Is Hawaii open for travel? What's it like in Hawaii during the pandemic? Everything you need to know



In this video we answer some of the most frequent questions we’ve gotten – Is Hawaii open for travel? What’s it like in Hawaii during the pandemic? Is it worth it to go to Hawaii right now? We talk through our experience of moving here, what it’s like here during the pandemic, what’s open, what’s closed, and what you can expect when you get here.

We really hope you find this useful if you’re thinking of coming to Hawaii over the next few months. This is the video that we wish we had found before we came here.

00:00 – Introduction
01:10 – What you need to do to get into Hawaii
01:40 – The 72 hour testing window
02:10 – What’s it like here in Hawaii, what’s open, what’s closed
03:15 – COVID procedures specific to Hawaii
04:45 – Beaches, Parks, the outside world
05:35 – Police mask enforcement
06:10 – Which Tier are we at today? What does it mean?
07:50 – Options for all comfort levels
08:10 – What’s closed, shop local please!
08:50 – Take care of this place like it’s your home
09:40 – Travel is ok, really
11:00 – Take outs

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28 comments

  1. Howzit Lisa, not sure if you remember me from FDC but this was such a nice surprise to find your channel. Looking forward to checking out your travel vlogs. Just wanted to say howzit, send good vibes & blessings your way! Hope you folks are well. Be safe now.

  2. Would you recommend the hui car rental app? My partner and I are traveling to Oahu in June and we're trying to figure out if Hui is a good option for us to take day trips outside of Waikiki. Thanks!

  3. or, better yet: DON'T COME HERE. DO NOT RISK OUR LIVES. OUR NATIVE PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR "AESTHETIC" TRAVEL PLANS.

  4. Lol Wow, I’ve never seen anyone talk so calmly and gracefully about the businesses that have had to close their doors. Thank you for choosing to support local as much as possible. The people of Hawaii appreciate all they can get while under the thumb of tyrannical government.

  5. Nice video, a lovely virtual walk, it's very relaxing. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi! 🙂 how is hawaii mask
    Policy? Do we need to wear a mask while we are in the beach or if we are hiking?

  7. Thank you for video, Coming end of May, #1 thing on my list is Pearl Harbor, can you comment on if it's
    open and in what capacity. Thank you in advance.

  8. What is the name of restaurant at 3:34 in your video? Heading to Oahu this summer and would love to check that place out.

  9. Hi. New subscriber here coming to Oahu in May. Where was the restaurant at 7:42 in the video? Was it at the gardens too? Great views. Thanks.

  10. Looks like you guys live on the quiet side of Waikiki..near the elementary school. My family grew up on Aina kea.

  11. Thanks for your video! I've been to Hawai'i a few dozen times since 2007 but my trip in May will be the first time since Covid. I had to cancel a trip scheduled for September 2020. Which restaurant is that at 3:41? The view is interesting she I'd like to check it out.

  12. A really great tip is to book with an airline that offers PRE-CLEARANCE. Once your results are uploaded and questionnaires filled out online, when you head to the airport you’re given a wristband that allows you to bypass screening in Hawaii. Just head out the door no waiting in line. Just make sure your airport is partnered to do so. I know Hawaiian does so from experience, I believe Alaska and United offer that as well.

  13. Planning to go on September with my family after I get back from my deployment. Anyway we can get an update late summer like July or August ??

    Do you think 1 week vacation is enough to see everything on the island ??

    Also, any recommendations to take an 1 year old child besides the beach on Oahu ?

  14. Who did you take your covid test through? The biggest thing for me is making sure I choose the right place to make sure I get it on time.

  15. Aloha Josh and Lisa! And Lila and Melissa!! I see you all!!! Love your videos and the scenery from Oahu! I miss living there, miss the sushi, the ramen, the mai-tai's and the music. I do hope to get back there someday, but in the meantime I'm really enjoying all your episodes. Keep it up!!!

  16. Fun video and informative. I thought Hawaii was a no go due to restrictions or having to quarantine for 2 weeks… which is fine I probably wouldn't need to leave a resort anyway. But good to know things are open and tourist can still enjoy the beauties the islands have to offer.

  17. Thank you guys my family is trying to go to Hawaii in September even though there is a bit of time until we finally go I want to find all the safety tips to keep ourselves safe and the people there!

  18. At first the COVID-19 72 hrs are confusing ..just follow the Hawaii travel guide Lines and you y’all be alright and nothing to worry about ..we were there last Feb.9-15..bars ,restaurants are open till 9 pm last call at 9:30pm ..but you can still do some activities around the island ..and yeah once you landed they are gonna ask your QR covid test and the Hawaii sheriff standing by to escorted you out 🤣🤣or you will be given a wristband for a10 days quarantines that would be sucks …rather than that Hawaii is open and yeah please wear a mask or $500 ticket they are serious about that ..I go to Hawaii 3-4 times in a year ,but the covid restriction slow me down 2019.

  19. What a fabulous video! So informative and takes the guesswork out of the travel aspect. We’re moving back at the end of this month and I was trying to figure out the special Hawaii Covid test requirements. You just made it so easy! Mahalo!

  20. Where was minute mark 10:22 filmed? I'm visiting Oahu for two weeks and that looks like a spot I would definitely want to see in person. 10:2210:24 Thanks!

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