Kaua‘i looking to limit outdoor gatherings

LIHU‘E — Monitoring the rapid community spread of the coronavirus on O‘ahu, yesterday, Mayor Derek Kawakami announced his intentions to limit casual, outdoor gatherings.

Kawakami requested an additional amendment to an emergency rule that would bring the maximum number of people at a social outdoor gathering from 100 down to 25. The request is currently awaiting approval from Gov. David Ige. The indoor gathering limit would remain at 10.

“To be clear, Mayor’s Emergency Rule No. 13 on gatherings is specific to social, casual gatherings — such as birthday parties, baby showers, backyard barbeques and other types of social functions,” Kawakami explained. “This rule does not apply to allowable businesses, operations and activities, such as schools, churches, restaurants, and retail stores.”

Earlier this week, the Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE) announced that the Kapa‘a-Kaua‘i- Waimea Complex Area would implement a 100% distance learning model for at least the first four weeks of school, beginning next Monday.

Yesterday, the state Department of Health reported 202 new cases of COVID-19. No new cases were reported on Kaua‘i, which currently has four active cases, which all appear to be interisland travel related.

The surge in cases prompted neighbor islands to reinstate the 14-day quarantine for interisland travelers, which was lifted mid-June. Travelers from Kaua‘i to O‘ahu, for example, would not need to quarantine, but those traveling from O‘ahu here would. The trans-Pacific travel quarantine remains in effect.

“With the increase in cases related to interisland travel, we felt strongly that reinstating the interisland travel quarantine was necessary to help prevent further outbreaks on our island, particularly with cases on O‘ahu continuing to rise at a concerning rate,” Kawakami said yesterday.

Limited modified quarantine permissions are allowed for those traveling interisland for critical infrastructure jobs or for medical reasons.

The request for the modified quarantine must be submitted at least two days before travel and must be individually completed for each airport arrival.

Travelers must provide all flight information, including airline and flight number, as well as list all locations and activities that will be performed.

State Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson warned the islands of community spread yesterday.

“The important factor to keep in mind is, community-associated infections continue to be responsible for the surge in COVID-19 cases in the past week and a half,” Anderson said in a statement Wednesday. “The virus is transmitted through droplets, and that’s why wearing masks and distancing is so important. We must all continue these and other safe practices.”

  1. J.D. August 13, 2020 4:35 am Reply

    The virus is in Hawaii. It will run it’s course Lock downs only prolong the agony. Isolate the sick and let the health live.

    1. Mel August 14, 2020 5:46 am Reply


    2. JC August 14, 2020 1:16 pm Reply

      One could almost agree with you if there were constant, reliable testing provided to all. Without that, the only course is to minimize contact and transmission.

  2. RG DeSoto August 13, 2020 8:44 am Reply

    More draconian nonsense from Kawakami who apparently cannot understand the true nature of the Corona virus.
    Here is the information released by the CDC to the general public with the goal of helping Americans better understand why much of the pandemic panic is an overreaction. To our illustrious mayor, here’s what they found:
    Mortality rate in U.S.:
    Age 85 and older make up 32% of the U.S. population but one-third of COVID deaths
    Age 75 and older make up 75% of U.S. population but 59% of COVID deaths
    Age 54 and younger make up make up 75% of the U.S. population but 8% of COVID deaths
    Deaths DO NOT register until age 15-24 and even then, kids K-12 make up .02% of the population. Kids K-college undergraduate, according to data released by the CDC, are in no danger of dying of COVID-19.
    The median age of COVID-19 deaths is around 78, which is the average U.S. life expectancy
    This is the way the CDC coded all COVID-19 deaths.
    “The CDC coded all deaths “died with COVID” rather than “died from COVID,”
    Get a grip of your fear…
    RG DeSoto

    1. dreams August 14, 2020 5:27 am Reply

      Why has the Soto not run for governor? This would certainly solve all of our problems.

    2. ParadiseLost August 14, 2020 9:36 am Reply

      Kaua’i is not the USA, but it is part of the USA. Your statistics don’t really apply here. Also your suggestion that we should just let our kupuna die painful deaths because they’re old anyway doesn’t sound like something that would fly here. I think this might be a good time for you to move to O’ahu, if you don’t already live there. Give living your own life normally a shot and see how that goes for you.

    3. gripping hard August 14, 2020 1:21 pm Reply

      I would love to see the citation from the CDC where they list US population by age group. Please show us all where 32% of all Americans are over 85 years old. Also, your numbers show not one person is between 54 years old and 75 years old, but that might be understanding able fully 75% of all citizens are over 75.

      The lies are so dense in this one… Me thinks the Soto needs a nap.

