2,387 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Today marks 15 weeks since the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. Yesterday, 2,387 people arrived in Hawaii.

During this same time last year approximately 35,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one.

Rep. Gabbard Urges Gov. Ige to Continue 14-Day Travel Quarantine

Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) called on Hawai‘i Governor David Ige to continue the 14-day quarantine in effect for trans-Pacific travelers. She issued the following statement: 

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

“I strongly urge the Governor and mayors of Hawai‘i counties to continue the 14-day quarantine for trans-Pacific travelers because of the surge of COVID-19 infections occurring across the country, with many states experiencing a higher number of positive COVID-19 cases now than at any point during this pandemic. In addition, we are facing an extreme shortage in testing reagents, personal protective equipment, and medical supplies. We must put the health and lives of the people of Hawai‘i first and take necessary actions to contain and defeat this virus in our state. The travel quarantine must remain in place for the time being as we focus on containing and defeating the virus, massively increasing our testing and tracing capacity, and securing our medical supply chains. These steps are essential to get to a place where the people of Hawai‘i can be confident that travelers coming to our state will not bring greater risk and COVID-19 infections with them.”

2,637 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Yesterday, 2,637 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year approximately 35,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

The state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel.

This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one.

2,099 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Yesterday, 2,099 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year approximately 35,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

The state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel.

This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one.

Mandatory Travel & Health Form Available Online

The State of Hawai‘i mandatory interisland travel and health form can now be submitted online within 24 hours of flight departure. This upgrade adds efficiency to the passenger verification process, helps save travelers time and allows information to enter the database in real-time. The form includes health and contact information needed to trace close contacts should a passenger become ill.

Ticketed passengers are encouraged to visit the Hawai‘i Department of Health travel website to find the digital fillable travel and health form. Once all the required questions have been completed and it is signed and submitted, the passenger will receive an email with a QR code. They should bring the code with them to the airport, either on an electronic device (preferred) or printed. The form may not be completed or submitted outside of the 24-hour time frame. (Please note: certain browsers such as Safari and Explorer are slow loading and Chrome is best).

When passengers arrive at the airport they should check in to their flight and obtain a boarding pass (if they haven’t already done so) and drop off any checked luggage. Passengers will then proceed to a passenger verification and screening station located before Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints, where they will have their temperature taken to ensure it is below 100.4 degrees. Passengers without  elevated temperatures will submit their QR code to an airport representative who will scan it with an iPad to verify the information. Travelers can also download the form in advance, fill it out and print it, and bring it with them to the airport or fill it out at the airport. The passenger’s mobile phone will be called in front of them, to ensure it rings and the screener will verify the address provided on the form matches the passenger’s government issued identification. Passengers with a temperature of 100.4 or above are allowed to fly. Certain other individuals will receive an additional assessment and will have the opportunity to have a nasal swab sample taken at the airport, which will be delivered to an off-site DOH lab to be tested for COVID-19. Feeling symptomatic (other than a fever) and having the swab sample taken does not necessarily mean the person cannot travel. However, the form will allow DOH to contact the person should their test result be positive.

Once the information is verified and the passenger has successfully completed the process they can proceed to the TSA checkpoint. The mandatory travel and health forms must be submitted by each passenger, including minors. It must be submitted before each interisland flight, even if flights are on the same day. Travelers are encouraged to allow extra time and arrive at the airport with enough time to complete the passenger verification process, pass through security checkpoints and arrive at their assigned gate prior to departure.

The Governor’s Office, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Department of Health, Department of Transportation,  Department of the Attorney General, Office of Enterprise Technology Services and all four counties coordinated to help with the development and implementation of the new digital resource. The system was developed by Esri and utilizes its ArcGIS platform.

The State lifted the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for interisland travelers on June 16. As of today, Aloha United Way 2-1-1 will field questions regarding the interisland travel form. They will not be able to answer questions about domestic or international travel.

Hawaii Visitor Statistics Released for May 2020

In May 2020, visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands decreased 98.9 percent compared to a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) Tourism Research Division.

All passengers arriving from out-of-state and traveling interisland during May were required to abide by a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Exemptions include travel for essential reasons like work or healthcare. In May, Governor David Ige’s “Stay-at-Home” order transitioned to the “Safer-at-Home” order, then eventually the state entered the “Act with Care” phase. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also continued to enforce its “No Sail Order” on all cruise ships.

