Keep Kaua‘i kipuka safe
A kipuka is described as a place surrounded by lava, protected and able to flourish. They are often small oases of vegetation and life surrounded by the starkness of new lava flows.
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The idea of a safe destination would indeed be a great draw. And since our only visitors would be those who could could afford to spend the extra time in quarantine, they would probably be spending considerably more, during their stay on the island, than our historically average visitor.
But we need to not mess around in coming to grips with this problem. Tracking the quarantined individuals’ cell phones would not be adequate, as a phone could be left behind in the hotel room. Ankle bracelets would be much more reliable. Also: all employees of a “quarantine hotel” should be guaranteed hazard pay–and completely free medical treatment if they do get the disease during or shortly after completing such employment.
What about visitors with no feet? Neck shackle is better. Everyone has a head.
Also, if any resident requiring quarantine must also wear an ankle bracelet, I think we would have much less irresponsible behavior on this island. Not only would the individual himself think twice, but his entire family would be putting pressure on him to behave safely so he would not be putting them at risk of having to wear the ankle bracelets.
I think a tracker app should be mandatory for anyone from off island and voluntary for Kamaaina. Furthermore, I think every visitor who has an app should have to wear a bracelet showing they are a tourist, who has gone through proper pretest and they have a tracking app. I say this because when I see people who I think are tourist I avoid them “like the plague ” and would not want to be approached for help. Sad but true but if they have an identifier then all good. Draconian, this is what they do in China, what about my rights , you say? This is a public health issue. We already know that the state is struggling if not failing at tracking the limited visitors we have now! If we don’t do something we could get going and we have an outbreak here and we would be forced to close our schools and witness evacuation of tourists again. That could be catastrophic!
“we would be forced to close our schools and witness evacuation of tourists again.”
Schools ARE closed.
There ARE NO tourists.
I agree with Kauaidog
The pandemic and the health issue is much much larger at this point then the tourists right travel.
The app would be helpful but not completely and the bracelet on the ankle would be better.
I personally have seen many folks now trinkling in wandering around and I know that they are not quarantining.
They’re so happy to be here and to be away from Mainland, and they don’t actually care what they leave behind here because they don’t live here.
We see what’s happening in Oahu, this is way way way too close. I just can’t believe the inter-island travel is over and that everyone can come over.
I only pray that the mayor kawakami does the right thing and shut it all down again seriously for a couple of months and does a wait and see.
It’s worth it because we’re all going to be dropping like flies here and when people have friends and family that are dying from this then they’re going to finally GET the picture.
It will be too late then though.
You all so desperately want to trade your freedom for false security. Ankle brackets, tracing systems, quarantines, and the nanny state. Has anyone realized that the death rate is below .05%? This is not worthy of a societal shutdown. If any thing this only proved how media and hysteria has caused us to trade our freedom and businesses out of fear. Open up everything and let’s ride this out. There is no eradication of this virus and we can’t hide anymore. Give us back the world. Stop living in fear.
Although I would like to think
And I’m sure others also would like to just open everything up but the reality is that we are on a very small Island and fear is necessary to Keep Us Alive.
Unfortunately though things are getting out of control and the numbers are rising and they will soon be over here. When family members start dying only then will we understand just how crazy serious this virus is.
I’m hearing from friends in Houston who work in the hospital and live and breathe this. They are watching family members come upstairs to say goodbye to all the people that they have to take off ventilator is because they are passing. By the hundreds, by the thousands.
I know that if we could go back to lock down again we could save a lot of lives but unfortunately we seem to think that we can save the economy, but you can’t have an economy and work if you’re dead
I hope the mayor gets tough again.
And I hate to say it but I’m saying lots of tourists now coming in by the droves and honestly they don’t care what they leave behind because I don’t live here, some do but the majority just want to escape mainland.
I have to call your bluff here. Harris county TX has recorded 766 deaths as of August 3rd (one source says 1318). 478 of those are in Houston. Over 4.5 months. 59% of those Harris County deaths were over the age of 70. Not ‘thousands’. Find a ‘news’ source other than Twitter.
Lest you call me a liar…