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Tiki Iniki mandates employees receive vaccine

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    Tiki Iniki at Princeville Shopping Center has outdoor and indoor seating options.

PRINCEVILLE — In March, Michele Rundgren, owner of Tiki Iniki, made the decision to mandate all employees have a COVID-19 vaccine, including servers, bartenders and cooks.

“I’m of a generation where we, through vaccinations, wiped out entire horrible diseases,” Rundgren said Monday. “So it personally was something that felt patriotic to save the world. We all need to do our little part by getting that little vaccine.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not mandate vaccination under the Emergency Use Authorization of any COVID-19 vaccine currently being distributed, nor does the state, which deferred guidance federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which oversees federal anti-discrimination employment laws.

The EEOC, in a December 2020 guidance, dictates that the Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to employees who may have an ADA disability that prevents them from taking the vaccine.

About 30% of the staff, many long-time employees, have opted to not receive the vaccine, and ultimately will not be asked back when the Princeville bar and restaurant reopens on April 20.

While Rundgren understands there are objections, “it just isn’t worth risking my customers’ lives” or “risking my whole business.”

“I’m not trying to force a belief,” Rundgren said. “But I am going to stick by my guns and support that they have their right to choose. I am disappointed in some of them that they don’t feel the way I do, but you know that’s why it’s a free country, everybody gets to think and feel the way they do.”

One bartender, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, said that’s not been the case. The employee requested a religious exemption from taking the vaccine as well as noted an immune deficiency and was told they would be missed by Rundgren, according to an email reviewed by The Garden Island.

While not unwilling to receive a vaccine, the two-year employee said they felt unsafe without more long-term research, especially when it came to fertility.

“I would rather risk COVID than have unknown effects,” one employee said.

In Lihu‘e, Verde is offering active employees an incentive of a one-time payment equivalent to two hours of pay after receiving a completed vaccination for taking the time to get vaccinated, owner Maris Manzano said in an email.

“Employees who voluntarily receive the COVID-19 vaccine are still required to wear a mask at work, practice social distancing and proper hand-washing as they can still act as a carrier of the virus and may inadvertently infect others, Manzano said. “We highly value the health and safety of our staff, family and customers.”

Rundgren said she took a class with the National Restaurant Association that discussed how employers can enforce a mandate and not step on employee rights.

“As long as we don’t ask for any medical records — we can ask for record of vaccine — but if someone wants to opt-out, I would still they rather didn’t work here … The world’s population comes to our beautiful island and I don’t want to see anybody harmed.”

Another employee who is citing a religious exemption said they felt “uncomfortable” with receiving a vaccine.

“It’s my body,” they said.

Both Tiki Iniki employees said they were worried about finding new employment.

“We have a landslide on one side and nothing open on the other side of the North Shore,” one said.

In addition to mandating vaccines, the restaurant has limited restaurant capacity to half, put up plexiglass around the bar and has set up disinfectant stations. Staff are also offered personal protective equipment and guests are asked to fill out contact-tracing forms.

Rundgren got emotional Monday discussing the topic of her employees’ safety.

“I’m grateful for all my employees that I’ve had before,” Rundgren said. “I hope that they stay safe.”

  1. kanOOkdrmr April 8, 2021 12:17 am Reply

    Way to Stand Up Michele!
    I love it. She’s leading by example, and it Is Patriotic!
    On another note
    NSS Rock!

    1. Gojira April 9, 2021 3:27 pm Reply

      Michele needs to do some serious research on the corona virus which by the way is defined in the AMA medical dictionary as, wait for it….the common cold. CV19 has a 99.99% recovery rate for those under the age of 70, and a 94.5% recovery rate for those 70 and older and in relatively good health. There are numerous effective therapeutics that actually kill the coronovirus aka covid19. The vaccines they’re trying to push on people is a gene therapy, experimental and has NOT been deemed safe by the FDA but only authorized for emergency use. Judging from the current statistics surrounding cases, which are highly debatable as the PCR tests carry a 90% false positive rating, and plunging death rates and again, only 6% according to the CDC can be directly attributable to the CV19, ask yourselves why they are pushing a DNA altering mRNA5 injection? Follow the money. Bottom line, Michele is no hero. She’s forcing prospective employees to inject into their bodies a toxic, experimental jab that does NOT stop transmission nor contraction of CV19. Not a patriot, but a fellow tyrant like our current government leaders and legislators.

    2. Genevieve wilson April 10, 2021 3:00 pm Reply

      It is wrong to force an experiment vaccine to people check out the book immunization reality behind the myth by Walene James,and corona false alarm by Karina Reiss, plaque of corruption by Judy Mikovits.there are people died from covid-19 vaccine.polio vaccine give people you eat organic food and taking vaccine is illogical. With good immunity,you recover from colvid.find another job your body is more important than the money.

  2. Mrs H April 8, 2021 5:26 am Reply

    Nice place but I wouldn’t force anything on my employees who work for me AND I can believe her pompous attitude regarding her stance bc shes a lefty lunatic. How much $$ did she & Todd get for advertising their place in movies? And this is how she treats her staff during a pandemic & island landslide? I will make sure to to avoid this place bc of her communistic beliefs.
    Has she received the jab? Asking for a friend.

    1. Sachi808 April 8, 2021 9:24 am Reply

      What’s nice about it? The decor? The “nice”-ness ends there.

    2. Jamie Rainbow April 8, 2021 12:27 pm Reply

      This is awful, The next thing you know the boss will require me to wear clothing at work and to stop using the pickle jar as a toilet. I love what she said (Michelle) it is a free country, go find an anti vaxer establishment to work at. It is not just about you. Your children cannot attend public school without proper vaccination and my dog can be arrested if I don’t get it a rabies shot. Freedom has responsibilities and good citizens don’t just think about them self’s. As for me if a restaurant advertises all its employees have been vaccinated, that is a huge plus.

