Hawaii travel news: Mask mandates still in effect, Hawaiian Airlines sweepstakes & more

* We look forward to the day when masks are no longer required, but in the meantime, they still remain a point of contention. Perhaps it’s a slow news period, but we’ve seen recent Hawaii news stories with complaints that visitors aren’t wearing masks outdoors. For example, here’s a segment that aired this week on Hawaii News Now. Here’s a graphic from Oahu’s COVID information website that explains when masks are required:

* In celebration of Hawaiian Airline’s new services to Orlando, Ontario, Austin, Long Beach and Phoenix, they’re hosting a New Possibilities, New Adventures Sweepstakes. Four winners will be selected to win 160,000 HawaiianMiles. Check this entry page, instagram post and official rules for more information.

* If Alaska Airlines is your airline of choice, you might be interested in this Costco deal for a $500 gift certificate for the price of $449.99.

* Another Costco Travel deal that caught our eye is this car and hotel package at the Fairmont Orchid on Hawaii (Big) Island. It includes six nights stay for the price of four nights and more. The Fairmont Orchid is a wonderful luxury resort as you can see from our review.

  1. Normally, these deals are hit-or-miss, but when I did the math on this one, it was about $2k cheaper than booking each item direct. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hey Brett – yeah, this is definitely a good one. I think I priced out a 6-night stay for about $335 per night, if I remember correctly. That’s WITH a full-sized rental car. When Costco has good deals like these, they’re really, really, really good. Andy and I have booked quite a few Costco travel deals for ourselves.

  2. Wife & I got 2nd Vaccine 2 weeks ago. Still eyeing Kauai in July (49th Anniversary celebration after missing last year). What’s new re requiring COVID test – Quarantine for FULLY Vaccinated travelers?

    1. Pre-testing still required for all visitors in order to avoid quarantine.

  3. I would like to know how I can sign up for the sweepstakes and giveaways! Please

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