The State of Hawaii is in the process of slowly 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. 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 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 kokua shown by our residents and visitors.
Kokua 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 kokua.” 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.”
While our numbers are low and fortunately, at this time, on the decline, the Hawaiian Islands are uniquely vulnerable to the pandemic in that we have limited access to resources- including medical facilities and healthcare professionals.
It appears that Hawaii is headed in a good direction and we’re grateful to see the results of our diligence starting to pay off. We’re starting to slowly reopen commercial and recreational activities, but we have not lost the sense of caution that has allowed us to do so. We do not want to compromise all that we’ve sacrificed for.
In the spirit of kokua, and in cooperation with the rulings and timelines set forth by the state, Kona Diving Company is enacting changes to our practices and procedures to protect our staff and valued guests. We are opening back up slowly, easing back into business with limited staffing, hours and services.
At this time, we are not able to take people diving on our boats. Hawaiʻi State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) has suspended all commercial operator permits until further notice. In compliance with state directives, Kona Diving Company is closed for all recreational ocean activities until the restriction is lifted. The soonest date we are accepting recreational bookings for is June, 15, 2020 however that date is subject to change pending decisions from the state. To make a future booking, start here.
For now, we’re excited to be able to resume offering tank rentals, fills and inspections as well as gear sales, services and repair and have made additions to our shore diving gear rental offerings! Our shop is providing these services in compliance with social distancing requirements and other mitigating actions outlined by the state. Our temporary hours are 10 am to 3 pm, 7 days a week.
Check out some of the changes we’ve made in our shop
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 we are rising to meet this new challenge. We are hard at work amending our policies and procedures so that when we are cleared to do so, we can make our return to diving operations as safe as possible for our guests and crew. We’re evaluating and improving 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 miss you all and cannot wait to take you diving again.
Mahalo for your kokua and aloha.