I wrote a post back on August 24th about 10 good reasons to postpone your Hawaii trip. The reason was because Governor Ige of Hawaii pleaded with tourists not to come. He said, “Our hospitals are reaching capacity and our ICUs are filling up. Now is not a good time to travel to Hawaii.” He added, “It will take six to seven weeks to see significant change in the number of COVID cases. It is a risky time to be traveling right now. Everyone, residents and visitors alike, should reduce travel to essential business activities only.”
Well, I’m happy to report that yesterday, Governor Ige announced at a press conference captured by local news KHON that, “It is now safe for fully vaccinated residents and visitors to resume non-essential travel to and within the state of Hawaii.” He added, “We want to invite and encourage fully vaccinated visitors and residents to travel for business or leisure, transpacific and inter island.”
HLTA president and CEO, Mufi Hannemann, warned, “There’ll be some questions again on what kind of services we can offer because it’s dependent on the property. It depends on the business and because every county has different rules, in terms of large gatherings, indoor gatherings and the like.”
I love this quote at the end, from Kalani Kaanaana of The Hawaii Tourism Authority: “We’ve had challenges with monk seals and sea turtles, but also how do we make sure that they’re renting legal accommodations, that they’re using reef safe sunscreens.” He added. “The biggest thing that we can do is ask visitors to consider our story first, before they jump on social media to show and tell theirs.”
To give us something to look forward to, especially after the post-Christmas depression, I booked our family of four tickets to the islands in January since airfares are so low. Here’s how I saved $280 on United after I booked our flights.
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