Gov. Ige approves Kawakami’s ‘Resort Bubble’

LIHU‘E — Mayor Derek Kawakami has penned a new emergency rule which establishes an enhanced-movement quarantine, or “resort bubble” program.

Gov. David Ige signed off on Kawakami’s emergency rule 16 authorizing the enhanced-movement quarantine program, which would permit visitors to leave their hotel rooms to utilize the entire resort property during their mandatory quarantine period.

The resort bubble concept is a voluntary program for both the resort to participate in and the visitor who stays there.

In order to participate, resorts must establish security and enforcement policies to protect the safety of both guests and employees of the resort. Security and enforcement are the responsibility of the resort, and all rules, such as mask-wearing and physical-distancing, must be followed.

Visitors who wish to stay at an enhanced-movement quarantine resort must agree to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet that is tracked by the resort. If the monitoring unit is tampered with or the visitor leaves the resort property, hotel security will notify the Kaua‘i Police Department for enforcement.

Any person violating any rule of the governor or mayor, if convicted, could face a fine of up to $5,000 or serve up to a year in jail, or both.

Several Kaua‘i hotels have expressed interest in participating in the program, but no launch date has yet been determined, as stakeholder discussions are ongoing. Updates on the enhanced-movement quarantine, or resort bubble program, will be announced as more information becomes available.

To view the governor’s proclamations, the mayor’s emergency rules, and for local updates on Kaua‘i’s coronavirus response, visit the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency website: kauai.gov/COVID-19.

State COVID update

Tuesday, the state Department of Health reported one death and 66 new positive cases in the state. This includes six cases on Hawai‘i Island and 60 on O‘ahu. Kaua‘i does not have any active cases, but has five people on a close-contact quarantine for a case reported on O‘ahu.

The death was an O‘ahu man with underlying health conditions who had been hospitalized. He is the 100th person to die from coronavirus-associated illnesses since the pandemic began in late February. He was in the 60-to-69-year age group, according to a press release.

As of Tuesday, the state recorded 6,859 active cases statewide, with a total of 3,885 patients classified by health officials as “released from isolation.”

This brings the state’s cumulative total to 10,844 cases statewide. One previous case was removed due to updated laboratory information.

Lt. Gov. update

Lt. Gov. Josh Green and two deputy sheriffs remain the only three positive COVID-19 cases in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. All 11 other employees have tested negative.

Additionally, Green’s wife and two children have tested negative. Everyone will remain in quarantine until cleared by DOH investigators.

21 Comments
  1. Old Fart Haole September 16, 2020 2:03 am Reply

    “Visitors who wish to stay at an enhanced-movement quarantine resort must agree to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet that is tracked by the resort. If the monitoring unit is tampered with or the visitor leaves the resort property, hotel security will notify the Kaua‘i Police Department for enforcement. Any person violating any rule of the governor or mayor, if convicted, could face a fine of up to $5,000 or serve up to a year in jail, or both.”

    Sounds fantastic. This should be wildly popular.


    1. Citizen Cane September 17, 2020 3:13 am Reply

      Never heard of anyone paying to stay at a prison before! Ankle bracelets? I hope the mainland media don’t get ahold of this story before our fearless leaders can quash it—Kauai will be the laughingstock of the travel industry. How about instead reaching out to all the stakeholders and get rapid testing protocols established so Kauai can open up ALL its businesses to visitors with immunity passports? We can work on reinventing the economy later but if we don’t figure out how to get our visitor industry restarted, tragically ‘deep kim chee’ will not begin to describe Kauai’s economic plight for decades to come.


  2. Peter September 16, 2020 5:20 am Reply

    Hey ! Politicians !

    How about focusing on setting up a program to let current residents travel back to our island without having to quarantine ???


  3. randy kansas September 16, 2020 5:57 am Reply

    resort bubble, is that the same as tiny bubbles?… hahaha….good luck with that…


  4. rk669 September 16, 2020 6:35 am Reply

    Mutt and Jeff,Grasping at Straws! Dumb and Dumber?
    This leadership of Hawaii is Why we are still a Plantation State!
    Professing to be Wise,they became Fools of their own Making!


  5. kauaiboy September 16, 2020 6:59 am Reply

    How many local residents and local businesses will benefit from from this hare-brained idea?

    How many visitors would want to come to beautiful Kauai and be restricted to staying within the confines if one resort?

    And what would stop someone who chose to stay in a “resort bubble” from being infected by a newcomer, just before being released?

    And who would want to work at a resort where any one the incoming visitors could potentially be infected with the virus and risk taking it home to infect their family?

    Oh maybe all the resort bubble workers would have to remain inside the resort for the duration?

