COVID-19 FAQs & Resources

During this unprecedented time, Hawai‘i Pacific University stands by its commitment to support our ‘ohana, including answering your questions related to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. We have prepared the following information with our student and parent audiences in mind.     

DOES HPU HAVE TRAVEL-RELATED QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS FOR ITS STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF?

Yes, effective February 3, 2021, the University instituted a Mandatory 10-day Quarantine Policy for students, faculty, and staff. Even if participating in the State’s Safe Travels program, HPU students, faculty, and staff are required to stay off-campus for 10 days beyond arrival after returning from transpacific travel. Depending on the circumstances, the University may require a 10-day quarantine following inter-island travel. The full message and details are posted in the MyHPU portal; see the COVID Resources tab and scroll to the bottom. On February 24, 2021, Human Resources emailed faculty and staff an update to the employee guidelines and requirements.      

IF I LIVE ON-CAMPUS, WHAT ARE MY TRAVEL-RELATED QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS?

Residential students are required to reside off-campus at their own expense until the expiration of the HPU mandatory 10-day quarantine. They may also be required to satisfy additional testing requirements before entering their campus residences.  

DOES HPU REQUIRE I REPORT MY PERSONAL TRAVEL?
Yes, HPU requires all students, faculty, and staff report their personal travel at least one week in advance of departure to the Office of International Students and Scholars Director Bernard Chong, Director, bchong@hpu.edu, 808-450-5173. If you reside on campus, please alert both Bernard Chong and Brian Reece, Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life, housing@hpu.edu, 808-687-7010, at least one week in advance of departure.

I HEARD THE STATE OF HAWAII COVID-19 TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANS-PACIFIC TRAVELERS BOUND FOR HONOLULU HAS CHANGED SINCE OCTOBER. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW? 

Yes, an important change to the State’s requirements effective November 24 is that travelers must upload their negative NAAT COVID-19 test result processed by a Trusted Provider - a State-approved, CLIA-certified laboratory - to the Safe Travels Hawaii platform or have such test result in hand prior to departure to Honolulu’s Inouye International Airport to avoid the 10-day quarantine. Important Note: You are still required to adhere to HPU's mandatory 10-day quarantine policy before returning to campus, even if you meet the state's requirements avoiding its quarantine. Here is a list of State-approved Trusted Travel and Testing Partners. You are required to be tested no more than 72 hours prior to departure on your last flight to Honolulu.   

WHAT IS THE STATE OF HAWAII SAFE TRAVELS PROGRAM AND WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE BOARDING THE PLANE TO HONOLULU?

The State of Hawaii Safe Travels Program allows visitors and returning residents with negative test results to be exempt from the state-required quarantine upon arrival. Click here to begin to use the Safe Travels platform.  It's a mandatory part of Hawai‘i’s pre-travel screening and testing program and requires three steps. 

  • Step 1: You must use the Safe Travels platform to upload your travel details from your mobile device or computer. 
  • Step 2: You must obtain a COVID test from a Trusted Travel and Testing Partner within 72-hours of travel and receive a negative result prior to departure for Hawaii. 
  • Step 3: On the day of travel, you must complete a brief health questionnaire posted on the Safe Travels portal. 

Once all three steps are complete, you will also receive the required QR code that will enable your entry into the state when you arrive at the special checkpoint at the airport in Honolulu. Important Note: You are still required to adhere to HPU's mandatory 10-day quarantine policy before returning to campus.    

DOES HEALTH INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF COVID-TESTING TO MEET STATE OF HAWAII TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS?

No, health insurance will not necessarily cover COVID-testing expenses for travel purposes. 

OPTIONS FOR INTER-ISLAND TRAVEL: 

  • Travel from O’ahu to other neighboring islands should follow the steps to participate in the state Safe Travels Quarantine Exemption program, which requires a negative pre-test from a Trusted Travel and Testing Partner collected no more than 72-hours prior to departure. Please see the FAQ entitled “WHAT IS THE STATE OF HAWAII SAFE TRAVELS PROGRAM” for more information on the Safe Travels Program requirement.
  • If you return to O’ahu from a neighboring island ONLY (no transpacific travel), you are exempt from the state's quarantine requirement and do not need to test before departure upon arrival.   

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ARE STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS STILL OFFERED ON CAMPUS? 

The Student Activities team works closely with the numerous Registered Student Organizations on campus to continue offering activities and events. Colleges and departments across the university also offer activities and events. Virtual events will be held, and any in-person events will comply with City & County of Honolulu regulations, including no social gatherings of more than 10 people (per Tier 3 of the City & County of Honolulu, effective February 25, 2021). You can participate in interactive sessions covering a wide variety of topics, including campus highlights, Hawaiian history and culture, career services, comedy shows, and even virtual concerts. 

DO I NEED TO WEAR A FACE-COVERING ON CAMPUS?      

Yes, individuals are required to wear face coverings at all times in public and common areas at HPU, including in offices, except when alone in an enclosed office or while dining consistent with dining requirements. While teaching, faculty are encouraged to wear a face shield with their mask. As additional health and safety precaution, eating and drinking in class is not allowed.      

WHAT ARE THE DAILY HEALTH-SCREENING REQUIREMENTS I MUST ADHERE TO BEFORE GOING TO CLASS OR WORK? 

All students, faculty, and staff are required to fill out a daily health survey, accessible on the myHPU app or at www.hpu.edu/screening. If the answer is “yes” to any of the health-screening questions, individuals should stay home and seek health care if needed.  Students, faculty, and staff are also required to take their temperature daily at a campus thermal scanner station, and if asked, show your daily health pass to security.   

WHAT SHOULD I DO IN THE EVENT I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 OR BELIEVE I HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 OR ARE FEELING ILL? 

If a member of the HPU community, student, faculty, or staff, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been exposed to it or is feeling ill, the individual should immediately contact our Director of Safety and Security Sam Tong, 808-236-3597, stong@hpu.edu. 

 

STATE OF HAWAII-CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU INFORMATION 

What are the latest City and County of Honolulu and State of Hawaii mandates in the attempt to combat the transmission of COVID-19?  

COVID-19-related government orders for the State of Hawai‘i are posted here and for the City & County of Honolulu are posted here.  

COVID-19 RESOURCE SITES 

One Oahu: City & County of Honolulu COVID-19 Information 

Hawai‘i State Department of Health: COVID-19 Updates 

Hawai‘i State Department of Health Travel and Visitor Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

World Health Organization 

General Health Services Resource Information is posted here.