Hawaii Travel in Times of COVID-19 FAQS
Your Hawaii Travel Questions Answered
It goes without saying that travel has been drastically impacted by COVID-19. That includes travel to Hawaii. There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding what attractions are open, what the official protocols are and whether or not you can even travel to Hawaii during this time. We’ve created this guide as a resource for all travel-related inquiries. We’re updating it periodically with any new developments and if you have any questions — let us know in the comments. We’ll do the research so you don’t have to.
- Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program is set to begin on October 15th. This means that those arriving to the islands can prove a negative Covid-19 test result to forgo the 14-day mandatory quarantine. The Coronavirus test must be taken within 72 hours of arriving to Hawaii and must be a FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), performed using a nasal swab, from a CLIA certified laboratory. Travelers will also have their temperatures checked upon arrival and must fill out a travel and health form. Those who do not prove a negative test result will have to quarantine for 14-days or the duration of their stay. Those who break the quarantine guidelines could face a $5,000 fine and a year in jail. The state is taking the mandatory quarantine very seriously. Click here for more information on the pre-arrival testing program.
- A stay-at-home order is in effect on Oahu.
- Hawaii’s quarantine on inter-island travel was reinstated for those traveling to and between Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and Big Island; this does not include inter-island travelers to Oahu.
Check out the graphic below for more information about the pre-travel testing program:
1. Are there any Coronavirus cases in Hawaii?
Yes, there have been 10,946 total cases of Covid-19 in Hawaii, with over 6,000 of those categorized as active cases. Here’s an island breakdown of Coronavirus cases.
This information was updated on September 16, 2020.
2. If I have a trip planned, can I still come to Hawaii?
This is complicated and depends on where you’re traveling from, but the short answer is yes, technically. Hawaii is not closed to tourists, however, until October 15th, anyone arriving to the islands will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. In addition to a quarantine, you’ll also have to go through an airport screening upon arrival.
If you are traveling to Hawaii please note you will have to quarantine at a designated motel or hotel. According to GoHawaii.com, “no person who is subject to the mandatory self-quarantine is allowed to stay in a short-term or vacation rental.”
In addition, you must complete an online travel and health questionnaire. You can save time during your arrival screening process by completing the online travel and health questionnaire no sooner than 24 hours before you depart at https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/. For more information on the questionnaire, click here.
It’s important that if you’re not feeling well you should cancel or postpone your trip. Not only is this vital to maintain the spread of the virus in Hawaii, but to also protect your fellow travelers and the people you interact with in transit.
3. Have any airlines cancelled flights to Hawaii?
Yes, Hawaiian Airlines has grounded flights to and from Japan, Tahiti, American Samoa, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia. The airline has also temporarily grounded many of its transpacific routes, such as service between Honolulu and New York and Honolulu and Boston. These routes will be suspended until September 30th. For an updated Hawaiian Airlines flight schedule, visit this page and select “updated flight schedule.”
In addition, the state’s largest airline has also reduced inter-island schedules and transpacific routes between Hawaii and the mainland.
Aside from Hawaiian Airlines, other carriers that operate flights to Hawaii, like Delta, have reduced their flight capacity.
Please note, that if you are traveling on a Hawaiian Airlines flight, you will be required to wear a face mask.
4. What attractions are closed?
Many of Hawaii’s major attractions have been temporarily closed amidst the ongoing crisis. Here’s a breakdown of major attractions that are closed by island:
- Hanauma Bay
- Polynesian Cultural Center
- Sea Life Park
- KCC Farmers Market
- Children’s Discovery Center
- Honolulu Museum of Art
- Diamond Head
- La’ie Point
- Ko Olina
- Dole Plantation
- Kualoa Ranch
- Pearl Harbor
- Bishop Museum
- Iolani Palace
- Waikiki Aquarium
- Wet n’ Wild Hawaii
- Honolulu Zoo
- Waimea Valley
- Ala Moana Center
*PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO THE RISING NUMBER OF CASES, OAHU IS UNDER A SECOND STAY-AT-HOME ORDER. Beaches and parks are open, but ONLY for solo exercise and activities.
