Hundreds of trans-Pacific travelers underwent rapid COVID-19 testing at Kahului Airport today. Maui County’s new post-arrival testing program debuted in a successful soft-launch for unvaccinated passengers arriving at Kahului Airport from the continental USA.
“We wanted to test-drive our logistics plan in real-life before finalizing operations,” explained Mayor Michael Victorino. “Our goal is to make the post-arrival test as quick and hassle-free at possible. This test is intended to prevent the introduction of new COVID-19 variants, that are more contagious and dangerous, into Maui County.”
Medical testing is managed and administered by the successful bidder, Doctors of Waikiki, now under contract with the County of Maui. The cost of the rapid COVID-19 test per traveler is $25. The program’s total cost is contingent upon the duration of the program, number of tests administered and the percentage of fully-vaccinated travelers exempted from the post-arrival test. Governor Ige’s 18th proclamation mandates that any test administered after arrival into the State shall be paid for, and administered by, the County.
Dr. Alan Wu, medical director and co-founder of Doctors of Waikiki, said, “We were quite pleased with testing operations today. We saw very few glitches, but overall everything ran smoothly. We will adjust our procedures to expedite travelers through the process so they can receive their test results quickly and go about their business. We were pleasantly surprised at the number of passengers who said they were grateful for the extra precaution.”
Of the hundreds of travelers who received the rapid COVID-19 antigen test today, there were no positive results. Approximately one third of arriving passengers, with proof of full vaccination, were exempt from the post-arrival test.
“I am happy to hear there were no positive cases detected on our first day,” Mayor Victorino said. “Our new testing program has already met my expectations. I understand that most passengers were able to go from the arrival gate, to receiving test results, to leaving the airport within 20-25 minutes.”
Frequently asked questions about Maui County’s new post-arrival testing program for trans-Pacific travelers are posted at www.mauinuistrong.info/travel.