    Get real.


  6. Surfer September 16, 2020 7:38 am Reply

    Are you kidding me/ What is with Kawakami?


  7. Mailman Mike September 16, 2020 7:54 am Reply

    I think it’s an OK idea as long as the workers are monitored closely to make sure they don’t bring the virus home with them.


  8. Bill September 16, 2020 10:48 am Reply

    This so called “resort bubble” idea seems odd to me. For one thing, it seems that it will be almost impossible to enforce – our police will be constantly on the prowl because people will not obey the rules. It seems really strange to me to think that tourists are going to come here and just stay at one hotel. Also, what about all of the workers – staff, kitchen personnel, cleaning people, etc.? How are they going to avoid being contacted by someone with the virus and not take it home with them? In addition, it obviously will do nothing to help our small businesses if they do, in fact, stay at the hotel. I think that our mayor has done a terrific job keeping covid-19 off of our island and, hopefully, he will think twice about this proposal.


  9. John September 16, 2020 1:28 pm Reply

    I suspect that Kawakami and Ige are receiving substantial “donations” to either their campaign coffers or their private offshore accounts from these resorts as well as the airlines for passing this plan. There is no other plausible explanation for such LUNACY.

    I really hope they are investigated, and I sincerely hope that all Kauai voters, R or D, remember this come election time, because it’s going to lead directly to the DEATH of many local residents.


    1. jana September 16, 2020 6:29 pm Reply

      John, you are correct. I truly hope there is an investigation.


      1. Makani B. Howard September 17, 2020 10:30 am Reply

        No doubt the airlines and the hotel industries are lining their pockets!


  10. r.l. skinner September 16, 2020 3:48 pm Reply

    Impeach Ige,,,,,what a joke of a governor. They have had months to come up with a plan. Open in August, closed til Sepember, open in September, closed in September. Open october 1st,,,,NO, we have to have a better plan. I say stop paying their salaries til we can open up.
    Look at new besides CNN,,, many quailified experts say quarantine , masks and “social distancing” do not work.
    If we don’t open up to visitors soon , then 50% of the residents will be broke and need to leave. Maybe that is what our governor wants??? Some say 30 to 50 % of revenue comes from visitors….I say much more. Look around… in the end 90% depend on out of state dollars. You may not but it all trickles down from dollars from off-island.
    Get with it. I wish Ige was up for election this year.


  11. hieronymus September 16, 2020 5:49 pm Reply

    If your mask protects me and my mask protects you, why do we need a bubble? If we wash our hands and mask up we’re all good and can have freedom of movement right? I’m just asking for a friend.


    1. Makani B. Howard September 17, 2020 10:36 am Reply

      Because not everyone wears a mask all the time.


  12. WAVE September 16, 2020 7:43 pm Reply

    FACT NUMBER 1
    THIS WILLL WORK

    FACT NUMBER 2
    MOM AND POP VACATION OPERATORS
    WILL BE NEXTTO OPEN AND SLOWLY KAUAI SHOUD BECOME THE ABSOLUTE NUMBER ONE SAFEST DESTINATION ON EARTH
    FACT NUMBER 3
    FROM ALL OF THIS THE REMINDER TO US ALL IS WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS. …..

    THAT L..I..M..I.T..E.D GOVERNMENT IS WHAT OUR CONSTITUTION INTENDED !!!!

    THERE WILL ALWAYS ALWAYS BE CLOWNS IN BUREAUCRACY AND NO ,ATTER WHAT THEY SAY THEY WILL NEVER NEVER NEVER KNOW WHAT BEST FOR YOU BETTER THAN YOU DO. DO NOT EVER EVER THINK GOVERNMENT IS THERE TO BE YOUR FRIEND AND HELP YOU. AS OUR CONSTITUTION SAYS WE ARE ENDOWED BY OUR CREATOR WITH CERTIAN INALIENABLE RIGHTS. YOUR RIGHT TO THINK FOR YOURSELF COMES FROM GOD USE IT !!!!!I


    1. Old Fart Haole September 17, 2020 2:33 am Reply

      FACT NUMBER 4

      YOUR ALL CAPS KEY IS ON


      1. Jeff S September 17, 2020 6:24 pm Reply

        Thanks…I needed a chuckle


    2. Makani B. Howard September 17, 2020 10:35 am Reply

      Ummmm. don’t you mean unalienable?

      And why are you yelling?


  13. Da Shadow September 17, 2020 8:10 am Reply

    this is a joke, right?
    like, some kind of spoof or click-bait?


  14. What? September 18, 2020 7:05 am Reply

    Its a Monty Python skit gone horribly wrong


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