As of today, out-of-state residents and commercial operators will be charged higher fees for entering select Hawai‘i state parks. The higher fees were approved by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources in August. Following a public hearing, the fee schedule change was signed into law by Gov. David Ige last week. Camping and lodging rates were last increased over a decade ago.
A Kaua‘i Police Department officer was arrested Wednesday afternoon for disorderly conduct and criminal property damage while off duty. This past Saturday at approximately 11 p.m., someone triggered a fire pull station alarm at a resort in Lihu‘e. Upon reviewing video surveillance footage, hotel employees were able to determine that it was a false alarm and that 38-year-old Officer Tyrus Contrades of was responsible. Contrades is currently on administrative leave with pay.
Maui County plans to participate in the state’s program waiving the 14-day quarantine for travelers who get a negative COVID-19 test before arriving starting next week. Kauai maintains a second test is safer, shipping in thousands of tests for visitors and returning residents. Lt. Gov. Josh Green is proposing an additional test but only for 10% of travelers. They would be chosen randomly as part of a surveillance program to learn if many visitors test positive.
Ballots for the 2020 General Election will be mailed to voters of the County of Kaua‘i today. The majority of voters should receive a ballot within 4-5 days. Voters who have not received a ballot by October 16,, should contact the Elections Division at 241-4800.
The county has not ruled out opting out of the state’s pre-travel testing program. Next week, incoming travelers to the state can bypass the mandatory two-week quarantine with evidence of a negative U.S. Food and Drug Administration-authorized NAAT test result from a certified lab administered within 72 hours of arrival to the state.
Recognizing the ongoing challenges and concerns presented by the current pandemic, Hawai‘i Pacific Health will host a free public webinar, “Managing Your Health & Well-Being During COVID,” at noon Thursday. The virtual event will feature a panel of HPH family-medicine physicians discussing preventive care, and more. Registration for the webinar is free and available online at Hawaiipacifichealth.org/healthierwebinar.
Kaua‘i Fire Department firefighters rescued two hikers on Monday. A 23-year-old male injured his foot after stepping on a fire pit, while a 44-year-old complained of soreness to her foot. KFD’s Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 located the injured male hiker. Upon arrival, a 44-year-old female hiker also requested medical attention.
Yesterday was the first day of the Stop Flu At School (SFAS) clinic operating out of the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall. But the novel coronavirus pandemic limited the public schools to distance learning, and to accommodate the more than 1,000 students who consented to the flu vaccine, the SFAS clinics were established, starting its operations to coincide with the first day of the inter-session fall break. The SFAS clinic at the convention hall will be available Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. through Oct. 30.
A fire in Kapa‘a displaced one resident early Monday morning. No Injuries were reported. However, volunteers with the America Red Cross assisted the displaced individual. Firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire to a one-story dwelling at approximately 12:55 a.m. on Monday.
The Mokihana Club President Terri Gately and the club’s Nursing Scholarship Chair, Becky Fries, announced that 15 students in the Kaua‘i Community College nursing program were recently awarded a total of $20,000 from the club. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, The Club was unable to organize fundraising events.