Protesting COVID restrictions

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Levana Lomma tries to move the protestors off the sidewalk fronting Rice Street to the historic County Building, Wednesday afternoon during a sign-waving campaign in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Protestors against the mayor’s decision to opt out of the state’s Safe Travels program take their message to the streets, Wednesday in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Protestors against the mayor’s decision to opt out of the state’s Safe Travels program, and other COVID-19 related rights issues take their message to the streets, Wednesday in Lihu‘e.

LIHU‘E — “A lot of people were ready to rebound,” Levana Lomma said Wednesday afternoon. “Now they won’t have a Christmas.”

About 25 people protested the state’s mask mandate and the county’s temporary Safe Travels shutdown yesterday afternoon. The group started around 11 a.m. in front of the Lihu‘e Civic Center before moving toward the Historic County Building by 12:30 p.m.

Protesters continued through the early afternoon, waving signs calling for reopening and loosening restrictions while others insinuated the pandemic was a hoax.

Yesterday was the first-day travelers coming into the county were required to quarantine for 14 days. The county is temporarily opting-out of the state’s Safe Travels program which allowed travelers to bypass a two-week quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival into the state.

Lomma feels like her rights are violated with the quarantine being in effect for all people, not just those who have knowingly been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

Part of the state’s statues defines a quarantine as separating those “individuals or groups believed to have been exposed to or known to have been infected with a contagious disease, from individuals who are believed not to have been exposed or infected, by order of the department or a court of competent jurisdiction.” State emergency laws supersede statutes like these with governor orders.

In June, Lomma, with her organization For Our Rights, filed a lawsuit in federal district court seeking to have Gov. Ige’s emergency proclamations regarding COVlD-19 declared unconstitutional.

In October, Lomma, as the sole plaintiff, filed another federal complaint challenging the state’s mask mandate.

“If Kawakami is really trying to protect the health of the community, he needs to look at the implications (of the shutdown),” Lomma said, pointing to business shutdowns and mental health.

It’s an issue that affects her personally with Christmas coming, her son, who lives in Florida, would not be able to visit Kaua‘i without having to sit through a two-week quarantine.

Kaua‘i Police Department officers monitored the situation from a distance.

The group protesting Wednesday mobilized online.

Shyla Moon, who works in the hospitality business, has been unemployed since March. She hasn’t been recalled to work and is trying to keep her hopes up.

“It’s OK that Hawai‘i needs tourism as an industry,” Moon said.

Holding a sign that reads, “Every business is essential,” Moon explained that some of her friends have had to close their shops and move off island.

“I hold this sign today for my friends.”

86 Comments
  1. Kauai as why December 3, 2020 5:21 am Reply

    These protestors should all run for mayor maybe they can do a better job !!


    1. Lon Chaney December 3, 2020 9:36 pm Reply

      “Kauai Police monitored from a distance”, See they are afraid too…!


    2. Doctor Jack December 4, 2020 4:40 pm Reply

      No doubt, any of them would make a better mayor since he’s not qualified


  2. Bob December 3, 2020 6:17 am Reply

    I understand that people are resistant to quarantine because it has an obvious economic cost. But why resist masks? They cost almost nothing, and all businesses can still operate while wearing masks (okay, maybe not dentists). Not wearing a mask just seems like sociopathy.


    1. Iron E December 3, 2020 3:22 pm Reply

      Because this is Murica! They are trampling our rights ! The deep state can’t tell us what to do! Even though they already tell us we need to buckle up, drive a certain speed, pay taxes, not stab people, etc. Masks are just soooo hard to wear, they pretty much make you suffocate. Hospital workers supposedly wear masks, but Im sure they just wear them down on their chin or else they probably cant even breathe.

      Im sure its not because people in america are basically spoiled kids.


      1. Sammy December 4, 2020 4:23 pm Reply

        The masks over the counter have been proven not to work like the government states they do. Why wear something that hold bacteria, That can further hurt people.
        The facts about a shut down are just not there. If Kauai or Hawaii is concerned about medical beds why not have the military bring in one of the medical ships that California or New York received. They are not being used now. Strange how Kawakami or Ige haven’t asked.
        Why not let people have the choice to where a mask or not. People are smart enough to know the risks by now. Also people don’t have to hang out with anti maskers. It’s not like anti maskers are going to run around licking people.
        The facts are with the bubble resort our mayor has put out hurts the economy more. This week along more people were laid off that were employed through the last shut down.
        The really sad part is the people who seem to be okay with everything have not lost anything.
        Our Mayor is still working and getting paid calling the shots for a county who is struggling. We have had more suicides on island then covid deaths. Yet people don’t seem to care, that people are struggling, and people are dying just not from COVID-19. Domestic violence is higher then its ever been, yet people don’t seem to care.
        Is Kauai that O’hana Kawakami really thinks it is.


    2. Everythingisawesome December 3, 2020 6:44 pm Reply

      For the ump-teenth time, masks do not prevent the spread of Covid. If they did, it wouldn’t be spreading.


      1. Across_the_Pond December 4, 2020 1:25 am Reply

        And for the umpteenth time, you are correct that masks do not prevent the spread of Covid-19, but it does MITIGATE the spread if everyone wears one. Wear a mask!


