Second quarantine challenge denied

HONOLULU — U.S. District Court Judge Jill A. Otake denied a motion Wednesday, for a preliminary injunction, from a South Carolina traveler who challenged the State of Hawai‘i’s current mandatory traveler quarantine.

In a 25-page long ruling, Judge Otake pointed out that, “Like many states across the nation and countries around the world, Hawai‘i has issued a series of Emergency Proclamations to limit the spread of COVID–19, a novel severe acute respiratory illness with no known cure, no effective treatment, and no vaccine…Further complicating efforts to contain COVID-19 is the fact that individuals who are infected but asymptomatic … may unwittingly infect others.”

The plaintiff, his wife, and two children arrived in Honolulu on July 9 and their mandatory 14-day quarantine is scheduled to end tomorrow. Plaintiff argued that, though he was aware of the quarantine rule before coming to Hawai‘i, it will cause the family to lose 40% of their 36-day long vacation. He was seeking $25,000 in punitive damages and $300.25 for each day they are subject to quarantine.

The court’s decision notes that in a previous case (Carmichael), Governor Ige successfully demonstrated “that his Emergency Proclamations have a real or substantial relation to the public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” Furthermore Judge Otake writes, “The jump in COVID-19 cases and deaths in Hawai‘i since the issuance of the Carmichael order lends further support to the quarantine. And the alarming resurgence of cases on the mainland, both before and after the Court issued Carmichael only buttresses Defendant Ige’s position here.”

15 Comments
  1. manongindashadow0711 July 23, 2020 3:31 pm Reply

    Is this guy for real? He want to have his cake and eat it too! Nuts!


  2. Jim Fincher July 23, 2020 5:15 pm Reply

    The economic effect of this prolonged shutdown plus the unreasonable 72 hour Covid test 09/01/2020 threatens to bankrupt the state of Hawaii in an illness that effects less than 2.% of population and probably less considering the proximity of the islands to the mainland. I love the islands . I was married in Princeville nearly 36 years ago and have been to every island. I go at least once a year even though I am a native of Texas. Please be sure your leaders are using common sense in making these decisions as your economy is gravely at risk if your governor remains this obstinate on reopening .


    1. WAVE July 23, 2020 6:34 pm Reply

      Jim You are EXACTLY CORRECT !! This is absolute madness.

      It is a man who is fat and rich off the state – Governor Inge –

      Placing a pretty bunch of banana’s on a starving mans shelf and telling telling the starving man to only admire them day after day.

      and explaining to the starving man
      my my how beautiful they are !

      how smart and intelligent I must be protecting protecting you from starvation !

      Fat off the State Clown Governor Inge you are a living lie.


      1. semperubisububi July 24, 2020 8:57 am Reply

        Wave….evidently you are another poor deprived mainlander upset by our governor’s edicts. Boo Hoo. By the way, his name is IGE not INGE. Get over it please.


      2. Jim Fincher July 25, 2020 7:29 am Reply

        So much for the aloha spirit. I fear the Hawaii we have known will be forever changed for the worse if the virus ever ends ( doubtful in my opinion) . From comments made I assume that as long as there is a Trace of COVID 19 on the planet visitors will remain unwelcome


    2. Linda m July 23, 2020 7:36 pm Reply

      With all due respect I would argue our public officials are doing exactly what health experts have recommended and more. I work in health care on an outer island, we are not equipped to handle a significant number of cases. Because we r a small population, community spread would affect majority of the island and quickly overwhelm our resources. We still have patients having strokes, heart attacks, traumas and other ailments that require ICU care. Because our mayor was so quick to lock down here and follow the science we have seen the lowest numbers of cases of the more populated islands. I have many colleague working in the trenches in some of the current and past hot spots- no we do not want that here if preventable. People are being affected financially but that is not just here that is everywhere. The key should have been a national response in the beginning to get better control everywhere, then we could’ve opened up sooner like other countries have been able to do.


