Posted on February 08, 2022
One of the more remarkable aspects of the roller coaster ride of COVID and its impact on the tourism and timeshare industry is the resilience of Hawaii as a vacation destination. It seems like no matter how long the border lockdown lasted (eight months during 2020) or the ever-changing regulations regarding quarantines, testing and venue access, people keep coming back to their Hawaii timeshares.
Tourism surveys point to optimism among Americans planning vacations in 2022, while vacationers continue to look forward to their favorite Hawaii timeshare destinations. This despite the various rules as officials manage the Omicron spread.
Hawaii hasn’t completely retired its quarantine rules. Domestic travelers from the U.S. still need to register online through its Safe Travels Hawaii program, with fully vaccinated travelers uploading or providing proof of vaccination status to avoid the 5-day self-quarantine requirement. Those who are not fully vaccinated, or are unvaccinated, and provide negative COVID test results can also avoid quarantine.
The question then becomes, what is meant by “fully vaccinated”? State officials maintain that anyone with two doses (or one dose of the J&J vaccine) are still considered fully vaxxed as of the time of this writing. Governor David Ige hinted last month that he is considering changing the definition to include booster shots, so be aware that this could change. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Governor Ige has just announced that the state will not require booster shots in order to be fully vaccinated)
The island of Kauai appears to be mirroring the overall rules for Hawaii.
Maui, however, has already changed its vax definition to also include a booster shot. So theoretically you could fly directly to Maui from the mainland and need to be triple vaxxed, but only need the double dose to fly into Honolulu.
The real impact of these rules is in access to venues. On Oahu, customers must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results in order to enter bars, restaurants, entertainment or recreational facilities. It’s the same for Maui, but because they have changed their definition of fully vaxxed, non-boosted guests may be asked to provide negative test results to enter certain premises.
Clear as mud?
Even with the musical chairs being played by officials, vacationers can still dream about relaxing at their favorite Hawaii timeshare. The bottom line appears to be that if you are fully vaccinated and can show proof, then you really don’t have much to worry about regarding arrival and venue access.
And the good news is that face masks are no longer required when outdoors, so your selfies on Waikiki Beach are good to go!
The reality is that Hawaii provides a vacation experience that few destinations can match, with the exquisite scenery, wonderful accommodations, terrific beaches and laid-back island vibe.
Hawaii fans are eager to get back to the Aloha State, so we’ve had a look at the Hawaii timeshare resorts that are the favorites of buyers who placed offer through our platform last year. The resorts are shown in reverse order, with the most popular resorts showing near the end. Have a look.
The Big Island comes calling with this wonderful resort perched on the western coastline overlooking the Pacific just south of Kona. Get ready for spectacular sunsets from your one- or two-bedroom unit. Explore the fascinating Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with its active lava flows, then come back to cool off in the swimming pool or soak in the hot tub. And remember to get some Kona coffee.
Take in fabulous Poipu Beach from your location near the southern tip of Kauai. You will have everything you need in your two-bedroom villa, complemented by the onsite bar and food options, pool, hot tub and great kids’ activities at the MAZE's Club. Sightsee along the Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and be on the lookout for the Hawaiian Monk Seals, or head out for a sunset cruise.
Located within the impressive Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort complex, Lagoon Tower overlooks Waikiki Beach and offers terrific watersports activities from the adjacent lagoon. Studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units deliver spacious accommodations with balconies providing incredible views. Numerous bar and dining options align with swimming pools, health spa and kid’s activities to give the best that Waikiki can offer.
Overlooking Shipwreck Beach and close to Kauai’s southernmost tip, the resort is near the Poipu Bay Golf Course with great access to everything in the region. The two-bedroom units and three-bedroom Presidential Suite combine to offer incredible vacation accommodations with wonderful ocean views. Dining, drinking and swimming options are all onsite. After you hit the beach, check out the Spouting Horn natural blowhole, take flight on a zipline or explore the history of Old Koloa Town.
Tucked into the Waikiki peninsula along the Ala Wai canal, this timeshare resort is in a great location to easily head into town as well as enjoy Waikiki Beach. Studio, one- and two-bedroom suites provide plenty of comfort after a day on Diamond Head crater, a round at Ala Wai Golf Course or shopping at Ala Moana. Relax in the sauna, dip in the pool or enjoy the tranquility of the gardens.
This spectacular spot on Kaanapali Beach is exactly what you dream of when looking for a Maui vacation. Close to everything, you can sunbathe, snorkel and sightsee before heading into Lahaina for a sumptuous dinner. Of course, you can dine, drink and relax at the resort as well, retreating to your one- or two-bedroom villa at the end of the day. Remember to catch a sunset cruise or go whale watching if you get the chance.