      2. EveryoneisStew pid December 4, 2020 6:01 am Reply

        With logic like that seat belts must not work because people die in car crashes. And we should probably get rid of fire departments because they obviously don’t work, houses still burn down! Lifeguards? Those don’t work, I hear people still drown all the time. Man if only everyone was so smart


        1. G December 4, 2020 3:01 pm Reply

          The pcr tests are completely flawed – the state wants to play both sides…. if u test positive the test is “a-ok” if it results negative they want u to take it again? They want to require quarantine because they fear the test is not effective for travellers – so a positive test means nothing. It has been proven also that a post or test result done not indicate that the person is infact ill or can even spread the virus. The death rates are normal form 2020 as any prior years all cause mortality – the one cou to g the deaths have simply “shifted” deaths from many other causes to the covid column- there is a virus and it’s much the same as flu possibly less deadly than flu.
          Please read lieing thru statistics.
          No need for masks quarantines or business closures. Period


      3. Jimmy December 4, 2020 6:09 am Reply

        …and the world is flat.


        1. Scienceisreal December 4, 2020 8:58 pm Reply

          Masks do a great job containing most of the respiratory droplets. Here’s a good one. Family had a gathering. 11 people they were, hanging out in a small indoor area for the evening. 9 of them got covid-19. 2 didn’t. Those 2 were wearing masks. True story.


      4. Wai December 4, 2020 7:52 am Reply

        Masks prevent the spread of Covid aerosols by the wearer as well as prevents, to a lesser extent, inhaled aerosols. The benefits of masks to reduce viral spread has been clinically studied as well as observed in communities that have adopted mask guidelines.


      5. ScienceIsTruth December 4, 2020 7:59 am Reply

        Are we supposed to trust your third-grade education, or the science? The proof is all over the place. The countries with mask-mandates are doing well, as people like you continue the spread.
        Read this:
        https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2020/06/417906/still-confused-about-masks-heres-science-behind-how-face-masks-prevent
        Or from Johns Hopkins:
        https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-face-masks-what-you-need-to-know


      6. ScienceIsTruth December 4, 2020 8:27 am Reply

        National Academy of Sciences:
        Please read this. Face masks considerably reduce COVID-19 cases in Germany
        https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/12/02/2015954117


      7. Dick Chaney, Jr. December 4, 2020 10:17 am Reply

        138 accumulative cases, means that, after 14 days, all of those peoples bodies’ Immune Systems will have produced more than enough specific bio-identical antibodies to have eliminated or deactivated all the covid-19 virus in their body; with enough left over antibodies to eliminate or deactivate any subsequent Covid-19 virus trying to re-infect their body. This is what is meant to be IMMUNE to the Covid-19 virus.

        How many of these people actually required hospitalization? Not that many.

        In addition, since now, after 14 days after they were infected, each of those people have no more active covid-19 virus, and will not have any future active covid-19 virus in their body, they are, after 14 days, whether they are tested or quarantined or not, not only IMMUNE to the Covid-19 viruses, but also all of these people are Non-CONTAGIOUS and cannot give the Covid-19 virus to others. That is what we need more of.

        The more people who become naturally Immune and Non-Contagious, and hopefully eventually all of us will be that preferably without symptoms, the sooner the covid-19 virus will have been eradicated from the island, regardless of any visitors bringing the Covid-19 virus coming on island.

        Of course extra concern and care must be taken for those at High Risk. Extra measures for the safety of those at High Risk would enable the island to proceed at full economic potential, employment, and income. Why do the authorities ignore the obvious?

        This is what we all need, immunity and being non-contagious; instead of only 138 residents out of 70,000.

        Those figures mean only 1 person out of every 500 is absolutely safe right now. Though these figures account for only those tested. The CDC says the actual numbers of those now Immune and Non-Contagious are more likely to be 4 times as many that now have Immunity and are Non-Contagious. Why because they had no symptoms when they had the virus infection and immune response.

        Still that is only 552 people who are now Immune and Non-Contagious on Kauai. That would be 1 out of every 126 residents may be Immune and Non-Contagious. A good start, but if we would have overly protected those at High Risk, the elderly and those prematurely debilitated, and not followed the advice of so called experts, mandating masks and 6’ distancing (both of those actions being silly at best when you consider the microscopic size of the virus, including the failure of both of these un-functional methods, and the fact that we are still having ongoing resident spread).

        It does seem in the interest of public health, considering the statistics, we would have done better without the mask and distancing, again emphasizing extra concern, care, and reasonable quarantine for those at high risk.

        And statistically speaking, we should not hide the deaths of people with multiple end of life diseases taking daily multiple toxic and lethal medications and prescription drugs, behind the facade of the Covid-19 virus, when the Covid-19 virus does not kill 98% of the other people who are not at High Risk.

        Who is responsible for putting people at high risk? Perhaps it is the pharmaceutical companies and the people who prescribe and sell the drugs.

        If, as the CDC claims, 94% of the people dying while having Covid-19 virus, and the fact is that they are actually dying of their pre-existing conditions of their end of life typical diseases, complicated by their self dosing with toxic and lethal medications and prescription drugs, then we must demand truth in reporting of the actual insignificance of the lethality of the Covid-19 virus.

        Thus if only, as the CDC claims, that 6% of the 250,000 people that the grim sensational based media blame the Covid19 virus for their death, that means that only 18,000 deaths, out of 330,000,000 Americans, can be blamed on the Covid-19 virus, and those people would be the high risk people due to their age and debility.

        That means the Covid-19 virus MAY be responsible for the death of 1 person out of every 18,000 in America.

        Certainly there are, or were, 1 out of 18,000 people in America who were old enough and debilitated enough to pass away from the extra burden on their immune system caused by the virus.

        FYI: On average 550 people die on Kauai each year.

        And considering the lack of nutritious food supply at our supermarkets, and the alcohol, tobacco, and the loose use of foreign chemicals in our food, and in and on our air, water, and land, and in the medications and prescription drugs, and the fat, lard, and grease consumed by eating animals, it’s no wonder more people are not dying from these abuses.

