Updated Kauai information August 26, 2021
As we continue to monitor the COVID situation nationally, in the State of Hawaii, and specifically the county of Kauai we wanted to provide you our most recent update regarding our upcoming Fall Meeting. Since our last update, we’ve been in direct communication with the County of Kauai, and they have assured us that not only are we able to hold the event but that they are eager to welcome our group to the island. Many of you may have heard updates and requests by the Governor of Hawaii regarding visiting the Hawaiian Islands during the COVID surge we are currently experiencing. We can assure you that as of now, we are still able to hold a scheduled meeting on the Island safely and effectively. Currently, you must either be vaccinated or show proof of negative COVID test before boarding a plane to visit the Island. This has not changed. (Without either, you will be asked to quarantine for 10 days)
We have received information that Kauai’s mayor has been pleased with organized events he has witnessed since the Island reopened in April of 2021, including various programs of our size. The mayor has attended professionally organized events at hotels and mentioned that the hotels have done a fantastic job in safely promoting business travel. He fully supports the visitor industry and professionally organized events moving forward with the current protocols in place.
Governor Ige’s recent request for tourists to stay away until October was not as much directed at the outlying Islands, but to Oahu where the influx has been tremendous. Kauai’s hospitals are not trending on the same curve as the other islands. There is no evidence that visitor industry is causing the spike in positive COVID-19 cases. Health statistics show that the Hawaii COVID-19 surge is largely from residents and it is primarily community spread. Since their resort’s reopening last April 2021, the professionally organized events at the resort have been well executed. This week, the Grand Hyatt hosted a group of 200 attendees in-house and have groups the size of our Fall meeting contracted prior to our conference dates of October 31-November 5, 2021.
Organized events have many levels of items to adhere to, much more than the average tourist traveler to the Islands. The Kauai County has an online portal, which require the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa events team (not the professional organizer/meeting planner) to notify the Kauai County of professionally organized events exceeding 50 people. We agree to properly document any event on the Kauai County online portal and assume responsibility to ensure that the event follows applicable State of Hawaii and Kauai County rules. Some of these are listed below:
- Official venues must require all participants to voluntarily provide proof of vaccination or negative results from a COVID-19 test.
- Proof of vaccination shall mean participants provide documentation that they have received all doses required for full vaccination of their respective vaccine type and have cleared 14 days from their last dose.
- If participants are unvaccinated, they may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, no more than 24 hours before the start of the event. For multi-day events, unvaccinated participants shall show proof of a negative test results daily.
- COVID-19 tests for this purpose may be either antigen or molecular (PCR) tests, but not antibody tests.
- Persons under the age of five attending the event with a participant who provides proof of vaccination or negative test results are not required to provide proof of vaccination or negative test results. All other participants are required to provide proof of vaccination or negative test results.
- Official venues are responsible for maintaining vaccination and test records and providing them to the Department of Health (DOH) for review on the request of the County or DOH.
- Official venues are required to ensure that participants consent to the release of their proof of vaccination and/or negative test results to DOH upon the request of the County or DOH.
To ensure organized events continue to provide a safe environment for attendees and residents of Kauai, the County has implemented a compliance program ensuring any events over 50 on the island meet the strict safety guidelines. This includes requiring verification of vaccinations or negative tests and additional safety measures. Both the CSA and the Grand Hyatt are already working with the County of Kauai to ensure we are in full compliance and provide a safe event.
We have been encouraged by our conversations with both the County of Kauai and the Grand Hyatt that we will be able to hold a safe event later this fall. With that, we continue to monitor this very fluid situation. Our intent is to give you as much information so you can make a decision that is best for you in considering attending our event. We assure you it will be our usual high caliber event, that will be SAFE and follows every protocol as expected.
If you’d like to keep up to date with the status and requirements specific to Kauai to monitor their website here: www.kauai.gov/covid-19
In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the event, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office.
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