In May, a total of 9,116 visitors traveled to Hawaii by air service compared to 841,376 total visitors (by air and cruise ships) during the same period a year ago. Most of the visitors were from U.S. West (5,842, -98.5%) and U.S. East (2,647, -98.7%). A few visitors came from Japan (14, -100.0%) and Canada (20, -99.9%). There were 593 visitors from All Other International Markets (-99.4%), most of whom were visiting from Guam. Total visitor days (aggregate number of days stayed by all visitors) dropped 96.3 percent year-over-year.

A total of 97,753 trans-Pacific air seats serviced the Hawaiian Islands in May, down 91.3 percent from a year ago. There were no direct flights or scheduled seats from U.S. East, Japan, Canada, Oceania, and Other Asia, and very few scheduled seats from U.S. West (-88.3%) and Other countries (-58.1%).

Year-to-Date 2020

In the first five months of 2020, total visitor arrivals dropped 49.5 percent to 2,139,166 visitors, with significantly fewer arrivals by air service (-49.3% to 2,109,375) and by cruise ships (-60.7% to 29,792) compared to the same period a year ago. Total visitor days fell 46.3 percent.

Year-to-date, visitor arrivals by air service decreased from U.S. West (-49.3% to 917,741), U.S. East (-44.5% to 518,185), Japan (-51.6% to 294,255), Canada (-46.5% to 155,764) and All Other International Markets (-57.4% to 223,430).

Other Highlights:

U.S. West: In May, 4,357 visitors arrived from the Pacific region compared to 292,106 visitors a year ago, and 1,443 visitors came from the Mountain region compared to 88,487 a year ago. Through the first five months of 2020, visitor arrivals declined substantially from both the Pacific (-50.5% to 693,435) and Mountain (-45.3% to 204,167) regions compared to the same period a year ago.

U.S. East: Through the first five months of 2020, visitor arrivals dropped considerably from all regions. The three largest regions, East North Central (-43.7% to 109,887), South Atlantic (-50.6% to 94,545) and West North Central (-32.8% to 94,095) saw considerable decreases compared to the first five months of 2019.

Japan: In May, 14 visitors arrived from Japan compared to 113,218 visitors a year ago. Year-to-date, arrivals declined 51.6 percent to 294,255 visitors.

Canada: In May, 20 visitors arrived from Canada compared to 25,794 visitors a year ago. Year-to-date, arrivals dropped to 155,764 visitors (-46.5%).

Highlights from All Other International Markets:

Australia: Two visitors traveled to Hawai‘i in May compared to 26,317 visitors a year ago.Through the first five months of 2020, arrivals decreased 53.3 percent to 50,072 visitors.

New Zealand: There were 21 visitors in May versus 7,401 visitors a year ago. Through the first five months of 2020, arrivals declined to 10,708 visitors (-58.8%).

China: There were 16 visitors in May compared to 8,199 visitors a year ago. Year-to-date, arrivals decreased 77.4 percent to 9,975 visitors.

Korea: There were 21 visitors in May versus 16,026 visitors a year ago. Through the first five months of 2020, arrivals fell 55.7 percent to 41,650 visitors.

Taiwan: There were seven visitors in May compared to 5,798 visitors a year ago. Year-to-date, arrivals dropped 71.2 percent to 3,460 visitors.

Europe: There were 25 visitors from Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland) in May versus 10,255 visitors a year ago. Through the first five months of 2020, arrivals decreased 55.7 percent to 20,444 visitors.

Latin America: There were 11 visitors from Latin America (Mexico, Brazil and Argentina) in May compared to 2,573 visitors a year ago. Year-to-date, arrivals dropped 55.2 percent to 5,074 visitors.

Island Highlights:

  • O‘ahu: In May, total visitor days fell 94.9 percent compared to a year ago. There were 6,587 visitors on O‘ahu in May compared to 503,814 visitors year-over-year. Through the first five months of 2020, visitor arrivals decreased 50.3 percent to 1,232,750 visitors.
  • Maui: In May, total visitor days declined 98.4 percent from a year ago. There were 1,054 visitors on Maui in May versus 249,208 visitors a year ago. Year-to-date, arrivals dropped 50.8 percent to 604,888 visitors.
  • Kaua‘i: In May, total visitor days decreased 97.9 percent compared to a year ago. There were 571 visitors on Kaua‘i in May compared to 111,463 visitors a year ago. Through the first five months of 2020, visitor arrivals decreased 48.8 percent to 282,559 visitors.
  • Hawai‘i Island: In May, visitor days decreased 95.7 percent from a year ago. There were 1,257 visitors on Hawai‘i Island in May compared to 138,792 visitors a year ago. Through the first five months of 2020, arrivals dropped 46.0 percent to 392,100 visitors.

