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Hawaii Plans to Vaccinate Itself out of COVID Bondage

Hawaii Plans to Vaccinate Itself out of COVID Bondage

Hawaii officials have forced tourists to quarantine, arrest them, and mess up their travel plans for failure to follow the state’s aggressive and arcane COVID policies.

While California undoubtedly has arcane and restrictive coronavirus policies, no state can hold a candle to Hawaii. Unfortunately, the 50th state still has strict quarantine rules despite robust vaccination programs and the eye-opening science that came to light in the Anthony Fauci emails.

Sadly for a woman hoping to escape the stupidity of California, the island’s restrictions trapped her, and she said “aloha” to the rest of her vacation.

Officers with the Maui Police Department (MPD) arrested a California visitor Wednesday after violating travel quarantine orders.

45-year-old Denora Montalvan flew in from San Jose without a negative pre-travel Covid-19 test from an approved facility. MPD says she also did not have approved lodging to complete the mandatory 10-day quarantine.

Montalvan was transported to the Wailuku Police Station for processing.

Her bail is set at $2,000.

A woman from Oregon also recently ran afoul of the Hawaiian requirements. As a result, her stay was also cut short.

After arriving on a flight form Seattle, Kelsey Newcomer, 36, of Portland, did not have a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test from an approved facility and she did not have approved lodging where she could complete a mandatory 10-day travel quarantine, Maui police said.

She was taken to a police station in Wailuku and later agreed leave Maui and return to Oregon, police said. She was traveling alone, according to Alana Pico, a police spokeswoman.

Newcomer couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

The confusing rules over acceptable COVID tests have complicated the issue. Los Angeles newlywed couple Alayne and Milton Thompson jumped through flaming hoops and still used the “quarantine rooms.”

When the Thompsons landed in Honolulu, they were ordered to go directly to the quarantine section of a beachfront hotel — but not in the beachfront rooms they’d paid for — for the rest of their trip.

“They started telling us we have the wrong COVID test, we have the wrong COVID test,” Alayne said. “I said that we’re vaccinated, we have cards to prove it.”

Hawaii’s COVID travel portal states: “All travelers must have a negative test result BEFORE beginning the final leg of their trip. Anyone without a negative test result PRIOR to departure must quarantine upon arrival. FDA-approved NAAT tests, processed by a CLIA-certified laboratory are the only types of coronavirus tests currently approved by the state of Hawai’i.”

Happily, for both tourists and Hawaiians relying on the tourism industry, it appears that the state public health officials may soon free everyone from coronavirus bondage.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Friday that the state will drop its quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers once 70% of the state’s population has been vaccinated against the disease. Hawaii will also lift its requirement that people wear masks indoors once that level has been reached, he said.

The state Department of Health website said 59% of Hawaii’s population has had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 52% finished their dosing regimen.

The state is using its figures, and not those provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to calculate thresholds for lifting restrictions. Health Department Director Dr. Libby Char said that’s because Hawaii’s numbers are more accurate. She said it appears the CDC has been counting some of Hawaii’s doses twice.

I have Hawaii at the bottom of my list for domestic travel plans. Florida, on the other hand, has moved into the top position.

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danvillemom | June 7, 2021 at 9:12 am

We are going to Hawaii in July to see family. Hawaii only accepts negative tests from “approved” labs. That is the key – not all negative tests will be accepted. It is a hassle, but seeing family is worth it.

You think Hawaii is a s***show? Check out what’s going on in Canada.

2smartforlibs | June 7, 2021 at 11:58 am

So the pot smoking on the beach isn’t going to work?

If I were suspicious, I’d say the restrictions for all visitors are heavily weighted to the Asian tourists. Thus the ‘approved’ labs and the quarantine restrictions on incoming visitors. But you can’t *say* that out loud, so they just put them on all visitors.

Get your shots, people. Even if you’re not in an age group where it’s a severe death risk, it hits like a sledgehammer.

    Andy in reply to georgfelis. | June 7, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    The flu also hits like a sledge hammer. I’ve gotten that shot 4 times in my life. On the other hand, multiple people I share DNA with have had it and it was no big deal. I may have had it and not even known it.

    We know the risk and accept the risk accordingly. To poo-poo someone not getting the vaccination who is outside of the age/health risk group is proving you have learned NOTHING from all of this.

    We’ve been lied to. Rampantly. Skeptics are looking pretty damn smart right now for not buying what has been told to us.

