Three tourists arrested, another cited in Hilo for violating 14-day quarantine

Two men and a woman, all from Everett, Wash., were arrested Wednesday in Hilo and charged with violating Gov. David Ige’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine order for visitors to Hawaii.

The three, 39-year-old Caleb Conrad, 27-year-old Matthew Young and 24-year-old Makynzie Anderson were apprehended at about 3:15 p.m. at the pool of the Grand Naniloa Hotel on Banyan Drive.

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All were charged with violating the 14-day quarantine order, which is intended to stem the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, and released from custody after posting $500 bail. All were told to appear at 1:30 p.m. June 9 at Hilo District Court.

According to Hawaii Police Department Capt. Reed Mahuna, the three, traveling together, arrived in Hilo on Tuesday.

Mahuna said hotel staff reported the quarantine violation. He added that the hotel ejected the three from the premises and they had to find alternative lodging.

Mahuna told the Tribune-Herald he could not disclose when they are scheduled to leave.

These are the first known visitor quarantine violation arrests on Hawaii Island.

In addition, police said, a 39-year-old Washington state woman was issued a citation for violating the quarantine order.

On Oahu, a couple was reportedly arrested twice for violating the 14-day mandatory quarantine orders.

Kimberly Kim Tien, 34, of Las Vegas, and 33-year-old Edwin Htun of Australia were reported by management of the Lay Low Hotel in Waikiki, who told authorities the pair left their room numerous times since they arrived on April 15.

The woman reportedly posted their violations on Instagram.

Law enforcement officers escorted them to the Honolulu airport on Wednesday and they caught a flight out of Hawaii.

Honolulu police also arrested a man and woman from California Tuesday for violating the self-quarantine order.

Violating the 14-day self-quarantine order is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of as much as $5,000.

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See Friday’s Tribune-Herald for a more detailed story.

Email John Burnett at jburnett@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

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