Two more Kauai arrests for visitors caught with fake test results just made the news. The two flew to Kauai from Los Angeles on American Airlines. To be exempted from quarantine, the couple had uploaded negative test results to Hawaii Safe Travels. The problem is that they are alleged to have falsified the results and were unceremoniously escorted to the Kauai jail. They were subsequently released and returned to Los Angeles. If convicted, the two face up to a $5,000 fine and/or one year in jail. Further court proceedings are pending.
Last week, you’ll recall that Kauai began to take a decidedly different approach to enforcement after the controversy and negative feedback about how two violators of Safe Travels were arrested and handled the prior week in Honolulu. In that prior incident, two more visitors from California were arrested. Following a statewide, multi-agency investigation,
In the end, all of last week’s four violators on Kauai only managed to obtain free rides between the airport and the correctional facility. These contrasted sharply with the prior incident in Honolulu in which the two violators ended up with 10 days of jail accommodations and meals prior to release.
What happened to the Honolulu violators after their 10-day sentences?
And just a week before, we reported on two men arrested at Honolulu Airport. They both served 10-day sentences for Hawaii emergency order violations. Those two, aged 49 and 26, traveled from Louisiana and were taken into custody on arrival in Honolulu. They had no proof of either vaccination or negative COVID test and did not have a location to quarantine.
We never learned what became of the pair after the 10-day, fully state-funded jail quarantine, including accommodations, meals, and medical care, completed last week. They could either have been released to continue their Hawaii vacation or may have been returned to Louisiana.
Your thoughts, please?