Businesses struggle to stay open
PO‘IPU — The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort &Spa will be closing temporarily on Dec. 7 in a move to further protect its staff.
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Sorry for Virgil. But – how many rooster t shirt sales equal one Kipuna? How many Aloha mugs equals one person on a ventilator? These firms should be getting support via PPP or other programs. The banks have gotten 3 TRILLION dollars- enough for each American to get about $12,000 but it’s been given to large corporations instead of small business. That’s on Trump and Ige, not mayor Kawakami. Tourists are flying here knowing they have Covid and they come anyway.
What is the downside of the Mayor’s original plan for two tests? One before you get on the plane and one after 3 or 4 days in quarantine at a bubble resort? The governor’s plan opens the community to a surge which could result in shutting down the island and our current 14 day quarantine which will stop tourism. The Mayor’s plan provide safety for our island and still allows tourists to experience Kauai after a few days in a luxury resort.
At some point this is all going to come crashing down. There is no way we can continue to not be employed. Do most of you realize the reason your taxes are fairly low is because of tourism? Do you realize we don’t produce anything on this island other than tourist goodies and coffee? Do you understand that the one person who died from covid on this island had underlining conditions? One death and 11 months of self imposed prison life within the island. Suicide is up, mental health is a problem and if you don’t believe me try getting a appointment to see a shrink. Children who have the lowest infection rate are being told to stay at home and learn at home, not such a great plan. Kids are NOT learning anything. Our food banks are wiped out, people have been waiting for months for unemployment and those that did receive unemployment are running out. With no stimulus package in sight, good luck on getting any monetary relief. Lastly, those who want the Hawaiian Kingdom back, this is a sample of what to expect……
I am all for protecting Kauai kapuna but there needs to be two pronged approach. At some point the staffing and hospital capacity at Wilcox needs to be addressed. Too many businesses can’t continue to survive snd underkying infrastructure needs to be addressed.
I believe that the two travelers who boarded the plane in San Francisco after testing positive for Covid 19 at the airport were not tourists. They were residents of Kauai.
Trump allocated the money. Why has he state and county not giving it to the people. In Minnesota we received our ppp money April 20, 2020.
There are no great solutions here. The current quarantine does economic, mental and emotional harm. Opening up risks overwhelming our health care system. Which is more important? The known harm of closing down, or the potential harm of opening up. Great ethical question. I would not want to be the mayor and have to make that decision. The one thing I am amazed at is the Mayor is still taking his paycheck. As a leader, he should do as he is asking others to do and that is to sacrifice for the greater good. He loses credibility and shows a complete lack of empathy for those adversely affected. Leadership is much more than just making decisions, it is modeling the behavior you expect of others. Come on Derek now is the time to lead by example.
California governor news on likes to live by example
He dined in a very expensive restaurant with the heads of the california medical association without masks or fearful distance in an “outdoor’ room with three walls and a sliding glass door. He essentially says do as I say, not as I do, and if I am caught l’ll apologize..