      1. Rev Dr Malama April 10, 2021 7:58 am Reply

        Ha ha… thanks for the chuckles!!!
        People opposed to common sense health department training and vaccines need to grow up or get out….
        Brazil might let you in.
        Even attending College requires st least TB tests and proof of 3 current vaccines to avoid contagious disease.
        COVID-19 is looking like a long term threat to society as the strains mutate and spread, killing people or debilitating them for life.
        I don’t always like to do some things but did take the COVID-19 vac because it is the responsible and intelligent action for myself, family and friends….

    3. Geralyn April 8, 2021 10:09 pm Reply

      Great question!!!! I have enjoyed many a dinner here along with the entertainment. But alas, no longer. I will NOT support an establishment that requires their employees to be guinea pigs.

    4. C Anzalone April 9, 2021 8:03 am Reply

      Name calling and labeling has no place in this discussion Mrs H. Please try to agree to disagree instead which would create a much more peaceful society.

    5. erimel April 9, 2021 10:04 am Reply

      What a idiotic comment. Communistic? Your own self-importance, pompous and political attitude are the problem. You and the rest of the crybabies here just don’t get it. Join the HUMAN RACE and stop with your self-indulgent blathering.

  3. nobody April 8, 2021 5:49 am Reply

    Employees will milk the unemployment.

  4. RG DeSoto April 8, 2021 6:05 am Reply

    “Rundgren said she took a class with the National Restaurant Association that discussed how employers can enforce a mandate and not step on employee rights.”
    Hmm_Let’s see, “we want to preserve your rights…but I’m forcing you, under threat of losing your job, to be mediated against your wishes”. What an astonishingly contradictory, tone deaf & anti-American statement, Michele. And all for a virus that has turned out to have a fatality rate = or < influenza. You can take your place alongside Dr. Josef Mengele (
    RG DeSoto

    1. RG DeSoto April 8, 2021 6:06 am Reply

      Correction: medicated, not mediated

    2. Lisa Downer April 8, 2021 10:51 am Reply

      Right?!? Insane to force employees. I will not be supporting her restaurant or recommend any of my clients.

      1. Isabella Young April 8, 2021 1:34 pm Reply

        I know where I will not be patronizing or recommending. Tyranny is evil and this is tyranny. Forcing people to take an experimental injectible to earn money is unconscionable and unconstitutional. This is about freedom and the freedom to choose. What country is this? This is how the Nazis took control and most people did nothing to stop the loss of rights, freedom, and physical, mental, spiritual, and social health. Here we go again…

        1. Kimmy April 9, 2021 5:49 am Reply

          This is the good ol’ USA – where people have the freedom to choose where they work. No one is forcing anyone to take responsibility, the owner is just being responsible.

  5. Puhi Bob April 8, 2021 6:10 am Reply

    Michele Rundgren, thank you so much for taking people’s health seriously. Not taking the vaccine doesn’t just impact the person making the decision: it puts everyone else at risk. Not taking the vaccine is incredibly selfish, so I’m glad we have business owners like Rundgren who actually care about other people.

    1. F assad April 8, 2021 11:24 am Reply

      You are part of the problem. Shes not caring for her employees health and wellness she’s saying you will Be fired if you don’t comply. Prepare for lawsuits.

  6. Larry Tagg April 8, 2021 6:12 am Reply

    Way to go, Michele! Excellent article, and I’m glad to hear Tiki Iniki is coming back!

    1. Debra Milld April 8, 2021 1:33 pm Reply

      I think asking guests to fill out a contact tracing form is going too far. Her restaurant-her rules. We’ll see how long she stays in business.

  7. Uncleaina April 8, 2021 6:30 am Reply

    It’s embarrassing how clueless large sections of our island is. Especially the North Shore. Those people listen to KKCR where there’s endless misinformation about the COVID vaccine and many other issues. Remember smart meters and how they were going to cause cancer? How many people do you know who got cancer from their electric meter? At this point hundreds of millions of people have been safely vaccinated with almost no serious side effects. Every public school demands vaccines for the students- over 99% of people reading this have been vaccinated against rubella and Polio, etc. It’s sad because they get “advice” from people with no expertise. Listen, if sunshine and healthy eating protected against Covid, then 186,000 people in India wouldn’t have died – all they do is eat vegetarian diet and live a spiritual lifestyle. I totally support any business that requires the employees to get vaccinated! If you won’t get vaccinated, you probably aren’t washing your hands nor wearing your mask properly. Stay away from me! Get a job as a woofer and spew your ignorance to your fellow clowns as you pick kale.

    1. Lance Keener April 8, 2021 3:10 pm Reply

      I couldn’t agree more on how embarrassing it is that majority is clueless on the truth of this brand new never before made it out of the lab vax! Research “challenge test” on corona vaccines. Should I make an assumption that your a lefty leftist that watches mainstream news funded by pharma! Have you read any government VAERS reports on adverse reactions to vaccines that have been studied for years & this NEW VAX FOR ONLY 8 WKS! Lets be logical or not. Lets be enlightened on the mere fact that the UK put out a gov report recently on adverse reactions on cv vax, it ain’t pretty! I am gonna give you the link, read well then tell me who’s misinformed. to – the-covid-vaccines/amp/?. I guess when we stop seeing your arrogant biased comments we will know that the vax did it’s # on you. BTW I wash my hands & eat kale. LOL.

    2. BornandRazedHI April 8, 2021 6:46 pm Reply

      Honest question, Uncleaina… if your vaccine works, then why do you have to protect yourself from unvaccinated people? Don’t try and use the excuse that “we all have to be vaccinated to protect those who cannot be” because they are literally vaccinating people on their ACTUAL DEATH BEDS for this… and people with cancer, and people with autoimmune disease, and on and on and on. You, personally. Are you protected, to not? Maybe your faith in vaccines isn’t as strong as you think.

