Hawaii vacations become easier Thursday, but are tourists welcome?

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Despite increasing coronavirus cases across the U.S., Hawaii officials hope to reboot tourism next week by loosening months of economically crippling pandemic restrictions, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all arriving travelers. (Oct. 7)

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Hawaii is going to start providing an alternative to its mandatory quarantine rule starting Thursday, but don’t pack your swimsuit without knowing the details.

Visiting the islands still won’t be as carefree as

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Hawaii reopens for travel on Oct. 15, but requirements remain unclear



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Planning a vacation to a reopened Hawaii has proven quite difficult.

Not only has the reopening date has been a moving target for months, it remains

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The state releases its list of ‘Trusted Testing and Travel Partners’ – Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather

The state of Hawaii will only accept test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners listed here: AFC Urgent Care, Bartell Drugs, Carbon Health, CityHealth Urgent Care, Color, CVS Health, Discovery Health MD, Kaiser Permanente, Quest Diagnostics, Vault Health and Walgreens.

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Airport Becomes Certified Testing, Travel Partner With Hawaii

Oakland International Airport and CityHealth Urgent Care will open a second coronavirus testing facility at the airport as it becomes a certified testing and travel partner with the state of Hawaii.

The testing facility, expected to open Thursday in front of the airport’s main passenger terminal, will be able to offer results in roughly 15 minutes for airport passengers prior to their flight, according to CityHealth.

Airport officials said the

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Hawaii vacation? COVID-19 hassles abound amid tourist testing program

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Despite increasing coronavirus cases across the U.S., Hawaii officials hope to reboot tourism next week by loosening months of economically crippling pandemic restrictions, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all arriving travelers. (Oct. 7)

AP Domestic

Hawaii is going to start providing an alternative to its mandatory quarantine rule next week, but don’t pack your swimsuit without knowing the details.

Visiting the islands still won’t be as carefree as

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Two Latin nations re-open, United to China; TAP, Hawaii flights

In route news, United plans to revive some transpacific passenger service from San Francisco and add more flights to Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America; Two new Latin American countries open to Americans, American will bring back Beijing service to that city’s new airport; TAP returns to SFO and Qatar Airways is coming soon; Southwest is resuming Bay Area-Hawaii routes and adding new Oakland-Palm Springs flights; a luxury small jet … Read More

Hawaiian Airlines to Suspend ‘Ohana by Hawaiian Service – Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather

“Those that cannot walk up the stairs on the smaller commuters, they need to use a wheelchair ramp, which Ohana is the only one that has that wheelchair ramp accessibility. On the smaller commuters weight can be a problem, so if you’re over the 200 pound mark you can be denied flying on smaller airlines. So Ohana is huge when we’re looking them right now,” Representative Decoite said.

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Amid U.S. Golf Boom, Struggling Hawaii Courses Look To Pre-Travel Testing For Needed Boost

Anyone who’s played Ko’Olau Golf Course on Oahu has surely regaled fellow golfers with stories of playing one of the most difficult and visually stunning courses in the world – soaring mountains, lush green

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Kokua Line: Hawaii Department of Health lists more options for pre-travel COVID-19 tests ahead of Oct. 15 reopening

Question: Could you please provide details about the pre-travel testing now that the state has added more providers? All I could see on TV was the sign with the names. I need to know where to make an appointment.

Answer: As your question indicates, the state of Hawaii on Wednesday announced more “trusted testing partners” for its pre-travel COVID-19 testing program. Starting Thursday, passengers from the rest

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What’s the top hotel in Hawaii, according to new travel magazine poll? – Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather

Halekulani Corporation managed both Halepuna Waikiki and luxury resort Halekulani, which also earned a top spot on the list as #3 Hotel in Hawaii.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and, among hoteliers, considered the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Condé Nast Travelers says more than 600,000  readers submitted responses.

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ESPN cancels two bowl games in Hawaii and Bahamas due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

A college football bowl season that was always going to feel different has also become a little smaller.

ESPN Events announced Friday that the Hawaii Bowl and Bahamas Bowl have been canceled for the 2020 season. The announcement cited current health pandemic and travel restrictions as reasons behind the decision.

From ESPN:

“We are disappointed that we aren’t able to stage events at these premier destinations this year,” said Pete

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Hawaii travel COVID testing options by airline: Everything to know

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After pushing back the prospective launch date several times, Hawaii will start its program to allow visitors to bypass quarantine by presenting a negative COVID-19 on Oct. 15, and several airlines have swooped in to assist in making that program a little easier for travelers. 

Hawaii has a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all out-of-state travelers. Starting Oct. 15, travelers will be

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University of Hawaii to slash salaries of 216 executive, managerial employees due to budget shortfall

The University of Hawaii today announced salary reductions for 216 executive-managerial employees, effective Nov. 1, in preparation for a significant budget shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

UH President David Lassner has directed a salary reduction of 9.23% for all executive-managerial employees. Any remaining portion of salaries above $200,000 will be reduced by 11%.

Lassner volunteered to reduce his own total compensation of $395,004 by 20%.

“This is not related

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Hawaii Airlines Cuts 1,000 Jobs

Hawaii’s largest carrier, Hawaiian Airlines, today announced more than 1,000 job cuts as COVID-19 continues to ravage travel demand and lockdowns fuel economic distress.

Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO, announced today in a letter to employees that there will be more than 1,000 the new job cuts. The letter explained that furlough notices would be sent today to flight attendants and pilots, reducing the airline’s flight attendant workforce

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United will start offering pre-flight COVID tests in October to passengers traveling to Hawaii

Forget seat upgrades and free cocktails. The ultimate in-flight luxury may soon be knowing that your seatmate just took a COVID test—and was negative.



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Starting on October 15, United passengers heading from SFO to Hawaii will have the option of taking a COVID test before they board—and will get the results in 15 minutes. Passengers will also have the option of doing a self-collected,

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Hawaiian Airlines offering pre-travel drive thru testing for its passengers – Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather

“With these labs in partnership with worksite labs we will be able to take children as long as the parents are able to help get a sample. I know some of the commercial partners won’t take children of a certain age, but we know how important travel with children and family is and so we wanted to make sure that we had that option available to our guests,” Senior VP

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Here’s Why Rapid Testing For Hawaii Flights Might Just Save Travel

Yesterday United Airlines announced it would begin offering rapid COVID-19 testing at San Francisco Airport for passengers traveling to Hawaii. Results take around 15 minutes. This is just one airport, for flights on one airline to one destination – and yet it may just be a watershed moment for travel in the era of COVID.

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Southwest Airlines offering flights to Hawaii from $99 or 6,864 points into 2021

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As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or

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Hawaiian Airlines to offer passengers pre-travel testing – Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather

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More Hawaii hotels announce reopening plans as pre-travel testing program start nears

HONOLULU (KHON2) — As the pre-travel testing start date of Oct. 15 nears, more hotels are announcing reopening plans.

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Some of the bigger hotels are announcing reopenings in the later part of the year. Those in the hotel industry say that it is about the time they expect some tourism to ramp up.

“You can’t open a

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