        Well actually they are dying from those causes in the form of the following diseases and numbers of deaths back in 2015, which numbers today are much greater:

        1. Heart disease and stroke (high blood pressure)= 850,000 deaths
        2. Cancer = 1,200,000 deaths
        3. Lower Respiratory = 170,000 deaths
        4. Alzheimer’s = 110,000 deaths
        5. Diabetes (Type II, diet) = 95,000 deaths
        6. Flu = 57,000 deaths
        7. Kidney Disease = 55,000 deaths
        8. Accidents = 165,000 deaths
        9. Suicide = 51,000 deaths
        10. Liver Disease = 13,000
        11. iatrogenic deaths = 400,000

        Total = approximately 3,200,000 avoidable or preventable deaths in America each year, or 8,750 people die every day in America unnecessarily.

        In addition 80% of Americans use 1 or more prescription drugs a day in multiple doses. 55% take 4 or more prescription drugs a day in multiple doses. Some people take more than 10 and 15 prescription drugs a day in multiple doses during the day.

        These statistics of deaths and doses significantly indicate not only a sick America unprepared for a Pandemic, but also there p are far more worse things going on with the lack of health and the preponderance of disease that pales the importance and mishandling of dealing with the Covid-19 virus.

        And the warp speed hastily produced millions if not billions of more drug dosages of man made laboratory multiple diseases of different varieties of profit driven and patented VACCINES made by different pharmaceutical companies competing with each other to be for sale first.

        And American announcements they will distribute the vaccine to other countries first and to our own minorities as guines pigs to see if these VACCINES are deadly or just make people sick, no greater than the covid-19 virus itself.

        Pointing out that the safest vaccine is not really a vaccine but the virus itself, which with the natural human immune system response to the covid-19 virus is Immunity and being Non-Contagious within 14 days. 98% having ZERO to only mild to moderate symptoms.

        With the vast majority of Americans taking multiple daily medications and prescription drugs, it demonstrates Not a good track record for drug treatment compared with actually getting people Well and Healthy without the use of modern toxic petrochemical medications and prescription drugs; and their additional diseases, selling additional drugs, caused by their side effects.

        It’s a deep rut America has allowed its giant corporations to put nearly all of us in, which is Disease Care and almost no Health Care.

        May God Help Us…!


        1. Thereyouhaveit December 9, 2020 12:44 pm Reply

          Dick Cheney jr can you send your comment to the GI to print? Best bit of facts Ans common sense I have read in a long time and echos what a lot of my doctor friends have said about the sorry state of Americans and their health issues


      8. May B Frazier December 4, 2020 6:25 pm Reply

        The spoiled kids are the ones who don’t respect the their ohana and agree to the reasonable precaution iof wearing a mask for the protection of their families, community, themselves and most especially the healthcare workers who are exposed to them or the people they infected after they are sick.


      9. Concerned March 12, 2021 5:53 pm Reply

        Quarantine is intended to limit the movements of sick individuals. NO ASYPTOMATIC SPREAD (SPREADING WITHOUT SYMPTOMS) EXISTS AS PROVEN IN REPEATED STUDIES. Limiting movements of healthy and/or asymptomatic individuals is oppression. Wanton government control is the threat – not Covid. Research the real (not inflated) data on this ‘seasonal flu’ and the multiple countries independent studies all showing Covid is ‘synthesized’ or man-made, which of course indicates the same of all variants. This is thinly veiled ‘incrementalism towards a global totalitarian regime. Those complicit will be held accountable accordingly.


    3. Lon Chaney Jr. December 3, 2020 11:54 pm Reply

      Masks absolutely work everytime…Except…

      The reason there is still spread, Mayor Derek, is because the eyes are a verified, and obviously, a vírus portal of entry…and Pink Eye is infectious and contagious and a VIRUS. How could our doctors and Health Dept forget this? They all learned these immune-facts in Immuno-101

      Mayor Derek, you are risking all of our eyes, I mean lives, with this mere miniscule mask mandation, when the obvious is staring us in the mirror, all this time it was the Eyes who have it…the virus, that is.

      Derek don’t be Derelict in your duty to save us all, never mind the hospitals on Kauai being swamped, not enough iron lungs and ICU BEDS, nurses dropping like flies, crematoriums burnt out, and out of gas, horse pulled hearses lined up at the cemeteries, no one in attendance all being in the grave already.

      You must enact Apocalyptamaton #13, that we all must wear Neal Armstrong Lunar Brand Helmets, including the accessory virus scanning snorkelascope.

      All those who can sleep in front of Walmart, in your car is OK, by 12:01am, will qualify for an All Viruses Matter Friday coupon to ensure you get one of the first Neal Armstrong Helmets with added microwave oven virus killer attachments. The First navigable Junk load of helmets expected to arrive from Wuhan before New Years, their New Year, not ours.

      In the meantime no worries, Snorkel B get plenty underwater goggles, especially good for rainy days, when you’re underwater…in your car, or elementary school classroom. Snorkel not included, but purchaseable with the batteries, neither same same for micro-nano-scopic inverse reverse semi-intelligent vaccine in severe competition at the Gates patent office. Finally someone figured it out while we all waited with collective breath masked by masks with Certs inserted.

      All vertebrate humans must remain at home until mask arrival at Nawiliwili, and KPD WIL BE MONITORING the Kuhio and the Kaumualii 24/7 at a distance ignoring their contempt of fear.

