless they have a medical emergency or are returning to the airport. Quarantined individuals must also make arrangements to have food and any other needed essential items delivered to their place of quarantine.

The 25-year-old Canoga Park, California man posted $100 in bail on Monday. He was subsequently escorted by Kaua‘i police to an appropriate quarantine location on the island where he is to remain for the duration of the 14 days, and where he will receive regular compliance checks by the Kaua‘i Police Department and Hawai‘i National Guard personnel.

The second man, 55-year-old Sean Wade of Captain Cook, Hawai‘i, also violated the quarantine order.

He arrived on the island on Monday, and was arrested later that day after being reported to KPD as trespassing on a property in ‘Anini.

He was released from KPD’s detention center on Tuesday and was escorted back to Lihu‘e Airport, as he chose to return to Hawai‘i island.

“We would like to remind everyone that even though the island is opening back up, Hawai‘i’s 14-day quarantine remains in effect for interisland travel until June 16,” said Mark Begley, KPD assistant chief in charge of the Patrol Services Bureau.

For mainland travelers and arrivals, the 14-day quarantine will remain in effect even longer,” said Begley.

“Kaua‘i police and/or the Hawai‘i National Guard remain posted daily at the Lihu‘e and other Kaua‘i airports, where we continue to verify information on arriving individuals who are subject to the quarantine.

Compliance checks are also conducted daily around the island to ensure the quarantine rules are being followed.

“These emergency measures are designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Kaua‘i and to protect the health and safety of our community,” said Begley.

”We greatly appreciate the extensive support and partnership we have received from our community members and businesses, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and our state and county partners.”

KPD has made a total of 16 arrests related to violations of the 14-day-quarantine order since its implementation by Gov. David Ige on March 26.

Anyone suspeted to be in violation of the 14-day quarantine order should be reported by calling KPD dispatch at 241-1711 or by visiting kauaigov.seamlessdocs.com/f/covidvio.

6 Comments
  1. Jake June 10, 2020 2:17 am Reply

    Well done Ige…..this 14 day quarantine will bankrupt the State. Don’t go crying to the feds when you can’t pay your pensions.

    Hawaii only has tourists. Hawaii produces nothing. End the quarantine!


  2. Marc e Fleckner June 10, 2020 4:13 am Reply

    this is a police state with government officials drunk on power robbing other Americans of their freedoms. An Ignorant body of fools spreading fear and lies to get their people to obey their every command. with all we know now about who is really at risk of dying from this covid there is no excuse not to return to normal activities including work, school, sports, and all other enjoyments. Our elderly need to protect themselves and government should assist them where needed. Also dr. Fauci should be disregarded and fired as he has been wrong almost 100 percent of the time and has been the leader of this hysterical reaction to something he obviously knew nothing about.


    1. From Russia With Love! June 12, 2020 12:37 am Reply

      Are you a troll from Russia, Iran, or China? You’re comments are enlightening. Thank You.


  3. really? June 10, 2020 5:42 am Reply

    Unless the police have probable cause like a complaint a quarantine check on your property is a violation of your 4th amendment rights . If you were cited or arrested via a warrantless check at your home with no probable cause the judge will toss the case, if you do a bit of research! A mandate to quarantine is legal, a “check”for compliance unless done with probable cause is a illegal warrantless search and no arrest will stick. The constitution supercededes Ige and Kawakami and the rights given therein cannot be reduced by any mayor or governor. Its interesting to see that they know this yet they think your rights are less important than their being able to check on you unannounced without probable cause !


  4. Ezzyman June 10, 2020 10:12 am Reply

    The rights of the one, do not out weigh the health of the many. I just returned to Kauai after quarantining 14 day on my uncle’s ranch in Montana. Montana has less Coronavirus cases than here, but I had to fly through SeaTac, and it was crowded. So I’ve done my quarantine here at my home, monitored my health, and haven’t exposed anyone other than my wife (whom has had limited contact with others.) Sure I didn’t like it, but we do what we can to help maintain the health of the community I live in, and the whole island of Kauai. We do what we can to help everyone make it through this rough time , and this to shall pass. I say keep the island closed until we can test everyone coming in from the mainland. That’s just my opinion.


  5. BoHuntR June 10, 2020 2:42 pm Reply

    So next week after the whole country sees no drastic increase in infections after all the “peaceful” protests that destroyed many communities because the fine demonstrators did not abide by any social distancing ( hard to do while looting) or wearing any mask except when entering a store to prevent identification, will Hawaii open?


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