Air Seats to Hawaii:

In May, total air capacity dropped 91.3 percent to 97,753 seats, comprised of 96,229 scheduled air seats (-91.3%) and 1,524 charter seats (-84.1%). Service to Hilo was suspended and there were very few air seats serving Honolulu (-87.3% to 88,682), Kahului (-98.4% to 3,667), Kona (-97.1% to 3,088) and Līhu‘e (-97.1% to 2,316) compared to a year ago.

  • Scheduled seats from U.S. West decreased 88.3 percent in May. Service to Hawai‘i from most routes was suspended except for Los Angeles (-86.4% to 30,855 seats), Seattle (-73.4% to 23,983 seats), San Francisco (-84.6% to 19,432 seats) and Oakland (-80.5% to 10,675 seats), which saw significant reductions from a year ago.
  • There were no scheduled air seats from U.S. East in May, compared to 91,735 seats a year ago.
  • There were no scheduled seats from Japan in May, compared to 161,248 seats a year ago.
  • There were no scheduled seats from Canada in May, compared to 20,026 seats a year ago.
  • There were no scheduled air seats from Oceania in May, compared to 41,905 seats a year ago.
  • There were no scheduled air seats from Other Asia in May, compared to 39,906 seats a year ago.
  • Scheduled seats from Other markets (Apia, Christmas Island, Guam, Majuro, Manila, Pago Pago and Papeete) decreased 58.1 percent compared to May 2019. Direct flights to Hawai‘i from most routes were canceled except for Guam-Honolulu with 11,284 seats, which is unchanged from May 2019.
  • Year-to-date, total air capacity statewide declined 38.1 percent to 3,446,538 seats, due to the reduction in air seats serving Honolulu (-37.6% to 2,138,211), Kahului (-36.7% to 728,976), Kona (-39.0% to 337,416), Līhu‘e (-44.3% to 232,971) and Hilo (-47.1% to 8,964).

Cruise Ship Visitors:

  • In May, sails on the Hawai‘i home-ported cruise ship were suspended and no out-of-state cruise ships were allowed into the islands. During the same month a year ago, 9,379 visitors came by air to board the Hawai‘i home-ported cruise ship and four out-of-state cruise ships came with 11,338 visitors.
  • Year-to-date, 29,792 visitors entered Hawai‘i on 20 out-of-state cruise ships. Several of those ships were smaller in capacity compared to the 35 cruise ships that carried 75,775 visitors in the first five months of 2019.
  • There were 52,705 total cruise visitors in the first five months of 2020, down 58.6 percent from a year ago.

1,930 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Yesterday, 1,930 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year approximately 35,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

The state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one.

Legislature Appropriates $90 Million for Airport COVID-19 Screening

Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair Donovan Dela Cruz and House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke announced today that $90 million will be appropriated for systems at airports statewide to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The funding will be used for thermal screening systems, security protocols, web-based verification applications, traveler verification rooms, swab and testing facilities, and a service contract for ramping up testing.

This investment in airport screening protocols will help us reopen tourism in the safest possible manner, screening all travelers and verifying their pre-testing information,” said Chair Sylvia Luke. “Because the U.S. Senate has not passed the HEROES Act, we are substituting federal funding from the existing CARES Act in order to move forward with this critical priority.”

“At a recent Senate Special COVID-19 Committee meeting, Department of Health and the private labs indicated that we need to ramp up our testing capacity from 3,000 tests a day to 12,000, and possibly 15,000, tests a day,” said Chair Donovan Dela Cruz. “As the number of visitors increase, it’s important that we have enough tests for our local community and have the tests available for symptomatic passengers to help prevent the spread of the virus.”

The systems will be installed in the five major airports: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Kahului Airport, Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole, Hilo International Airport, and Lihue Airport.

Thermal screening cameras will be installed at all the gates to screen passengers for elevated temperatures (above 100.4 degrees) as they disembark from the aircraft. A facial imaging tracking system and monitoring control rooms will be installed throughout the terminal to track a suspected passenger until they are intercepted for further screening. Total cost is $18.5 million.

