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Column: House Speaker Scott Saiki’s bill on state’s travel policy unsafe for Kauai, Hawaii

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Column: A needlessly ruined Hawaii vacation, thanks to state’s rules

The government of Hawaii has just cost my wife and I a highly anticipated vacation, a celebration of my birthday there, two long travel days and several thousand dollars in plane fares — plus a level of extreme aggravation that will last a long, long time and cause us to reconsider any future Hawaii vacation plans.

We have traveled all the way from Michigan two to three times most years since purchasing timeshares there 15 years ago. We love Hawaii and would rather vacation there than almost anywhere else. But when Gov. David Ige imposed a quarantine on visitors (and returning residents), it forced us to postpone plans and cancel booked flights and reservations several times, while it remained in place for weeks that turned into months.

Who would spend time and money to travel to Hawaii only to be locked in a room? Not us. Probably not anyone. So

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