      1. RG DeSoto August 15, 2020 5:02 pm Reply


        Note the lower graphic on deaths….
        BTW: naps are great
        RG DeSoto

    4. Arienfire August 16, 2020 12:19 pm Reply


  3. What? August 13, 2020 9:56 am Reply

    It’s not about masks.
    Open your mind to the POSSIBILITY…… In 4 months, the U.S. transformed into an obedient socialist country. Government dictated what events are acceptable to attend. Violent protests that instill fear are OK but church services, family funerals and patriotic celebrations are dangerous. And you bought it without a fight. Standing in a graduation line is a “safety hazard”. Small businesses were forced to close but crowds to support the corporate money machine at WalMart, Lowes and Home Depot are OK. Come on. It’s “just a mask” & “safety precautions”.
    How about a little hush money. Here’s $2,400 that we stole out of your pay check in the first place. Enjoy. Buy something with it. From a big corporation.
    Cash is dirty. We can’t give change. There’s a coin shortage. Use your card. In 4 months, they convinced you to use a traceable card for everything.
    In less than 4 months, government closed public schools then “restructured” education under the guise of “public safety”.
    In less than 4 months, our government demonstrated how easily people assimilate to “guidelines” that have NO scientific premise whatsoever when you are fearful.
    In less than 4 months, our government successfully instilled fear in a majority of the population in America that allows them to control every aspect of your life. Including what you eat, where you go, and who you see.
    And the most dangerous and terrifying part? People are not afraid of the government who removed their freedom. They’re afraid of their neighbors, family and friends. And they hate those who won’t comply. It’s absolutely terrifying to me that so many people don’t question “authority”.
    They are willing to surrender their critical thinking skills and independence. They just… gave up without thinking. Without a fight.
    Do you know what’s coming next? “It’s just a vaccine. Come on. It’s for the greater good”.
    Wait until you’re told that you can’t enter any store or business without proof of the Covid-19 vaccine. Wait until you can’t go to public events or get on a plane without proof of receiving the vaccine.

    To everyone that doesn’t believe this is possible – DO YOU UNDERSTAND that government successfully dictated to people WHEN they were allowed to be outside, where they were allowed to go, and how their children would be educated in less than 4 months?
    And that a majority of the population followed blindly because they were told to do so. You’re kidding yourself if you think this behavior won’t be repeated with a vaccine.
    Or whatever the next step is. “I don’t follow politics.” “Who cares about that stuff?” “I don’t like to think about it.” 6 million Jews were exterminated in Germany because 97% of the population cowered to populist control. Nobody wanted to think about it. It’s easier to just ignore it. But that couldn’t happen here, right?

    1. WAVE August 13, 2020 3:57 pm Reply

      THANK YOU !!




    2. Everythingisawesome August 13, 2020 5:07 pm Reply

      Dear What?,
      We could probably be friends. You and I are not alone.

      I’ll leave you with a little hope that comes from an oft heard saying that came from, I believe, the Soviet Union, “They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work.”

      Clearly, a society that embraces all the irrational rules and contradictions that you point out won’t survive for long. The majority will soon realize the prudent thing to do will be to ignore the irrational edicts, and remove the fools who made them.

      However, supposing they don’t…

    3. Everythingisawesome August 13, 2020 6:05 pm Reply

      *rubs forehead like lieutenant Columbo*
      Oh, there’s just one more thing.
      This “virus”. They say it’s very contagious. I don’t know a lot about “science”, but Mrs. Everythingisawesome, she reads everything, and she tells me that they say this virus is so contagious, you can pass this virus on before you even have symptoms. Have you heard of that? Do you have a match?
      *lights cigar*
      Thank you very much. I appreciate it.
      But here’s what I’m still trying to figure out.
      *pauses with thumb against lower lip*
      If this virus is so contagious, like they say, even when you don’t have symptoms, why does the doctor need to swab so far up your nose, to gather enough of a sample, to even tell if you have it?
      Oh, sure, I could understand if you were coughing up a lot of…stuff, from an infection, how it might be easy to spread, just like any other virus. But what doesn’t make sense is, how could you possibly spread it to someone, when even a doctor has to go to such great lengths to even find the virus on you…
      Well, I’m sure I’ll figure it out. You have a nice evening.

    4. Think August 14, 2020 6:53 am Reply

      thank you.

    5. ParadiseLost August 14, 2020 9:43 am Reply

      It sounds like you are possessed by a spirit of fear, you must not be a Christian. There are states that don’t have mask orders, and are full of republican qanon conspiracy theorist types. Have you considered that you might be more happy there?

    6. Mailman Mikel August 14, 2020 11:36 am Reply


    7. Right? August 14, 2020 1:22 pm Reply

      That’s some Q level bat guano.

  4. CommonSenseish August 13, 2020 10:03 am Reply

    Well this makes no sense. We don’t have a problem with COVID on Kauai, we have a problem with residents thinking they are immune and travel off island, then come back and don’t quarantine themselves. QUARANTINE doesn’t mean having someone pick you up, it doesn’t mean being around family, it doesn’t mean sleeping in the same bed as your spouse who is leaving the house, it doesn’t mean having people over at your house. QUARATINE means NO CONTACT… It amazes me at how hard this seems to be to understand.

    1. Everythingisawesome August 13, 2020 5:10 pm Reply

      I’ve read the quarantine agreement.

      One IS allowed to be around family, while in quarantine, unless they develop symptoms.

      But, you do you.

  5. J.D. August 13, 2020 11:49 am Reply

    99.74% of the people have recovered. Most have little or no symptoms. We shut down states and ruined economies for this.

    1. D.A. August 17, 2020 10:16 am Reply

      Please show your math.

  6. rk669 August 13, 2020 2:32 pm Reply

    Mayor needs some Oxygen to his starving Thought Processor!
    Or are his decisions,PLANNED,to destroy Kauai. Much like the community organizer tried to destroy the USA!

  7. Jamie Rainbow August 13, 2020 10:04 pm Reply

    I love Kauai and it’s people and TGI is great, except for not doing any fact checking on comments. Please remember if you spread unsubstantiated facts in the comment section ( which is screened, I have had only 2 out of 12 comments make it through your censorship ) Then you are just liable as anybody for the spread of misinformation.

    1. Everythingisawesome August 14, 2020 2:51 pm Reply

      If you’re looking for factual accuracy in the comment section of a newspaper that serves an island where 5 out of 4 residents have trouble with fractions, you’re doing the internet wrong.

      OK, there are some accurate facts and statistics in here, but the comment section is mostly for entertainment.

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