Protecting Public Health
Last December, Kauai’s mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami asked Hawaii Governor David Ige for permission for the island to opt out of Hawaii’s Safe Travels program due to a rise in travel-related COVID-19 cases and Kauai’s limited resources.
Here’s how the rules worked: Tourists arriving in Kauai needed a 72-hour mandatory quarantine at a participating resort bubble until they provided a negative COVID-19 test result. Alternatively, they could stay for three days on a different island, then travel to Kauai after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result. The least appealing option was to undergo a 10-day quarantine.
Kawakami said that tourists will no longer need to stay in a resort bubble or spend time at another Hawaiian island first. They can skip Kauai’s required COVID-19 quarantine period because more than 24,000 doses of vaccine have been administered on Kauai.
“By April, the hospitality industry and restaurant employees, healthcare workers, first responders, and kupuna [senior citizens] have been fully vaccinated,” he continued.
How The Discount Card Works
The Kokua Kauai Card program is a joint partnership between the Kauai Chamber of Commerce, the Kauai Visitors Bureau, and the Kauai chapter of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, Hawaii Public Radio reports.
The card features a QR code, which links to a website listing the discounts and incentives offered by local Kauai businesses. About 77 Kauai businesses, hotels, and restaurants are participating in the program, Hawaii News Now reports.
Know Before You Go
To comply with Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program, travelers planning to visit Kauai must have a negative COVID-19 test result before they travel to Kauai. Anyone who doesn’t have a negative test result before their departure must quarantine in Kauai upon arrival.
There are two ways to manage the test results. The first option is to upload the negative test result into the Safe Travels system before departure. Alternatively, travelers can print their negative test result and then present the test result upon arrival. More Information about Hawaii’s Safe Travels and the process can be found here.