Oh man these are different times. It is hard to plan anything right now, let alone a Hawaii vacation. We hope to learn more about Hawaii reopening with pre-travel testing soon. We’ll keep on top of all the changes and let you know whenever there is an update . With more rapid testing just around the corner, including the new $5 Abbott test we wrote about yesterday, Hawaii travel will restart. It has to. Hawaii’s economy is in a disastrous state.
For those of you who are jonesing for Hawaii in 2021, know that it will again be possible. In the meantime, as we await details, here are some things you can do right now.
Start to dream about your next trip to Hawaii even during these crazy COVID times. (#1). Subscribe to websites, Facebook and other social media, then wait for your cheap flights to Hawaii to return.(#2). Shop for Made in Hawaii products to support local businesses or check on ETSY. (#3)
Wear Hawaii-style clothes like Tori Richard and Reyn Spooner. (#4). Listen to your favorite Hawaiian music. (#5). Attend a virtual Hawaii event. (#6).
Learn how to play ukelele with Makana. (#7). Plan to visit an island you’ve never been to like Molokai and Lanai. (#8). Tan only and never sunburn. (#9).
Brush up on the differences between Mauka and Makai, Windward, and Leeward. (#10). Talk about being On and Off-Island to your friends. (#11). Remember what it feels like to get a lump in your throat when leaving Hawaii to fly home. (#12).
Slip into Pidgin so well when you return even after a long absence. (#13). Prefer Musubi, Saimin, Plate Lunch and malasadas (to name a few) to burgers, fries, and pizza. (#14). Watch the videos you took on your last Hawaii vacation just so you can get centered enough to make it through these crazy days. (#15).
Enjoy plate lunch and live Hawaiian music at regular intervals no matter where you live. (#16). Have your photo of swaying palms as the Zoom background on your phone or computer so you think of Hawaii several times a day. (#17). Start a ‘to do’ list for the next trip to Hawaii. (#18).
Check all the live webcams and watch Hawaiian sunsets during the winter or anytime you need a fix. (#19). Watch Hawaii weather online. (#20). Grumble about wearing shoes when you get home or leave them at the door. (#21).
Read Hawaii news online. (#22). Watch for planes arriving from and taking off to Hawaii on apps like Flight Aware. (#23). Watch for cheap flights to Hawaii even when you can’t plan a Hawaii vacation. (#24).
Have your check imprinted with Hawaii beach scenes. (#25). Keep your next Hawaii trip planning details in front of you at all the inappropriate times. (#26). Set your watch or computer to Hawaii time. (#27).
Watch Hawaii 5-0 religiously or Magnum, P.I. (#28). Cook Hawaiian food at home. (#29). When you buy flowers choose Hawaii tropicals. (#30).
How many of the above applied to you?
Thanks to all those who helped provide input for this post! Updated 8/28/20.