Hawaii and Base Related Questions
Hawaii was under stay-at-home orders from April-June. As of mid-July, we were able to reopen our base in Kona with new precautions. Most public places are open in Kona with social distancing and mask requirements. The community is responding to local authorities and taking precautions. YWAM Ships Kona continues to make every effort to adhere to the local, national, and international protocols.
As of September 1, the Big Island has 166 active cases with a population of 186,000 people.
Yes. According to state law, everyone traveling into the state of Hawaii must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. As our students and staff members arrive in Kona, we have a safety protocol in place to transport them from the airport to an individual room at the base where they will complete their quarantine safely according to the state guidelines.
Masks that cover the mouth and nose are required at all times when on campus. We are taking temperatures daily, have implemented physical distancing, and have increased hand sanitizer use. Local authorities confirmed that we are doing well in our response to COVID-19. All our students are tested for COVID-19 and are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival on the island.
Yes. We have medical professionals on staff that is assisting us with medical issues as they arise. They have been available during the COVID-19 pandemic to help keep us updated with new protocols. They are able to check symptoms and take temperatures, and should it be necessary, contact local doctors for further medical assistance. If a staff or student were to show symptoms of COVID-19, they would be given immediate medical attention, including a space to be quarantined.
No. The Big Island continues to receive flights. The US government is not involved in setting our school or program schedules, as our ministry is not registered as a national university. We do cooperate according to federal and local protocols.
If, during this time, we are notified to postpone or cancel our programs, we will advise our staff and students immediately and follow instructions given by local or national authorities.
We are currently operating with standard campus procedures and daily base cleaning. We are taking extra precautions by sanitizing shared common areas at least two times a day. We are also taking temperatures daily of everyone on campus.
The state of Hawaii has been working hard to keep our islands safe. As cases arise on the islands, the state has been implementing more social distancing measures. Most restaurants and public places are open, just with safety restrictions.
Masks are required at all times for everyone on campus. Gloves are not required, except for some service areas such as the kitchen.
Travel Related Questions
The Kona Community Hospital and Aloha Urgent Care are both close to our base. They are fully-staffed and equipped to provide medical care. We also have multiple medical staff members that have been advising us through this time. Regardless of COVID-19, we require that everyone participating with YWAM Ships Kona hold valid and adequate health insurance.
You can tell them that you will be a resident of Hawaii for the next five months. We will send you a proof of residency paper to show them as a last resort if you are having any issues with being let through.
If for some reason, you are unable to enter Hawaii because you are not a US resident, you will be responsible for returning to your home country. It is unlikely that you would not be able to re-enter your home country.
It is unlikely that you would not be able to re-enter your country of citizenship.
For our Life and Liberty DTS, please arrive on October 1st. For our secondary school, the Chronological Biblical Core Course (CBCC), please arrive on September 24th.
Your lecture phase will last three months, followed by a two and a half month (11 week) outreach.
Our rooms can hold up to four people per room, but in order to stay safer during COVID-19, we are currently limiting the rooms to two to three people.
At this time, we have not set a limit on the number of students we will enroll in our schools.
Most of our speakers will be from Kona at this time. Thankfully we are so blessed to be in a place with easy access to so many outstanding leaders and speakers from around the world. We choose each speaker based on knowing that they live out these topics in their own life as a daily lifestyle. We have many people here who have incredible stories and wisdom from across the globe to keep our heart for the nations and get well-rounded teachings!
We successfully began our summer schools on July 15th with new protocols in place so that we are following all state and federal guidelines. At this time, we do not plan to cancel the upcoming schools, but we will continue to monitor the local and global COVID-19 situation. If the virus continues to spread, and cases increase, we will make decisions accordingly to protect our staff and students’ safety and health.
At this time, we feel that it is safest to do outreaches in the Hawaiian islands for our current summer school that is running. We have not made final decisions on the outreach locations for the upcoming fall and winter schools yet. We have a huge heart for the nations and want to get back out there as soon as it is safe, but we will plan to stay closer to Hawaii for outreaches until things clear up more.
Outreaches for the summer quarter will begin in October, and we will take every precaution necessary to ensure our staff, students, and contacts’ safety and health. We will make wise decisions regarding outreach locations and traveling during this time.
In the case of illness, while on outreach, we will take due diligence to provide healthcare for each individual as needed. We have an emergency budget for every outreach and will use that if necessary to seek medical attention, set up special accommodations, or make flight changes. Our outreach leaders will have the continual support of the Outreach Coordinator, DTS Leader, and Training Director.
We will work with outreach contacts to communicate as quickly as possible in the event of anyone on the team displaying symptoms of the virus or being tested positive.