The State of Hawaii is in the process of reopening the state to commercial and recreational activities. Our local government implemented aggressive measures to help reduce the impact of the pandemic on our islands and those measures have paid off. For a current look at the situation here in Hawaii, including the number of current cases, check the State of Hawaii Department of Health.
The state of Hawaii will be allowing travel to the islands as of August 1 without the need to quarantine, provided travelers get a valid COVID-19 test at least 72 hours prior to arrival and show proof of negative result. All individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving or returning to the State of Hawaii through July 31 are still subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The mandate applies to all arrivals at state airports, including private and commercial aircraft.
The Hawaiian Islands report some of the lowest numbers in the nation of positive Covid-19 cases. While the unique geographical nature of being the world’s most isolated archipelago has aided in our success, much of our progress is due to the aggressive measures taken by our local government as well as the kōkua shown by our residents and visitors.
Kōkua is the word we use to describe the spirit of kindness accompanied by a desire to help one another, without expecting anything in return. More specifically, it translates to extending loving and sacrificial help to others for their benefit, and not for personal gain.
In Hawaii, you may hear or see the phrase, “mahalo for your kōkua.” Simply, it means thank you for your help or for being considerate, but in full complexity of definition it might mean something more like, “I admire and appreciate your spirit of cooperation.”
Kona Diving Company is committed to preserving and promoting the health and safety of our employees and guests. While we are so excited to welcome visitors back to the islands, we hope our visitors understand that the people of Hawaii have worked hard and sacrificed much to mitigate the impact the pandemic. The state implemented particularly strict restrictions because our home and the people who live here are particularly vulnerable. As islands, our resources are limited, particularly regarding our available medical care. Looking to the future, we are proceeding with optimism as well as caution and humbly ask that our visitors do too.
We will continue to pursue the latest and most detailed information we can access to better serve the communities we love, both above and below the water. We hope you’ll join us in practicing the spirit of kōkua.
We are so excited to be able to offer our full range of charters and services again! In addition to dive charters, we have also resumed operations for tank rentals, fills and inspections as well as gear sales, rentals, services and repairs. Emergency restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic are being relaxed statewide, but please be aware before you visit our shop or come on our boat that we still have state-mandated restrictions in place. Commercial and recreational boating operations can accommodate no more than ten people on a vessel at one time, operating under new COVID-19 “Act With Care” guidelines. This total includes passengers and crew (including the captain) and applies to all recreational and commercial vessels. Perfect for small groups- just the way we like it! As always, we take no more than 5 divers per guide. Our small adventure boat ‘Imi Kai is also available for advanced and long range charters! To inquire about availability or to begin the booking process, start here.
Our temporary hours are 10 am to 3 pm, 7 days a week, but we hope to return to our normal hours in August.
To help prepare for your trip, please take a few minutes to check out some changes we’ve made at our shop and on our boats:
Kona Diving Company was already making every effort to be the best we could be and provide the safest, most enjoyable experience for our guests and now have risen to meet this new challenge. We have been hard at work amending our policies and procedures to make our diving operations as safe as possible for our guests and crew. We have evaluated and improved every aspect of the process: from our check ins, to accommodating social distancing protocols on our boats, disinfecting dive gear and more.
We are following in the footsteps of industry leaders such as Divers Alert Network as well as monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization to make sure we have the most accurate and up-to-date information.
The health and safety of our guests is our utmost priority. Our guests are not just customers to us, they are ohana. We have missed you all and cannot wait to take you diving again.
Mahalo for your kōkua and aloha.