  8. Oh Well! April 8, 2021 6:34 am Reply

    Is this the how revaluations 13:17 begins?
    What ever happened to my body my choice?

  9. heidi April 8, 2021 7:00 am Reply

    Wow!! Unreal. TIki Iniki is one place I will NOT be going and spending my money. As you say Michelle Rundgren, this is “a free country” yet you are forcing your employees to put something that is approved ONLY for emergency use, ie. the long term studies are not out yet. Michelle then are you going to be responsible and step up for your employees health IF in one, three, five, seven years we learn that there ARE long term effects and they exhibit health issues??? If I were one of your employees there’s be a lawsuit coming your way.

    1. Chris April 9, 2021 1:07 am Reply

      Freedom works both ways, her employees are free to get it or not. It’s her business, she’s free to ask her employees to get it or not. You are free to go there or not. Not sure what the rub is here, you don’t like it, don’t go, pretty simple.

  10. Sue Jobs April 8, 2021 7:15 am Reply

    Aloha Michelle, aren’t you concerned about opening up yourself to litigation. There are healthy people who are dying within hours to a few days after being vaccinated. How will you feel if your mandate kills a young, or old, employee, especially one who is a parent. You are doing just what the vaccine companies want, you are virtually selling their vaccines.

    Anyone who tests positive and it has been 3 weeks since they were tested is the safest person regarding Covid, since after 2 to 3 weeks of infection and their own natural Immune Response they are Immune against re-infection by the Covid virus and are also Non-Contagious.

    Because after 2 weeks of being positive and most definitely after 3 weeks, that person will have completed the Immune Process.

    The Immune Process will make that person both immune to the Covid virus after producing trillions of bio-identical antibodies to deactivate all the virus in the body.

    Immune to the Covid virus means you cannot be infected again by the covid virus. This immune process is why you don’t get measles, mumps, and chicken pox twice if you naturally were infected by them and naturally got well with no vaccines or medications.

    And also since all the virus in that person’s body are deactivated or destroyed, they have no more virus to spread, and therefore that person is non-contagious.

    Being both immune and non-contagious makes you have Herd Immunity, and when enough people are Herd Immune the covid vírus cannot survive, and it causes the end of flu season.

    For people, like you fearful commenters in this newspaper, to think that the people who are positive after having had the covid infection for 2 or 3 weeks still makes that person dangerous as a spreadable carrier of the Covid virus disease, well you have been Mislead, because those people after being infected for 2 o’r even 3weeks, are now Immune to the virus, and are also Non-Contagious.

    Those of you with fear, as well as those writing these FEAR spreading comments has been mislead by the media and those people in the medical business who make income from the Vaccine, and who are employed at manufacturing the vaccine, selling the vaccine, distributing the vaccine, and are injecting the vaccines, and as well as the stockholders of the Pharmaceutical companies making the different vaccines, and as well as the owners of the different Patents of the several vaccines, is ignoring by ignorance (lack of knowledge)the science of Immunology.

    All people entering Kauai 2 to 3 weeks or longer, even a year or so, after being tested positive for Covid vírus, are the safest people to enter Kauai because they already have Herd Immunity, they are already immune, thus cannot be infected by Covid virus, and they are Non-Contagious.

    It’s the people who test Negative in the last 72 hours who are susceptible to being infected and contagious to others.

    In fact the People who still test Negative 3 days after their arrival are still susceptible to being infected and being contagious.

    Remember as much as 98% of people infected do not have symptoms and do not know they have been infected.

    The Immune Process that bio-identically matches our antibodies to the Covid virus does so with more specificity than matching different fingerprints, that is no 2 alike.

    The Covid virus is different from any other virus, which means that the Vaccine companies, such as Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Johnson and Johnson, Sinovac (from China) are not only all different and all having different disease causing side effects, but since they are all different, only one, if even one, could be bio-identical tô the Covid virus in order to deactivate the Covid virus.

    The fact is that not even one of those vaccines is a bio-identical match to the Covid virus, as only the human internal Immune System can bio-identify the Covid virus, or any other infecting virus.

    And for these Pharmaceutical companies, with no human testing, to claim their vaccines are all 90+% effective with only days and few weeks of observation is scientifically Ludicrous.

    The truth is, the medical and pharmaceutical industries have the largest part of the population right where they want you, ignorant (not educated) about science and the Immune System.

    The biggest lie is from silence, keeping you ignorant. Right where they want you. No talk back! You will obey! Roll up your sleeve! Trust us! Turn your head away and do not watch the satanic mystery sauce enter your body from the injection needle.

    Why is it there is no list of each vaccine’s ingredients? Our foods have ingredients on the labels.

    And the prescription drugs have to tell us the side effects, why not the vaccines be made to protect us the same.

    One vaccine has Chimpanzee virus, another forms blood clots, but we are told that the blood clots are normal and OK. Really? You mean just like they want us, ignorant?

    And what about the virus deaths, there are many. Check out Childrens Health Defense articles by reputable known people.

    1. Jamie Rainbow April 8, 2021 12:34 pm Reply

      Sue Jobs,
      You are the fear monger, I just got my second shot 3 days ago and I am still alive. In my family 37 members have been fully vaccinated and not 1 death. Please stop going to Fox for your news.

    2. Lawaibob April 8, 2021 4:25 pm Reply

      I didn’t read your comment, only a couple sentences and I’m already wondering how much tin foil you go through in a month.

      1. Denton April 9, 2021 11:03 am Reply

        Mandating an experimental drug is illegal.

        The Nuremberg Codes make that clear.

  11. tunnels April 8, 2021 7:36 am Reply

    WOW! Seriously???? I wanna know if legally, employers can actually say, “get vaccinated or get fired?? ” It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out-i.e. lawsuits and the like. Annnnnd, what if a Tiki Iniki employee has severe side effects from being basically forced to get the vaccine or be unemployed, then decides to sue the Rudgren’s for every penny they’ve got? What then? Thank the Good Lord above, my employer gives folks the “option” to get vaccinated, or not. Lastly and based on Tiki Inik’s draconian measures, I’ll never, ever eat there!

