COVID-19 FAQS

COVID-19 FAQs & Resources

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.     

Updated 8/5/2021

IF I LIVE ON CAMPUS and am unvaccinated,  WILL I HAVE TRANSPACIFIC TRAVEL-RELATED QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS?

If you are unvaccinated and living in the dorms (Waterfront Lofts at ATM, Hawaii Loa, or Park Shore Waikiki) but comply with the Hawaii State Safe Travels testing program, you may come to campus immediately after transpacific travel, but must take a COVID test provided by HPU for a 10-day period and then three times a week during the fall semester. If you are unvaccinated and fail to meet the Safe Travels testing program exception, you must quarantine for 10 days off campus at your own expense. All unvaccinated students, including those receiving exceptions, must also comply with government health and safety mandates and any applicable HPU policies on health screening, wearing of face coverings, social distancing, testing, etc.   

IF I DO NOT LIVE IN CAMPUS HOUSING and am unvaccinated, WILL I STILL HAVE TRANSPACIFIC TRAVEL-RELATED QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS?

If you are a student living off campus who is unvaccinated but comply with the Hawaii State Safe Travels testing program, you must take another COVID test prior to coming to campus for orientation and/or the first-week of classes. Students may get a COVID test through HPU's Surveillance Testing Program; testing will be available on August 18, August 19, August 20, and August 23 at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Contact the Dean of Students Office at mmckee@hpu.edu for details. If you are unvaccinated and fail to meet the Safe Travels testing program exception, you must quarantine for 10 days off campus at your own expense. All unvaccinated students, including those receiving exceptions, must also comply with government health and safety mandates and any applicable HPU policies on health screening, wearing of face coverings, social distancing, testing, etc.    

what are the requirements for international students approved to participate in the university student travel exemption program (MODIFIED QUARANTINE PROGRAM)?

International students who are approved to participate in the University Student Travel Exemption Program (10-day modified quarantine program) are subject to the following restrictions:

  • If you are fully vaccinated and comply with the Modified Quarantine Program, you may come to campus as directed by the program during the 10-day modified quarantine period.
  • If you are unvaccinated living in the dorms (Waterfront Lofts at ATM, Hawaii Loa, or Park Shore Waikiki) but comply with the Modified Quarantine Program, you may come to campus immediately but must quarantine until receiving your approval letter and must take a COVID test provided by HPU for a 10-day period and then three times a week during the fall semester.
  • If you are unvaccinated LIVING OFF-CAMPUS but comply with the Modified Quarantine Program, you must take another COVID test on the fifth day after arrival. Students may get a COVID test through HPU’s Surveillance Testing Program; testing will be available on August 18, August 19, August 20, and August 23 at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Contact iss@hpu.edu for testing details.

HOW DO STUDENTS SUBSTANTIATE TO HPU THEY HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED?

Students may privately submit proof of vaccination directly on Med+Proctor. For instructions to access or create your Med+Proctor account, please click here

I HEARD THE STATE OF HAWAI‘I OFFERS A VACCINE EXEMPTION FOR TRANS-PACIFIC TRAVELERS BOUND FOR HAWAII SINCE JULY 8. WHAT  DO I NEED TO KNOW? 

Yes, a welcome change to the State’s requirements effective July 8 is that travelers fully vaccinated in the U.S. or its territories may enter Hawai‘i without pre-travel testing/quarantine starting the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination.  IMPORTANT NOTE: The vaccination record document must be uploaded to the State’s Safe Travels site and printed out prior to departure and includes a requirement for the traveler to have a hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii. 

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

If you are participating in the State’s vaccination exemption program effective July 8, 2021, your vaccination record must be uploaded and printed out prior to departure and in hand upon arrival in Hawai‘i. If you are taking a state-approved pre-travel COVID test to bypass the State’s mandatory 10-day quarantine, your test results must be uploaded prior to departure and in hand upon arrival in Hawai‘i. Click here for more information on the Safe Travels Program. Click here to begin to use the Safe Travels platform. You must create a Safe Travels to Hawai‘i account.

IF I DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THE VACCINATION EXEMPTION AND TAKE A PRE-TRAVEL COVID-TEST TO BYPASS THE STATE’S MANDATORY 10-DAY QUARANTINE, DOES HEALTH INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF COVID-TESTING?

Probably no, health insurance will not necessarily cover COVID-testing expenses for travel purposes. It is also important to note the State of Hawai‘i has specific requirements on pre-travel testing: the test must be the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment lab ONLY from the State’s approved testing partners. The state-approved COVID test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure time. If you have a multi-city flight itinerary, the flight departure time is from the last city you leave before arriving to Hawai‘i.   

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ARE STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS 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. Colleges and departments across the university also offer activities and events. Some 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 25 people indoors and 75 outdoors (per Tier 5 of the City & County of Honolulu, effective July 8, 2021). 

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

Yes, as required by the City & County of Honolulu, individuals are required to wear face coverings at all times inside 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 an 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.