Last Updated: April 20, 2022

Kawaii Kon is a fan-run convention for fans, by fans. We believe that anime conventions (and especially Kawaii Kon) should be a fun, inclusive, and most of all, safe place to celebrate your fandom and uniqueness amongst like-minded individuals. While Hawaii and the world continues to open up, we are optimistic we will be able to relax our COVID19 policies in 2023, we would still like to do our part as a large and frequently crowded event to prevent the spread and help bring the pandemic to an end. As such, we will still be requiring proof of vaccination/negative COVID19 tests as well as mask wearing in enclosed spaces.

It’s no secret that before the pandemic, conventions were frequently a place you might pick up some kind of illness – lovingly called “con crud”. By keeping these policies as the pandemic (hopefully) winds down, we hope to avoid people catching either COVID19 or any other kind of illness at the convention, so you can have the best time possible without fear for your health or the health of your loved ones.

Vaccination Policy

All participants are required to show proof of full vaccination. If you are unable to be vaccinated, you may show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken on or after April 21, 2022. This will be a requirement to pick up your badge. If you have your vaccine information verified by a mobile app or other vaccine verification program such as SMART Hawaii Health, that will be accepted (and is recommended to speed along the registration process).

Ways you can show proof of vaccination

  • Your physical vaccination card with your name and the date(s) of inoculation
  • A clear photo (on your mobile is fine) of both sides of your vaccine card (vaccine card must have your name and the dates of inoculation on it)
  • Vaccine Verification apps such as SMART Hawaii Health
  • Other methods may be accepted, please email us at info@kawaiikon.com if you are unsure your method will work.

What does Full Vaccination mean?

  • Your 2nd dose of vaccine (if getting a 2 dose vaccination) or your J&J vaccination MUST be done on or before April 8, 2022. If your final vaccination date is after this date, you will still need to show a negative COVID19 test. You do not need a booster to be considered fully vaccinated.

Mask Policy

All participants are required to wear masks while in event rooms as well as in lines. Convention Center staff, Kawaii Kon directors and crew, vendors, artists, exhibitors, and any human over the age of 2 must have a mask on to be inside any rooms – panel rooms, video gaming, tabletop gaming, the exhibit halls, video rooms, etc. The only exception to this rule is for presenters, who can remove their masks to present, but will need to remain on stage or at least 10 feet away from the audience during their panel/presentation.

Masks must:

  • Fully cover both your mouth and nose. If you do not have a nose, this also includes beaks, trunks, nostril slits, or snouts.
  • Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material. This does not include mesh.
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow you to remain hands-free

Masks must not

  • be neck gaiters, t-shirts pulled up over your face, bandanas or scarves – CDC guidance says these do not do an adequate job of blocking particles
  • have a release valve – valves expel your exhaled air and thus are not useful in stopping the spread of COVID19
  • have holes or be made of mesh, tulle, screen material, organza, etc.

If you are unsure if your mask qualifies under this policy, it probably doesn’t, but you can send a picture to safety@kawaiikon.com to be sure.

If you don’t have a mask, we will have disposable masks available at the door for $1.

Additional Details & Protocols

  • Hand sanitizer stands will be available throughout the Hawaii Convention Center for attendees.
  • Please do not attend if you are experiencing any COVID19 (or any other illness!) symptoms.
  • If you begin feeling unwell while at the convention, please head to the first aid station between rooms 318 & 319 so they can check you out and determine if you need to leave or not. Based on the situation, we may offer discounts/credit for a future year.
  • Wash your hands frequently/shower/etc
  • Bear in mind that guests will have varying levels of comfort with human contact. We will do our best to communicate ahead of time what each guests’ requests are. It is possible that they may change their preferences during the convention to be more or less restrictive. Please be patient and understanding so that the guest will feel comfortable and want to come back in future years!
  • If you are feeling unwell at the time of the convention, STAY HOME and then email us at registration@kawaiikon.com. We are happy to roll your membership over to next year.
  • Time stamped photos of home tests will be accepted as proof of negative COVID19 test, but we strongly recommend utilizing PCR tests (such as those provided for free at Walgreens, CVS, etc)

Roll-Over Policy

If you are unable or unwilling to comply with the above policies, please email us at registration@kawaiikon.com and we will happily roll your badge over to 2023 or help you transfer it to another person.