    1. tunnels April 8, 2021 11:28 am Reply

      Also, Michelle, you do realize that current vaccinations only have emergency approval — so they must be voluntary and vaccines are on an emergency use authorization therefore they don’t fit in any of the standard regulations. Sit on that for a bit because you’re in for heap of legal problems!

    2. james April 9, 2021 6:12 am Reply

      Yes, it’s perfectly legal. An employer has wide discretion over employee conduct. If a Hooter’s girl refused to wear their uniform, she can be fired. If an employee comes to work drunk, they can be fired. Generally, the law states that an employer actually needs no reason to terminate an employee, as long as the termination doesn’t violate one of the protected categories such as race, gender, national origin, etc. To those critics out there, my advice is to start your own restaurant and hire whomever you please, maybe all anti-vaxxers.

      1. Denton April 9, 2021 11:05 am Reply

        Not in the case of an experimental drug.

        Please educate yourself

  12. Sam April 8, 2021 7:52 am Reply

    So sad that it’s come to this, you shouldnt have to lose your job because you refuse to get a gene therapy shot that is being called a vaccine!! Look into it deeper people! This shot is all apart of a bigger plan! Right on to those employees who are refusing! At least they took the time to dig deeper and care about their futures. I will not be eatting their ever again!!

    1. Kimmy April 11, 2021 5:59 am Reply

      Sam, please enlighten us on the particulars of this “bigger plan”. Mahalo ~

  13. John Sedeski April 8, 2021 7:58 am Reply

    Arriving here on April 6th for a 21 day visit was one of the most difficult tasks I’ve done in many years.
    Even with the constantly evolving rules changes, mixed information and misinformed personnel, we managed. We so love this beautiful island you call home.

    Reading the GardenIslander every day on line we expected to see a major impact to your business community. But witnessing firsthand the countless closed businesses since last we visited is heartbreaking.

    Ms. Rundgren’s position on vaccination, obviously based on a solid understand of the medical science behind the vaccines, is spot on in this visitors opinion.
    The virus has one goal, to reproduce itself in any host it can find. What goes on in the mind of that host is irrelevant to the reproduction process. But what goes on in the antibody system of that same host does!

    The educated choice is simple. Defensive or defenseless.

  14. KauaiFarmMan April 8, 2021 8:06 am Reply

    I used to enjoy this place. I will now be boycotting this establishment. I hope the rational freedom loving residents of Kauai will join me in boycotting this establishment that is forcing it’s employees to get a vaccine that may conflict with their religious beliefs or personal health decisions. Forced vaccination is a gross violation of our human rights. Make no mistake this is full on medical tyranny. I say NO to Tiki Iniki and their tyrannical owner!!!

  15. William April 8, 2021 8:47 am Reply

    Love your conviction and resolve! You stand for something!

  16. Aka April 8, 2021 8:58 am Reply

    The owner’s position is legal per EEOC:

    “ If an employee cannot get vaccinated for COVID-19 because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance, and there is no reasonable accommodation possible, then it would be lawful for the employer to exclude the employee from the workplace.”

  17. Kalaheo April 8, 2021 9:01 am Reply

    when one is willing to sacrifice their liberties in the name of safety they are not entitled to either liberty or safety.

    1. Kimmy April 9, 2021 5:38 am Reply

      Kalaheo, please tell that in person, face to face to a veteran, a firefighter, a police officer, US Coast Guard, rescue personnel, airplane pilots, – maybe you get the point now, cause the list goes on and on. I don’t think you have much of an understanding of sacrifice – please educate yourself on what sacrifice for your community or society constitutes. Sacrifice for the whole is usually carried out by upstanding, caring, good people ~ it’ll be OK!

  18. Jana Kala April 8, 2021 9:32 am Reply

    Terrible and sad for the employees. We will be avoiding and boycotting any businesses that force this on their staff. AUWE!

    1. onebrahda April 8, 2021 12:58 pm Reply

      Jana Kala, please start leaving the United States of America…..please, why? Cause the eeoc (GOVERNMENT) states that it is legal.

      K.7. What happens if an employer cannot exempt or provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee who cannot comply with a mandatory vaccine policy because of a disability or sincerely held religious practice or belief? (12/16/20)

      If an employee cannot get vaccinated for COVID-19 because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance, and there is no reasonable accommodation possible, then it would be lawful for the employer to exclude the employee from the workplace. This does not mean the employer may automatically terminate the worker. Employers will need to determine if any other rights apply under the EEO laws or other federal, state, and local authorities.

      So please, boycott USA and leave, cause the government (an entity like a business) put it into law.

  19. Sachi808 April 8, 2021 9:37 am Reply

    I wouldn’t spend a penny there or any other business that pretends to be patriotic, yet acts fascistic. It’s called “VIRTUE-SIGNALING” and it a laughable method of trying to increase business by calming the fears of the high price-paying customers.

    She used to be such a rebel in her early days as a cutting-edge rocker. What a phony she has revealed herself to be now, in her old age..
    Spend 5 minutes researching what’s really going on with this “pandemic,” Michelle instead of walking in lockstep with “die party.”

    1. Lawaibob April 8, 2021 4:29 pm Reply

      I just spent 5 minutes researching what’s really going on with the pandemic and learned that vaccines are highly effective at preventing the spread of Covid.

  20. Kellyleg April 8, 2021 10:43 am Reply

    Sue the owner of Tiki Iniki!

    1. Sir Reality April 8, 2021 9:31 pm Reply

      For what exactly? For not asking you to come back to work because you refused to comply with one of your conditions of employment? Take personal responsibility for your own decisions, people. Don’t blame someone else for your issues. You don’t like this reply? Sosumi.

