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Last Updated: May 6, 2021, at 12:00 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.

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John Derrick
Published on: 05-06-2021
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The Most Important Recent Stories
  • At a news conference on April 20, 2021, Governor Ige announced that beginning May 11, 2021, fully vaccinated passengers (initially, only those vaccinated within Hawaii qualify for this rule) will be able to travel inter-island without being subject to quarantine and testing rules. This pilot program is essentially an initial step toward allowing fully vaccinated trans-Pacific passengers to come into Hawaii without being subject to quarantine or being required to take a pre-travel test. See the detailed section on our Vaccine / Health passport page for additional information on this program.
  • Currently, the Big Island of Hawaii has created an exemption for vaccinated travelers, allowing them to now skip the second (post-arrival) test on the Big Island.  Maui is additionally adding an exemption for vaccinated travelers, allowing them to skip the second (post-arrival) test on Maui beginning in May. All travelers will still need to show proof of a negative test result 72 hours before their flight. See our individual island testing section on our COVID Testing Page for additional information.
  • We've received word that Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, who is both a physician and is in charge of Hawaii's Safe Travels program, has recently said that he would ask the governor to approve travel both trans-Pacific and interisland for anyone who has had a COVID vaccination without further requirements starting soon. We'll continue to monitor this developing story closely, and we'll post updates on our Hawaii Vaccinations & Health/Vaccine Passport page. Based on this recent headline, Lt. Gov. Josh Green is continuing to advocate for an inter-island travel pilot program to begin May 1st. Sometime in early July still appears to be the timeline for trans-Pacific travel.
  • Beginning May 4, 2021Maui will requiresecond (post-arrival) test. This rapid test will be administered at Kahului airport after arrival, and it will be free of charge.
  • At this time, the CDC's new travel guidelines, released on April 2, 2021, do NOT impact or change Hawaii's travel rules and restrictions. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provides updates accordingly once Hawaii responds and updates any policies to be in line with the new CDC guidelines.
  • In anticipation of increased travel to the Hawaiian Islands during the upcoming summer months, Governor David Ige and the Hawaii Safe Travels team have led an effort to establish and expand Pre-Clear programs with domestic and international airline partners that allow travelers to confirm compliance with the Safe Travels Program prior to departure and bypass mandatory airport screenings upon arrival.
  • Currently, passengers on both Delta and United flights which are traveling nonstop from LA International Airport (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL) will be able to securely link their negative COVID-19 test results via Clear's Health Pass and verify their identity, making it simple for Hawaii officials to identify travelers approved to avoid the state's current mandatory 10-day quarantine. During the initial pilot program of Health Pass, the app will only be available on both Delta and United flights between LAX and HNL. However, we believe it could continue to be rolled out to other routes/carriers in the future.
  • A mandatory contact tracing requirement is now in effect for all travelers from both the mainland and interisland to Maui. All travelers to Maui must download the AlohaSafe Alert App on their mobile phones. Failure to do so will result in mandatory 10-day quarantine. See our Hawaii Travel Restrictions page and the Maui Special Notice section for additional information.
  • Halemaumau Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park began a surprise eruption on December 20th, and it continues to erupt currently. If you’re on Hawaii Island and want to get a glimpse of the eruption, then you're in luck: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is open for visitors. We're also posting eruption updates regularly as the situation continues to develop at Kilauea Volcano.

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Current Hawaii Headlines & News

