Welcoming Groups Back to The Aloha State

Aloha, one of the most important values in Hawaiian culture, is often used as a common greeting or expression of farewell. But it is so much more. Living Aloha is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and express good feelings to others.  

 Hawaii on my mind! Now that Covid restrictions are loosening, many groups are preparing their return to The Aloha State.

Whether Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, or Lani, no two islands are the same. From lush green valleys with beautiful fauna and foliage, to white sand beaches and rugged back country, there are so many experiences that await your group. There is truly something for everyone. And combined with authentic Hawaiian hospitality, it is so easy to fall in love with each island!

 

The state of Hawaii began welcoming travelers back to the islands late last year. Read the press release here, from Office of the Governor, to understand the details, vaccine requirements, testing and quarantining. To summarize, vaccination or negative test required. In lieu of these, a 5-day quarantine is necessary. Masking is required. All passengers who are not in quarantine are free to travel between islands without restriction.

While each island may have slight differences regarding indoor capacity levels and mask wearing, in general, the state of Hawaii follows CDC guidelines.

 

There are still capacity limits in place, for indoor events. But outdoor events are certainly preferred anyway, right? Capacity restrictions currently in place:

Oahu requires proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within the past 48 hours for everyone 12 years and older to enter restaurants, bars, indoor gym facilities, movie theaters, and other businesses or events involving food (indoor and outdoor) or exercise (indoor) in Oahu.

Maui currently limits indoor social gatherings to a maximum of 10 people; there are no restrictions outdoors. Proof of vaccination is required to enter certain indoor establishments on Maui.

Big Island Hawaii limits indoor gatherings to 25 people and outdoor gatherings to 100 people.

Kauai limits gatherings to 40 people indoors and 100 outdoors. Larger events require special approval.

Most of the more restrictive protocols have been reduced and groups now have more leniency to design a robust program in Hawaii. Talk to your vendors and suppliers for specific information and updates on the experiences that you would like to plan.

Visit Go Hawaii and the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau for comprehensive information on the Hawaiian Islands, including safety protocols for individuals and groups.Mahalo

Regina

Regina Allen, Corporate Meetings and Events Strategist i-Meet, the online business community for people who plan meetings and events.   

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