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COVID-19 Travel Updates for Hawaii

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Last Updated: November 27, 2020, at 2:00 pm HST

As you may know, new stories seem to break almost daily about updates and changes to Hawaii's travel policies, trusted partners that are being added/updated, new travel restrictions being put in place, or county tiers updating to reflect new COVID-19 numbers. This page was created to cover what's happening day-by-day in Hawaii in regards to COVID-19 and the state of Hawaii travel.

Each time there are pertinent Hawaii travel news updates worth sharing with travelers, we'll be sure to update this page.

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John Derrick
Published on: 11-27-2020
Published by: John C. Derrick

Week of November 22nd - 28th

Updates for Friday - November 27, 2020
  • No additional domestic U.S. trusted pre-travel trans-pacific partners or inter-island partners have been announced, added, or removed since November 20, 2020. No additional international partners have been added since October 27, 2020. We will continue to monitor for additional testing partners.
  • There still is no official word from the Governor addressing the requests of Kauai's mayor on Tuesday to effectively shut down the island to travelers. In the Star-Advertiser today, they reported that additional island Mayors are also seeking travel rule changes amid surging coronavirus cases. We'll continue to follow this story closely.
  • On 11/27/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 92 new positive cases. There are five (5) new cases on Hawaii Island, five (5) on Kauai, 69 on Oahu, four (4) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and seven (7) out of state for a cumulative total of 17,708 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 15,170; Maui: 521; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 110; Hawaii island: 1,574; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 210; and cases pending, 0. 240 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,287 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,332 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, November 26th, a total of 8,116 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 4,420 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 952 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
Updates for Thursday - November 26, 2020
  • We wanted to wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to all our U.S. readers today.
  • On 11/26/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 120 new positive cases. There are 11 new cases on Hawaii Island, three (3) on Kauai, 90 on Oahu, 13 on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and no (0) out of state for a cumulative total of 17,618 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 15,101; Maui: 517; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 105; Hawaii island: 1,569; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 203; and cases pending, 0. 237 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,286 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,341 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, November 25th, a total of 8,443 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 4,098 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,440 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
Updates for Wednesday - November 25, 2020
  • No additional domestic U.S. trusted pre-travel trans-pacific partners or inter-island partners have been announced, added, or removed since November 20, 2020. No additional international partners have been added since October 27, 2020. We will continue to monitor for additional testing partners.
  • Yesterday, November 24th, a total of 7,380 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 3,373 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,235 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • For both Hawaii visitors and returning residents alike, navigating traveler testing rules is complicated. Recent changes to Hawaii's pre-travel testing program, combined with a shortage of COVID-19 tests on the mainland amid the continued surge in cases, are continuing to cause headaches for would-be visitors and residents trying to return to Hawaii. Read more at Hawaii News Now.
  • On 11/25/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 108 new positive cases. There is one (1) new case on Hawaii Island, one (1) on Kauai, 93 on Oahu, five (5) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and eight (8) out of state for a cumulative total of 17,501 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 15,011; Maui: 504; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 102; Hawaii island: 1,558; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 203; and cases pending, 0. 235 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,269 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,340 total active cases in the last 14 days.
Updates for Tuesday - November 24, 2020
