Updated: Sep 4, 2020
Photo by: Ethan Robertso
The Hawaiian Islands are the most geographically isolated island chains on Earth being more than 2,000 miles away from any other place and having over 130 different islands. The Hawaiian people respect and protect their culture being the first of four states (along with Alaska, Maine, and Vermont) to ban billboards and plastic bags. Objects that the U.S. are inundated with everywhere here. From fire water, to an enriching spiritual culture, to exotic birds and plant life, this is just a portion of the fascinating and bewildering wonders to discover amongst the beautiful islands.
That being stated, Hawaii has currently closed borders to visitors while the coronavirus monster has been at bay. But with the months to come, things are soon to turn around amongst a few hurdles and Japan is said to be the first travelers welcomed back to Hawaii without being imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine according to Governor David Ige.
The governor brought mention to this today during a Honolulu Star-Advertiser Spotlight Hawaii discussion via Facebook Live. He also mentioned a possibility of new restrictions on island activity within the state if things did not subside within a week.
Currently September 1st is the only goal for welcoming visitors from the mainland without a 14-day quarantine restriction if travelers obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel. There still may be a few more variables in this, like possible testing availability and such, but this is very promising as the world begins to open back up and move forward and progress instead of dwell on fearful ideals and assumptions.
The islands of Hawaii are one my favorite places to travel. The people there are so loving as well as the sun and energy is like no other place I've ever been. I'm looking forward to returning back there and venturing some of the other islands I've heard much about.
On one of my last trips to Hawaii, I had the opportunity to take a food tour and learn some things about the food and culture. As things come around for Hawaii, I look forward to the day that I can say "Aloha" from a loving heart again as the adventure continues!
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