      If your face mask, to be worm under the new Lunar Brand helmets does not suck in against your face on inhale, nor balloon out on exhale, you will be cited for not having an appropriate functional sucking mask, you will have to attend mask court, and social distance adequately keeping in mind that winds carry amoeba, seeds, germs, pollen across the 7 Seas, and virus too, routinely though there is uncertainty that any bacteria are still left on earth since the Covid-19 arrived from Wu Han’s house of Virology.

      And let us never forget Immunology, because apparently the medical and pharmaceutical industry has, knowing anything God and nature have done successfully for 550 Million years their coal tar and car oil petrochemicals can do better. People are feverishly waiting for their vaccine with their name on it, waiting in line at the pharmacy for their other 5-10 prescription drugs.

      Forget confidence in your Creator, your petrochemical industry will get you to heaven sooner, unless you have a layover in purgatory.

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  3. J.D. December 3, 2020 6:24 am Reply

    If you are afraid to live your life because you might die then you already died.


    1. D.A. December 3, 2020 4:11 pm Reply

      Weird, I’m living my life, and following good Covid 19 precautions. I don’t feel like I’ve died. But deniers require us all to conform to the lowest common denominator, so we’re stuck with rather harsh rules.

      Wear a mask.


      1. Across_the_Pond December 4, 2020 1:28 am Reply

        Unfortunately there will always be those who insist on daring death to knock on their door. They probably don’t wear seatbelts either.


        1. Kauaidoug December 5, 2020 10:50 am Reply

          Quite frankly if someone doesn’t want to wear a seatbelt that’s on them but the mask is to protect others and yourself.
          I wonder how one of these no maskers would feel if they were being operated on by maskless surgeons? Just like I wonder if nomaskers will promise not to take up one of our 9 ICU beds? Yeah right!


  4. Uncleaina December 3, 2020 6:24 am Reply

    Everyone calls them Whites on Rice. These are the same exact people who have been saying Covid is a hoax since the pandemic began. The disrespect they show for the health care workers is telling- they literally care only about themselves. It’s ridiculous because I know lots of people who have switched to another job and are working full time – these protesters can only work in hospitality or something? Yesterday 3100 Americans died of Covid – and yet they’re complaining it’s overblown. We’re on track for 15,000+ people to die this week and they’re complaining about wearing masks.


    1. Everythingisawesome December 3, 2020 6:49 pm Reply

      Not everyone calls them that, just those that can’t understand a logical argument.

      Likely they did not call it a hoax. More likely they recognize that 99.7% (That means more than 99 out of 100) of those that catch this survive with hardly a story to tell.

      How about a little respect for people that service automobiles for a living: stop driving your car!

      It’s their job. Stop complaining and whining for them. Assuming they can’t handle it? THAT’S DISRESPECT!


    2. lyra December 6, 2020 12:24 am Reply

      You should turn your TV off. Same people who feed you lies will vaxx you to as part of Gates “population reduction program” for they do not need sheeple with low IQ

      I call them Heros capable of independent thinking, so Whites on Rice are the CNN kinda pips language


  5. mina December 3, 2020 7:00 am Reply

    Take a good look at the people in these photos. Remember them. Never forget who they are. These are the people who would willingly risk your life or get you killed for money.


    1. Katherine Knutsen December 3, 2020 3:17 pm Reply

      of brother.


    2. Everythingisawesome December 3, 2020 6:52 pm Reply

      Heros. Every. One.
      Risking abuse from the low IQ population for no pay while exercising their first amendment rights.


      1. ScienceIsTruth December 4, 2020 8:02 am Reply

        Putting the population at risk by protesting something as simple as wearing a mask is literally the definition of low IQ.
        You can finish elementary school if you study hard! They teach you to care for others!


        1. Read first December 4, 2020 6:13 pm Reply

          It’s not an anti mask protest. It’s a protest bringing attention to our supreme leader kawakami shutting down our hotels, restaurants and small businesses due to a mandatory 14 day quarantine.


    3. Jack December 4, 2020 2:52 am Reply

      The numbers mean nothing but scare tactics from the media. The CDC, ON THEIR WEBSITE, states approximately 6% have died from COVID……the rest had “COVID like symptoms”.

      The good news is we found a cure for the virus that kills 40K-50K a year, while already having a vaccine that only half the population receives……..yep, Influenza deaths have been eliminated. Please exercise a little critical thinking.


    4. lyra December 6, 2020 12:17 am Reply

      The people protesting are the once with the brains and courage to stand up for our constitutional rights to breath air, decide what goes or not inside of our bodies and think our own thoughts. You should dump your TV because CNN is a real killer of your


  6. Barney December 3, 2020 7:03 am Reply

    Time for a class action lawsuit suit.


  7. Lawaibob December 3, 2020 8:40 am Reply

    I guess the Trump supporter losers need to find something else to protest. I support the mayor, he made a tough call.


  8. Mr. FORD December 3, 2020 9:18 am Reply

    Get informed, corona virus ceremony olympics in 2012, bill gates and his corona virus ted talk. Bill Gates & Marina Abramovic. I CAN GO ON AND ON BUT YOU CAN ONLY LEAD THE HORSE TO THE WATER AND I HAVE OTHER THINGS TO DO TODAY THAN TALKING TO A WALL.


  9. COVIDIOTS December 3, 2020 9:28 am Reply

    COVIDIOTS!!


  10. Doug December 3, 2020 9:37 am Reply

    “Kaua‘i Police Department officers monitored the situation from a distance.”
    They should have been issuing tickets; even though they are outside, the protestors are not 6 feet apart.


