Hawaii Special Alerts
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information
Updated: April 7, 2020 at 11am HST
Effective March 26 at 12:01 a.m., Hawaii Governor David Ige is mandating all visitors arriving in the Hawaiian Islands to self-quarantine for 14 days. The mandate, which is the first such action in the nation, applies to all arrivals at state airports from the continental U.S. and international destinations and extends to other private and commercial aircraft.
This mandate follows Governor Ige's request on March 17 that all travelers suspend their travel to Hawaii for 30 days. He also requested the closure of all bars, clubs, theaters, entertainment centers and visitor attractions across the state. Restaurants were also asked to close or provide drive-thru, take out, pick-up or delivery. The Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) also closed all Hawaii state parks, in addition to commercial ocean and trail tours on March 20.
Below we'll go over each of the major changes in a question and answer format, along with additional links & resources, to help assist visitors.
Current Situation in Hawaii
- Hawaii currently has 387 confirmed statewide cases of COVID-19 (Oahu, 292; Maui, 44; Kauai, 17; Hawaii island, 23; Hawaii residents outside of the state, 2; and cases pending, 9). Five deaths due to COVID-19 have now been reported in Hawaii.
- To help mitigate the spread of the virus, residents and visitors are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines regarding hygiene, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Governor Ige has asked that travelers postpone their trips to Hawaii for 30 days so that the community can address the COVID crisis and be better prepared to welcome visitors back. If you do have a planned trip, please consult your travel provider regarding your options.
- Starting March 26, 2020, all residents and passengers arriving by airlines will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.
Visitors should know that Hawaii’s visitor industry continues to maintain the highest standards for sanitation and has taken additional steps to enhance its efforts at hotels, attractions, restaurants and other public spaces across the Hawaiian Islands to prevent the spread of infectious diseases amongst residents and visitors. The industry is also taking proactive steps to educate its workforce to continue practicing good hygiene at home and on the job. Visit the official GoHawaii.com website for more details on this event here.
Visiting Hawaii Updates
Should I visit Hawaii during the Coronavirus crisis?
The Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, has now strongly encouraged all visitors to delay or postpone their vacation for a least a month (30-days) and has asked visitors to attempt to reschedule for later dates.
Governor Ige has ordered residents and visitors returning to Hawaii to undergo a 14-day quarantine starting Thursday (March 26, 2020).
- Violation of the quarantine will be a misdemeanor and subject to a possible fine and/or jail time.
- The quarantine mandate will continue indefinitely, and Ige said visitors are responsible for quarantine costs. This mandate will remain in place until further notice.
- Provided this would mean that visitors would need to remain in their rooms for most or all of their vacation, we are strongly recommend travelers to postpone any trips to Hawaii at this time.
All visitors arriving through Hawaii's airports will be required to complete a Hawaii Department of Agriculture form that will be distributed onboard their flight. They will retain the form when disembarking the aircraft. Upon arrival, they will go through a checkpoint and present the completed form with valid identification. Checkpoint staff will validate the form and issue documentation that certifies they cleared the checkpoint. The form also includes information on the mandatory requirements for the 14-day quarantine along with penalties. Failure to follow this order is a misdemeanor and punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both. Enforcement will be handled by each of Hawaii’s four counties.
Hawaii Restaurants, Clubs, & Bars Status
Are Hawaii restaurants, clubs, & bars open?
The Governor of Hawaii has directed that restaurants should close and only provide drive-thru options, take out, or delivery/pick-up. Bars & Clubs have been asked to close at this time.
Are Hawaii attractions closed during the Coronavirus pandemic?
Many Hawaii attractions are temporarily closed in response to COVID-19. These include the following:
- Pearl Harbor National Memorial, including the USS Arizona Memorial.
- Polynesian Cultural Center is closed at least through the end of April.
- Hanauma Bay has been temporarily closed.
- Haleakala National Park is closed (Kipahulu & Summit areas).
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is closed.
- Sea Life Park & Waikiki Aquarium on Oahu has been closed.
- Many State Parks across Hawaii have also temporarily closed, including:
Festivals, Events, and Concerts Updates
Are Hawaii festivals and events continuing?
Most festivals, concerts, and sporting events that were scheduled through May, and possibly even beyond, have been canceled or indefinitely postponed.
Hawaii’s most popular & famous cultural event, the 57th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, has also been canceled.
Stay Updated with Local Hawaii Media Sources
- The Garden Island - www.thegardenisland.com
- Honolulu Star-Advertiser - www.staradvertiser.com
Island of Hawaii
Preventative Actions & Keeping Healthy
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is encouraging everyone to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness with these everyday actions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Seniors and individuals with underlying health issues should avoid large crowds.
- Sign up for public notifications at https://health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates/.