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

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

Kapolei Restaurants: Take Out Options And Temporary Closures

  Information provided by HOWZIT KAPOLEI Dining in at Kapolei restaurants is banned to help stop the spread of COVID-19 — but local spots are stepping up to enhance their take out options. One of the best new offerings comes from locally-owned DB Grill. DB Grill’s new Family Pack serves 3-4 adults. Prices start at $30. The $30 meal comes with: White Rice Tossed Greens with House Dressing Chicken Karaage Garlic Soy Chicken Wings (pictured above) Deep-Fried Mandoo You have a couple of options for add-ons, too. Get the same menu,