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Gov Ige Says No Shutdown Planned for Hawaii

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For those of us with plans to go to Hawaii in the next month or two, this is very good news. Hope their numbers continue the recent improvement with new cases slowing and hospitalizations declining.

 

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In Maui now, and the news this morning reported that American and Hawaiian Airlines are cutting flights through the rest of the year because demand just isn’t there. It’s expected other airlines will cut flights as well.
 

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The governor and mayors already tanked travel throughout the fall. So now they are saying it's okay to come???
 

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In Kauai now and saw the news this morning. While he isn’t planning another shutdown, he did mention several potential changes for gatherings on Oahu (not the other islands at this time), one of which would reduce the already extremely restricted restaurant seating capacity from 10 to 5 inside and from 20 to 10 outside. This would effectively close many restaurants.
 

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Hopefully things are good to go by winter. I'm sure that masks and distancing will likely be in place this winter. We cancelled last years trip and deposited the weeks. Still dealing with airline credits from last year that will likely expire.

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Masks and distancing are definitely in order, but Maui is open for business. The locals we've talked to are glad we're here. At 6pm, we were able to walk into just about any restaurant along the beach on Ka'anapali for a sunset dinner. It was a bit weird, but very nice (for us) not to deal with the normal crowds.

This turtle enjoyed the lack of crowds in front of Marriott's Maui Ocean Club, too.

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This was a nice way to start today!

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In Kauai now and saw the news this morning. While he isn’t planning another shutdown, he did mention several potential changes for gatherings on Oahu (not the other islands at this time), one of which would reduce the already extremely restricted restaurant seating capacity from 10 to 5 inside and from 20 to 10 outside. This would effectively close many restaurants.
My understanding of the rules are the “gathering” limitations are targeted at group gatherings and don’t explicitly apply to restaurants. Those are restricted to 50% capacity with 6 feet between tables, and on Oahu and Maui proof of vaccination.
 

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Masks and distancing are definitely in order, but Maui is open for business. The locals we've talked to are glad we're here. At 6pm, we were able to walk into just about any restaurant along the beach on Ka'anapali for a sunset dinner. It was a bit weird, but very nice (for us) not to deal with the normal crowds.

This turtle enjoyed the lack of crowds in front of Marriott's Maui Ocean Club, too.

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This was a nice way to start today!

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Wonderful photo.
 

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We’re still holding flights and reservation (and of course a rental car) for Kings Land in about three weeks. The trends have been better and hopefully they continue to improve. The leg we have into KOA is from Denver and those flights have been about 1/2 full. Once on the island we’ll probably tour a little but mainly stick to the golf course, resort pool and maybe a beach or two. We are not big diners out, so some food from Costco for the kitchen/grill will probably be good for most of our meals.
 

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We’re still holding flights and reservation (and of course a rental car) for Kings Land in about three weeks. The trends have been better and hopefully they continue to improve. The leg we have into KOA is from Denver and those flights have been about 1/2 full. Once on the island we’ll probably tour a little but mainly stick to the golf course, resort pool and maybe a beach or two. We are not big diners out, so some food from Costco for the kitchen/grill will probably be good for most of our meals.
That’s interesting on the flight out of DEN. Our flight from PHX to Kauai on Oct 9 is still showing 75% to 80% full based on the online seat map and our flight out of Maui to DFW a couple weeks later on a 777 wide body also looks to be about 80% booked still.

We dine out every night and are still seeing restaurants fully booked on Open Table. Fortunately we have every night already booked on Kauai and have three nights left on Maui which we are saving for restaurants that only book 30 days out.
 

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My understanding of the rules are the “gathering” limitations are targeted at group gatherings and don’t explicitly apply to restaurants. Those are restricted to 50% capacity with 6 feet between tables, and on Oahu and Maui proof of vaccination.
Gathering restrictions to apply to restaurants in addition to 50% capacity and 6 feet apart. Earlier this year my friends family was separated at a restaurant.. current indoor seating per table on oahu is 10.

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Gathering restrictions to apply to restaurants in addition to 50% capacity and 6 feet apart. Earlier this year my friends family was separated at a restaurant.. current indoor seating per table on oahu is 10.

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That makes sense. The gathering restrictions restrict the max number per table, but do not restrict the total restaurant capacity to the 10 person limit as @sjlola implied in the earlier post. Restaurant capacity is determined by the 50% limitation plus the 6 ft spacing.
 

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Gathering sizes on the BI are already 10 and 10

There are expected another 35ish deaths in the next 7to 15 days. The survival rate for those on ventilators is about 50% and we have about 70 state wide
 

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Gathering sizes on the BI are already 10 and 10

There are expected another 35ish deaths in the next 7to 15 days. The survival rate for those on ventilators is about 50% and we have about 70 state wide
But the number of hospitalized covid patients is on a steady drop, as is the number of new cases. It’s still up there, but the trend is good.

We’ve been in Oahu just a couple days, but not finding any real issues with getting into restaurants, etc. It does help a bit that we’re still on California time, so we get dinner a bit earlier than many.
 

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That makes sense. The gathering restrictions restrict the max number per table, but do not restrict the total restaurant capacity to the 10 person limit as @sjlola implied in the earlier post. Restaurant capacity is determined by the 50% limitation plus the 6 ft spacing.
Thanks for the important correction, @JIMinNC! Chalk it up to jet lag.
 

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I'm wondering if the gathering size restriction applies to boat sailing tours? I have a res and am keeping my fingers crossed...
 

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I'm wondering if the gathering size restriction applies to boat sailing tours? I have a res and am keeping my fingers crossed...
It did last winter when I was on Maui and had same rules. Ultimate Whale had reduced occupancy with rates increased like their small group trips.
 

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I'm on Big Island now. Everything is good. They are happy to see you bring your masks. Charge your phone for showing your Hawaii safe travel account everywhere at check-in. Then enjoy the aloha spirit
 

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I'm wondering if the gathering size restriction applies to boat sailing tours? I have a res and am keeping my fingers crossed...
Activities like boat tours are limited to 50% capacity. Here is the wording from the Maui County ordinance:

Commercial recreational boating may operate with 50% capacity, and shall implement protocols to ensure that households/living units and groups maintain proper physical distancing of at least six (6) feet from each other; service and consumption of food or drinks within the vessel cabin (if any) is consistent with the “Restaurants/Bars” Rules, except that confirmation of vaccination or negative COVID testing is encouraged but not required.
 

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I have a reservation on a sunset cocktail cruise. They haven't cancelled me. But, I wouldn't completely be surprised if they did.... more news at 11 pm....
 
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