    1. Katherine Knutsen December 3, 2020 3:21 pm Reply

      People have a right to protest. We don’t live in communist China. And by the way, thanks China….not.


    2. Everythingisawesome December 3, 2020 6:55 pm Reply

      You think it matters? Why? Because ‘Science’? News flash: Science is on vacation from Kauai.

      Simon says stand six feet apart!


    3. Jack December 4, 2020 2:54 am Reply

      You missed your generation in 1930s Germany.


  11. Charles December 3, 2020 9:52 am Reply

    People exactly like this group on the mainland is why this Pandemic has been so devastating to our country costing over 250,000 unnecessary lost lives. Those victims of stupidity and selfishness won’t ever have another Christmas or dinner with their families because of people just like you Mrs. Lomma. Stop thinking of only yourself and wear a damn mask and we’ll be safely out of danger and you’ll even maybe save a few lives in the process.


    1. Everythingisawesome December 3, 2020 7:02 pm Reply

      No. It’s because it’s a virus. Masking doesn’t prevent the spread of a virus. You think the only way you get it is by breathing it in? Smarter people than you have been telling you this for months now.

      “wear a damn mask and we’ll be safely out of danger and you’ll even maybe save a few lives in the process”. Empirically denied. Everyone wearing masks on the mainland. Record number of infections and hospitalizations. Please explain how that works.


      1. Uli Roth December 4, 2020 4:22 am Reply

        Not everyone on the mainland is wearing a mask. But wearing one, social distancing, washing your hands, those things work. Sorry, I’ll believe Fauci over you. And while I’m here I wanna give props to Mayor DK for the hard, but right call! Mahalo


      2. Thisguy December 4, 2020 6:05 am Reply

        Maybe because of idiotic people like you? Everyone doesn’t wear masks in the mainland because they believe some stupid people that made masks political. And no one thinks masks are a 100% effective, they just help while being literally the least you can do. Which is why people wear masks and do other things like trying not to be around their redneck uncle that talks about how coronavirus is a hoax by China to something something bill gates something something freedom


      3. Jimmy December 4, 2020 6:28 am Reply

        It works because there are those same types of people doing the same stupid thing on the mainland. There are 70+ million people who listen to Trump and his propaganda networks and a whole bunch of them believe the same lies you believe. The virus is out of hand on the mainland because of no credible leadership at the very top – period. If you have ever carefully watched someone talk in the right light you will see the amount of spittum that is emitted and the virus molecules need to be attached to those tiny droplets to stay alive and be transmitted. It has been proven over and over that masks help better than no mask. What happened to caring about the whole of our society – why all the me, me, my, my, more , more? Please answer me that Everythingisawesome.


      4. jake December 4, 2020 7:35 am Reply

        After Jan.20, you will no longer have the validation of a nutjob president to make it OK for you to sound like an idiot. Take advantage of it until then.


      5. Charles December 4, 2020 11:37 am Reply

        What planet have you been living on the last 8 months. Everyone on the mainland are not wearing masks and they are not complying with scientific guidelines. If everyone had been wearing masks as you say this virus would have been under control months ago. Stop watching Fox News and wake up to reality.


        1. Con-CERN-E.D. March 13, 2021 9:24 am Reply

          ALL STUDIES SHOW NO ASYMPTOMATIC SPREAD. THAT MEANS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS – COUGH, FEVER, ETC – YOU WILL NOT SPREAD THE COVID LAB-SYNTHESIZED (PROVEN IN MULTIPLE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES) PATHOGEN. THIS GREAT NEWS MEANS MASKS WERE ALREADY SHOWN TO BE UNNECESSARY BY REAL SCIENTIFIC DATA. STUDIES ALSO SHOW MASK WEARERS ARE 80% MORE LIKELY TO BE INFECTED BY COVID. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH! TURN OFF THE TV! STAY SAFE!!


  12. 47scooter December 3, 2020 10:03 am Reply

    Still belong to the Flat Earth Society?


    1. Xhales December 4, 2020 9:42 pm Reply

      uh, ya can’t save the lives of people not dead…!


  13. Jude December 3, 2020 10:18 am Reply

    Maybe those protestors should come over here to the mainland and try life without restrictions. We got a lot of places with no masks. They’re doing really well right about now. Not.


    1. Everythingisawesome December 3, 2020 7:04 pm Reply

      “We got a lot of places with no masks”

      Name one. Now tell me how many hospitalizations.


  14. kauaidoug December 3, 2020 10:30 am Reply

    If you thought things were going to get better before getting worse you have been sourcing the wrong facts. Not one mask in sight or on, that should tell you something about these people.
    We are ALL suffering!
    We need help so email your congressman, senators, governors and especially the man holding up this desperately needed help, MITCH MCCONNELL!
    We are suffering due to the inaction of the US Senate. Vaccines are on the way but we need that bridge.


    1. Doug December 4, 2020 9:25 am Reply

      We are suffering due to the “my way or the highway” attitude of Pelosi, which magically changed just this last week. Imagine that!


  15. Sabrina Cohen December 3, 2020 10:40 am Reply

    Why are people so self absorbed how it is all about them.. time to realize the virus is world wide and until people like these stop with their nonsense we shall never be free of the virus, if they don’t like wearing a mask stay home.