Week of May 2nd - May 8th

Updates for Thursday - May 6, 2021
  • No additional domestic U.S. trusted pre-travel trans-pacific partners have been announced, added, updated, or removed since mid-April 2021. No additional inter-island partners have been announced, added, or removed since early February 2021. No additional international partners have been added since mid-April 2021. We will continue to monitor for additional testing partners.
  • Kauai, which has seen a recent surge in COVID-19 cases compared to the island's historically low numbers, will additionally be rolling back to Tier 3 beginning today. This will potentially limit in-person gatherings; more information is included on our Hawaii Travel Restrictions page.
  • Today, May 6th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 128 new positive cases. There are 10 new cases on Hawaii Island, 4 on Kauai, 99 on Oahu, 10 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 5 out of state for a cumulative total of 32922 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 25225; Maui: 3461; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 287; Hawaii island: 2721; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1080; and cases pending, 0. 486 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2173 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1218 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, May 5th, a total of 20,721 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 14,215 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,680 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 6,570 arrivals on Oahu, 4,929 arrivals on Maui, 1,682 arrivals on the Big Island, and 1,034 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Wednesday - May 5, 2021
  • Today, May 5th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 64 new positive cases. There are 2 new cases on Hawaii Island, 6 on Kauai, 38 on Oahu, 8 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 8 out of state for a cumulative total of 32794 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 25126; Maui: 3451; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 283; Hawaii island: 2711; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1075; and cases pending, 0. 485 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2163 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1191 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, May 4th, a total of 18,307 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 11,353 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 2,325 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 5064 arrivals on Oahu, 3911 arrivals on Maui, 1600 arrivals on the Big Island, and 778 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Tuesday - May 4, 2021
  • Maui now requires a second (post-arrival) test for trans-Pacific visitors beginning today, and this will continue until further notice. Maui's Mayor has recently indicated that fully vaccinated passengers would be allowed to skip this second, post-arrival, test.
  • Today, May 4th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 80 new positive cases. There are 2 new cases on Hawaii Island, 1 on Kauai, 59 on Oahu, 10 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 6 out of state for a cumulative total of 32732 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 25088; Maui: 3443; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 277; Hawaii island: 2709; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1067; and cases pending, 0. 484 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2153 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1204 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, May 3rd, a total of 19,546 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 12,523 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 2,460 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 5636 arrivals on Oahu, 4412 arrivals on Maui, 1530 arrivals on the Big Island, and 945 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Monday - May 3, 2021
  • Today, May 3rd, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 74 new positive cases. There are 4 new cases on Hawaii Island, 7 on Kauai, 49 on Oahu, 11 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 3 out of state for a cumulative total of 32654 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 25029; Maui: 3433; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 276; Hawaii island: 2707; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1061; and cases pending, 0. 484 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2146 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1170 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, May 2nd, a total of 19,044 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 11,999 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 2,666 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 5132 arrivals on Oahu, 4283 arrivals on Maui, 1488 arrivals on the Big Island, and 1096 arrivals on Kauai. In total, since Hawaii's reopening on October 15, 2020, there have been 1,403,779 visitor arrivals for vacation; including 571,010 travelers to Oahu, 560,719 travelers to Maui, 215,466 travelers to Hawaii's Big Island, and 56,589 travelers to Kauai.
Updates for Sunday - May 2, 2021
  • Today, May 2nd, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 113 new positive cases. There are 3 new cases on Hawaii Island, 9 on Kauai, 79 on Oahu, 16 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 5 out of state for a cumulative total of 32580 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24980; Maui: 3422; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 269; Hawaii island: 2703; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1058; and cases pending, 0. 483 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2147 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1162 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, May 1st, a total of 24,761 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 17,927 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,748 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 7411 arrivals on Oahu, 6572 arrivals on Maui, 2592 arrivals on the Big Island, and 1352 arrivals on Kauai.