    3. D Pueolani July 23, 2020 7:48 pm Reply

      Why don’t you stay in Texas & dance with “The Rona”. We don’t have room in our hospitals to treat a flare up of virus victims. It’s better to be poor for awhile than be dead. When you get sick, tell me how wonderful it is.


    4. semperubisububi July 24, 2020 8:53 am Reply

      While I feel very bad for you, evidently you are unaware that we have a small hospital here on Kauai with a very small number of ICU beds. This is not like the mainland where we can transfer patients around to different medical centers. Our Governor has done an excellent job in taking care of the resident population with his mandates. Yes, financially this has hit the islands hard but think about it…. none of us will be able to make any money if we are dead. We have an aging population here who are more susceptible to the virus and for whom it is more deadly. So stop feeling sorry for yourself and please come back when this pandemic is behind us. Mahalo.


      1. Rick July 24, 2020 5:30 pm Reply

        “none of us will be able to make any money if we are dead” Statements like these blow my mind… Especially considering all the studies that have come out in the past 2 months… Turn off your TV.


        1. Rolled July 27, 2020 11:41 am Reply

          And where, pray tell, do you obtain all of your wisdom, Rick?


    5. Doug July 24, 2020 10:59 am Reply

      The Governor is “obstinate” because he doesn’t want Covid brought over here from hot spots like………TEXAS!!! If you cared about the islands you would gladly stay home until it is safe to travel. And I got news for you, our Mayor here on Kauai is even tougher than Ige, he is definitely into protecting his island!


  3. carol jenkins July 24, 2020 6:07 am Reply

    @JimFincher your travelogue has zero relevance to the State of Hawaii’s sane efforts to protect its citizens from a pandemic, especially from residents of states like yours where the virus is exploding and your hospitals are running out of drugs, beds, ventilators, and even staff. https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/14/texas-hospitals-coronavirus/. I’m not a resident of Hawaii but enjoy spending 8 weeks on Kauai every year – but not this year. I will not risk the health and lives of Kamaʻāina for my own pleasure. I’m glad Hawai’i is focused on protecting the lives of its people first – as their economy tightens, they will care for their own as they have always done.


    1. D Pueolani July 25, 2020 6:11 pm Reply

      I would rather be a grazing sheep than meat in the freezer. I would rather have healthy Auntie next to me than covid carrier from Texas. Life here is simple and good if we protect our Island for awhile. Let’s not forget,”The ‘Rona” is real. Being a victim may be an adventure with unpleasant consequences. Think smart, be respectful. Aloha


  4. Barbara Guiliano July 24, 2020 7:09 am Reply

    Stay in texas


  5. WAVE July 24, 2020 6:46 pm Reply

    JIM YOU ARE STILL EXACTLY CORRECT

    KAUAI BELONGS TO GOD

    I LIVE HERE ON KAUAI IM AM NOT HERE TO PICK ON ANYONE BUT WAKE UP !! YOU DONT HAVE TO BE A SHEEP WHO DOSENT THINK AND JUST ACCEPTS WHAT WORDS ARE BEING FED TO YOU.

    ITS NOT A PRISON OF TWO IDEAS !!

    CLOSED AND SAFE OR OPEN AND GRANDMA DIES !!

    KAUAI BELONGS TO GOD

    IT DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU

    CERTIANLY NOT TO SELFISH PEOPLE WHO ATTEMPT TO SIGNAL HOW MUCH VIRTUE THEYHAVE BY SELF RIGHTIOUSLY PROCLAIMING TO OTHER AMERICANS WHO THEY THINK SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT VISIT GODS BEAUTIFUL CREATION WE KNOW AS KAUAI

    THERE ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH TESTING CLEANING AND DOUBLE CHECKING METHODS AVAILABLE TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR KAUAI TO BE THE SAFEST MOST POPULAR VACATION DESTINATION ON PLANET EARTH …WAKE UP KAUAIIANS YOU DONT HAVE TO BE SHEEP


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