Yaling Fisher joins Aloha Bruce for our latest Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast, the first since Governor David Ige announced the extension of Hawaii’s mandatory quarantine for visitors, or travel ban, until September 1. Bruce and Yaling talk about keeping your Hawaii Vacation hope alive and what booking a Hawaii vacation during the current Hawaii COVID-19 shutdown involves.
Bruce talks about the number of cancellations and rebookings Hawaii Aloha Travel has received during the global pandemic. It’s a lot. Bruce says that “locals really do love tourists”, despite a glut of social media comments to the contrary.
Our hosts discuss some of the details of the quarantine exemption that has been moved back to September 1, and the Facebook page they’ve created to help visitors negotiate the COVID-19 testing procedures currently available here and abroad.
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Bruce says that many are hopeful that testing programs and procedures will be more developed and in place toward the end of 2020 and into 2021. He notes that there are currently great deals available for bookings made well in advance and that Hawaii Aloha Travel can help plan and protect a dream Hawaii vacation to take place months from now.
Bruce also shares some insider info about hotel rates and mentions several properties that don’t plan to open for months. “Livelihoods are at stake here,” he says. At some point, Hawaii is going to have to reopen for visitors. He talks about the challenges faced by properties that include breakfast buffets as an example of the challenges all Hawaii hotel and resort properties are facing.
Our hosts also discuss Hawaii Aloha Travel’s two Waikiki condominiums available to visitors. With their characteristic good humor and expert insight, Aloha Bruce and Yaling Fisher offer the latest on Hawaii vacation planning during the Hawaii COVID-19 shutdown.