Kaua‘i residents reflect, consider reopening to transpacific travel
LIHU‘E – Since Mayor Derek Kawakami signed the first emergency proclamation relating to COVID-19 on March 4, life has been different for business owners and residents on Kaua‘i.
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The virus is in Hawaii and will run it”s course. over 99% of the people that contract the virus have mild or no symptoms at all.
If that were the case, JD, hospitals would be using ventillators trying to keep people alive. You must have taken a math course from Trump.
Yeah, you sure know how to quote Donald Trump verbatim. Is that what goes for Aloha these days?
Ok, reopen our island to tourists. Start raking in those precious bucks and fleecing tourists with your $10 ice cream cones and $15 dollar hamburgers. Just don’t forget who you’re endangering those most with getting your wish. Your Kapuna…your aunties, uncles, grandmas, grandpas, elderly parents. More than likely if you are local, they are the ones putting a roof over your head, helping you pay your rent, watching your babies while you work, and making your lives manageable. They are the one’s whos lives you are risking with tourism. You’re going to encounter belligerent conservative mainlanders who REFUSE to mask up or follow quarantine. You’re going to start seeing people you hold dear to your hear suffocating from lung infections. You’re children are going to end up with life-long medical problems from this virus. You haven’t had this monster in your back yard yet. You haven’t seen the body bags piling up in hospital parking lots because they can’t keep up with the kill. So yeah…go ahead. Let this thing in so you can “profit.” Go ahead…show us who you really care about.
don’t believe the hype; you’ll be ok.
also, we will all be able finally earn a living again. remember what that was like?
Earn a living for two to four weeks, then become infected and die, or live with the death of others.
Let’s also remember that this virus, though transmitted through the lungs, attacks the fine blood cells and can cause lasting ruin to multiple organs for those who survive the initial illness.
Curb your ego and think of us all.
With the up-tick on the Mainland since they re-opened, it seems really logical that opening up the islands will also bring more COVID cases here and we really do not have the beds to handle 100’s of new cases a day like the mainland is experiencing.
Would be nice to know more facts about hospitalization numbers by age groups, total ICU beds available. Last I read, the symptoms for most people are less than a bad flu. Kapuna or anyone with serious health conditions need to remain at home as much as possible. Hawaii will not survive without tourism and the US Govt simply can’t keep printing billions of $ nor can residents do without working. Testing before mainland departure and within days of arrival along with technology will likely be all we can do until and if a vaccine is available. We live with risk every day and we learn to manage it.
Are you willing to work on the front line and bring that back to all your loved ones and friends… And their loved ones and friends… And theirs…
It’s KUpuna. You must not be from around here…
What part about pretesting do you not understand…. It doesn’t matter whether there are ten cases or a million on the mainland, you have to have a negative test before you get here. Why is that not enough for you germophobes? And why are they not testing inner island travelers if their that worried?
As a first responder, I understand the concern. We live in Ca and travel frequently to kauai. For me, as bad as we want to come back, I won’t until the local culture is comfortable with it. We are very strict and cautious with covid being on the front lines but asking people to be comfortable with the risk is a bit over the top. I read this paper often to get a pulse on the opinions of the locals. It’s your home and I will always respect that. Much love from Ca!
I’m so happy about the virus because it’s finally let us be honest about what we think about tourists and mainlanders. Who uses “aloha” for real? It’s is become a word to pimp out our beauty and get the visitors to give us their money. We can finally go back to enjoying our island in peace. My dogs don’t have to told to be quiet at 2am when they like to bark. And I’m so sick of self-righteous tourists telling me how I’m breaking the rules and damaging da nature when driving my truck on the beach. It hasn’t leaked in years. And now I can hunt every day if I want without scaring those stupid hikers in their matching baseball caps. I hope we never see another outsider again. I got my family and I don’t need nothing else.
Man are you an ignorant. Just watch and see what happens to the economy of kauai without tourism. Clearly you did not graduate high school. Your island? It’s not your island, kauai is in the United States. Which makes it every Americans island. What makes you think it’s yours? You enjoy the blanket of freedom I provide with my service but say I can’t come back there. Try and stop me. Oh and go read a book, you should be embarrassed of your grammar. Your island, so sick of hearing the locals say that sh—. Every time I come there I have a negative experience with one of you idiots who think you own everything. You don’t, and yeah if your stupid dogs are barking at 2am, they should be told to be quiet, tourist or no tourist.