Hawaii travel tips
So I've actually never been to Hawaii before! I'm from Australia and was living in San Francisco for many years, but in Nov 2020 (during the pandemic) I decided I should try to visit Hawaii at last. Here's any notes I find.
WARNING: This is early days, so I'm still building this article.
Tips for a Hawaii Trip
Traveling During Covid
From early 2020 until Oct 15, visitors had to register their flight with travel.hawaii.gov AND quarantine in a hotel (never leaving) for 2 weeks else face a ($5000 + 2 years in jail) fine. Yes they take it seriously! After Oct 15 2020, you can register and show up with a Negative COVID test result (to skip the 2 week quarantine) *BUT* it's not quite all that simple... the test has to be by an approved testing partner and within a certain time (72 hours) of your arrival. Details here:
- hawaiicovid19.com - Getting to Hawai‘i ... I think this the most official one, although gohawaii.com/travel-requirements also appears official.
- hawaii-guide.com - Things to know about visiting a reopening Hawaii ... less official, but good info.
- To find Wallgreens test sites: No-Cost COVID-19 Testing at Walgreens.. but I prefer "color".
Decide on an Island (or two)
I created this graphic to summarize what you need to know:
- More articles:
- Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia: Feel good videos which cover most islands:
- Honolulu (Oahu Island) - big city, popular Waikiki beach, downtown, barracks, Pearl Harbor, the zoo and more.
- Maui - the "most beautiful island" with watersports, galleries, rent a car to drive to Hana.
- Hawaii's Big Island - feel good overview of the main island, and attractions like the volcanos, painted church, captain cook monument and more. They also have videos for:
- Kauai island - 30 minutes from Honolulu, the garden island with stunning waterfalls and scenery. No building can be taller than a coconut tree.
It appears there are pretty resonable car rentals on most islands. You can use a service like Expedia to look across multile rental agencies and might get as good as ~$30 a day for a midsize SUV if you book a few days. You'll probably want a pickup and drop-off from the airport... so for instance for Maui you'd probably want Kahului Airport (OGG).
- Expedia - Car Rendals - Kahului, HI, OGG - ~$30 a night for a midsize SUV.
Depending on how long you stay, there can be a few good deals floating around. Instead of just using AirBnB, you should also try VRBO for Hawaii.
- VRBO Hawaii
- AirBnB Maui
- Other interesting options:
Always remember to check the forecast ahead of your trip. Weather in the Hawaiian Islands very consistent and warm throughout the year. There are only two seasons in Hawaii: summer (kau) from May to Oct and winter (hooilo) from November to April. The average daytime temperature at sea level is 85° F (29.4° C) during summer and 78° (25.6° C) during winter. Temperatures at night are ~10° F lower than daytime. The wettest months are from Nov to Mar, but winter rains do not generally disrupt vacation plans, since the weather is very localized. This means that if it is raining where you are, there is almost always a sunny spot to be found around the coast. Most of the rain falls in the mountains and valleys on the windward (northeastern) side of the islands. It is this weather phenomenon that creates Hawaii’s rich, green, tropical environment.
- timeanddate.com - Maui 14 Day Extended Forecast - check before you go.
- gohawaii.com - Climate in The Hawaiian Islands - includes more info about the wind, surf and climate zones.