Verification rooms will be constructed to verify arriving passenger information during their stay in the State ($5 million), and a web-based application will be developed for the departing passenger health form and arriving passenger verification information ($4 million). An additional $23 will be appropriated for labor.

Facilities will be built to perform the swabbing and testing of suspected COVID-19 passengers for $5 million. A total of $17 million will be available for service contracts for the maintenance of the thermal screening cameras and facial imaging tracking system, labor to operate the monitoring control and verification rooms, and health professionals to perform the swabbing and testing of passengers.

The measure being proposed will allow the state to reopen for all travel (interisland, domestic, and international), benefiting all residents, businesses, and the tourism industry, while minimizing the spread of COVID-19 at the five major airports.

Congressman Case Releases Statement Following Announcement of Reopening Trans-Pacific Travel

Congressman Ed Case released the following statement with the announcement from Governor David Ige on his plans to reopen trans-Pacific airline travel August 1st:

Congressman Ed Case

“It is tragic that the U.S. Department of Justice at the direction of Attorney General Barr would cripple the best public health outcome in the country and risk the lives of Hawai‘i residents and visitors alike and our economic recovery for the interests of out-of-state owners of Hawai‘i properties and visitors who feel inconvenienced by the difficult measures we have taken.

“It was the President himself who (way too late) declared a public health emergency on March 13th. Governor Ige’s quarantine order of April 1st, affecting resident and visitors equally, was a scientific state-of-the-art response on protecting public safety in a pandemic, and his modification today to adopt the Alaska model is a responsible and appropriate way forward to both preserve our public health gains and safely reopen our economy.

“If people want to visit Hawai‘i without regard to our public health, don’t come. If non-residents bought property here but don’t want to follow the same rules we’re all living by, sell and buy somewhere else.”

State to Launch COVID-19 Pre-Travel Testing Program for Out-of-State Travelers August 1

 Gov. David Ige announced today all travelers arriving in Hawai‘i from out-of-state will be required to get a valid COVID-19 test prior to their arrival, and to show proof of a negative test result, to avoid the 14-day quarantine. The pre-travel testing program begins Aug. 1.

Gov. Ige made the announcement from the Honolulu Airport.

Out-of-state travelers arriving in Hawai‘i must get a PCR test prior to arrival from any testing location approved by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health. Evidence of a negative test result must be provided upon arrival in Hawai‘i. Without this, passengers arriving from out-of-state will be subject to the 14-day quarantine. No testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport.

The Health Department is still in the process of developing this program but anticipates requiring an FDA-approved PCR test from a CLIA certified laboratory. Travelers will be required to provide printed or emailed pre-test certification as evidence of a negative test result. Travelers will be responsible for the cost of the pre-travel test. 

Temperature checks will continue at airports across the state. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees or who is experiencing other symptoms will be required to undergo a secondary screening at the airport with trained healthcare staff.

In addition, travelers will be required to fill out the State Travel and Health form. 

“The health of our community remains our primary focus. This multi-layered pre-travel testing and screening process allows travelers an alternative to the 14-day travel quarantine in a way that protects the health and safety of our kama‘āina and visitors,” said Gov. Ige. “Now is the time to work together to ensure that our local businesses can safely re-open to incoming travelers.”

“Asking passengers to get a negative COVID-19 test prior to travel is one more tool in our layered screening process that will help keep Hawai’i safe. As we navigate this pandemic, any way we can minimize risk while bringing some normalcy to our daily lives is the right path forward. I appreciate the incredible work of the partners involved in this process, and special thanks to the people of Hawaii who have shown their aloha, patience and resilience throughout this challenging time,” said Lt. Gov. Josh Green.

Additional Quotes from State Leaders:

Senate President Ronald Kouchi:
“The Governor, the mayors of the four counties, Speaker Saiki and I are working together to ensure we come out with the best results for the people of Hawai‘i and the visitors who are going to come and enjoy our wonderful island state. This is by far the most difficult decision that I have ever had to make in my political career, to stand up and say when I think it is safe for us to start welcoming tourists, to try to get our businesses going forward, while being mindful of the health and safety of the residents of this state. It’s about creating layers of safety. This plan contains a robust testing protocol, including the ability to have contact tracing. It’s about keeping our community safe.” 

