BREAKING NEWS! June 24, 2020 Hawaii Travel, Tourism And Vacation Planning Update. Test Our of QUARANTINE Starting August 1, 2020!

Aloha! It is our intent to provide you with distilled information and news updates from the State of Hawaii to assist you with your future travel plans and to more easily stay in touch with what is happening in Hawaii on a daily basis. We are taking the time to read articles, watch news stories and stay on top of things, so you don’t have to. If you ever want to dig in deeper, we provide you with all of the resources and links in the footer of each post like this, so that you can do that if you so choose.

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If you have any questions or feedback, let us know at Aloha@LoveHawaiiVillas.com. If you are ready to book your Oahu vacation rental accommodations, connect with our Dir. of Reservations Amber Schoneberg, at Stay@LoveHawaiiVillas.com or by phone at 844-577-8800 Ext. 1.

First, let’s talk about COVID-19 Case Counts in Hawaii:

  • 16 new cases today and about 52 in the five days prior; so an average of about 11 new cases each day over the past week
  • Fortunately, Hawaii has some of the lowest case counts in the entire country and officials are doing all they can to keep it that way!

Next, Visitor Travel Restrictions:

  • A 14-day mandatory quarantine remains in effect for ALL out-of-state Visitors and returning residents through July 31, 2020. The nature of this quarantine is that you are not allowed to leave your accommodations. (See our June 10, 2020 Breaking News update for more details)
  • As such, we suggest non-residents do not travel to Hawaii until this quarantine has been lifted.
  • Inter-island travel, for Hawaii residents, was resumed on June 16 with no quarantine required.
  • Forms required for quarantine-free inter-island travel; soon to add new technology in conjunction with the forms so that when you’ve completed the forms you could get a digital QR code sent to your phone and could then show that to airport screeners to expedite the process

BREAKING NEWS! EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2020 HAWAII VISITORS CAN PRE-TEST OUT OF QUARANTINE BY TESTING NEGATIVE TO COVID-19, LIKELY 72 HOURS OR LESS BEFORE THEIR SCHEDULED ARRIVAL TIME:

  • Literally the day we have all been anxiously awaiting for weeks now!
  • There was a press conference of unprecedented proportions, from the standpoint of all who were in attendance and what it represented. The Governor, Lt Governor, Dept of Health, Dept of Transportation, County Mayors, elected officials from the State House and Senate and many more.
  • See Gov. Ige’s Facebook page for the full video! https://www.facebook.com/GovernorDavidIge/
  • The BIG announcement is that AUGUST 1, 2020 is THE day that visitors to hawaii can pre-test out of the onerous 14-day mandatory quarantine!
  • This is huge news as Hawaii has been under VERY strict quarantine requirements for months now. Cases are low and infection rates are low. We need to keep Hawaii safe.
  • Important details and updates will be shared in the coming weeks, but suffice it to say that there should be an ability to test negative within 72 hours prior to arrival in Hawaii, through an approved testing partner, such as CVS, for example. Details are forthcoming.
  • The State of Hawaii will then validate those tests and as long as Travelers test negative prior to arrival they would NOT be subject to the 14-day quarantine.
  • With that said, there are a number of highly important things that everyone should be aware of and consider with regards to planning travel to Hawaii:
    • First, book your flights, hotels and accommodations as soon as possible! You better believe rates are going to be going up as demand increases so to get the best deal possible. Book now!
    • Our Company is offering a special discount to anyone who chooses to travel in August and you can reach out to our Director of Reservations, Amber Schoneberg, by email at Stay@LoveHawaiiVillas.com and by phone at 844-577-8800 Ext. 1. That’s 844-577-8800 Ext. 1.
    • Keep up to date with testing options and partners and plan to have your test done within that 72 hour window to be on the safe side.
    • Next, BRING YOUR MASKS and be prepared to wear your masks on the flight and also when you are going to stores in Hawaii, restaurants, etc. ALL visitors need to respect our LOCAL rules and our request that you wear your mask when in close proximity to others in public.
    • Don’t worry, you don’t need to wear a mask while lounging at the beach, or when sitting down in a restaurant at your table. It’s just those high risk situations. We need everyone to be compliant with this as it will help us to prevent another shutdown and to reduce the spreading of COVID-19. Thank you for respecting the local traditions in Hawaii and being compliant with this. It IS important.
    • There is community spread at a small scale so even though you come here and don’t have it, there is the very rare chance you could get it here if you do not practice the safe standards everyone has been preaching about for weeks.
    • Do NOT try to come to Hawaii if you are not going to test out. No one will enjoy 14-days in quarantine. Don’t do that to yourself.
    • Also, keep in mind that even if you test negative, if you show up at the airport with a temperature ABOVE 100.4 degrees and/or are demonstrating COVID-like symptoms, you may be put through additional screening before being allowed to leave the airport.