  16. RG DeSoto December 3, 2020 12:12 pm Reply

    “A lot of people were ready to rebound,” Levana Lomma said Wednesday afternoon. “Now they won’t have a Christmas.”
    Not to worry, Levana…the mayor will be just fine since he is getting full taxpayer funded pay no matter what. All the while inflicting severe economic pain, hardship and stress on the working people who are left to pay for his salary–without even the benefit of a property tax break. But don’t worry he “really cares about Kauai’s people”.
    This disastrous over reaction by the mayor and all politicians will have nasty, negative affects on the economy for at least a decade. Disgraceful.
    RG DeSoto


    1. RU Pho Riel December 3, 2020 4:13 pm Reply

      Let’s really show ’em! Everyone who’s had it up to here – let’s all move away!


  17. Nick Lynch December 3, 2020 12:31 pm Reply

    All those government folks are getting a regular paycheck at the tax payers expense. They are selfishly claiming the are only concerned for our safety. I call bull—– lets see how concerned for our safety they would be without a paycheck.


    1. Nickles December 3, 2020 4:14 pm Reply

      Yeah, when I’ve got mine, screw you. When I don’t got mine, screw you!


  18. Adam Keynes December 3, 2020 1:12 pm Reply

    What’s funny is that these idiots think the corporate media is lying to us about the pandemic yet here they are on the front page of the newspaper. If corporate media was lying to us wouldn’t they want to suppress the knowledge of anti-lockdown protests like this?


    1. Everythingisawesome December 3, 2020 7:09 pm Reply

      Adam,
      Consider yourself lucky. I have typing fatigue.

      Always a pleasure to check in to TGI and read the letters filled with anti-aloha and low-brow name calling.


      1. Jimmy December 4, 2020 6:36 am Reply

        pot, meet kettle


      2. BeConscious December 4, 2020 12:52 pm Reply

        Maybe this is a chance for all of the people here that have been exploiting and using the natural resources of this incredible island for their own profit via the tourism industry to show some “aloha” back to the ‘aina instead of to the tourists. There have been numerous people that have left the tourism industry to secure themselves in essential work positions to not have to rely on people not from here consistently showing up to spend their “disposable” income to have people from here bend over backwards for them to feel special. So many people think they are stuck in this situation when in reality this is a time to seize working together to become sustainable as an island and people. Open your mind to what is.


    2. truth be known December 5, 2020 2:13 pm Reply

      Adam, the corporate media is hell bent on suppressing anything that doesn’t represent the far left globalist agenda. Fortunately for us the Garden Island News allows differing views and encourages people to express their opinion. My hat’s off to them! Freedom of Speech is a cornerstone of American democracy and should be preserved at all cost.


  19. Chris December 3, 2020 2:26 pm Reply

    If the government is going to shut down all small business, then they need to fund the people. They will legislate small business out of business. All that will be left is AMAZON, Wallmart, and Costco,


  20. Katherine Knutsen December 3, 2020 3:13 pm Reply

    All I have to say about this is, “Thanks China”


    1. Uli Roth December 4, 2020 4:26 am Reply

      Thanks Trump is the correct answer


  21. Kimo December 3, 2020 5:27 pm Reply

    Yes, you have your rights, but those aren’t the rights to endanger other people’s lives by not masking up or adhering to lockdown or quarantine rules. You do not have the right to break the law just because it’s something you don’t “wanna” do or something you have to do. Don’t forget that very VERY soon, this virus will be at your doorstep, and you will no longer have the
    validation of a sick presidency making it okay for you to hate, break laws, and imitate the self-serving monstrosity that’s been running our country for the past 4 years. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to put your grown-up pants on and do what it takes for the greater good, not just what’s good for your bank account or your tourist fleecing business.


    1. Jack December 4, 2020 2:58 am Reply

      Masks, masks, masks…….for the love of God……Masks do not prevent the spread. Please educate yourself. They have more disadvantages than advantages. The leopard print, nylon wearing public in their own self-made masks don’t do anything to prevent the spread. SMH.


    2. lyra December 6, 2020 12:28 am Reply

      The virus is already at your doorstep. It is called fear, ignorance and cognitive dissonance . Wake up take a breath of fresh air, turn your TV off.


  22. I saw a Vampire once December 3, 2020 9:06 pm Reply

    I think for the better part of face mask wearing comes with it a better health and better immunity. What the locals do not understand is that their health is the key points to remember. Making this into law should be the only issue because hospitalization and rising cost on health for everyone as a state, is rising. No rebuttals can challenge this.


    1. truth be known December 4, 2020 2:28 pm Reply

      Quite a few well respected individuals would tend to disagree with you as to the “better health” part of wearing a face mask, especially young children. Here’s an excerpt from one such person via the Ed Griffin Report:

      “Dr. Margareta Griesz-Brisson MD, PhD, a world-renowned neurologist from Germany, warned that face masks cause oxygen deprivation and permanent neurological damage, especially in the developing brains of children. Nerve cells in the hippocampus part of the brain that cannot survive longer than 3 minutes without oxygen. The acute warning symptoms are headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, issues in concentration, slowing down of reaction time – reactions of the cognitive system. The symptoms disappear if oxygen deprivation is chronic, but the damage continues. The second problem is that the nerve cells in the brain are unable to divide themselves normally and will no longer be regenerated. What is gone is gone. She says that to deprive a child’s or an adolescent’s brain from oxygen, or to restrict it in any way, is not only dangerous to their health, it is absolutely criminal as the damage is permanent. Oxygen deprivation can also induce early onset dementia.”

      Food for thought.


  23. Vye Russ December 4, 2020 5:47 am Reply

    Masks absolutely work! For the nose and mouth.

    The reason there is still spread, Mayor Derek, is because the eyes are a verified, and obviously, to a scientist with truth in mind a vírus portal of human entry…even Pink Eye is infectious and contagious and a VIRUS. How could our doctors and Health Dept overlook this?

