Letter for Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Safe Travels works

I felt proud of Hawai’i when it instituted the Safe Travels online screening process for travelers at the beginning of the month.

My wife and I were in California for essential family business, so we completed the forms as required before we returned.

Things worked efficiently when we landed in Honolulu, but we were dismayed to find that the Lihue airport is not yet connected to the system.

Although there were only a few dozen travelers, we had to stand in line for an hour while paper forms were processed. Others in the line were kupuna leaning on canes, who really shouldn’t have had to stand that long.

I’m disappointed that Kaua’i can’t “get with the program,” and hope this gets corrected ASAP.

David Lemon, Lihue

  1. Citizen Cane September 8, 2020 2:59 pm Reply

    If the Mayor and his task force would reach out to the airlines and all stakeholders (hotels, airports/DOT, health officials, businesses) and get testing protocols in place Kauai could be a world leader as a safe travel destination, and we could get our economy back on our own terms. The number of visitors could even be controlled. Advances in rapid testing occur weekly. I’m not sure what the hold-up is. Can anyone answer this question? The loss of revenues deriving from the 1.3 million visitors who were coming annually to Kauai pre-pandemic is further widening a devastating hole in our budget. Are they hoping for Federal assistance to repair the losses? Why not take the initiative and stop the economic bleeding now?

  2. rk669 September 9, 2020 6:42 am Reply

    None of Us humans,will escape the Great White Throne of Judgement!
    To whom much is given,Much more will be Required!
    Luke 12:48

  3. Aka September 9, 2020 8:52 am Reply

    This not on the Mayor. The most recent version of the Safe Travels app was released at the start of the month, and it is still a work in progress, and the app itself needs work to accommodate the integration with the Counties.


  4. FYI September 10, 2020 1:04 pm Reply

    Does anyone realize that the common cold is a coronavirus? It is and there are others in the coronavirus family and that’s why the number of cases rose as testing increased.
    The test catches ALL coronavirus…not just Covid19.
    Even the CDC admitted they fudged the death numbers and that the actual number of deaths is only 6% of what’s being told in the media. Its far less death than the regular flu which took out 61k people last year and Covid19 just over 9k!
    Who thought Covid19 would be the cure for the flu, heart disease, strokes, diabetes…and the list goes on! Nobody is dying of those serious things this year and why the numbers are now being corrected. The average person that died from Covid19 had 2.5 co-morbidities (additional serious illnesses)
    Let’s get back to normal and quit the quarantine balcony. Most visitors want to be outside enjoying the beauty, warmth, sunshine and fresh air…where distancing is easy or drive their rental cars around the island…not infecting anyone and many eateries etc, have outdoor seating.
    Anyone who worried or sickly can stay home or wear a mask if they choose.
    If people get sick…do what they do in other countries with limited hospital facilities…prescribe the meds that are now known to work and send them home to recover which over 99%box the people do…as is stated in the paper regularly.
    People need to be given credit for their own judgment…not held hostage in their homes…nor should visitors be expected to.

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