What is the Status of legal Vacation Rentals:

  • Legal vacation rentals are still Deemed as non-essential, as least for Honolulu County on Oahu.
  • We are working on that and our HILSTRA organization will be leading the way to ensure legal short-term rentals can reopen on or before Aug. 1, 2020.
  • Please note that we do not anticipate any issues currently or in the future with bookings at the Beach Villas at Ko Olina resort, regardless of any temporary restrictions on legal short-term rentals on Oahu. Again, the expectation is that any restrictions on short-term rentals will soon be lifted as the majority of small businesses are now able to reopen.

Thank you for watching and/or reading our Hawaii traveler updates and remember to like, subscribe and share on YouTube and your social media accounts!

If you have any questions or feedback, let us know at Aloha@LoveHawaiiVillas.com. If you are ready to book your Oahu vacation rental accommodations, connect with our Dir. of Reservations Amber Schoneberg, at Stay@LoveHawaiiVillas.com or by phone at 844-577-8800 Ext. 1.

Mahalo!

Munro Murdock
Broker, Owner, MBA
Love Hawaii Villas
#RB-22056

ARTICLES, RESOURCES AND REFERENCES

VARIOUS ARTICLES ABOUT THE BIG PRESS CONFERENCE JUNE 24, 2020

Starting Aug. 1, pre-testing program will allow Hawaii travelers to avoid quarantine

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/06/24/governor-expected-announce-testing-plan-travelers-part-effort-reopen-tourism/

VIDEO: Gov. David Ige announces trans-Pacific pre-travel testing program as quarantine alternative

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/06/24/breaking-news/watch-live-gov-david-ige-discusses-trans-pacific-travel-to-hawaii/

Don’t want to quarantine? Travelers will need to test negative for COVID-19 before coming to Hawaii

https://www.khon2.com/coronavirus/travelers-will-need-to-test-negative-for-covid-19-before-coming-to-hawaii/

Ige: Hawaii’s Quarantine Will Be Lifted For Those Who Show Proof Of Negative COVID-19 Test

https://www.civilbeat.org/2020/06/ige-hawaiis-quarantine-will-be-lifted-for-those-who-show-proof-of-negative-covid-19-test/

BREAKING: Gov. Ige: Hawai‘i to Implement Pre-Travel Testing Option on Aug. 1 as Alternative to Quarantine

https://mauinow.com/2020/06/24/breaking-gov-ige-hawaii-to-implement-pre-travel-testing-option-on-aug-1-as-alternative-to-quarantine/

UPDATE: Ige Announces Trans-pacific Pre-Travel Testing Program

https://mauiwatch.com/2020/06/gov-ige-announces-pre-travel-testing-option-for-travelers-to-hawai%ca%bbi-as-an-alternative-to-the-14-day-travel-quarantine/

Travel to Reopen to Visitors with Pre-Travel Testing Program

https://bigislandnow.com/2020/06/24/travel-to-reopen-to-visitors-with-pre-travel-testing-program/

LOVE HAWAII VILLAS IN THE NEWS

Broker/Owner of Love Hawaii Villas, Munro Murdock, and other HILSTRA members, were interviewed for the following recent news pieces.