    Mayor Derek, you are risking all of our eyes, I mean lives, with this miniscule mask mandation, when the obvious is staring us in the mirror, all this time it was the Eyes who have it…the virus, that is.

    Derek don’t be Derelict in your duty to save us all, never mind the hospitals on Kauai being swamped, not enough iron lungs and ICU BEDS, nurses dropping like flies, crematoriums burnt out, and out of gas, hearses lined up at the cemeteries, no one in attendance all being in the grave already.

    You must enact Apocalyptamaton #13, that we all must wear Neal Armstrong Lunar Brand Helmets, including the accessory virus scanning snorkelascope.

    All those who can, will qualify for a All Viruses Matter coupon to ensure you get one of the first Helmets with added microwave virus killer attachments.

    The First navigable Junk load of helmets expected to arrive from Wuhan before New Years, their New Year not ours.

    In the meantime no worries, Snorkel B get plenty underwater goggles, especially good for rainy days, when you’re underwater…in your car, or elementary school classroom. Snorkel not included, neither same same for micro-mano-scopic snarked filter.

    All vertebrate humans must remain at home until then, KPD WILL BE MONITORING the Kuhio and the Kaumualii 24/7.

    If your face mask, to be worm under the new Lunar Brand helmets does not suck in against your face on inhale, nor balloon out on exhale, you will be cited for not having an appropriate functional mask, you will have to attend mask court, and social distance adequately keeping in mind that winds carry amoeba, seeds, germs, pollen across the 7 Seas, and virus too, though there is uncertainty that any bacteria are still left kn earth since the Covid-19 arrived Wu Han’s house of Virology.

    And let us never forget Immunology, because apparently the pharmaceutical industry has, knowing that anything God and nature have done successfully for 550 Million years, their petrochemicals can do better.


    1. truth be known December 4, 2020 2:41 pm Reply

      Vye, love your satirical approach! Please don’t give our mayor any ideas or we’ll all be wearing “Neal Armstrong Lunar Brand Helmets”!


  24. tunnels December 4, 2020 6:57 am Reply

    When I passed by there was a whopping 10-15 hippies parading around, including a scantly clothed female hopping up and down like a banshee. I’ll never take these folks seriously. The rantings of the organizer are hell-bent on conspiracy theories and flat earth fallacies. Stop giving them space in the TGI. Nobody cares and surely not many with a brain wants to follow Tin Foil Hat wearers. What a joke. Lol!


    1. lyra December 6, 2020 12:35 am Reply

      The term “conspiracy theory” was created by CIA to keep people like you in obedience, it obviously worked real well. Take your mask off, turn your brain on and listed to Gates talking about population reduction, or watch Plandemic Indoctrination instead of your CNN for a change.


  25. Lisa Crowe December 4, 2020 9:27 am Reply

    Hear ye, hear ye!
    All of these arguments for or against enforcement of virus restrictions are meaningless. The bottom line is that confinement of US citizens who land in Kauai to “bubble resorts” and forcing them to wear ankle bracelets to ensure they do not leave those properties, is Unconstitutional. It is equivalent to encarceration. (And is reminiscent of the internments camps of WWII.)
    It is in fact akin to kidnapping.
    In the US anyone preventing a any person from leaving any location for any reason (other than one formally arrested pursuant to an enforceable, constitutional, formally enacted law, and ADJUDICATED as committing a criminal act, or adjudicated to be insane) IS quilty of Kidnapping.
    The same would apply to these so called bubble properties.
    Likewise, in THIS country one may not be committed for a crime they might possibly commit at some undetermined time in the future. (Has anyone seen the movie Minority Report or read Orson Welles.)
    Thus, it is unconstitutional to encarcerate a US Citizen merely because they arrived in Kauai, well or unwell. One must have the INTENT to harm another, or have a reckless disregard for human life, to be Adjudicated as being guilty of such a crime.
    The mere act of a citizen arriving on Kauai without the intent to harm others and without recklessly putting others in harms way, is not a jailable offense. Hence, said citizen mmay not be committed to ANY type of facility.
    If you have a negative covid test before you land on Kauai and agree to take one after you arrive, there is No intent and no reckless disregard of human life. Thus it would be unconstitutional to confine you to a bubble property or anywhere else.
    I agree that Hawaii is a garden Paradise and should be kept that way. And that ideally, it should remain as Virus free as possible.
    But this has Absolutely Nothing to do with that.
    Likewise, I agree that we ALL Should be wearing masks for the safety of our fellow human beings.
    Whether one Thinks masks aid in preventing the spread of the virus, or one Thinks they do not, the United Stated Center for Disease Control has deemed that mask do help.
    Do those who are not Experts in the science of the spread of viruses really think their own Interpretation of the Facts should supercede that of the experts.
    And even if such people do think they are more knowledgeable, if it helps 99% of other people to feel safe around you and for you to be Certain they are indeed safe, isn’t it just being a decent human being to wear a mask?
    However, the discussion of whether one should or should not to wear a mask remains largely an ethical one. Not a ciminal one.
    Though any actual Law, suggesting otherwise may lead to a discussion of the errosion of civil liberties in this country.


  26. Everythingisawesome December 4, 2020 2:34 pm Reply

    Thank you all. I caught my limit with this one…all by asking questions that some refuse to think about because the only logical answers go against the “rules” in their science-fiction world.

    Mandatory masks, shutdowns, quarantines for the healthy, etc. are all destructive to a healthy society. Those that impose them are either mis-guided, or evil.

    Have a nice weekend. Aloha.