  • Is Kauai heading for a complete travel shutdown beginning December 1st? This is a breaking story we're following closely. The Mayor of Kauai, Derek Kawakami, has proposed to the Governor that Kauai implement a strict 14-quarantine for ALL arrivals beginning December 1, 2020; regardless of taking the pre-travel test or not. Read the full story on Beat of Hawaii and/or Hawaii News Now.
  • No additional domestic U.S. trusted pre-travel trans-pacific partners or inter-island partners have been announced since November 20, 2020. No additional international partners have been added since October 27, 2020. We will continue to monitor for additional testing partners.
  • According to Beat of Hawaii, CVS is looking to pull out of Hawaii's pre-travel testing program, while other testing partners like Vault are overwhelmed. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and advise travelers accordingly.
  • Beginning today, November 24th, all trans-Pacific travelers who board a plane on the final leg of their trip to the Hawaiian Islands without first securing a negative test will be subject to mandatory quarantine. Tests must be taken with trusted testing and travel partners with 72 hours of departure. The negative test result must be uploaded onto SafeTravels prior to departure or printed out prior to departure and a hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii. There is growing concern about this new set of restrictions, both from those working in the Hawaii tourism industry and from travelers alike. More in the Star-Advertiser.
  • We also now know why Quest Diagnostics was quietly removed as a trusted partner last week. Apparently, Quest Diagnostics suspended its participation in the Hawaii pre-travel testing program due to high testing demand.
  • Yesterday, November 23rd, a total of 10,515 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 5,299 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,730 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • On 11/24/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 61 new positive cases. There are six (6) new cases on Hawaii Island, one (1) on Kauai, 45 on Oahu, four (4) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and four (4) out of state for a cumulative total of 17,393 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 14,918; Maui: 499; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 101; Hawaii island: 1,557; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 195; and cases pending, 0. 233 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,268 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,313 total active cases in the last 14 days.
Updates for Monday - November 23, 2020
  • Earlier today, Hawaiian Airlines announced the expansion of their COVID pre-travel testing program that guarantees results within 36 hours. They will provide pre-travel tests for all travelers departing to Hawaii from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland, and Seattle. Read the full story at Beat of Hawaii.
  • Yesterday, November 22nd, a total of 10,768 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 6,283 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,358 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • On 11/23/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 114 new positive cases. There are 10 new cases on Hawaii Island, three (3) on Kauai, 79 on Oahu, 11 on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and 10 out of state for a cumulative total of 17,333 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 14,873; Maui: 495; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 100; Hawaii island: 1,551; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 191; and cases pending, 0. 233 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,261 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,314 total active cases in the last 14 days.
Updates for Sunday - November 22, 2020
  • We've heard from quite a few of our readers that they are not especially pleased with the sudden rule changes going into effect next week beginning November 24th. It seems they're not alone - as a story yesterday at Beat of Hawaii highlights many traveler's similar concerns about the new restrictions going into place so suddenly.
  • On 11/22/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 123 new positive cases. There are 14 new cases on Hawaii Island, six (6) on Kauai, 96 on Oahu, four (4) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and two (2) out of state for a cumulative total of 17,220 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 14,794; Maui: 484; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 97; Hawaii island: 1,541; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 181; and cases pending, 0. 233 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,255 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,336 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, November 21st, a total of 13,690 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 9,042 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,123 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • For the week of November 15 - November 21, a total of 66,304 people arrived in Hawaii from out of the state; 36,212 were those on vacation/leisure travel and 8,100 were residents.

