HAWAII CANCELS ITS “ALOHA!” WELCOME

HAWAII CANCELS ITS “ALOHA!” WELCOME

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(Updated October 15, 2020)

Follow this five-step plan and you, too can “win” a one-year stay on Hawaii with “free room and board.”

First, Pick an island, any island that normally welcomes tourists.

Second, book a flight to and a hotel room on that island.

Third, take the flight.

Fourth, check into the hotel and go to your room.

Fifth, and the most important step: Ignore the mandatory 14-day quarantine, leave your room, get arrested, get fined, go to jail (without passing “Go” and collecting $200) for an entire year.

If you think I’m joking, read on.

Hawaii isn’t the only destination that requires arrivals, whether tourists or residents returning from another place, to self-isolate for two weeks.

But the state’s quarantine rule means you can’t legally leave your hotel room to go to the beach, go to the pool, go to the bar, go to the hotel restaurant, go to a luau, take a hike, take a “flight-seeing” flight, or go anywhere at all (except to obtain medical care).

Yeah, but what are “They” going to do about my flaunting of the quarantine rule assuming that “They” even found out about it?

Not only could “They” arrest you, but “They” have actually been arresting tourists.

“Take a flight to Hawaii, go to jail in ‘Paradise.’”

That’s the bad news.

The somewhat better news is that the authorities might “deport” you on a free flight home rather than stick you in a cell with a “city view” instead of “ocean view.”

The good news is that the 14-day quarantine rule will last a while yet, but not forever.

Hawaii could have shelved the rule which had been in in effect through June 30 — as soon as July.

In August Hawaii Extended the 14-day quarantine through September for travelers from the Mainland U.S.)

It was late extended through November 30 for those who don’t go through pre-travel COVID-19 testing.

Beginning on October 15, 2020 Hawaii will allow visitors to avoid the 14-day quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before arrival.

(United Airlines plans to offer rapid COVID-19 testing to passengers flying to Hawaii according to this September 24, 2020 Travel Pulse story.)

In some cases, visitors may have to also have post-arrival testing.

So rather than having your name added to the police blotter by flying to Hawaii now, put off that trip to the islands until it’s prudent to go.

And then instead of the police greeting you with handcuffs at the ready, some nice “local” will drape a fragrant, floral lei around your neck.

Aloha and Mahalo for following this advice!

(Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, has been to Hawaii several times and has long-time friends who live on Maui.)


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