House Speaker Scott Saiki:
“As travel begins to incrementally reopen in Hawai‘i, the public should be assured that our top priority is the health and safety of all residents. On Friday, the Legislature is poised to approve Senate Bill 126 that will appropriate $90 million for health and safety protocols at the state airports. This includes funding for thermal screening, a web-based travel application, and screening equipment.” 

Mayor Derek Kawakami, Kaua‘i County:
“We appreciate the Governor’s willingness to take our recommendations into consideration. Our ability to keep our residents safe is going to require the continued collaboration of all government agencies, the private sector, and most importantly, our community. If there was ever a time where we must work together and take care of one another, now is that time.”

Mayor Mike Victorino, Maui County:
“I want to mahalo the people of Maui County for doing a tremendous job in protecting our community and keeping our case counts low. Over the past 45 days, we’ve conducted thousands of tests and reported just 7 new cases. Our local medical care providers continue to do testing and our hospital has improved its operations and capacity. We also are working closely with our state partners and airport officials to ensure they have the support they need. We look forward to working with the Governor and Mayors on preparing the State of Hawai‘i and Maui County for transpacific travelers, while maintaining necessary protocols for protecting our people.”

Mayor Kirk Caldwell, City and County of Honolulu:
“The City and County of Honolulu continues to be a strong proponent of requiring a negative COVID-19 test for individuals flying into Honolulu, as a way to bypass the 14 day quarantine. This is just one component of what it will take to keep O‘ahu residents safe, the others being robust testing, contact tracing, and isolation measures including support, along with physical distancing and mask wearing. So far we’re encouraged by the opening of interisland travel, but also understand opening travel to visitors outside of Hawai‘i will present a whole new set of serious challenges.”

Mayor Harry Kim, Hawai‘i County:
“On going forward, our priority was the development of a really comprehensive system that monitors incoming passengers from out of state. I was elated when the Governor put emphasis on that – for a unified system for the whole state that County of Hawai‘i Civil Defense developed. It is a GIS-based digitized data base system utilized by the whole state. Implementation of this system will give all of the agencies involved real-time information to monitor incoming passengers from out of state.”

Bruce Anderson, director, state Department of Health:
“Lifting the 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travel will require an intensive airport screening process, increased contact tracing and monitoring of cases, and careful tracking of the state’s progress in controlling and containing the coronavirus. This is a huge undertaking by the state and a tremendous commitment from public health as we embark on these new and untested initiatives and face many unknowns. It is definitely a new normal and we have much to learn as we lift restrictions and rebuild our economy while safeguarding the health of our people.

1,948 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Yesterday, 1,948 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

The state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one.

Holland America Line Extends its Pause of Cruise Operations to Early 2021 for Hawaii Itineraries

With travel and port restrictions continuing for the near future due to global health concerns, Holland America Line is extending its pause of cruise operations and cancelling additional departures from the port of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 2020, as well as select Hawaii itineraries for early 2021. 

MS Koningsdam

The following cruises are affected:

Eurodam

  • Sept. 26, 2020, 22-day Panama Canal cruise from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Koningsdam:

  • Sept. 26, 2020, seven-day Pacific Northwest cruise from Vancouver to San Diego, California. 
  • Jan. 16 and Feb. 2, 2021, Circle Hawaii Voyages roundtrip from San Diego.

Maasdam:

  • Sept. 21, 2020, 16-day Mexico and Sea of Cortez itinerary from Vancouver to San Diego.

Noordam:

  • Sept. 27, 2020, 14-day North Pacific Crossing from Vancouver to Yokohama, Japan.

Volendam:

  • Sept. 30, Oct. 3 and Oct. 10, 2020, three- and seven-day Pacific Northwest and coastal cruises from Vancouver.

Westerdam:

  • Sept. 20, 2020, 17-day Circle Hawaii cruise roundtrip from Vancouver. 
  • Oct. 7, 2020, 23-day Inca Discovery voyage from Vancouver to San Antonio (Santiago), Chile.

All shorter segments within the above cruise departures are cancelled. Collectors’ Voyages that combine back-to-back cruises including the above departure dates are also cancelled.