Week of April 25th - May 1st

Updates for Saturday - May 1, 2021
  • Today, May 1st, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 119 new positive cases. There are 8 new cases on Hawaii Island, 17 on Kauai, 69 on Oahu, 21 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 4 out of state for a cumulative total of 32468 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24901; Maui: 3406; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 260; Hawaii island: 2700; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1053; and cases pending, 0. 483 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2142 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1163 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 30th, a total of 19,282 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 13,006 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,721 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 5634 arrivals on Oahu, 4771 arrivals on Maui, 1652 arrivals on the Big Island, and 949 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Friday - April 30, 2021
  • Today, April 30th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 118 new positive cases. There are 5 new cases on Hawaii Island, 12 on Kauai, 83 on Oahu, 14 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 3 out of state for a cumulative total of 32349 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24832; Maui: 3385; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 243; Hawaii island: 2692; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1049; and cases pending, 0. 483 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2133 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1145 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 29th, a total of 20,212 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 13,483 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,646 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 6,050 arrivals on Oahu, 4,958 arrivals on Maui, 1,633 arrivals on the Big Island, and 842 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Thursday - April 29, 2021
  • Today, April 29th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 122 new positive cases. There are 4 new cases on Hawaii Island, 6 on Kauai, 79 on Oahu, 26 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 7 out of state for a cumulative total of 32232 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24749; Maui: 3371; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 231; Hawaii island: 2687; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1046; and cases pending, 0. 483 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2131 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1116 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 28th, a total of 17,882 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 11,568 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,827 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 5269 arrivals on Oahu, 4425 arrivals on Maui, 1239 arrivals on the Big Island, and 635 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Wednesday - April 28, 2021
  • Today, April 28th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 69 new positive cases. There is 1 new case on Hawaii Island, 2 on Kauai, 55 on Oahu, 10 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 1 out of state for a cumulative total of 32110 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24670; Maui: 3345; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 225; Hawaii island: 2683; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1039; and cases pending, 0. 482 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2117 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1097 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 27th, a total of 14,397 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 8,190 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 2,374 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 3762 arrivals on Oahu, 2991 arrivals on Maui, 988 arrivals on the Big Island, and 449 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Tuesday - April 27, 2021
  • Today, April 27th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 54 new positive cases. There are 5 new cases on Hawaii Island, 0 on Kauai, 37 on Oahu, 7 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 2 out of state for a cumulative total of 32041 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24615; Maui: 3335; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 223; Hawaii island: 2682; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1038; and cases pending, 0. 479 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2114 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1096 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 26th, a total of 16,245 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 9,086 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 3,242 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 4,123 arrivals on Oahu, 3,398 arrivals on Maui, 1,076 arrivals on the Big Island, and 489 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Monday - April 26, 2021
  • Today, April 26th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 70 new positive cases. There are 3 new cases on Hawaii Island, 14 on Kauai, 42 on Oahu, 6 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 2 out of state for a cumulative total of 31,991 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24,578; Maui: 3,328; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 224; Hawaii island: 2,677; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1,036; and cases pending, 0. 478 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2,103 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,110 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 25th, a total of 15,749 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 9,634 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 2,235 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 4,008 arrivals on Oahu, 3,699 arrivals on Maui, 1,195 arrivals on the Big Island, and 732 arrivals on Kauai. In total, since Hawaii's reopening on October 15, 2020, there have been 1,234,217 visitor arrivals for vacation; including 496,747 travelers to Oahu, 497,729 travelers to Maui, 194,059 travelers to Hawaii's Big Island, and 45,687 travelers to Kauai.
Updates for Sunday - April 25, 2021
  • Today, April 25th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 122 new positive cases. There are 6 new cases on Hawaii Island, 3 on Kauai, 98 on Oahu, 12 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 3 out of state for a cumulative total of 31,924 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24,536; Maui: 3,322; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 210; Hawaii island: 2,674; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1,034; and cases pending, 0. 478 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2,103 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,109 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 24th, a total of 21,278 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 15,164 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,773 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 6012 arrivals on Oahu, 6088 arrivals on Maui, 1986 arrivals on the Big Island, and 1078 arrivals on Kauai.