Week of November 15th - 21st

Updates for Saturday - November 21, 2020
  • We want to remind all travelers that beginning November 24th, all trans-Pacific travelers who board a plane on the final leg of their trip to the Hawaiian Islands without first securing a negative test will be subject to mandatory quarantine. Tests must be taken with trusted testing and travel partners with 72 hours of departure. The negative test result must be uploaded onto SafeTravels prior to departure or printed out prior to departure and a hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii.
  • No additional domestic U.S. trusted pre-travel trans-pacific partners or inter-island partners have been announced since November 20, 2020. One partner was removed yesterday ('Quest Diagnostics'). No additional international partners have been added since October 27, 2020.
  • On 11/21/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 163 new positive cases. There are 15 new cases on Hawaii Island, four (4) on Kauai, 122 on Oahu, 12 on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and nine (9) out of state for a cumulative total of 17,098 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 14,698; Maui: 480; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 91; Hawaii island: 1,527; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 179; and cases pending, 0. 231 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,239 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,340 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, November 20th, a total of 11,750 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 7,260 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 935 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
Updates for Friday - November 20, 2020
  • Yesterday, November 19th, a total of 9,783 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 5,501 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,047 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • On 11/20/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 95 new positive cases. There are 13 new cases on Hawaii Island, one (1) on Kauai, 70 on Oahu, five (5) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and six (6) out of state for a cumulative total of 16,936 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 14,576; Maui: 468; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 87; Hawaii island: 1,512; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 170; and cases pending, 0. 224 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,234 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,301 total active cases in the last 14 days.
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Updates for Thursday - November 19, 2020
  • In what we believe is a pretty significant development, the state of Hawaii announced today that travelers to Hawaii, who cannot present a negative pre-arrivals test upon arrival, will NOT be able to bypass the 14-day quarantine once their test arrives. Travelers must now have their negative test results prior to departure before arriving in Hawaii. Previously, if the results were not available upon arrival, a traveler simply needed to wait for their negative result to come in before they could be released from quarantine. This would no longer be the case. Read the full story at the Star-Advertiser or at Hawaii News Now. According to Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries, "Starting Tuesday - November 24th, if you disembark here in the islands through a trans-Pacific flight you must have a negative test uploaded, and if not, you automatically will go into a 14-day quarantine. It's a much stricter policy that is being taken."
  • Travelers who previously came in with a pending test result have been allowed to get out of the quarantine - once their negative test results could be verified through the state's Safe Travels Hawaii system. However, the state quickly found itself with a backlog of pending tests, including at one point, where there were more than 3,700 travelers waiting to get out of quarantine. Because travelers were growing frustrated as they waited sometimes three to four days or more wait for a manual review, the state decided to make the change they did today. Again, this change goes into effect on November 24th.
  • Initial details were announced for Canadian residents looking to travel to Hawaii this holiday season. Today, Governor Ige said the state is working now to get trusted testing partners in Canada, the second-largest visitor market to Hawaii. He said he expects the program will be in place for Canadian visitors to be able to travel to Hawaii with a negative pre-flight COVID-19 test by mid-December. At this point, we know that WestJet and Air Canada have both entered into a COVID-19 testing agreement with the state of Hawaii.
  • Yesterday, November 18th, a total of 8,879 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 4,527 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,192 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • On 11/19/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 107 new positive cases. There are 12 new cases on Hawaii Island, four (4) on Kauai, 75 on Oahu, nine (9) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and seven (7) out of state for a cumulative total of 16,841 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 14,506; Maui: 463; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 86; Hawaii island: 1,499; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 164; and cases pending, 0. 223 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,228 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,527 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • No additional domestic U.S. trusted pre-travel trans-pacific partners or inter-island partners have been announced since November 17, 2020. No additional international partners have been added since October 27, 2020. We will continue to monitor for additional testing partners.
Updates for Wednesday - November 18, 2020
  • According to Hawaii News Now, the unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases on the U.S. mainland is now making it harder for visitors to fly into, and for residents to return to, the Hawaiian islands. Currently, it is because many of Hawaii's trusted partners, including the pharmacies, diagnostic labs, and clinics that provide tests for travelers to Hawaii, are having trouble keeping up with the demand for the COVID-19 tests. We're continuing to monitor this situation.
  • We are closely monitoring the situation on Kauai after yesterday's announcement that the island's mayor was looking to implement stricter travel restrictions upon new arrivals to the island. Ultimately, Kauai's mayor is proposing divergent COVID rules than the rest of the state, yet, Governor Ige has been clear that no such rules can be implemented without his specific approval. The last time Mayor Kawakami asked the governor for a mandatory quarantine, Governor Ige said no. Read the full story at Beat of Hawaii. We'll update our readers accordingly once we know more.