Guests Automatically Receive Future Cruise Credit 
Those with impacted cruises automatically will be cancelled, and no action is needed for guests opting for the Future Cruise Credit (FCC). All guests will receive an FCC per person as follows:

  • Paid in Full: Those who had paid in full will receive 125% FCC of the base cruise fare paid to Holland America Line. 
  • Not Paid in Full: Those with bookings not paid in full will receive an FCC of double the amount of the deposit paid for the cruise. The minimum FCC is $100 and the maximum will be an amount up to the base cruise fare paid. 

The FCC is valid for 12 months from the date of issue and may be used to book sailings departing through Dec. 31, 2022. All other funds paid to Holland America Line may be transferred to a new booking or will automatically be refunded via the method of payment used to purchase the services. 

Full Refund Option Also Available 
Guests who prefer a 100% refund of monies paid to Holland America Line can visit the Cancellation Preferences form to indicate this preference no later than July 15, 2020. 

The above options are not applicable to guests booked on a charter sailing. Other booking and cancellation conditions and policies may apply if the cruise was not booked through Holland America Line. See the terms and conditions in the Cancellation Preferences form for all details.

Recognizing the vital role travel advisors play in the success of the cruise industry, Holland America Line will protect travel advisor commissions on bookings for cancelled cruises that were paid in full and for the total amount of the FCC when rebooked. 

As previously announced, Holland America Line extended its pause of global cruise operations and cancelled all Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruises for 2020. In addition, Amsterdam will not operate the 79-day Grand Africa Voyage.

For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.

1,484 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Today marks eleven weeks since the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. Yesterday, 1,484 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one.

1,732 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Yesterday, 1,732 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

The state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one.

1,891 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Yesterday, 1,891 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

The state’s mandatory 14-dayself-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one.

1,621 people arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Yesterday, 1,621 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

Yesterday marks ten weeks since the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one. This data was collected from the DOT’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

Hawaii Tourism Authority President & CEO Chris Tatum Announces His Retirement

After a 40-year career dedicated to serving the hospitality industry and working to make a positive difference for Hawaii, Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) President & CEO Chris Tatum announced he’s retiring. His last day at HTA will be August 31.

Chris Tatum

Tatum was appointed to the top tourism position for the State of Hawaii in December 2018 after a 37-year career with Marriott International.

Under his leadership, HTA established Hawaii’s direction for tourism’s future in the coming years with its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.

HTA is putting an increased focus on destination management, which includes investing more time and money in programs that support the community, perpetuate the Hawaiian culture, and protect Hawaii’s natural resources. He also advocated for workplace development in tourism to provide local students with career opportunities in hospitality.

“I’m very proud of the HTA team and our refocused plans to develop a balanced strategy for tourism. With active collaboration from the community, we need to create a sustainable industry that is respectful of the culture and protects our environment for future generations. I plan to spend the next three months working with the HTA board on the transition and supporting the state’s recovery efforts,” Tatum said.

HTA Board Chair Rick Fried commented, “Chris is smart, candid, always puts the residents of Hawaii first, and, most importantly to me, is unfailingly honest. When he asked to come to my office on Monday, I assumed it was just to discuss various HTA matters as we often do. After a few minutes of talking he handed me a brown envelope with his resignation letter and explained his thinking. I deal with many sad cases, but I teared up when it became clear his decision was final.”

HTA Chief Administrative Officer Keith Regan said, “It has been such a blessing to have had the opportunity to work alongside Chris. From the first day, he displayed all the great qualities you’d expect from a true leader. Besides his decisive and passionate approach, what I’ve really appreciated has been his willingness to share, teach, and mentor those around him has elevated the whole organization. He has placed HTA on the right footing, focused on balance and sustainability. We owe him a true debt of gratitude and I, for one, am truly indebted to him for his incredible leadership.”

Prior to joining HTA, his experience included executive leadership positions on the U.S. mainland, in Asia, Australia, and Hawaii. His career started as a housekeeping houseman at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel during his summers home from college.

Tatum moved to Hawaii with his family in 1965, when his father Lon was a member of the U.S. Air Force, and his mother Bette was a teacher. He’s a proud graduate of Radford High School. The Tatum family fell in love with the islands and made Hawaii their lifelong home.

Before her passing in 2017, Bette was a well-respected leader in the business community as executive director of the National Federation of Small Business for the State of Hawaii. Lon retired from the military and supported Bette’s career until his passing in 2010. Tatum’s brother Lonnie was a very successful owner of a recreational vehicle dealership in Washington State until his passing in 2004.

Tatum and his wife Peg, who have been married for 28 years, plan to relocate to Colorado to begin the next stage of their lives.

