Hawaii travel news: January 13, 2021


– Costco has some special vacation packages at the two Fairmont properties in Hawaii. We love these two luxury resorts. You can see our review of Maui’s Fairmont Kea Lani here and our review of Hawaii (Big) Island’s Fairmont Orchid here. Both packages are very good deals and include rental car and resort fees.

– Two, sister Waikiki hotels are offering some interesting “workcation” packages. Here are the basics about these two options:

Shoreline Hotel Waikiki – https://shorelinehotelwaikiki.com/offers

    • $2,070 flat rate for 30 days for queen bed

    • Book by January 31, 2021 for a stay now until April 30, 2021

    • Includes private balcony, an “office” desk & chair and complimentary WiFi

    • Cancellation is available 72 hours prior to arrival

Coconut Waikiki Hotel – https://coconutwaikikihotel.com/offers

    • $2,250 flat rate for 30 days for Executive Suite

    • Book by January 31, 2021 for a stay now until April 30, 2021

    • Includes private lanai, small kitchenette, complimentary daily breakfast, an “office” desk & chair and complimentary WiFi

    • Cancellation is available 72 hours prior to arrival

– One of Oahu’s top, paid attractions, the Polynesian Cultural Center, is reopening January 18th! They have a deal of 15% off pre-booked packages. Previously, the Polynesian Cultural Center was open Monday through Saturday starting at noon. With this initial reopening the days and hours will be limited to Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. Here are some useful quotes we received with the reopening announcement:

The Polynesian Cultural Center will reopen committed to carrying out regular sanitization of all highly touched areas, commonly used spaces and other surfaces throughout all of its facilities and public areas. Self-use sanitizing stations will also be made available throughout the Center for guests to use.

“As we take this first step in the process of fully reopening the Polynesian Cultural Center, the health and well-being of our guests, employee ‘ohana and our local community will always be our top priority,” said Alfred Grace, Polynesian Cultural Center president. “It’s why we are asking all of our visitors to follow CDC guidelines upon arrival, including the wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distance while at the Center.”

During the Center’s initial weeks of reopening, interactive guest experiences with its employee ‘ohana will be limited, though still fun and definitely memorable. These activities will include visits to the Center’s Samoan Village, an extended format of the Center’s new “Ali‘i Lū‘au featuring ‘Onipa‘a, A Tribute to Queen Lili‘uokalani,” a new canoe excursion exploring the Center’s lagoon and villages, and the Center’s award-winning evening show “HĀ: Breath of Life.”

– The County of Maui is seeking the governor’s approval to mandate that travelers into county must download the AlohaSafe Alert contact tracing app, or have the Google app exposure notification from their home state active on their phone.  County officials say they want to make this mandatory to enable them the ability to electronically find out if those traveling into the community had extended contact with someone who tested positive.

  1. Hi, we have an acquaintance who recently booked a trip for two but cancelled after he and his wife were to be charged $500 for testing going and the same coming back!

    I read recently that if you go with the Vault home testing regimen, get the negative results to Hawaii officials within 72 hours (best by email/text?) you are good to go.

    We have one week paid for at a Hilton timeshare property in Waikiki we haven’t used yet. (Went through the presentation and then decided to pony up for a small commitment). What do you think of that?

    I write a lot for seniors at a couple sites. See seniorslifestylemag.com/tag/william-seavey/.

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