Week of April 18th - April 24th

Updates for Saturday - April 24, 2021
  • ​Today, April 24th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 51 new positive cases. There are 4 new cases on Hawaii Island, 2 on Kauai, 40 on Oahu, 5 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 0 out of state for a cumulative total of 31,802 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24,438; Maui: 3,310; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 207; Hawaii island: 2,668; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1,031; and cases pending, 0. 478 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2,102 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,078 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 23rd, a total of 18,632 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 12,883 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,401 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 5558 arrivals on Oahu, 4789 arrivals on Maui, 1589 arrivals on the Big Island, and 947 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Friday - April 23, 2021
  • Today, April 23rd, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 94 new positive cases. There are 4 new cases on Hawaii Island, 0 on Kauai, 73 on Oahu, 11 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 1 on Molokai, and 4 out of state for a cumulative total of 31,751 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24398; Maui: 3,305; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 37; Kauai: 205; Hawaii island: 2,664; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1,031; and cases pending, 0. 477 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2,098 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,140 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 22nd, a total of 21,313 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 14,912 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,442 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 6,840 arrivals on Oahu, 5,332 arrivals on Maui, 1,978 arrivals on the Big Island, and 762 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Thursday - April 22, 2021
  • Today, April 22nd, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 101 new positive cases. There are 9 new cases on Hawaii Island, 2 on Kauai, 72 on Oahu, 9 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 5 out of state for a cumulative total of 31658 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24325; Maui: 3294; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 36; Kauai: 205; Hawaii island: 2660; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1027; and cases pending, 0. 476 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2092 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1133 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 21st, a total of 18,069 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 12,044 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,645 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 5,785 arrivals on Oahu, 4,343 arrivals on Maui, 1,341 arrivals on the Big Island, and 575 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Wednesday - April 21, 2021
  • Today, April 21st, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 73 new positive cases. There are 6 new cases on Hawaii Island, 3 on Kauai, 43 on Oahu, 15 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 1 on Molokai, and 3 out of state for a cumulative total of 31,561 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24,253; Maui: 3,285; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 36; Kauai: 203; Hawaii island: 2,651; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1,022; and cases pending, 0. 474 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2,088 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,161 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 20th, a total of 15,239 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 9,259 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,996 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 4,013 arrivals on Oahu, 3,522 arrivals on Maui, 1,232 arrivals on the Big Island, and 492 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Tuesday - April 20, 2021
  • At a news conference today on April 20, 2021, Governor Ige announced that beginning May 11, 2021, fully vaccinated passengers (initially, only those vaccinated within Hawaii qualify for this rule) will be able to travel inter-island without being subject to quarantine and testing rules. This pilot program is essentially an initial step toward allowing fully vaccinated trans-Pacific passengers to come into Hawaii without being subject to quarantine or being required to take a pre-travel test. See the detailed section on our Vaccine / Health passport page for additional information on this program.
  • Today, April 20th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 48 new positive cases. There is 1 new case on Hawaii Island, 0 on Kauai, 24 on Oahu, 13 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 6 out of state for a cumulative total of 31490 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24,210; Maui: 3,270; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 35; Kauai: 200; Hawaii island: 2,645; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1,019; and cases pending, 0. 474 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2,086 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,166 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 19th, a total of 16,919 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 10,407 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 2,323 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 4,666 arrivals on Oahu, 3,819 arrivals on Maui, 1,418 arrivals on the Big Island, and 504 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Monday - April 19, 2021
  • Today, April 19th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 65 new positive cases. There are 2 new cases on Hawaii Island, 0 on Kauai, 52 on Oahu, 10 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 1 out of state for a cumulative total of 31446 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24186; Maui: 3257; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 35; Kauai: 200; Hawaii island: 2644; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1013; and cases pending, 0. 474 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2078 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1180 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 18th, a total of 16,560 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 10,756 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,960 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 4,412 arrivals on Oahu, 4,184 arrivals on Maui, 1,483 arrivals on the Big Island, and 677 arrivals on Kauai. In total, since Hawaii's reopening on October 15, 2020, there have been 1,234,217 visitor arrivals for vacation; including 496,747 travelers to Oahu, 497,729 travelers to Maui, 194,059 travelers to Hawaii's Big Island, and 45,687 travelers to Kauai.
Updates for Sunday - April 18, 2021
  • Today, April 18th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 111 new positive cases. There are 10 new cases on Hawaii Island, 0 on Kauai, 93 on Oahu, 6 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 2 out of state for a cumulative total of 31381 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24134; Maui: 3247; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 35; Kauai: 200; Hawaii island: 2642; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1012; and cases pending, 0. 474 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2077 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1206 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 17th, a total of 21,906 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 15,925 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,490 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 6368 arrivals on Oahu, 6206 arrivals on Maui, 2274 arrivals on the Big Island, and 1077 arrivals on Kauai.

