HONOLULU — State Senate President and Lihu‘e resident Ronald D. Kouchi sent a letter Tuesday to the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association requesting information about measures and programs to proactively ensure that visitors are informed of state and Kaua‘i County orders and rules.
The agencies responded Wednesday, and Kouchi thanked them for the prompt response.
“The influx of visitors heightens the importance that all travelers arriving in Hawai‘i understand and comply with the safety protocols currently in place and practiced by residents to contain the spread of COVID-19,” Kouchi wrote Tuesday.
“Kaua‘i residents are concerned about media reports and first-hand sightings of visitors ignoring and/or flouting safety protocols that have worked so well on Kaua‘i to this point in time,” his letter continued.
“I am informed that only ‘select airlines’ are playing the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau in-flight safety-protocols video for incoming trans-Pacific travelers,” said Kouchi Wednesday, and said he is hopeful the video will be shown on all you to ensure all trans-Pacific flights.