  • Lt. Gov. Josh Green recently shared some positive news about Hawaii's Safe Travels program, "Right now, Hawaii is lowest in the United States for COVID-19 cases and has the second-lowest mortality rate. ** This COVID-19 reality for Hawaii (lowest in the nation) is a testament to the hard work being done by our partners and leadership in all phases of the COVID-19 response, and specifically as we have implemented the Safe Travels Hawaii pre-travel testing program and our surveillance study effort."
  • In news that continues to be very positive for the travel industry as a whole, including future travel to Hawaii - Pfizer said Wednesday that new test results show its coronavirus vaccine is 95% effective, is safe, and also protects older people most at risk of dying. Read the full story at Hawaii News Now.
  • On 11/18/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 71 new positive cases. There are two (2) new cases on Hawaii Island, none (0) on Kauai, 58 on Oahu, two (2) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and seven (7) out of state for a cumulative total of 16,734 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 14,431; Maui: 454; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 82; Hawaii island: 1,487; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 157; and cases pending, 0. 223 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,221 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,420 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, November 17th, a total of 7,277 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 3,159 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,310 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
Updates for Tuesday - November 17, 2020
  • Kauai mayor Derek Kawakami is potentially proposing stricter rules for travelers arriving on the island of Kauai. The first of two new rules, similar to the one the mayor proposed in September, would require all travelers to take a post-travel test in addition to the state-required pre-travel test. All travelers would need to quarantine for 72 hours on the island before taking the second test. The second rule would require travelers to upload their negative test results to the Safe Travels program before flying. If the results are unavailable upon arrival, the traveler would need to quarantine for 14 days. Read the full story on Hawaii News Now.
  • No additional domestic U.S. trusted pre-travel trans-pacific partners or inter-island partners have been announced since November 17, 2020. No additional international partners have been added since October 27, 2020. We will continue to monitor for additional testing partners.
  • On 11/17/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 53 new positive cases. There are six (6) new cases on Hawaii Island, none (0) on Kauai, 36 on Oahu, two (2) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and eight (8) out of state for a cumulative total of 16,665 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 14,373; Maui: 452; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 82; Hawaii island: 1,485; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 150; and cases pending, 0. 222 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,212 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,440 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, November 16th, a total of 7,675 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 3,034 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,446 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
Updates for Monday - November 16, 2020
  • Late today, Governor David Ige issued an emergency proclamation to extend and further clarify that Hawaii's statewide mask mandate is required, effective immediately on all islands. The new ruling replaces a previous mask mandate from April that lacked specificity and allowed for each island county to set their rules. The governor said, "We all agreed it's important to have a single message and consistent exceptions." Read the full story at Beat of Hawaii.
  • On 11/16/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 95 new positive cases. There are eight (8) new cases on Hawaii Island, two (2) on Kauai, 76 on Oahu, six (6) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and two (2) out of state for a cumulative total of 16,613 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 14,337; Maui: 450; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 82; Hawaii island: 1,479; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 142; and cases pending, 0. 222 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,210 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,466 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, November 15th, a total of 7,250 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 3,689 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,047 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • No additional domestic U.S. trusted pre-travel trans-pacific partners or inter-island partners have been announced since November 14, 2020. No additional international partners have been added since October 27, 2020. We will continue to monitor for additional testing partners.
  • There is an interesting article today from Beat of Hawaii that dives into how adaptable Hawaii travelers are right now; because due to the state of affairs in Hawaii - you have to be pretty flexible in your expectations. Due to the COVID pandemic, many stores, restaurants, farmers' markets, etc remain shuttered. The article also speaks about the forthcoming resurgence of Hawaii travel that's very likely coming in early 2021 and into 2022. Visiting Hawaii now is like stepping back in time, you just have to be comfortable with the current changes COVID has brought upon the Aloha state.
  • In what could be truly great news for the travel industry, including for Hawaii, a second coronavirus vaccine shows striking success in US tests; appearing at this stage to be up to 94.5% effective. Read more at Hawaii News Now.
  • Hawaii's COVID-19 cases are climbing, just not as quickly as in most of the U.S. That's according to the Star-Advertiser today, who reports that the 14-day change in Hawaii cases was up 36% through this past Saturday, but for the nation as a whole, that number was up an incredible 80%.
Updates for Sunday - November 15, 2020
  • Yesterday, November 14th, a total of 9,415 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 5,128 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,051 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is shifting its data window this weekend, and as such, case numbers will not be available today. We will resume reporting Hawaii case counts on Monday - November 16, 2020.
  • For the week of November 8 - November 14, a total of 52,839 people arrived in Hawaii from out of the state; 25,842 were those on vacation/leisure travel and 7,100 were residents.

