We wanted to take this opportunity to give you some updates from the ground here on Kauai since the Covid-19 pandemic began. For reflections on real estate, please visit our blog about the Kauai real estate market for some market statistics and reflections about the market since the pandemic began.
The outbreak of confirmed cases, to date, has been relatively subdued here. As of May 3, 2020, Kauai has zero active cases. Local governments report 21 cases (all of which have recovered) on the island with 1 reported as community spread and no deaths. The mayor of Kauai has implemented rather aggressive policies early on in the effort of curbing the spread (which the community is generally appreciative of, from what I have observed).
While we are not permitted to sunbathe or congregate at the beach, we are still permitted to surf, paddle, swim and maintain our physical and mental well-being by enjoying Kauai’s nature. To experience the beauty of Kauai with an elevated quietness is certainly one of the silver linings of this time.
We send our condolences to those who are experiencing great loss. Although the deaths and physical impacts have been far less in Hawaii and Kauai, our state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the US. We are seeing the impact of this already hit our local population. Local organizations and individuals are stepping up to help their kamaʻāina how and where they can. Here are a few of these programs worth noting.
The Hawaii Life Charitable Fund is matching the first $40,000 in donations for funds towards local Covid-19 relief. Read more here.
Community farms are supplying study streams of fruits and vegetables to the kapuna (elderly) and anyone in need, at no cost. Learn more or donate to a great non-profit program on Kauai’s North Shore called the Āina Hoʻokupu O Kīlauea here
Malama Kauai, a non-profit on Kauai’s North Shore which supports the community and culture of Kauai, has assembled a local food connector to pair local food suppliers of all sorts with the community to support buying local. They have also organized numerous food drives to assist getting food in the hands of kapuna and keiki alike. Learn more here.
To stay apprised of the situation on Kauai, here are some other useful links:
County of Kauai Daily Coronavirus Update: https://kauai.gov/covid-19/
Hawaii State Department of Health: https://hawaiicovid19.com/