ROYAL KAHANA UPDATE
Update June 22, 2021
Please keep in mind, while we offer this information, you are encouraged to check the Hawaii Safe Travels website for the most up-to-date and accurate information. This information is subject to change.
Despite the CDC’s announcement on April 2, Hawaii continues with the state’s Safe Travels(link is external) pre-travel testing program, even for fully vaccinated passengers.
Starting June 15, trans-pacific travelers entering the state who have been vaccinated in Hawaii may bypass the quarantine without a pre-travel test. All other travelers, included those vaccinated outside of Hawaii, must have their negative test results prior to departing as an alternative to Hawaii’s mandatory 10 day quarantine. Although Hawaii’s policy may change in the near future, it remains in place until further notice.
Also starting June 15, inter-county travelers will no longer need to create a trip itinerary in Safe Travels, take a COVID-19 test, or quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status or where they were vaccinated. Some restrictions apply(link is external).
For more information visit hawaiicovid19.com/travel(link is external) and register with the State of Hawaii Safe Travels(link is external) online system. Only test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners(link is external) will be accepted. All incoming travelers are required to have their temperatures checked and complete a health questionnaire online before they can leave the airport.
See full details below on steps and resources to efficiently plan your trip to the Hawaiian Islands.
INFORMATION FOR TRANS-PACIFIC TRAVELERS, INCLUDING U.S. AND CANADA
Effective January 26, 2021, this CDC Order(link is external) went into effect. For international travelers coming to the State of Hawaii, only tests from Trusted Testing Partners will be accepted for purposes of bypassing the State’s 10-day traveler quarantine.
On January 21, 2021, the President of the United States issued an executive order(link is external) related to travel. For the time being, no changes to the Safe Travels program.
Travelers from Canada may bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they have a negative COVID-19 test result from a lab identified by Air Canada or WestJet prior to departure.
Update April 8, 2021
Proposed changes have been approved by the governor for the state’s Safe Travels program in Maui County. Trans-Pacific travelers arriving at Kahului Airport will soon be required to undergo a mandatory secondary COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival, or face a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
Mayor Michael Victorino said he had hoped to start the program this Friday, but implementation is delayed due to the timing of the governor’s approval and the time needed to get equipment in place and workers trained in the system. Mayor Victorino said it will take at least 10 working days to get the program in place, but should be up and running before the end of the month.
When the County is confident that the program is able to start, he said “ample notice” will be given so that travelers understand that upon arriving on Maui on a trans-Pacific flight (including travel from the mainland), that they will be subject to a secondary rapid post test, even if they take the required pre-test 72 hours prior to departure of the final leg of their trip to Hawaiʻi.
The pre-test, which has been in place since Oct. 15, 2020, and is paid for and arranged by the traveler themselves. Under the existing program, the state of Hawai‘i will ONLY accept Nucleic Acid Amplification Test from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment lab test results from TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS. A negative COVID-19 test result is required prior to departure to avoid quarantine in Hawai‘i.
The secondary test upon arrival in Kahului, will be paid for by the County of Maui. On Monday, Gov. Ige said that while he supports a secondary test, he does not believe the cost of the additional test should be passed on to the traveler and said the counties would have to pay for it or find a way to finance it in order for it to be implemented.
“The county is willing to cover the cost to make sure returning visitors and residents are tested and safe,” said Mayor Victorino.
He said challenges are anticipated, especially during the three to four hour period when 10-12 trans-Pacific flights arrive. “Sometimes flights are delayed,” adding an extra element to factor in, and some days the “crunch time” can include even more flights on the schedule.
Mayor Victorino said the secondary test is designed to determine if visitors and returning residents are contributing to an uptick in cases. If the secondary test reveals higher rates, the mayor said the county may consider moving between tiers. “Until we do testing and get the facts on the table, I’ll reserve comments,” said Mayor Victorino, opting instead to look at positivity rates from secondary testing.
As for his proposal seeking inclusion of Maui County in a vaccine passport program, Mayor Victorino said he does not expect its implementation “for some time.” Hawaiʻi could have a partial vaccine passport program available by summer, but state officials were weary of providing an exact date.
There is a lot going on at Royal Kahana as we work toward re-opening.
Using the latest guidance from County, State, and Federal sources, we have begun is a program of sustained disinfecting and sanitizing of all common areas, developed ways to control traffic flow in and around the lobby and other gathering places, and work with the numerous housekeeping services to insure they too are carrying out the steps necessary to properly disinfect the individual units as well.
Many of the initiatives will be somewhat “back of the house” meaning that we will be taking steps such as disinfecting and sanitizing that will go largely unnoticed by our guests. Traffic flow, amenity usage, and other elements will also be part of our re-opening. To help facilitate this program, the association will provide guidance regarding recommended practices and recommended cleaning products to all rental agents. This is a joint effort and will require the full participation of all rental agents and housekeeping staff working in the building.
Around the Resort
The pool project is complete. Once open, the pool will be available from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, seven days a week. Occupancy will be limited to six persons or one larger family unit. A limited number of lounges will also be placed around the pool as well. Guests will be directed to use their own personal towel to cover the lounges. Masks and footwear will be required when transiting to and from the pool. In order to comply with social distancing, three grills will be made available.
**Update Nov. 08, 2020
Pool is now open regular hours (9am – 10pm).
Hand sanitizer stations will be installed throughout the building with an emphasis on the entrance/front desk areas and elevator lobbies on each floor. Various signs will be used to maintain social distancing in and around the elevators and front desk. The Reef and Surf Rooms will remain closed for the time being. The fitness room will be open from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm. Staff will disinfect at certain times during the day and guests will also be provided disinfecting wipes and asked to disinfect prior to use. Fewer pieces of equipment will be available in order to comply with social distancing. The Ping Pong table will not be available during the early stages of reopening. More information will be made available as the reopening program moves forward.