Mostly virus-free Kaua‘i hit by pandemic after travel resumes
HONOLULU — On Kaua‘i, where sprawling, white-sand beaches and dramatic seaside mountains attract visitors from around the world, local residents spent the first seven months of the pandemic sheltered from the viral storm.
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Bellhop job? There are no tourist around. So that means maybe another year or two before rehire. Did they offer you a cares act stimulus check? Hotels are a ghost town. No visitors. You ever thought about being a cook? The job. If you like cooking, that would do. How’s the life there? Slow or fast. Getting another job always hurts. Especially if the company has company picnics. Missing someone at work can be stressful. The way to look at this is, there’s always something better.
We love Kuai but certainly feel unwanted at rhis point. Too much uncertainly to try and travel that far only to be turned away or scorned by the residence. There are to many other warm places to go. Best of luck to all the residents
Do you really have no concept about traveling for pleasure during a pandemic and spreading covid which is exploding on the mainland? Even after reading this article? The people I am not “scorning” are the ones who “get it” and are staying away so as not to spread the virus here. Mahalo to those people, they are welcomed back after the pandemic with open arms!!
Ron Clark is mentioned in this publishing, but NOT the obits? Ron Clark was my dear friend and was part of a much better kauai in the early 70s, when I was a KCC Nursing student and i shared a household with Ron Clark in Pua Loke with several other fine peoples, “Gentlee” Bruno. Then, we were only beginning to observe “the is what it is” corruption and fraud, from “Nawiliwili Tenants Association” just after yukimura returned from law school, included are those retroactively, then forward to 2020! Pilau COK, KPD, Governor, senators, DLNR, and Kealoha guilty stolen mailbox fraud that every last one of them as above stated are complicit. Why wasnt a local chief of police and Kauai Fire chief chosen to fill positioning? They certainly have no clue, but were chosen from Las Vegas applicants, and now the DHHL is considering casino implementation instead of putting Kanaka on THEIR lands in real homes, not fedwreckian Danner “tiny homes”. The abuse of power is rampant and the facts are in, we have been “paying attention”, we also know who is not guilty, but rather “set up”, just like in the movies, Atta Brun! Soon, we the people will implement one of three fixes, a canefield ride, a FEMA prison barge to GITMO, or “paylay” volcano diving. GAME OVER! Pay to play or suffer the consequences
We traveled to Kauai to marry on Nov 4th. We adhered to all protocols. Got negative tests before boarding our flight, wore masks and face shields during our entire travel day, and was selected for a voluntary follow up test 3 days after landing, which I happily took. Tested negative the second time. Even so, we wore masks whenever we went out. HOWEVER I observed that several other travelers did not do the same. In the short time we were at the airport, I witnessed two separate couples and another woman be denied rental car access and the other couple told they had to quarantine because they didn’t have their results. Whether they didn’t get tested or just didn’t get their results in time, I don’t know. I am sympathetic to both sides. I know the island needs tourists to thrive, but Kauai doesn’t have the medical infrastructure to treat everyone if they have a major outbreak. Hopefully the vaccine will make a huge difference and jobs, businesses and lives will all be saved.
Mr. Clark was 84 and in a high risk category. It should have been contingent upon HIM to quarantine himself throughout this time and he could now get a vaccine. Why, Mr. Mayor do you continue to play God with our island and force the vast majority into economic poverty for the sake of the few vulnerable who should be isolating themselves? Fear is the greater disease! And Joanne, isolating Kauai yet again is not the answer. Sadly it will not bring your friend back.
Not testing pilots and airline personnel??? That makes no sense at all.
I personally do not see any practical way to isolate the virus. It will simply have to run its course as similar things have done in the past. Of course even ONE death is devastating to that one person that dies and their loved ones. That being said the devastation in the way of hunger, foreclosed mortgages, depression, suicide, domestic battery, etc. caused by a destroyed economy is far worse and a much bigger threat to this country. The economic loss we have already suffered is something we will never recover from. I thank God that at least I live in Florida where we have a governor that realizes that people simply MUST work to survive!
This article was reprinted from AP, it is not original reporting, so I doubt the author is familiar with Kauai and its politics.
Had a true local written it, it would have been more of an indictment against Kawakami and Ige, who are completely to blame for the new spate of “community spread” that has resulted from their utterly moronic and downright negligent decision to re-open Kauai to tourism without any testing or quarantining.
I really do hope that the local residents who have caught Covid decide to file a class-action lawsuit against Kawakami and demand an investigation into his offshore bank accounts. It is the only way our leaders will be forced to take responsibility for what they have done to us.
I agree the indictment should be against Kawacommie and Igenoramus but for the opposite reason. They have zero right to usurp the rights of the people to do business and make a living. You are also incorrect in that there were and ARE testing requirements to avoid quarantine. These are a reasonable compromise in order to keep the economy intact. Kawacommie should be sued for the billions in lost revenue from his current lockout to tourism. Christmas is our busiest season. Susan. if you are so afraid, I suggest you lock yourself in your home until the danger passes. That should be your choice, but nobody has the right to lock in (or out) totally healthy people! We are not (yet) a communist dictatorship, though Kawacommie has taken a huge step in that direction.