Status of Kiahuna
Current Status: Officially Open
New as of 11/22/2020
Yesterday Governor Ige announced changes to the Safe Travels program that directly affect guests and owners coming to our state, and of course, Kiahuna.
Here is a recap of the changes that we have copied from the Honolulu Star Advertiser:
Rule Change: Must-Have Negative Test Results BEFORE Landing
This takes effect TUESDAY, November 24th.
No exceptions. If you land without negative results IN HAND, you must quarantine for 14 days or the length of your trip, whichever is less.
Here's part of the Star Advertiser release:
Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries discussed this tweak to the pre-arrivals testing program at the HTA board meeting today. He also said a formal announcement also is expected to come down adding Canada, one of Hawaii’s most important international markets, to the state’s pre-arrivals testing program, with Korea and Taiwan coming soon.
Since Oct. 15, domestic trans-Pacific “travelers who, upon entry into the state, provide written confirmation from a state-approved COVID-19 testing facility of a negative test result from a test administered to the traveler within 72 hours from the final leg of departure” have been exempt from the mandatory quarantine.
Travelers who came in with a pending test result have been allowed to get out of the quarantine once it could be verified through the state’s Safe Travels Hawaii system. However, the state quickly found itself with a backlog of pending tests. Travelers grew frustrated as they waited sometimes three to four days or more wait for a manual review. During one low point, there were more than 3,700 travelers waiting to get out of quarantine.
“Starting Tuesday if you disembark here in the islands through a trans-Pacific flight you must have a negative test uploaded, and if not, you automatically will go into a 14-day quarantine. It’s a much stricter policy that is being taken,” De Fries said.
He added, “This has been brought about by the number of people who have arrived with no test uploaded, test results pending. That segment of traveler has caused a tremendous amount of workload and a bottleneck in the system.”
We finally have some good news to share. According to a report we received from Alan Mattson, President of Castle Resorts & Hotels. It is official and Governor David Ige announced yesterday that Hawaii will start to reopen for inbound visitor arrivals with the pre-travel testing program beginning on October 15th, 2020. This is a significant step as now we can at least start to welcome guests back to Hawaii and give travelers the option of avoiding the 14-day quarantine upon arrival to the State.
Here’s how the new program will work: − All travelers must either pre-test negative or go into 14-day quarantine upon arrival to the state. − All travelers are required to have temperature checked and complete a health & travel questionnaire. − As an alternative to quarantine a traveler must produce evidence of a negative COVID- 19 test no earlier than 72-hours prior to their flight arrival in Hawai‘i. − The interisland quarantine for anyone arriving on any island other than O‘ahu continues through September 30th. − FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification tests processed by a CLIA-certified laboratory are the only types of coronavirus tests currently approved. Currently approved trusted testing partners are CVS and Kaiser Permanente.
Travelers will be responsible for the cost of their test, which is estimated to range between $120 and $140. Tests will not be available at the airport. Please refer to the attached flowchart for an outline of specific steps.
For more information, you can also visit https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/.
The State has produced an extensive list of questions and answers
associated with the Safe Travels Pre-Testing Program.
See the FAQs at: hawaiicovid19.com
Beginning on March 4, 2020, the County of Kauai Emergency-Management- Agency began issuing a series of proclamations designed to ensure the health and safety of the county’s residents. Interested parties are encouraged to go to:
County of Kauai Emergency Proclamations
Kiahuna Beachside properties have been unavailable for rent since the original proclamation was issued in early March. The earliest date for reopening the island to visitors is currently October 15, 2020. This date is subject to change.
We believe that the Mayor and the Kauai Emergency-Management Agency have done the right thing, i.e. to protect the local citizens from visitors who could be bringing the virus from the mainland and other locations. This decision has been a difficult one since the island is so highly dependent on tourism.
Given the fact that the pandemic is global in nature, we expect that vacationing families will favor the Hawaiian Islands over many other travel destinations in the months to come. Hiking trails, golf courses, and beaches provide outstanding outdoor recreational alternatives in a mild, tropical setting.
All reservations will be fully refundable depending on federal and state laws that limit travel and freedom of movement on the island. Please feel free to call our offices for updates on the status of the island in the months to come.
Trish - 800-937-6642
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