    I’m not anti-vax. I’m just not at risk and not entirely comfortable with shoving the accelerated vaccine outside the known at risk demographics.

    Anyone who says they “know” anything is a liar and a fraud.

    Olinser in reply to georgfelis. | June 7, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    I had it. It was a joke. I had a moderate cough for a few days, lost all sense of taste/smell, and had a mild fever for two days that barely went above 101.5 (and was kind of weird because honestly if I didn’t have a thermometer I wouldn’t have thought I had a fever at all).

    If the world weren’t losing their fucking minds, I probably would have called off from work only 1 day, that’s how unimpressive the symptoms were. Quite a large number of people I work with actually got it as well over the last year. Only TWO had severe symptoms (and they were a heavy smoker over 60, and somebody that had both diabetes AND asthma).

    So no, it does not ‘hit like a sledgehammer’ for the vast majority of people.

      gonzotx in reply to Olinser. | June 7, 2021 at 5:18 pm

      Unfortunately many people have had God awful symptoms

        gibbie in reply to gonzotx. | June 7, 2021 at 6:32 pm

        And for a significant fraction of them, the Wuhan virus triggers long term debilitating illnesses (e.g. dysautonomia). This is also true for other viruses and traumas.

          FreeSpeechIsAbsolute in reply to gibbie. | June 8, 2021 at 1:51 pm

          can you please cite your data… there’s a lot of anecdotes… need hard data.

        Ironclaw in reply to gonzotx. | June 8, 2021 at 12:41 am

        Yet many others wouldn’t have even known otherwise if they weren’t tested positive.

    henrybowman in reply to georgfelis. | June 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    “Get your shots, people. Even if you’re not in an age group where it’s a severe death risk, it hits like a sledgehammer.”

    Bullshit. You can’t say one way or the other. I’ve already had it, as has everybody in my immediate family. Most had no symptoms at all, two had mild flu. Now that I’ve had it, I neither need nor want the vaccine, and therefore I will not take it. That’s how vaccines work. “Follow the ESTABLISHED science.”

    The racist tyrants in Hawaii can go screw themselves.

Artificial bondage requires artificial freedom.

If you think a single State employee, much less Ige, has any idea what the Fauci emails say, you would be mistaken. Hawaii even demands vaccinations for people who wish to travel who have had covid…and that is dangerous with some severe reactions to the vaccine. Even worse, some counties, like Kaua and Maui have even stricter travel requirements than the state as a whole.

On the plus side, the vaccine centers and appointments protocol are excellent. I have never seen such efficiency from the State. The Department of Health has hundreds of volunteer nurses and doctors employed in running the vax centers, Also the National Guard medical units have been activated. They are informative, pleasant and quick. The State keeps track of all statistics relating to the vaccines as well as all trial results and adverse responses with the State and nation. If there is anything that it feels needs further explanation, like when the J&J was found to trigger blood clotting in a few young women, an email is immediately sent out and the local office will answer concerns.
We also have our choice as to the vaccine of the 3 majors in use by our state.

It seems to me that the proper response to someone entering in violation of the COVID rules would be to put them on the next flight back to where they came from. If you’re afraid that someone may bring a disease into your state, the last thing you should do is to keep them there so that they can transmit it to others while they are being held.

Now what happens when more than 30% of the population has HAD covid and refuses to take the vaccine.

Treating this like vaccines are the only thing in the world that matters is just as insane as acting like this was the Black Death reborn.

    n.n in reply to Olinser. | June 7, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Exposure risk, preexisting immunity (e.g. crossreactive), naturally acquired immunity (i.e. infection), and low-risk, effective, inexpensive therapeutic treatments. Oh, and vaccines, too.

UnCivilServant | June 7, 2021 at 4:52 pm

Just expel them from the union. Reinstate the monarchy, they seem to pine for it so.

“I have Hawaii at the bottom of my list for domestic travel plans. Florida, on the other hand, has moved into the top position.”

Leslie, You’re very welcome to Florida. For your own sake and ours, please plan to stay.

Must-read at the Babylon Bee:

Exclusive: The Babylon Bee Has Acquired More Leaked Fauci Emails:

https://babylonbee.com/news/exclusive-the-babylon-bee-has-acquired-more-leaked-dr-fauci-emails

henrybowman | June 8, 2021 at 5:05 pm

“Sadly for a woman hoping to escape the stupidity of California, the island’s restrictions trapped her”

Either that wasn’t her real reason for going to Hawaii, or she knew absolutely nothing about the place.

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