What’s Going On in Hawaii?
The State of Hawaii has reopened the state to commercial and recreational activities, though we do still have some restrictions in place to be aware of. For the island of Hawaii (the Big Island), a mask mandate is still in place and masks are required to be worn indoors or outdoors when in large groups. For a current look at the situation here in Hawaii, including the number of current cases, check the State of Hawaii Department of Health
What Services are Available?
We’re open and excited to be back doing what we love! As of June 1, 2021, the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation loosened restrictions and Hawaii County recreational and commercial boating has returned to 100% carrying capacity Masks are no longer required to be worn while on our boats, but, in accordance with the county mask mandate, masks are still required to be worn at our dive shop. For the time being, our shop is still open for limited hours,10 am to 3 pm, 7 days a week.
At this time, the Hawaiian Islands are accepting travelers from the United States mainland as well as international travelers from Japan, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and French Polynesia. As the islands have reopened, traveling to Hawaii has gotten much easier, but there are still some requirements to be aware of. Travelers who received their COVID-19 vaccination in the United States or U.S. Territories may travel to Hawaii without pre-travel testing/quarantine starting on the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination.
Unvaccinated travelers entering the state must provide a negative COVID-19 test result in order to be exempt from the 10-day mandatory quarantine. The test must have been administered by a state-approved COVID-19 testing facilitywithin 72 hours from the final leg of departure.
The State of Hawaii’s online Safe Travels program is mandatory for all travelers traveling to the islands. For vaccinated travelers, it is mandatory to upload a PDF or image of the traveler’s approved vaccination document into Safe Travels to receive exception from testing or quarantine.
Travelers are to enter their information, details, vaccination status and or COVID-19 test result in advance of their flight. Once their health information is entered 24 hours before departure, travelers receive a QR code via email. The QR code on their mobile device or printed on paper gets scanned by the airport screener upon arrival.
What is Kokua?
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. 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 means something more like, “I admire and appreciate your spirit of cooperation.”
The Hawaiian Islands are uniquely vulnerable to the pandemic in that we have limited access to resources- including medical facilities and healthcare professionals. In the spirit of kokua, we are still proceeding with caution while returning to doing what we love most: diving! We ask that visitors to the islands join us in this spirit and do what they can to keep our islands and our ohana safe.
What Comes Next?
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. Our policies and procedures will continue to adapt as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold.
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.
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Mahalo for your kokua and aloha.