Week of April 11th - April 17th

Updates for Saturday - April 17, 2021
  • ​Today, April 17th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 101 new positive cases. There are 11 new cases on Hawaii Island, 1 on Kauai, 48 on Oahu, 36 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 3 out of state for a cumulative total of 31270 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 24041; Maui: 3241; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 35; Kauai: 200; Hawaii island: 2632; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1010; and cases pending, 0. 474 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2076 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1188 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 16th, a total of 20,105 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 13,820 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,407 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 5864 arrivals on Oahu, 5206 arrivals on Maui, 1859 arrivals on the Big Island, and 891 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Friday - April 16, 2021
  • Today, April 16th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 98 new positive cases. There are 3 new cases on Hawaii Island, 0 on Kauai, 65 on Oahu, 17 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 11 out of state for a cumulative total of 31171 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 23993; Maui: 3205; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 35; Kauai: 199; Hawaii island: 2621; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 1007; and cases pending, 0. 474 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2073 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1197 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 15th, a total of 21,136 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 14,159 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,372 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 6,337 arrivals on Oahu, 5,075 arrivals on Maui, 1,916 arrivals on the Big Island, and 831 arrivals on Kauai. 
Updates for Thursday - April 15, 2021
  • No additional domestic U.S. trusted pre-travel trans-pacific partners have been announced, added, updated, or removed since mid-April 2021. No additional inter-island partners have been announced, added, or removed since early February 2021. No additional international partners have been added since mid-April 2021. We will continue to monitor for additional testing partners. Starting Saturday, April 17, 2021 travelers from Taiwan and Southern California's Ontario International Airport may bypass the State of Hawaii's mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner. In all cases, the test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and the negative test result submitted prior to departure for Hawaii.
  • Today, April 15th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 98 new positive cases. There are 14 new cases on Hawaii Island, 0 on Kauai, 57 on Oahu, 23 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 1 on Molokai, and 0 out of state for a cumulative total of 31075 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 23928; Maui: 3188; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 35; Kauai: 199; Hawaii island: 2618; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 996; and cases pending, 0. 473 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2067 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1242 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 14th, a total of 17,799 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 11,896 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,387 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 5,509 arrivals on Oahu, 4,340 arrivals on Maui, 1,434 arrivals on the Big Island, and 613 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Wednesday - April 14, 2021
  • Today, April 14th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 72 new positive cases. There are 15 new cases on Hawaii Island, 0 on Kauai, 35 on Oahu, 17 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 4 out of state for a cumulative total of 30980 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 23,871; Maui: 3,165; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 34; Kauai: 199; Hawaii island: 2,604; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 996; and cases pending, 0. 473 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2,064 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,255 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 13th, a total of 14,560 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 8,952 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,698 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 3,818 arrivals on Oahu, 3,375 arrivals on Maui, 1,306 arrivals on the Big Island, and 453 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Tuesday - April 13, 2021
  • We are awaiting further news on Health & Vaccine Passport information from Governor David Ige, Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, and Hawaii Emergency Management Director Kenneth Hara. We expect some kind of update or announcement regarding this program on Wednesday - April 14, 2021.
  • Today, April 13th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 64 new positive cases. There are 5 new cases on Hawaii Island, 0 on Kauai, 39 on Oahu, 18 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 1 out of state for a cumulative total of 30,909 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 23,836; Maui: 3,148; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 34; Kauai: 199; Hawaii island: 2,589; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 992; and cases pending, 0. 471 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2,059 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,277 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 12th, a total of 18,580 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 11,897 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 2,122 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 5,124 arrivals on Oahu, 4,429 arrivals on Maui, 1,672 arrivals on the Big Island, and 672 arrivals on Kauai.
Updates for Monday - April 12, 2021
  • Today, April 12th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 70 new positive cases. There are 5 new cases on Hawaii Island, 0 on Kauai, 48 on Oahu, 15 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 2 out of state for a cumulative total of 30846 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 23,797; Maui: 3,130; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 34; Kauai: 199; Hawaii island: 2,584; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 991; and cases pending, 0. 471 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2,045 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1,278 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 11th, a total of 18,365 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 12,523 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,944 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 4,931 arrivals on Oahu, 4,808 arrivals on Maui, 1,896 arrivals on the Big Island, and 888 arrivals on Kauai. In total, since Hawaii's reopening on October 15, 2020, there have been 1,146,812 visitor arrivals for vacation; including 459,315 travelers to Oahu, 464,914 travelers to Maui, 182,115 travelers to Hawaii's Big Island, and 40,473 travelers to Kauai.
Updates for Sunday - April 11, 2021
  • Today, April 11th, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 92 new positive cases. There are 6 new cases on Hawaii Island, 0 on Kauai, 72 on Oahu, 11 on Maui, 0 on Lanai, 0 on Molokai, and 3 out of state for a cumulative total of 30776 cases statewide. Total cases per island: Oahu: 23749; Maui: 3115; Lanai: 111; Molokai: 34; Kauai: 199; Hawaii island: 2579; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 989; and cases pending, 0. 471 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Hawaii. In total, - 2045 individuals required hospitalization, and there have been 1307 total active cases in the last 14 days.
  • Yesterday, April 10th, a total of 23,520 people arrived in Hawaii from out of state. A total of 17,624 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation or leisure travel. There were also 1,373 returning residents. The remainder of the arrivals were a mix of military, airline crew, essential workers, arrivals for other official business, etc. In terms of Vacation/Leisure travel, there were 6,781 arrivals on Oahu, 6,888 arrivals on Maui, 2,715 arrivals on the Big Island, and 1,240 arrivals on Kauai.

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