Most of the state’s visitor industry is in preseason training for the Aug. 1 reopening of trans-Pacific tourism, which revolves around a COVID-19 passenger testing program.
One exception is Oahu’s vacation rentals, which are still sidelined by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s emergency orders prohibiting them from operating as essential businesses.
The mayors of Kauai, the Big Island and Maui also put vacation rentals on COVID-19 lockdowns but on June 16 began allowing legal vacation rentals to reopen to guests who do not have to quarantine. The timing coincided with Gov. David Ige’s lifting of a mandatory 14-day quarantine for interisland