  21. David Katz April 8, 2021 12:08 pm Reply

    I support Michelle’s decision. Her employees have the right to choose whether to get vaccinated, and she has the right to decide whether or not to employ them. I’m disturbed by the number of comments that urge people to boycott Tiki Iniki. I choose not to have much to do with such folks.

    1. Kimmy April 9, 2021 5:43 am Reply

      spot on comment David !

  22. How April 8, 2021 1:19 pm Reply

    Why don’t you mandate drug tests?

    And drug tests for your customers?

    This is a class action lawsuit waiting to happen.

  23. Bob April 8, 2021 1:46 pm Reply

    Michele, put me down for a standing reservation for 2 for May 7 through the 15th.

    1. Bobo April 9, 2021 8:37 am Reply

      You sure you wouldn’t rather sit?

  24. Renee April 8, 2021 2:07 pm Reply

    Federal laws PROHIBIT mandating vaccines while they are not yet licensed but only available under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). All Covid vaccines fall in this category of EUA at the moment. There are NO Covid-19 vaccines that are licensed by the FDA, and they are all still experimental. Employers are thus setting themselves up for lawsuits from employees if they are mandating the Covid-19 vaccines at this time.

    Contact the Informed Consent Action Network at for help!

    More info also here:

    1. Jamie Rainbow April 9, 2021 3:07 pm Reply

      Renee, Please research the validity of the site childrenshealthdefense,org , it is an anti vaxer site with questionable studies and a deep agenda. They are the same people who told my Aunt in the 1950’s to not give her kids the Polio vaccine and my cousin (her daughter) has had to use leg braces and canes to walk for the last 55 years. Way to go with no vaccine.

  25. Millicent Cummings April 8, 2021 3:35 pm Reply

    Business owners, Politicians, Representatives and Citizens who express such a lack of regard for every person’s unalienable rights and bodily sovereignty, expose themselves to be either uneducated, uncaring or have some conflict of interest. Most are uneducated to no fault of their own, as censorship is so blatantly on the rise and mainstream media is so laughably subjugated. Regardless, thinking that we have all the information we need from mainstream media to base our opinions and decisions upon is verifiably ridiculous. Meanwhile, under no circumstances, should Anyone ever mandate experimental, medical interventions in the name of patriotism, public safety or any other supposedly noble reason. It would be as preposterous as it would be for me to make such decisions that are in fact the sole right of others to make for themselves. It sets a historically dangerous premise with self-evident implications. Where does the employee draw the line when it comes to the control of their behavior and perspective in order to feed their families? Where does the employer draw the line when it comes to their particular fancies, desires or political, social, religious opinions on how their employees should behave or think? Many will be boycotting this business and some will sue with rightful cause because no man or government can stick anything into our bodies without our informed consent…Period. No patient should ever be forced into medical interventions without informed consent, (Especially for a virus that has over a 99% survival rate). No employment should ever hinge on the dictates of unconstitutional practices and policies. This would be called medical tyranny, let us be clear. The health risks from this virus are so minute compared to the well documented risks of taking entirely experimental and unnecessary, (But highly profitable), vaccines or gene therapies. The PCR test was proven a long time ago to be an entirely faulty measuring stick for some threat and the very definition of the word “Case” was mysteriously changed just before this ‘pandemic’ to mean, not a sick person but rather, a person with any trace of a corona virus whether it was infectious or dangerous or not. We all have viruses in us in case you are unaware. This situation, like all other situations, is about our immune systems. Visit the CDC website and go to the VAERS report, (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) and keep in mind that adverse reactions and deaths are only traditionally reported less than 10% of the time and do the math. There is nothing patriotic about reckless endangerment…There is nothing conscientious about coercing one’s employees into forced medical interventions so they can keep their jobs, especially in a time of such financial crisis. When this business owner says, “It just isn’t worth risking my customer’s’ lives” or “Risking my whole business”, I am bound to remind that if risking the lives of your costumers and business is more important than risking the lives of your employees, there is an obvious and very grave problem. In any ‘Case’ may we all be safe and stand up for our unalienable rights now and always for the good of all. I would suggest that we all do more self-education and take the boosting of our immune systems far more seriously, which would entail the immediate discontinuation of compromising our immune systems with poor diet choices and draconian measures like mask wearing, (Which makes the body more acidic and less alkaline, therefore prone to disease with less oxygen and more Co2), as well as social distancing and lockdown related rituals, (Which have been proven to be ineffective and even detrimental). Multiple countries have proven this and 13 states are now open as a result of actual, scientific inquiry. This disease is 85% preventable and 100% treatable without humanity’s very existence hinging on an experimental vaccine that wasn’t even approved by the FDA. “For God’s sake, self-educate”. Bless us all. Written with my sincere Aloha. -Millicent Cummings

    1. Bee April 8, 2021 7:42 pm Reply

      Bless you, very well said!

    2. Jamie Rainbow April 9, 2021 3:11 pm Reply

      Wow Millicent,
      It sounds like you really scoured those Youtube channels for news, hope you had some time for Fox to balance it all out.

  26. Beeze April 8, 2021 4:14 pm Reply

    Went to the wake of a friend just over a week ago who died after her second dose of the vaccine.
    Johnson and Johnson just had to abort vaccinating in Colorado because so many people were getting serious side effects just after getting the vaccine.
    I will get on a lawsuit to protect my rights if Hawaii goes for mandatory vaccine passports!!!

    1. Puhi Bob April 9, 2021 5:59 am Reply

      Why did you just lie about Colorado and the vaccine? They didn’t stop it.

      The number of anti-vaxxers here telling lies is extraordinary. To think that a 30 minute google search makes you more informed than scientists who have dedicated their lives to this- such arrogance.

      1. Beeze April 9, 2021 9:07 am Reply

        Bob, if you are interested in understanding more about what mass vaccination of the mRNA vaccine is doing read this.

