Update, 9/24: In preparation for the resumption of tourism to Hawaii, United announced that they will offer rapid COVID-19 tests at San Francisco International Airport for passengers with same day flights to Hawaii. Rapid test results will be available in just 15 minutes. United will also offer an overnight mail-in self testing option and will expand testing to other airports.
The rapid tests are not as accurate as PCR tests, but United says that they worked with the state of Hawaii and passengers who test negative on either test will be able to avoid quarantine. United will fly to all 4 major Hawaiian islands from San Francisco starting on 10/15.
Do you think more airlines will start offering COVID-19 tests for destinations that require them?
Update, 9/17: Hawaii will delay its reopening until at least October 15th. They say that they hope to stick to that date this time around, but it’s tough to make plans when reopening has been delayed several times already…
Update, 8/19: Hawaii will delay its reopening until at least October 1st.
Update, 7/13: Hawaii will delay its reopening until at least September 1st.
Originally posted on 6/24:
Hawaii has had a strict 14 day quarantine since March that has closed most of its resorts. That has devastated the state’s economy, but also kept Hawaii with the lowest total positive case percentage in the nation.
Effective 8/1, you’ll be able to avoid quarantine by testing negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arriving in Hawaii.
Hawaii hopes to thread the needle and restart their economy without getting slammed by the virus.
Will you travel to Hawaii now or will you be waiting longer to travel?
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Want to read more about Hawaii?
My love of Hawaii began 13 years ago when I posted and grabbed a deal paying just $87 for airfare and hotel. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to spend several months between the stunning islands, which each offer a unique and wonderful experience. You can’t go wrong with any of them, there are just 2 things is to be careful of.
1. Don’t get stuck in Honolulu. I’ve heard from too many people who spent an entire week and never left the city limits. That’s just a shame, they may as well have gone to Miami Beach. While I prefer The Big Island, Kauai, and Maui to Oahu, there is still plenty to see and experience on Oahu as long as you leave Honolulu behind.
2. Don’t try to “do” several islands in a week. If you just have 4-7 days of vacation then you should stick to one island. There will be plenty to do to keep you busy and it will allow for some time to relax. There’s no need to add the stress of interisland travel just for the sake of “doing” another island. With 9 days or more to play with, it does make sense to experience more than 1 island.
As for which island is best, read on and decide for yourself! If you ask 5 people you’ll probably get 6 different answers 😀
DansMeals: Hawaii For The Kosher Traveler:
- Part 1: General Info And The Island Of Oahu
- Part 2: The Big Island of Hawaii
- Part 3: Maui
- Part 4: Kauai
Trip reports and posts on Hawaii:
- Trip Notes: The Final United 747 Flight And 2 Days In Maui (2018)
- Trip Notes: Maui No Ka ‘Oi (2014)
- Trip Notes Kauai: Heaven On Earth (2014)
- The Hawaiian Islands. (2011)
- Traveling To Hawaii…With A 5 Month Old (2011)
- View From The Room (2011)
- Pearl Harbor…70 Years (2011)
- Shaloha! (2011)
- Hawaii Trip Notes: Kauai (2009)
- Hawaii Trip Notes: Oahu (2009)
DDF forum threads:
- Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
- Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
- Kauai Master Thread
- Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
- Maui Master Thread
- Oahu Master Thread
- Links to trip reports from other DDF members.
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