    1. Jimmy December 5, 2020 8:30 am Reply

      A global pandemic left to run its course is even more destructive to a healthy society. And so is your illogical thinking that you seem to consider logical – hmm!


  27. Dr. Hall December 4, 2020 3:25 pm Reply

    Good for them, stand up for freedom. With out it you have nothing. Remember, no one will ever be held accountable to damage this vaccine does.


  28. Amy December 4, 2020 5:16 pm Reply

    The term “consipiracy theory” was coined by the CIA following the assassination of JFK to eliminate the annoying people who had heard shots coming from all over the place and insisted on saying so. It’s a term which has become synonmous with the worst kind of insult indicating that the person being called such is “crazy”.

    I was raised to question everything, including religion and leaders. I don’t dismiss other people simply because their views are different to mine. When someone – be it a “leader” or county official orders me – contrary to the Consitution of the United States – to wear a mask I do the research MYSELF on why.

    My research has led me to the following: a/. according to Knutt Wittoski, the leading Epidemiologist specializing in coronaviruses, (20 years at the Rockerfeller Institute) : this is the third coronavirus to come through. This one is no different to the others. It is airborne. Masks do nothing to stop airborne viruses. The only way to deal with it is to develop herd immunity which is done by allowing kids to go to school, spread the virus around, bring it home, infect everyone else… within 4 weeks you have 80% immunity = herd immunity. Oh and he said this virus is not deadly b/. Having looked at the figures, someone explain to me how the OVERALL NUMBERS OF DEATHS IN THE US ARE THE SAME ALMOST AS LAST YEAR. – where’s all the increased deaths from covid19? c/. WHy did the CDC numbers for regular FLU SUDDENLY DROP THIS YEAR? From other sources, Flu is responsible for AT LEAST the same number of deaths annually as covid supposedly is.
    d/. According to the CDC, the virus has a
    – 99,.97% SURIVIVAL RATE FOR AGES UP TO 19
    -99. 98% for ages up to 49
    – 99.5% for ages 50 – 69
    – 94.6% for 70 plus

    Those are CDC figures you can see on their site.

    WHY ARE WE SHUTTING THE ENTIRE COUNTRY DOWN for a virus that is NOT BY ANY PAST MEASURE, DEADLY? e/. How come Swedish deaths, a place that didn’t shut down, are lower than ours? f/. If you think a Mask works and you are wearing yours, why should you be worried that I don’t choose to wear one?

    Finally, doesn’t it bother anyone else that the GOvenor and all the Mayors have been collecting their salaries while so many of us have no work and are stuggling to get by?
    I was particularly annoyed to see the Govenor’s nephew having a BIG PARTY OF 20 PEOPLE on the beach during the first part of lockdown when no one else was allowed to even sit on the beach? DOUBLE STANDARDS/. Doesn’t it occur to anyone that the STRESS caused by this situation has now caused more suicides than anything else? Arn’t you concerned at the number of Mom and Pop businiesses – some that have been institutions on the islands for years – have closed?

    WHat happened to COMMON SENSE? Why was Walmart allowed to stay open but the corner cafe not? Or the food trucks?

    None of it makes any common sense. The Govenor and Mayors have exceeded their authority. They DO NOT have the right to ignore the Consitution and take away our Freedom. They will be going to jail for how they have treated the people of Hawaii. It’s time for regular people of Hawaii to stand up and say NO. Judging by the comments here, there may only have been 25 people outside theMayor’s office, but most people have had enough of the so called “pandemic”.


  29. Casimcea December 4, 2020 8:36 pm Reply

    This TYRANNICAL measures called declarations belong to the dark ages when kings order the tides to recede. The ultimate law of the land, THE CONSTITUTION is king in a con


  30. Tom Niblick December 5, 2020 8:02 am Reply

    I did not vote for Derek in the last mayoral election but I certainly will in the next election. He has shown courage and intelligence. He understands his first and most important job is keeping us safe—regardless of the consequences or risk to his career. And you know he is right. Money is only paper. A human life is infinitely more valuable. Even the idiot holding the “Live free or die” sign needs to be protected from Covid and herself.
    We have always known depending on a visitor based economy is dangerous. A hurricane, pandemic, or idiot president could and would instantly end our prosperity. But visitor industry jobs are mindless and pay well. So, rather than develop a balanced economy, we keep falling back into our smiles for cash mindset. Well we can see the results.
    Covid is not political. It can and will kill you. Maybe not everybody but it is dangerous. My daughter was sick with it for two months. Thankfully she survived but it left her with what she calls “brain fog,” a condition similar to Alzheimer’s. My brother’s neighbors passed from Covid. And many friends have lost loved ones. Until it becomes personal, and it is only a matter of time, you just don’t understand the severity of this disease. It is not “fake news” or the flu. It is deadly. In fact I look at every visitor as walking death, someone who might as well be getting off the plane with a loaded AR-15 and a human hunting license. A little melodramatic? Possibly, but certainly only a selfish SOB puts their vacation ahead of the health and safety of others.
    So Derek, you have earned my vote. In fact, you deserve a metal.


    1. ConCERNE.D. March 13, 2021 9:35 am Reply

      • Research the Haig-Kissinger report
      • Research Tuskegee & syphilis
      • Research PFIZER payouts to Africa
      • Research the impact of the mutated polio vaccine variant
      • Research ‘COVID LAB SYTHESIZED STUDIES’ to see multiple unrelated studies proving Covid (which would imply the same for all variants) was man-made
      • Research ‘Smart Cities’
      • Research that mask-wearers are 80% more likely to experience respiratory infections
      • Research the role oxygen plays in basic brain function and immune health

      Good luck.


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