        1. Jamie Rainbow April 9, 2021 3:16 pm Reply

 sounds like a very scientific site i.e. like or

          Quote from Puhi Bob
          “The number of anti-vaxxers here telling lies is extraordinary. To think that a 30 minute google search makes you more informed than scientists who have dedicated their lives to this- such arrogance.”

  27. BornandRazedHI April 8, 2021 5:54 pm Reply

    “I’m not trying to force a belief,” Rundgren said. “But I am going to stick by my guns and support that they have their right to choose. I am disappointed in some of them that they don’t feel the way I do, but you know that’s why it’s a free country, everybody gets to think and feel the way they do.”

    Translated: “I’m not trying to force a belief, I’m just gonna fire you unless you agree”. Oxymoron.

    As far as I am aware, you cannot be held liable for Covid infections that could *possibly* originate at your establishment, so your reasons for doing this are purely ideological. Just like you can’t be liable if someone is injured by the vaccine they take to placate you… If you are not penalized heavily by the legal system for this – then we are truly doomed.

    It’s a cult, people. They literally will force you out of society unless you submit to their every demand, right down to deciding what needs to be injected into YOUR body. Draw your line! Or you’ll be lining up for the ovens. We’ve seen this movie before.

  28. Inga Holland April 8, 2021 5:56 pm Reply

    Since these vaccines do not prevent infection or transmission, the benefit is for the recipient, and mandating them for everyone does not even make any sense.

  29. Erik April 8, 2021 7:04 pm Reply

    Why would you get a vaccine for something where you have a 99.9% chance of surviving. Why would you get a vaccine where the people who make it and the people (govt) who promote it are not liable for side effects and death. I’m Norwegian…29 people died from the Pfizer vaccine. No research, no long term trials. Wake up people! Not about Covid or vaccine…it’s about power and control.

  30. Mel April 8, 2021 7:29 pm Reply

    Your body, your choice – not to work

  31. Bee April 8, 2021 7:36 pm Reply

    1) if you are under 70 you have a 99.95% survival rate. Meanwhile 5% of the injuries reported to VAERS have resulted in deaths and these are estimated to be only 1% of actual injuries.

    2) This vaccine is in it’s EXPERIMENTAL phase. Anyone participating is in a cohort and participating in a vaccine TRIAL. They DO NOT know the effects on reproductive systems, how it will interact with other meds, or what the long term consequences are. Insurance companies WILL NOT cover injury consequences because of this, and life insurance WILL NOT pay either. It will not be considered for FDA standard approval until 2022. Why would you force a young woman planning to have children to participate in something like this? I hope these employees file a suit for medical discrimination.

    3) Vaccines for SARS, MERS and RSV have never been approved, and the data generated in the development and testing of these vaccines suggest a serious mechanistic concern: that vaccines designed empirically using the traditional approach may worsen COVID-19 disease via antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE). This risk is sufficiently obscured in clinical trial protocols and consent forms for ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials that adequate patient comprehension of this risk is unlikely to occur, obviating truly informed consent by subjects in these trials.

    4) A few years ago, a team of Scandinavian scientists conducted a study and found that African children inoculated with the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine, during the early 1980s had a 5-10 times greater mortality than their unvaccinated peers.

    I could go on and on, but the main thing is that this is NOT the CCP and we DO NOT force US citizens to participate in vaccine trials. PERIOD. You folks need to BTFO with this attitude that what you are doing here is okay. IT’S NOT!

    1. Jamie Rainbow April 9, 2021 3:21 pm Reply

      Bee, please include sources, because everything you are saying came strait out of your a**

  32. Kimo Kane April 8, 2021 8:33 pm Reply

    Plenty nutcase on this island.

  33. Sir Reality April 8, 2021 9:06 pm Reply

    While Ms. Rundgren can speak for herself, and doesn’t need me to come to her defense, I am tired (and luckily not sick and tired) of seeing attack, attack, attack. BOYCOTT! SUE! Seems to be the answer to everything these days.

    I’m having difficulty understanding how anti-vaxxers think… but then I used to work for a biotechnology company. What do I know? I know that vaccines work. I also know that any vaccine or drug has a long list of potential adverse reactions and side effects. Some include death. But if I have to choose between dying of a horrible virus that causes me to suffocate in my own sputum versus potentially dying of an adverse reaction to a vaccine? And… we all worry about dying, but my understanding is, with COVID-19, there are things worse than dying… like permanent damage to your lungs, heart or brains. Sign me up for the vaccine. The odds are in my favor by a VERY long stretch. (And as of this writing, I am fully vaccinated on Moderna, with minor headaches and chills for a couple of days. Big whoop.)

    You live in a compound where no goes in or out? You have a 20-acre reserve and never come in contact with anyone? Good on you. Do whatever you want. But if you are planning to eat at the table next to me, or prepare my food (because I’m indirectly paying for that service), I would be MUCH MORE comfortable if I knew the establishment owner had take every possible precaution to prevent me becoming ill, including having employees vaccinated.

    Next – just fill me in… Tiki Iniki is shut down, right? And yet comments are that Tiki Iniki is FIRING people. What? Do they have jobs today? Doesn’t sound like it. So how is it you’re being “fired” from a job you don’t have? Maybe there is a law that I have to keep jobs open for a certain amount of time? Educate me. Now… if the owner said “I’m not going to ask you to come back from being laid off.” Sorry… that’s not the same as being fired. That is “I got laid off and I didn’t get asked back.” That happens every day, folks. In transportation, hospitality, entertainment and, oh yeah, restaurants and food services. Business conditions changed due to the pandemic. Business conditions change, period. I don’t need as many people. I have to decide which ones to not ask back. I can’t discriminate on protected classes. But vaccinated or not is not a protected class, so I can use it as a condition of employment. So, I guess, yes, you will have to sue me for “being FIRED from a job you used to have.” Good luck with that.

