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Things to know about visiting a reopening Hawaii

Last Updated: September 16, 2020, at 12 pm HST

Pre-Travel Testing Program begins October 1**

Undoubtedly, many visitors have been keeping a close eye on Hawaii and its process of reopening to visitors and tourists. Since late March, there has been a 14-day quarantine, and there's potentially some good news on that front lately. Hawaii will now be relaxing the mandatory 14-day quarantine policy as of Thursday, October 1, 2020allowing travelers to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test instead. This October 1, 2020** date is tentative and will be re-evaluated.

**Delay Notice: Visitors should know that there may be additional reopening delays. On August 18th, Governor Ige once again pushed the opening date from September 1st until at least October 1st. We just received word recently (9/15) that Governor Ige of Hawaii has recently suggested pushing the October 1st re-opening date back again. During a recent interview with 'Spotlight Hawaii' he said, "Just talking with many in the industry, it (the pre-test re-opening) will probably not be October 1st." Judging by his remarks, we feel fairly confident the October 1st reopening will in fact be delayed a third time. We've also now learned that the Hawaii 'Resort Bubbles' concept has been initially approved for all quarantined travelers; though this is approved only on Kauai to date. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide further updates on this page.


Forget about a Hawaii vacation until at least October as COVID-19 spike delays tourism reopening

Dawn GilbertsonUSA TODAY

Hawaii Gov. David Ige has hinted about it for weeks as COVID-19 cases in the state surged, and on Tuesday he made it official: The state won't reopen to tourism until October at the earliest.

The planned Sept. 1 start of a program that would allow out-of-state visitors to bypass Hawaii's strict 14-day quarantine upon arrival by presenting a negative COVID-19 test at the airport has been delayed until at least Oct. 1, Ige said late Tuesday.

"We will continue to monitor the conditions here in Hawaii as well as key markets on the mainland to determine the appropriate start date for the pre-travel (COVID-19) testing program," he said.

The delay, the second since the program was announced in June, will affect passengers who bet on the Sept. 1 reopening and bought airline tickets to Hawaii; airline flight schedules; and, of course, Hawaii's pummeled tourism industry. The quarantine began in March, and the latest extension means much of the year will be wiped out as few visitors want to be confined to their hotel or vacation rental.

Ige said the state will announce a new date in advance so "that the hospitality industry would have the time they need to staff up'' and support the new COVID-19 option for visitors.

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Ige Announces Delays to Pre-Test Travel Program (July 13, 2020)

Governor Ige announces that he is delaying opening the State to pre-test travel until September 1st. The decision comes after discussions with Mayors, and the Department of Health.

In response to today’s announcement, Chris Tatum, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) said, “We want to welcome back our visitors once our state is ready to do so in a safe manner that will hopefully avoid the need to backtrack in the future. Once we receive details on the process and requirements from the Department of Transportation and the DOH, we will share that information with the visitor industry.”

The governor said during the news briefing this afternoon: “We have always said that we will make decisions based on the health and safety of our community as the highest priority. This decision came through much much discussion and we have assessed the situation that we see before us and over the past few weeks. I’ve already mentioned that we’ve set a new record in the number of cases – 42. And just a reminder a few days before that we had set the previous record of 41 cases.”

Gov. Ige added: “On the U.S. mainland we continue to see uncontrolled outbreaks and surges. This includes the highest number of daily cases in California, Texas, Arizona and Florida, and increasing cases in Nevada. As we speak right now, the outbreaks on the mainland are not in control and we don’t believe that that situation would change significantly by August 1st as we had hoped.”

To see the Governors Press Conference Video please visit


  • Elevator Project has currently been delayed, to the end of April due to the COVID-19 pandemic - date is subject to change.
  • The BBQ areas and the Roof are still open for the time being.
  • The AOAO Office hours will continue with its normal hours of operation, of 9am - 2pm, Monday through Friday. The office doors will be closed but, there is a COVID-19 window that is available.
  • Building is continuously being sprayed on a daily basis with hospital grade disinfectant (i.e.: hand railings, doorknobs, elevator buttons, etc.)

Mahalo for your kokua during this time,

Menehune Reservations Team

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