Hawaii is OPENING to tourists – Here’s Everything You Need To Know

I don’t know about you guys but it’s the news I’ve been waiting for since basically this whole quarantine started – When will the beautiful islands of Hawaii open up again and give us Americans the perfect post-COVID vacation destination??? Well, yesterday, Hawaii excitingly announced they are opening to visitors testing negative for Covid-19!!!

Ever since March, Hawaii has taken an extreme approach to combating COVID-19 (thank goodness! Because it’s worked!), forcing a 14-day quarantine for any visitor of the island, and imposing strict fees and even arrests for anyone breaking quarantine.

But, starting August 1, visitors to Hawaii can avoid the 14-day quarantine if they get pre-tested for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours before their departure from home and present negative results when they arrive at the airport in Hawaii. Besides pre-testing for COVID-19, visitors will also be subject to health screening and a temperature check at the airport. 

I’m honestly really excited about this rule because I think not only will it keep our Hawaii vacations safer, but also help everyone to feel a little more at ease knowing everyone else on the island has tested negative for COVID-19. What do you guys think about the news? Are you ready for a trip to Hawaii?

Since the 14-day mandatory quarantine rule took effect, air arrivals in Hawaii have dropped drastically from about 30,000 a day to about 1,000 (many of those locals), but no doubt with these new rules in place, it’s about to be one of all of our top fall destinations in the United States

So where should you go in Hawaii?


Summer and fall are great times to visit the Garden Isle, since it’s its dryest season. Kauai is one of my favorite islands in the world – and reminds me a ton of Bali!!! If you’re looking for an active, adventurous, lush island with some of the most stunning beaches in the world – this is your island. 

Where to stay:  For luxury – Get a bungalow at The Lodge at Kukui’ula 

or this airbnb with its oceanfront view in Poipu would be perfect for a couple looking to escape for a few days. 

Big Island (Hawai’i)

Where to Stay: Four Seasons Hualalai

I love the Four Seasons Hualalai – and their tropical rooms with outdoor showers and beautiful tropical plants remind me a little of Bali
Check rates for your dates here.



Where to stay: Moana Surfrider

Located right in the heart of the downtown strip of beach in Honolulu – the famous & beautiful Waikiki Beach. 

Turtle Bay Resort

Remember the resort in Forgetting Sarah Marshall?! That’s this one. It is also where the “7-Mile Miracle” of world-class surf begins, and the lineup is endless. With this as your home base, you can explore North Shore’s shrimp trucks, pristine beaches, and plantation-style towns.


Where to stay: Andaz Maui or Four Seasons Maui

These are my two favorite hotels on Maui! They are both located in the desirable Wailea area of Maui. Andaz has a sleek, young, contemporary country-club-like ambiance and stunning oceanfront views, with 4 infinity pools, 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and 15 acres on Waikapu Beach, and the Four Seasons Maui is one of the US’s best properties – with a stunning infinity pool, beach cabanas, and an ultra-secluded, private atmosphere. 

Or, if you’re looking for a deal, check out airbnb rentals on Maui like this one.


For the ultimate in seclusion, head to laid-back, romantic Lanai, where you’ll find the dreamy Four Seasons Lanai –A secluded luxury oasis with 5-star restaurants like Nobu and Malibu Farm, and an out-of-this-world breakfast buffet that will keep you full until dinner! This is one of the most exclusive resorts in Hawaii, and is hands down a favorite for Hawaii honeymoons

And don’t forget a Hawaiian print face mask for the air travel to the islands to keep you extra protected on the plane! 

Tropical face mask, $10, Kenny Flowers (and get the matching hawaiian shirt or kimono to match! #summerfashion)

Check out these other blog posts:

The ultimate Hawaii honeymoon guide

The best places to travel in the USA

The Ultimate Beach Vacation Packing Guide

The Ultimate Maui Travel Guide

The Ultimate Kauai Travel Guide



The Ultimate Santa Barbara Travel Guide


The Best Airbnb's in St. John, US Virgin Islands