- Mauna Kea Visitor Center
- Kilauea Visitor Center and Thurston Lava Tube at at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park — the park is still open
- Akaka Falls
- Beach Parks including, Lapakahi State Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kekaha Kai State Park, Kiholo State Park Reserve, Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park (Land areas closed, bay waters open for boating and ocean recreation under COVID restrictions), MacKenzie State Recreation Area (closed until September 18th)
- Maui Tropical Plantation
- Maui Ocean Center
- ʻIao Valley State Monument
Some Maui Attractions that have Reopened:
- Haleakala National Park (with modified hours)
- Waiʻanapanapa State Park
- North Shore Shuttle, servicing Haʻena State Park and the Kalalau Trail
- Sunshine Markets
Some Kauai Attractions that have Reopened:
- Kalalau Trail
- Haʻena State Park
- Waimea Canyon State Park
- Kokeʻe State Park
This list was updated on September 8, 2020. If you know of any closures that are not listed, please feel free to email us to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. I have a trip planned and I’m not cancelling — will there still be things for me to do?
This is another complicated question that is frequently being updating, but as of March 23, 2020, all visitors arriving to Hawaii will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. After you undergo your 14-day quarantine, your activity options will be limited, especially on Oahu where attractions are closed and beaches and state parks are open only for solo activity. We can’t reiterate enough how strict the 14-day quarantine requirements are and how seriously they’re being taken here in Hawaii.
6. Are hotels closed?
Beginning March 25, 2020, hotels in Hawaii started to close. Below you’ll find a list of some major hotels that are currently closed:
- Coconut Waikiki Hotel
- Four Seasons Resort Oahu
- Halekulani Hotel
- The Kahala Hotel & Resort
- Ko Olina Resort
- Prince Waikiki
- The Ritz-Carlton Waikiki
- Waikiki Beach Marriott
- Royal Hawaiian Hotel
- Westin Moana Surfrider
- Turtle Bay Resort
- Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
- Sheraton Kauai Poipu
- Andaz Maui
- Fairmont Kea Lani
- Four Seasons Maui
- Kaanapali Beach Hotel
- Montage Kapalua Bay
- Plantation Inn
- The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
- Royal Lahaina Resort
- Sheraton Maui
- Wailea Beach Resort
- Westin Maui
- Travaasa Hana
- Grand Wailea
- Royal Kona Resort
- Waikoloa Marriott
Source: HTA and Star-Advertiser research
7. Are restaurants open?
Yes, restaurants are currently open for take-out and delivery service on Oahu and on Maui, Kauai and Big Island, restaurants remain open for dine-in service. Reservations are highly recommended if you’re looking to dine in as seating capacity is limited. You also must wear a face mask when entering and leaving restaurants.
If you’re looking for take out options here’s a list of restaurants that are offering delivery and curbside pickup.
8. What about cruises?
Cruise Lines International Association, an industry trade association, has suspended its US passenger operations until October 30th. Cruise lines that are part of the association include Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean.
9. Will airlines charge me change fees?
Many airlines are waiving change and cancellation fees amidst the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. The two major airlines that serve travelers to Hawaii are Hawaiian Airlines and Southwest. Below you’ll find links with more information about their cancellation policies during this time.
Other airlines that cater to Hawaii travelers are United, Delta and American. You’ll find their policies below:
10. Can I travel inter-island?
It depends, as of August 11th, the inter-island quarantine was reinstated for passengers traveling from Oahu to other islands. However, passengers from the other islands to Oahu do not have to quarantine. In addition, if you’re traveling from out of state you must quarantine for 14 days prior to traveling to any island.
11. Anything else I should know?
Hawaii is called the Aloha State for a reason. Aloha is more than just a word — it’s a way of life. While we use aloha to say hello and goodbye, the true meaning of the word is love. If you’re visiting Hawaii during this turbulent time, remember to practice aloha.
We hope that here at Shaka Guide, we can be a resource during this uncertain time. If you have any questions about Coronavirus and Hawaii travel please feel free to email us, comment below, or reach out on social media.