Oahu Moves to Tier 3 of COVID-19 Reopening Plan

Good news! Effective February 25, the County of Honolulu (Oahu) moved to Tier 3 of their COVID-19 Reopening Plan. This is one step closer to the most relaxed step, Tier 4.  Tier 3, as you can guess allows more activities and operations. A breakdown of some of the changes in Tier 3 are:    People will now be able to go to a restaurant in groups of up to 10 people, regardless of household. In Tier 2, this was a maximum of 5 people. Restaurants can now operate at 100%

Unofficial Safe Travels Hawaii Websites

ALERT: Unofficial Safe Travels Hawaii Websites Have Been Reported.   We recently received a notice from the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau alerting us to the existence of unofficial websites that make people think they are affiliated with the State of Hawaii. According to the State; Numerous travelers have reported using an unofficial Safe Travels websites thinking that it was affiliated with the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program. The State has issued the following alert: Traveler ALERT. The State of Hawaii DOES NOT charge fees to apply for the Safe Travels

New International Testing Requirements Announced by CDC

Thinking of a warm weather getaway? A place with beaches, sand and sunshine? Perhaps you’re thinking of the Caribbean, Mexico or the South of France. Well, a new CDC rule related to COVID-19 may have you re-thinking your plans. Under this new CDC rule that becomes effective January 26, all international air passengers (two years and older) arriving into the US will be required to get a viral test for COVID-19 within three days prior to their flight departure to the US. If you live in the US, you might

Hawaii’s New Sunscreen Law

  Way back in July, 2018 (doesn’t sound like it was so long ago but it sure does feel like it was a LONG time ago) the Governor of Hawaii signed into law SB 2571, Act 104. This sunscreen law prohibits the sale, offer of sale, and/or distribution of sunscreens containing Oxybenzone as well as Octinoxate and it became effective January 1, 2021.  In 2018, after the law was signed, I read about it, attended a meeting about it and I think I even wrote a blog or email about

Latest Update on Traveling to Hawaii

  PLEASE NOTE: In yet another Mandate, the Governor of Hawaii has changed the 14-day quarantine to a 10-day quarantine effective 12/17/2020.   Please Note, the requirements for traveling to Hawaii and bypassing the 14   10-day quarantine have recently changed. On November 16, Governor Ige of Hawaii announced his 15th COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation and Mandate. Part of that mandate changed the requirements for trans-Pacific arriving in Hawaii and being able to bypass the 14   10-day Quarantine requirements. In the interest of accuracy, I’ve pretty much done a “Cut

Tips for Hawaii Travelers to Expedite COVID-19 Quarantine Exemption

UPDATE TO HAWAII’S PRE-TRAVEL TESTING PROGRAM   It’s been a little over two weeks since Hawaii implemented their COVID-19 Pre-travel testing program. It started out a bit rocky with many people having to quarantine after arriving in Hawaii, due to delayed test results. I spoke with one traveler who waited a full ten days to get his test results. He then had to wait two more days after uploading the results to Hawaii’s website to get his official Quarantine Release. With all this in mind, below are a few tips I found

Are the Lagoons & Beaches at Ko Olina Open?

YES!!!! The Lagoons, Beaches and Parking Lots at Ko Olina are now Open to the Public. Ko Olina closed their lagoons to the Public (and resort residents) fairly early in the COVID-19 pandemic for safety reasons. The lagoons were opened once or twice during the past few months, but the parking lots remained closed. If you wanted to swim in the lagoons at this time, you had to either walk to the lagoons, or have someone drop you off.  There were periods when you could swim in the lagoons but

The Latest on Hawaii’s Pre-travel Testing Program

Hawaii’s  pre-travel testing program for Trans-Pacific travelers is still on schedule to launch on Oct. 15, allowing trans-Pacific travelers to bypass quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 before arriving. While the tests for travelers are slated to be available through Walgreens, CVS, Kaiser Permanente and other partners, some airlines are also rolling out their own testing programs to woo travelers back to air travel. As of October 1, here are the airlines that have announced testing: Alaska Airlines Beginning: Oct. 12 Location: Seattle Alaska Airlines is partnering with healthcare

UPDATE to COVID-19 Pre-Travel Testing Program For Trans-Pacific Travelers

  Aloha everybody, Larry here with Ola Properties with some good news. Yesterday on September 16th, Governor David Ige of Hawaii announced that effective October 15th, the 14-day quarantine for transpacific travelers would no longer be needed if they get a negative COVID test 72 hours prior to arrival. Now, this may sound a bit familiar to you as I think this may be the third time he’s said it and I’m pretty sure that a couple of months ago, I made a very similar video saying very similar things

Vacationing on Oahu While Working Remotely

The inspiring island of Oahu has long been a favorite amongst travelers that have their vacation sights set on  Hawaii. When it’s time to step out of stress and into a place where the scenery and sensational opportunities for restorative fun collide, Oahu has a way with landscapes, history, culture, and natural beauty that are sure to please. In 2020, it’s not an understatement to say that the concept of travel looks drastically different than it did a year ago. As a global health crisis has swept across countries and