Aloha to all of my subscribers: to past and future guests of our vacation rental, Honu Point, and to those who subscribe to find out more about the beautiful island of which I am lucky enough to call home – Kauai. This is, most definitely, the hardest blog post I have ever written. The coronavirus (Covid-19) is affecting every color of skin, every socio-economic level, and every walk of life. Kauai is not exempt. We are suffering too.
Because the first case on Hawaii came a couple of weeks after the virus hit the mainland, we did have a bit more time to prepare. Our governor and mayors of each county (island) acted quickly, enacting, first suggestions, and then orders, to prevent the spread of the virus. The first cases were travel related, either visitors coming to the islands or residents returning home. As feared, now some of the cases on Oahu are a result of community interaction with virus carriers. As of today there have been 224 confirmed cases in Hawaii and we had our very first virus-related death today.
Kauai, and it’s leadership under Mayor Kawakami, has been extremely proactive in keeping the virus from being spread throughout the community. As of yesterday, we have had twelve cases; all travel related. Six people with confirmed cases have recovered and returned home. The six remaining are residents who traveled back from the mainland. Five are in isolation at home and one has been hospitalized. Last Thursday, March 26th, a 14-day self-quarantine order was issued for anyone arriving in Hawaii, both visitors and tourists alike.
For those on island, we have been mandated to “stay at home” unless you must leave for essential needs. There is a 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM curfew in effect. Restaurants, nonessential businesses and tourist activities are closed except for take-out food. Grocery stores are fairly well stocked, but limiting the number of people in each store at any given time is common practice now. Exercise (walking, swimming, surfing) is allowed if maintaining a six foot social distance is possible.
Kauai, like many of your hometowns, is not open for business. The island is on vacation.
For past guests of Honu Point who have checked in with us to see how we are doing, mahalo. For future guests, I am trying to stay positive in the hopes that we will beat the curve and be able to welcome you with open arms in the not-to-distant future. Even though we have had our share of rain this winter, Kauai is as beautiful as ever. She deserves to be seen and enjoyed.
And, we have four albatross chicks in the neighborhood to show off this year. Meet Kobe.
We can not wait to share our vacation rental again with future guests. In the meantime, Tom and I are staying on our home property collecting eggs from our hens and cuddling with our cat, Bandit. We feel grateful to be on the Garden Island. We hope that wherever you are on this earth that you are finding ways to make this crisis tolerable. There are some positives. Many families are back together and a long phone conversation with a friend can be comforting. Stay safe. Be well. Come see us when all of this is over. This, too, shall pass.
For updates on Kauai, go to http://www.kauai.gov/covid-19
These ladies (6 out of 8) tap on the sliding glass door when they’re ready for dinner. Right now we’re getting 5 to 8 eggs a day!
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