Week of November 8th - 14th

Updates for Saturday - November 14, 2020
  • New trusted partners have been added! According to Hawaii's official State Department of Health, the state lists its approved U.S. trusted testing partners as: American Family Care (AFC)*, AFC Urgent Care Portland, American Samoa Department of Health*, Atlas Genomics*, Bartell Drugs, Capstone Clinic*, Carbon Health, CityHealth Urgent Care at Oakland Airport, Clarity Lab Solutions*, Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, Color, Costco/AZOVA*, CVS Health, Diagnostic Laboratory Services (Hawaii), Discovery Health MD, Go Health Urgent Care*, Hawaii Pacific Health, Kaiser Permanente, Minit Medical, Quest Diagnostics, National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii’s Consortium* (through an agreement with the City and County of Honolulu), S&G Labs Hawaii LLC*, UC San Diego Health*, University of Washington Medicine*, Urgent Care Hawaii, Vault Health, and Walgreens, WestPac Labs*, and XpresCheck* (as of 11/14/20). *depicts new partners recently added. For the full list of trusted testing partners, see our domestic U.S. trusted pre-travel trans-pacific partners or inter-island partners pages.
  • The state has added the city of Honolulu's mobile testing unit at the Daniel K. Inouye International (HNL) airport as one of the new trusted partners for interisland COVID-19 testing. According to Hawaii News Now, the mobile lab was originally only available to first responders and airport and city workers but is now available to local residents and visitors traveling from county to county. As we reported previously, up to 10,000 tests per day can be processed at the lab, and the results can be obtained within three to six hours.
  • No additional international partners have been added since October 27, 2020. We will continue to monitor for additional testing partners.
  • Yesterday, November 13th, a total of 7,547 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 3,984 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 830 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • Recently announced travel advisories in western U.S. states could hit Hawaii hard. According to the Star-Advertiser, three governors from Hawaii's top tourist markets, including California, Oregon, and Washington state, issued travel advisories Friday urging against nonessential out-of-state trips and asking people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country.
  • On 11/14/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 108 new positive cases. There are 12 new cases on Hawaii Island, three (3) on Kauai, 89 on Oahu, one (1) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and two (2) out of state for a cumulative total of 16,519 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 14,261; Maui: 444; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 80; Hawaii island: 1,471; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 140; and cases pending, 0. 222 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,209 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,454 total active cases in the last 14 days.
Updates for Friday - November 13, 2020
  • No additional domestic U.S. trusted pre-travel trans-pacific partners or inter-island partners have been announced since November 13, 2020. No additional international partners have been added since October 27, 2020. We will continue to monitor for additional testing partners.
  • Yesterday, November 12th, a total of 7,587 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 3,804 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 875 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • On 11/13/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 110 new positive cases. There are eight (8) new cases on Hawaii Island, two (2) on Kauai, 92 on Oahu, one (1) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and seven (7) out of state for a cumulative total of 16,412 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 14,172; Maui: 443; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 77; Hawaii island: 1,459; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 138; and cases pending, 0. 222 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,194 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,414 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Despite a growing surge of COVID-19 infection on the mainland, tourism to Hawaii is making a slow but steady comeback. The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association says nearly 70% of its hotels are now open, with more slated for the holidays. Read the full story at Hawaii News Now.
Updates for Thursday - November 12, 2020
  • On 11/12/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 97 new positive cases. There are 15 new cases on Hawaii Island, one (1) on Kauai, 72 on Oahu, six (6) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and three (3) out of state for a cumulative total of 16,302 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 14,080; Maui: 442; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 75; Hawaii island: 1,451; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 131; and cases pending, 0. 222 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,187 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,397 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, November 11th, a total of 7,715 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 3,806 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,034 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • Kauai is potentially inching towards more restrictions due to new active COVID-19 cases. Read the full story at Beat of Hawaii.
  • Kauai additionally reported four travel-related coronavirus cases in two days. The new case, which was reported on 11/11/20, comes after the county reported three new, travel-related cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday - 11/10/20. Read more at the Star-Advertiser.
