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 and that didn’t happen. However, I’m much more optimistic about this one today. I just have a feeling that this one might actually stick and effective October 15th it will be much easier for us to welcome travelers back to the state. The governor has stated that the state has a contract with CVS pharmacies, as well as Kaiser Permanente to do the testing, and that’s all in place so that’s part of what makes me feel much more optimistic about this.
So let’s hope that everything works out and October 15th things will open up a little more.
If COVID-19 has resulted in you working from home, consider a change in scenery and start working remotely in Oahu! All of our rentals in Oahu come equipped with High-Speed Internet ensuring smooth Zoom calls, fast download speeds, and that e-mails are being sent and received! Having the flexibility to walk to the beach or relax on your own lanai will make your workdays much more bearable!
We have a fantastic selection of vacation rentals in Ko Olina, Makaha, and West Oahu, providing options that are perfect for everyone. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions and be sure to book your stay today! We look forward to seeing you soon! Mahalo!
Beginning August 1, 2020, all out-of-state travelers will be required to obtain a valid COVID-19 pre-travel test before their arrival in Hawai’i, and to verify proof of a negative test result in order to avoid the 14-day quarantine.
Out-of-state travelers arriving in Hawai‘i must obtain a PCR test prior to their arrival from any Hawai‘i State Department of Health approved testing location. Evidence of a negative test result must be provided upon arrival in Hawai‘i. Without a negative test result, out-of-state travelers will be subject to the 14-day quarantine. Testing will NOT be provided upon arrival at the airport.
The Hawai’i State Department of Health is still developing this program but is anticipating that they will need an FDA-approved test from a CLIA certified laboratory. It is expected that travelers will be required to provide a printed or emailed pre-test document with evidence of a negative test result. Travelers will be responsible for the cost of these pre-travel tests.
Temperatures will also continue to be checked at airports across the state, and anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees, or is experiencing other symptoms, will be required to undergo a secondary screening at the airport with trained healthcare staff. Travelers will also be required to fill out the State Travel and Health form when visiting Hawaii.
If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to contact us, and be sure to visit our Facebook for more updates!
With COVID-19 still affecting businesses and travel, we have created a relaxed rental cancellation policy in Oahu for when you book one of our West Oahu vacation rentals. We want to make sure you feel comfortable when reserving one of our properties and hope that this new policy helps!
Be sure to check out our vacation rentals in Ko-Olina and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your stay; we are staying updated on status changes in Oahu!
Planning on taking a trip and not sure which option is best for you? Here are a few tips to help you get started on planning the perfect getaway.
A vacation rental might be a better option if you are traveling with more than one couple, as a family, or a group of friends. The cost tends to be cheaper than renting more than one hotel room if you are staying for a longer period. Many rentals require a minimum stay, usually 3-7 nights. A Vacation Rental can also help cut costs on food. With a Vacation Rental you can buy groceries and cook rather than going out for meals.
Rentals also offer more privacy for a more intimate experience with friends and family. You can “meet in the living room” (or kitchen) rather than going to the lobby to meet your party. In a hotel room, you’re likely confined to one room. That makes it difficult to stay up and hang out if there are people who prefer to go to sleep early.
However, if you enjoy the amenities that a hotel offers, you may want to reconsider. Breakfast is usually not provided, and the owners of the rental may not clean your room during your stay without an extra fee. You will not have a front desk to help you, so you may on your own. At Ola Properties some of our Ko Olina vacation rental homes are in buildings with a front desk. Also, we have people answering phones 24 hours a day in case of emergencies.
If you are not planning a long stay or are traveling alone or with one other person, a hotel may be a better option for you. In a hotel, you’ll likely have breakfast included, they’ll clean your room, change your sheets, and give you fresh towels at no extra charge.
In addition to amenities, you’ll have round the clock assistance from the front desk. If you have questions, they will be there to answer them, and you are usually provided things such as robes, toiletries, and slippers.
Privacy tends to be less available in a hotel, due to other guests and being confined to a single room. It’s not likely that you will have a kitchen, so you’ll need to budget for the cost of meals, which can add up to a significant amount of money. However, if you don’t mind spending extra money for the convenience, a hotel room will do you just fine.
If you decide a Vacation Rental is the best option for you, browse our Ola Properties Vacation Rental Page to book your next stay on the Leeward Coast of Oahu.