“After 40 years in a 24/7 industry, I’m looking forward to traveling with Peg and spending quality time with my daughter Sam and son Alex. I’m blessed to have grown up and raised our kids in the islands and Hawaii will always be our home.”

Princess Cruises Extends Pause of Global Ship Operations on Select Sailings

Due to extension of the closure of cruise ports in regions around the world and other factors impacting international travel, Princess Cruises is extending its pause in cruise operations with respect to the following voyages: 

  • All cruises sailing in and out of Australia through mid-September on Sea Princess, Majestic Princess, Sun Princess and Sapphire Princess 
  • All cruises in and out of Vancouver and Seattle in September and October on Coral Princess, Emerald Princess, Grand Princess, Royal Princess, Ruby Princess and Star Princess 
  • Pacific and California Coast 7-day roundtrip cruises from San Francisco departing in September and October 2020 on Star Princess 
  • All roundtrip cruises from Keelung, Taiwan, departing August 2020 on Majestic Princess 
  • Hawaii cruises that are cancelled, can be found here.

Guests currently booked on these canceled voyages, who have paid Princess in full, will have the option to receive a refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 25% of the cruise fare (not applicable on charter voyages). 

For guests who have not paid in full, Princess will Double the Deposit, providing a refundable FCC for the money currently on deposit plus a matching bonus FCC that can be used on any voyage through May 1, 2022. The matching bonus FCC is non-refundable, will not exceed the base cruise fare amount of the currently booked cruise and will have a minimum value of $100 per person. 

For Sea Princess, Sun Princess, and Sapphire Princess May and June sailings a different offer was provided. 

In order to receive the above FCC no action is required. 

Alternatively, guests can request a full refund for all monies paid on their booking through this online form. Requests must be received by June 30, 2020, or guest will be registered for the Future Cruise Credit option. 

Princess will protect travel advisor commissions on bookings for cancelled cruises that were paid in full, in recognition of the critical role they play in the cruise line’s business and success. 

https://www.princess.com/plan/impacted-and-cancelled-cruises/The most current information and instructions for booked guests affected by these cancellations, and more information on FCCs and refunds, can be found online at Information on Impacted & Cancelled Cruises

Gov. Ige Lifting Quarantine Requirement for Inter-Island Travel on June 16

Governor David Ige announced that the state will be lifting the 14-day quarantine requirement for inter-island travelers, effective Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

Gov. David Ige

The state Department of Transportation will require thermal screening at the airport for everyone traveling inter-island. HDOT will also require travelers to fill out a new form that will now also ask for health-related information to assist the state in tracking and responding to new COVID-19 cases.

Travelers may be prohibited from boarding a flight if they have an elevated temperature above 100.4 degrees, they refuse to complete the mandatory form, or they are on the 14-day quarantine list prohibiting them from flying.

“I want to ensure the public that the health and safety of our residents are still our primary concerns. We would not have taken this step if key indicators were not achieved,” said Gov. Ige. “The number of new COVID-19 cases is very low, among the lowest in the nation. We also have ample healthcare capacity to handle any new outbreak or surge, and our testing and contact tracing capacity continue to increase.”

The number of new COVID-19 cases is expected to rise once travel is re-opened. However, the State Department of Health has begun the process of training 500 new contact tracers, exceeding the recommended standards set by the Centers for Disease Control, and is exploring other screening and testing procedures.

“This is an important step for everyone living in Hawaiʻi. It will help reunite families and friends who have been separated due to COVID-19. And it’s an important step for the reopening of our kamaʻaina economy,” said Gov. Ige. 

The governor noted that the next step in re-opening air travel will be restoring out-of-state travel to the islands in a safe manner. He has been working on plans to do this said he would announce them soon.

“We must ensure that we do not experience a surge in cases that overwhelms our healthcare capacity. While we are working quickly to re-open travel, this must be a careful and thoughtful process. We have seen the new outbreaks in other communities that have re-opened too quickly. And many of our largest visitor markets, such as California, still have large numbers of cases that are a cause for concern,” said Gov. Ige. 

1,268 People Arrived in Hawaii Yesterday

Yesterday, 1,268 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

The state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The following table shows what the Oahu visitors indicated as the purpose of their trip, and they can choose more than one. This data was collected from the DOT’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

The DOT’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form does not include a question about the type of accommodation.