Kollar: All must obey virus rules

LIHU’E— Eight of the 14 people arrested on Kaua’i for allegedly violating the 14-day mandatory quarantine since the state’s reopening were out-of-state visitors.

Of the 14 arrested for allegedly violating government orders, six are from Florida, and four of the Floridians are from Orlando.

As of press time, it is unclear whether the four violators from Orlando were traveling together or separately.

“The majority of visitors have been mindful of the rules,” Kaua‘i County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar said. “It is still shocking to see how many of them aren’t wearing masks or showing the aloha that they ask us to show them.”

The out-of-staters include Andrew Spooner of Providence, Yaunier Alvarez of Orlando, Raymond Rivera of Orlando, Bryan Lewis of South Carolina, Cristol Torres of Orlando, Anna Popiel of Florida and Vanesa Alvarez of Orlando.

“I am surprised by nothing in 2020,” Kollar said.

“That said, we take quarantine violators very seriously. In order for us to get through this safely, everyone needs to abide by the simple rules that have been established,” he said.

“Travelers are given multiple opportunities to follow the rules. Just as we have asked so much sacrifice from our residents, we expect visitors to do their part as well.”

The local names include Mathew Olsen of Kapa‘a, Rebecka Day of Kilauea, Stanley Furtado of Kekaha and Justin Hennessey of Kilauea.

Both Day and Hennessy have multiple quarantine violations.

The majority of the people arrested for violating the government’s order had various previous convictions on Kaua‘i either in traffic court or in criminal court.

Since Oct. 15, 2020, travelers from the U.S., including other islands of Hawai‘i, can receive exemptions to the 14-day quarantine through the state Safe Travels program, according to the kauai.gov/covid-19 website.

The county is requiring travelers to complete a COVID-19 test with a trusted-partner lab approved by the state no more than 72 hours before the flight departure time.

“The pandemic is making the rules and setting its timetable right now, so if someone wants to take a chance and come here, they need to understand it’s their job to know the rules,” Kollar said.

“Things can and will change from day to day, depending on the latest developments, and people need to be flexible.”

Kollar commended most Kauaians for abiding by the rules.

“I want to thank our local residents for sticking together and helping each other out during this difficult time,” Kollar said.

“It shows the strength and resilience of this incredible community.”

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Jason Blasco, reporter, can be reached at 245-0437 or jblasco@thegardenisland.com.

11 Comments
  1. what is the point of this "article?" October 30, 2020 4:43 am Reply

    the Garden Island news really needs some better reporting.


    1. what was the point of that "post?" October 30, 2020 2:58 pm Reply

      There are options for you… Don’t read it, or write it yourself. Whining doesn’t help any of us.


  2. Barney October 30, 2020 6:28 am Reply

    Class action lawsuits will settle this.


  3. D Woods October 30, 2020 8:43 am Reply

    Mahalo Justin for again repeating and submitting to be printed what everyone already knows.
    Visitors cannot ignore our rules without consequences. We are watching you. We have worked so hard to keep Covid under control on our small island. We are not about to let all of us who have been abiding by the rules set out by our mayor be in vain.


    1. Me October 31, 2020 4:16 am Reply

      What will the lawsuit settle
      County didnt had out bunch vig fines and bet they not in lockup right now.
      Class action huh?


  4. Everythingisawesome October 30, 2020 11:42 am Reply

    “It is still shocking to see how many of them aren’t wearing masks or showing the aloha that they ask us to show them.”

    Yes. “Them”. “Shocking.” That’s the word. And their pale skin….disgusting.

    Do “you people” ever listen to yourselves?


  5. Aloha vibes October 31, 2020 6:49 am Reply

    mahalo Justin🤙🏽


  6. mary murhy October 31, 2020 6:53 am Reply

    “The pandemic is making the rules and setting its timetable right now, so if someone wants to take a chance and come here, they need to understand it’s their job to know the rules,” Kollar said.
    Mr. Kollar did you ever think that politicians are making rules, not a virus? Pandemic is a misnomer but WHO changed criteria so it would have a new definition.


  7. Debra Kekaualua October 31, 2020 7:20 am Reply

    Key word “shocking”. Agree with “what is the point” Rather Explain the plan P.A. Kollar, Rapozo, and VW program department, located alongside the KPD Chiefs office building have in moving to behind Kalepa, or best remark of the century, the Mayor Der-ika advice if we dont follow the fake covid rules, for us to, “Cut Bait”, as well as the COK continuing playbook on Kollar’s idea to take over the Adolescent Treatment Center make that facility into office spaces for Kollar-kealoha type team players. How about the tag placed on Brun who was set up, “guilty” without due process because the court documents said he is guilty, yet have not heard that case, excepting that the highest chief not from here, saying those ‘documents prove guilty’. How about the real reason DLNR closed Polihale, so USAF “settles” on Kauai to complete by 2022 “homeland security” over EIS, the 1.2 billion dollar Ballistic Missile 12-story launch-intercept PMRF facility upgrade killing machinery of war and recent huge ingress of military hierarchy who fire em up, OR the couple “instant karma shark bite” and individual “visitor” murders, and COK retroactive five police chiefs mandating KPD cruiser rabbit ear blue lights on at all times, but officers following that order effectively kills the vehicle with no recourse to fix THAT problem via police commission insurances for properly working Emergency equipment. Explain how or why Bank Rep Real Estate Mz Black, KPD/sheriff on site, successful eviction kekaha family with five keiki now courted every 3rd wednesday as well as 61-years that fake state militaropoliticojudiciary mess made and who made OUR Hawaiian Kingdom National into fake u.s. citizens, where obum got eight years fraudulently sitting prez! Now, there is the GITMO upgrade, which 99.9% of all these sorts of epstein types get their very own individual or group rabbit hole kuleana! We are watching and We know who has dirty puka panty, pointy fingering ol boys still running the elections by You the people, while we are effectively kept slaves, as Robinson slave drives Niihauan Federal monk seal, tourist Dollars, military mighty, which is continuing the reality of all the known collusion corruption fraud et cetera! WE are Paying Attention. “Paying Attention” was my mayoral candidate platform and only question, and audiences that were scayed to raise their hands during the one minute to state just THAT question!


  8. Kimo Edwards October 31, 2020 10:23 am Reply

    Speaking of the same rules for everyone, the mayor has created an entire population at Lydgate campground that is exempt from same the rules we all embrace and follow. Off island vagrants continue to arrive unabated. I have not seen a mask there since the posed photo for the Garden island promoting the fantasy of a well run self governed community.


  9. Debra Kekaualua October 31, 2020 11:58 am Reply

    Especially when they DON’T publish what is the truth or that might be more on the level of a whistleblower for sure you won’t get any resolve. This is why mafia media has us in this mess.


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