MAY 17, 2020: Honolulu Star-Advertiser – COVID-19 restrictions imperil Hawaii vacation rentals

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/05/17/hawaii-news/covid-19-restrictions-imperil-hawaii-vacation-rentals/

MAY 24, 2020: KITV-4: Owners tout vacation rentals as safest post-pandemic travel option

https://www.kitv.com/story/42168460/owners-tout-vacation-rentals-as-safest-postpandemic-travel-option

JUNE 1, 2020: Civil Beat – Path To Reopening Includes Short-Term Rentals

https://www.civilbeat.org/2020/06/path-to-reopening-includes-short-term-rentals/

JUNE 3, 2020: West Hawaii Today – My Turn: Responsible reopening starts here

https://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2020/06/03/opinion/my-turn-responsible-reopening-starts-here/

JUNE 7, 2020: Honolulu Star-Advertiser – Column: Healing Hawaii responsibly must include the reopening of legal vacation rentals

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/06/07/editorial/insight/healing-hawaii-responsibly-must-include-the-reopening-of-legal-vacation-rentals/

JUNE 10, 2020: Pacific Business News – Attorney alleges Hawaii, counties discriminate against vacation rentals amid Covid reopenings

https://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2020/06/10/attorney-alleges-hawaii-counties-discriminate-aga.html

JUNE 11, 2020: KITV-4 News – Coronavirus safety standards for hotels vs. vacation rentals: is one better than the other?

https://www.kitv.com/story/42239724/coronavirus-safety-standards-for-hotels-vs-vacation-rentals-is-one-better-than-the-other

JUNE 15, 2020: Travel Weekly – For vacation rentals, a ‘tricky balance’ as they await OK to reopen

https://www.travelweekly.com/Hawaii-Travel/For-Hawaii-vacation-rentals-a-tricky-balance-as-they-await-approval-to-reopen

JUNE 16, 2020: KITV-4 News – Kaua’i, Maui, and Hawai’i Island reopen vacation rentals as interisland travel quarantine is lifted

https://www.kitv.com/story/42256247/kauai-maui-and-hawaii-island-reopen-vacation-rentals-as-interisland-travel-quarantine-is-lifted

MORE TO COME!!!

NEWS MEDIA SOURCES FOR ALL HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

GENERAL HAWAII NEWS MEDIA SOURCES (ALL ISLANDS)

NEIGHBOR ISLAND NEWS SOURCES

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Moloka’i and Lana’i:

Maui:

Hawaii Island or Big Island:

ABOUT US

ABOUT MUNRO MURDOCK:

Munro is the Principal Broker and Owner of Love Hawaii Realty and Love Hawaii Villas. He is a Top 100 Realtor in the State of Hawaii and leads a team of vacation rental industry professionals in providing exceptional property and Guest experiences across their portfolio of privately-managed luxury legal vacation rentals in Hawaii. Munro has been involved with vacation rental marketing and management for more than a decade and is a sought-after leader in the industry. He prides himself on being an early adopter of cutting-edge technologies and in going the extra mile for his Owner and Guest clients. He is passionate about what he does and loves to find ways to innovate and adapt in the face of market changes.

He is a firm believer that by focusing on delivering a high level of service, that everything will take care of itself. He recognizes the lifetime value of Client and Team member relationships and loves to bring his boundless creativity to life in his day-to-day work. Munro is married and lives with his wife and three children and cute little dog in Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii. He loves the outdoors and is as active as he can be with stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing, bodyboarding, kite surfing, running, SCUBA diving, traveling and just hanging out with his family around the beaches of Hawaii. 

ABOUT LOVE HAWAII VILLAS:

Love Hawaii Villas is a full-service vacation rental marketing and management firm, specializing in exclusive vacation properties in the Ko Olina Resort, Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore and Hawaii Kai areas on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii. Every year, Travelers from all over the world stay in properties managed by Love Hawaii Villas while visiting Hawaii.

The Team at Love Hawaii also assists Clients with the purchase and sale of Hawaii real estate through the team of licensed Agents and Brokers at Love Hawaii Realty. Love Hawaii was recognized as one of Hawaii’s Best Workplaces in 2019, and is an active member of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA), Rotary International, National Association of Realtors (NAR), Hawaii Association of Realtors (HAR) and Honolulu Board of Realtors (HBR).

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