All over the world, people are staying home to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Museums, public parks and gardens (and much more) are closed some indefinitely, some through the end of April at least.
one more look – vantage point near the old sumo ring pavilion
one more look before lockdown goes into effect – overview
Throughout Hawai`i, preparations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were made in advance of Wednesday, March 25, when County parks closed. Overview photos posted above were taken Tuesday, March 24. One exception is exercise, but social distance should be observed.
official park closure notice on a barrier at the intersection of Banyan Drive and Lihiwai Street (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga, 28 March 2020)
Closed Indefinitely sign posted on the bridge to Mokuola (photo credit Ohelo Brown, 23 March 2020)
Thank you to our County Parks personnel for keeping tables and restrooms disinfected daily and for maintaining the parks. All Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens volunteer days are suspended pending reopening of the gardens.
one good thing: with all the emphasis on washing one’s hands with soap and water, we now have soap in the restroom at Lili`uokalani Gardens
barriers signal the small parking lot by the tea house, Okinawa boats, and old sumo ring is closed (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga 28 March 2020)
unusual morning view of Lihiwai Street (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga 28 March 2020)
morning walkers observe social distancing rules (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga 28 March 2020)
A message from Hawai`i County Civil Defense on Wednesday, 1 April 2020:
“All must adhere to social distancing and wear protective face mask.
“Your involvement is needed to follow all policies to stop the spread of the virus. Do Call Civil Defense at 935-0031 for any clarification on these matters.
“Coronavirus is no April Fool’s joke, please follow all preventive measures and observe social distancing of at least 6 feet and keep groups less than 10 people.
“Thank you for listening and be well.”
For additional information, here is a link to Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens newsletter for April 2020. Articles and photographs by Ku`ehu Mauga, Amy Nishiura, Walter Imahara, Bill & K.T. Eger.
Newsletter April 2020
UPDATE: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Visitors who do not observe the 14-day quarantine are subject to arrest, fines, and a trip back to where they came from.
Three Visitors Arrested After Breaking Quarantine On Banyan Drive