    And while we’re on the subject of getting sued… If I’m going to get sued for not asking you to come back to work versus sued by a patron for not taking every precaution to protect their health and safety… I guess I’m damned if I do, and damned if I don’t. So, I’ll take “Take Every Precaution” for $200, Alex.

    You are uncomfortable with being vaccinated? OK. And where does personal responsibility fit in? You think personal responsibility means it’s your decision, and you take personal responsibility. Does that mean I get to sue you if you transmit COVID to me, and you’ll take personal responsibility, admit it, and pay for my medical expenses? I didn’t think so. You took personal responsibility for not getting vaccinated. The conditions of employment have changed since you got laid off. I didn’t fire you. You decided to take personal responsibility and not comply with the conditions of employment. It was your decision. You made the decision for me. Don’t blame someone else for your decision to take personal responsibility.

    1. BornandRazedHI April 9, 2021 5:23 pm Reply

      Wait… I’m confused. You believe vaccines work so you get them… but you don’t want to be around people who aren’t vaxxed because they’ll make you sick??

      Sounds like it’s less about safety and more about punishing people who don’t share your ideology 🤷🏻‍♀️

      Just trying to clarify…

  34. KauaiFarmMan April 8, 2021 9:29 pm Reply

    Organize a protest in front of this restaurant before other businesses force this tyranny on Kauai. Forcing employees to get an experimental vaccine is a violation of basic human liberties. To compare this to other vaccines that have undergone decades of development and testing is absolute naivety. This was rushed and pushed through without proper trials and testing. We will see the long term side effects of this Frankenstein gene therapy. BOYCOTT TIKI INIKI AND THEIR COMMUNIST OWNER.

  35. Please read this April 8, 2021 11:47 pm Reply

    Nearly ALL of the media is funded by Big Pharma and incredibly wealthy “philanthropists” with very frightening agendas. Please start by researching Bill Gates. Take note of his history regarding vaccines/geo-solar engineering/buying up nearly ALL of the available farmland across the mainland. This lunatic HEAVILY funds nearly ALL the media outlets. You will not find the truth of what’s been happening on the mainstream news because he, and others that are beating the same drum are funding the narrative. The news you are being fed is skewed to appease a plan for fear and control. I would like to believe that most people, deep inside themselves can smell that something is not right here. Doesn’t SOMETHING about this all feel “off” to you?? They are taking away our liberties through control and fear…and so many people are just laying down and allowing this to happen! Because they TRUST that the government has our best interest in mind… Our HUMAN RIGHTS are being taken away before our very eyes. All under the guise to look like they are “protecting” us. This is completely false. When people are afraid, they will believe anything and are easily controlled.
    They have created fear, hatred, confusion and are ensuring that everyone is in a state of opposition from their neighbors/family members/fellow citizens…Please wake up to the lies. “United we stand, divided we fall”… and so many are falling right into the hands of the dependent/fearful place they are creating for us.

    Getting back to the experimental, non-FDA approved “vaccine” (not that FDA’s approval actually means much). Please have a look at the following study. PLEASE understand – they did not take/nor have had the time to do proper trials/research on this vaccine… you and I and our children ARE THE RESEARCH AND THE TRIALS.
    -Please question everything, and take good care of yourself. – Aloha

  36. James anderson April 9, 2021 4:55 am Reply

    Will the employer who forces a vaccine on staff also sign full responsibility of costs if the vaccine causes health problems to the employee? Because if you do not – and force the staff to take the vaccine – you are violating labor laws. Basically a power tripping criminal boss.

  37. Bruce April 9, 2021 7:48 am Reply

    Umm, having prerequisites for employment is not the same as impinging on peoples’ rights.

    If I can’t lift 75 pounds I can’t work at UPS. If you don’t want to get vaccinated against the most-infectious disease to hit the planet in 100 years, you can’t work at Tiki Iniki. I’m sure there a few restaurants around run by others who don’t find the scientific community credible.

    1. Everythingisawesome April 9, 2021 5:57 pm Reply

      “the most-infectious disease to hit the planet in 100 years”

      You can literally cut-and-paste this into any search engine to put things into perspective.

  38. goldew April 9, 2021 8:27 am Reply

    There is something called the US CONSTITUTION (FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT) and The NUREMBURG CODE that Michelle is going to have to deal with…just wait… NOTICE OF LIABILITY
    The Constitutions of the state of Hawai’i and the United States of America secure my inherent God-given unalienable rights, which have been enumerated in the Constitutions under the Bill of Rights. This Bill of Rights defines the fundamental liberty interests of all citizens, including the right to travel freely among the States, the right to be secure in one’s person, the right to privacy and bodily integrity and the right to due process.
    Pursuant to the Constitution of the United States of America as ratified in 1791 with the Articles of the Amendments, Article VI paragraph 2, “This Constitution and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary Notwithstanding”.
    This document is an official Notice that the recipient will be held personally liable for damages incurred through the deprivation of my Constitutionally protected Rights as a result of actions taken to implement a “vaccine passport” or through gross negligence for failure to act accordingly to protect the liberty of the people from this invasive, coercive medical tyranny.
    Under the Nuremberg Code it is considered a war crime to impose any experimental medical practice upon anyone without full informed consent. It is also a war crime to engage in any coercive tactic designed to elicit consent through manipulation. The “Covid-19 Vaccine” is an experimental gene therapy that cannot be legally defined as a “vaccine” for it’s failure to prevent transmission and failure to create immunity. It is a pathogenic priming mRNA therapeutic that has never been used on humans before, has bypassed animal trials and has only been approved for emergency use by the FDA. “Covid-19 Vaccine” manufacturers have refused all requests for disclosure of ingredients, claiming proprietary rights, therefore infringing upon rights to informed consent under the Nuremberg Code
    The Nuremberg Code (1947)
    Permissible Medical Experiments
    The great weight of the evidence before us to effect that certain types of medical experiments on human beings, when kept within reasonably well-defined bounds, conform to the ethics of the medical profession generally. The protagonists of the practice of human experimentation justify their views on the basis that such experiments yield results for the good of society that are unprocurable by other methods or means of study. All agree, however, that certain basic principles must be observed in order to satisfy moral, ethical and legal concepts:

