Myth 2: "You can't visit Hawai‘i without quarantining"
As of October 2020, the Hawai‘i Safe Travels program allows vacationers to bypass an otherwise mandatory 10-day quarantine if they provide proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. All travelers must also complete an online Safe Travels application, which collects health and travel information to protect visitors and residents. Learn more about the Safe Travels program.
The islands of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lanai are all part of the Safe Travels program. That means if you connect to one island through another—say, fly to Maui via a layover in Honolulu—with a negative COVID test, you aren't required to quarantine or take another test in Maui.
Kaua‘i had previously been a notable exception when it was following its own quarantine rules. But no longer: Kaua‘i will join the Safe Travels program on April 5, 2021.