  • Despite the recent news from Kauai above, post-arrival testing has found very few COVID-19 cases among trans-Pacific travelers. Out of more than 15,000 people who arrived in Hawaii since tourism reopened on October 15th, only 19 were positive for COVID-19 after a second test. Read more at Hawaii News Now.
  • Hawaii reopened travel from Japan almost a full week ago, and despite a small number of visitors so far, officials are seeing encouraging signs that tourism is slowly ramping up from the state's top international market. Read more at Hawaii News Now.
Updates for Wednesday - November 11, 2020
  • Yesterday, November 10th, a total of 6,463 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 2,719 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,040 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • On 11/11/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 118 new positive cases. There are 23 new cases on Hawaii Island, three (3) on Kauai, 84 on Oahu, six (6) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and one (1) out of state for a cumulative total of 16,205 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 14,008; Maui: 436; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 74; Hawaii island: 1,436; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 128; and cases pending, 0. 222 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,185 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,376 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Beginning 11/11/20, the residents of Lanai will shift from a 'stay-at-home' order to a 'safer-at-home' order. Governor Ige granted approval for the new order after the island completed a two-week lockdown. It was put into place following an outbreak of more than 100 COVID-19 cases. Read the full story at Hawaii News Now.
Updates for Tuesday - November 10, 2020
  • Yesterday, November 9th, a total of 7,275 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 2,951 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,330 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • On 11/10/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 78 new positive cases. There are four (4) new cases on Hawaii Island, none (0) on Kauai, 62 on Oahu, five (5) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and nine (9) out of state for a cumulative total of 16,088 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 13,924; Maui: 430; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 71; Hawaii island: 1,413; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 127; and cases pending, 0. 222 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,180 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,319 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Lt. Gov. Josh Green is speaking up again about Hawaii's testing program and wants to see changes implemented. Additionally, visitors can expect to see changes soon regarding the wearing of masks in Hawaii. Read the full story at Beat of Hawaii.
  • The issue of whether masks are mandatory across the islands arose once again yesterday, with key state legislators pressing Governor David Ige to emphatically state that wearing masks is required statewide. This is necessary to help slow the rising spread of COVID-19 and to help attempt to prevent another surge of cases. Read the full story in the Star-Advertiser.
Updates for Monday - November 9, 2020
  • Yesterday, November 8th, a total of 6,837 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 3,450 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 940 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
  • On 11/9/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 64 new positive cases. There are four (4) new cases on Hawaii Island, two (2) on Kauai, 52 on Oahu, none (0) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and five (5) out of state for a cumulative total of 16,010 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 13,862; Maui: 425; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 73; Hawaii island: 1,409; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 118; and cases pending, 0. 221 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,160 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,306 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • There was another interesting article in TIME we thought our readers might want to know about: Hawaii Welcomes Back Tourists—and Reignites Old Tensions. Read the full article on the TIME website.
Updates for Sunday - November 8, 2020
  • On 11/8/2020, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 128 new positive cases. There are 19 new cases on Hawaii Island, none (0) on Kauai, 106 on Oahu, two (2) on Maui, none (0) on Lanai, none (0) on Molokai, and one (1) out of state for a cumulative total of 15,947 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 13,810; Maui: 425; Lanai: 106; Molokai: 17; Kauai: 71; Hawaii island: 1,405; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 113; and cases pending, 0. 221 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 1,161 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,280 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, November 7th, a total of 9,155 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 5,193 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 890 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. The trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system.

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  • Daily statistics on Hawaii COVID-19 case count numbers are from the Hawaii Department of Health and are updated daily.
  • The daily trans-pacific passenger arrival data is derived from information provided by the Safe Travels digital system and is courtesy of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
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