    The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved, as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that, before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject, there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person, which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment. The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.
    Constitution of the United States
    Fourteenth Amendment Annotated
    Section 1
    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    Under the 14th amendment of the United States Constitution the people of this country have a protected right to life and liberty and shall not be denied these rights without due process of law. We have a right to travel, and we have a right to refuse medical interventions. Being treated as a threat to public safety based on a lack of vaccination status is a shocking denial to our right to due process. Under this proposed rubric one is assumed guilty until proven innocent and consequently subjected to false imprisonment under what’s being called “quarantine” but in reality is a HOUSE ARREST for the well. This is entirely unlawful and violates already established laws in the state of Hawai’i concerning quarantine. By definition, under HRS Chapter 325-8:
    Under federal law no one can be refused equal access to goods and services based on a disability or their religious beliefs, yet this is exactly what will occur if the concept of a “vaccine passport” is not outlawed. Many people either cannot (for medical reasons) or will not (for religious or other beliefs) be getting a “Covid-19 Vaccine”. This heinous scheme will create a class of people that will be considered second class citizens subjected to discrimination and eventual genocide. Have we learned nothing from World War II?

    It is IMPERATIVE that you communicate to ALL businesses operating within the state of Hawai’i that discriminatory actions based on vaccination status will NOT be permitted in the state of Hawai’i and that they will be DISALLOWED from OPERATING in the state if they implement such discriminatory actions.

    Let this serve as a final warning that if appropriate actions are not taken immediately to safeguard the liberty interests of the people which includes an immediate halt to proposals, strategy and procedure to implement a “vaccine passport” program and/or affirmative action is not taken against those within your department seeking to move this forward, you will be held responsible in the court of law, including tribunals for crimes against humanity.

    1. This... April 9, 2021 2:05 pm Reply

      Thank you for taking the time to write this. What you’ve said here is exactly what needed to be said. – Aloha

  39. MSmith April 9, 2021 11:19 am Reply

    With all due respect. I will never support a restaurant that mandates that its employees take an FDA non approved Emergency Use Vaccination. I took it. So I am not saying it shouldn’t be done, but to force people is WRONG.

  40. Marilyn-Hawaii April 9, 2021 2:55 pm Reply

    It’s good to know that I’m within walking distance of a business that cares enough to protect its patrons as fully as possible in these uncertain times. I have been unaware that Michelle is “a communist”, “discriminates”, bullies employees.
    I’ve always noticed that some Tiki Iniki staff are way relaxed, mostly too laid back to take care of business unless they feel like it, sometimes rude, and often more interested in chatting with each other than acknowledging customers. Nowhere in all of this have I noticed Michelle to personally be worthy of suing, slandering, protesting against, nor boycotting. The complainers were staff. They were allowed freedom to choose how they behaved, freedom most employers wouldn’t have agreed to.
    As a nurse, I had to be fully vaccinated to work in the hospital for years. They never forced me. It was my choice to do it or not be allowed back to work within the time limit set. Not once did patients nor other staff suggest I sue or refuse to be vaccinated. Some of those vaccines I was required to take were nasty and had terrible side effects. But it was part of the requirement to keep my job. NO ONE FORCED ME. I took personal responsibility and kept the job that paid my rent and fed my family. I had the freedom to say no but chose the job over the certainty that the vaccine might harm me. It’s a personal choice that some people seem to feel is not their own responsibility. But choose to place blame on Michelle.
    Grow up. This sounds like infantile excuses for not taking responsibility for your own choice not to meet a job requirement.
    I will recommend Tiki Iniki to everyone who is looking for more likely place to be virus free.

  41. Everythingisawesome April 9, 2021 5:46 pm Reply

    If you’ve ever eaten at Tiki Iniki, you would know that catching Covid is not the worst thing that can happen there.

    Honest question here, can an employer require you to get a tattoo? or piercing? Say, in a location not normally seen by the customers? Asking for a friend…

  42. MissK April 11, 2021 11:44 am Reply

    Wow! Would this requirement violate HIPPA laws? Seems far too soon to force/mandate/require this very controversial shot (vaccine or gene therapy?) on anyone. I was looking forward to Tiki Iniki re-opening, but will now take my business else where. I’m glad there is a shot/vaccine for people who want it; however, I can’t support any business that will force it upon their employees.

  43. MissK April 11, 2021 12:20 pm Reply

    Wow…I will no longer support this business!

  44. Thomas April 11, 2021 4:26 pm Reply

    I hope the owner is held responsible when one of the employees has an allergic reaction to the vaccine.

  45. Respect Life April 11, 2021 7:16 pm Reply

    If an employee becomes pregnant will Tiki Iniki mandate the employee to have an abortion?

  46. Put your mind at ease about all this craziness April 12, 2021 4:33 pm Reply

    A 30 min video that might help to put your mind at ease. Please write your commentary to after watching this. I am curious about the feedback from both sides. -Aloha

  47. natalia swan April 14, 2021 9:09 pm Reply

    turn your CNN off and research

    1 death from Plandemic and 3 cases I know personally from vax

  48. therealhawaiian April 15, 2021 8:49 am Reply

    Over 6,000 people have died from complications of the vaccine so far. One of my good friends just spent 5 days in the hospital and could have died after taking the first shot? Does this mean that if any employee has an adverse reaction to the vaccine Tiki can be sued? I will not be returning as a customer to this establishment. Our freedoms as defined by the Constitution do not allow for anyone in a free Country to force us to reveal our medical records to anyone! Covid is not the dangerous aberration people have been brainwashed to believe it to be!

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