A Tropical Travel Blog
by Cate Lincoln

Find the newest information and breaking news that affects travel to Hawaii. From the pandemic to  hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, and historic flooding, here’s what you need to know…


In addition to a recommended halt in travel (especially air travel) by the CDC, the governor of Hawaii has requested a temporary postponement of travel to Hawaii as well as passed executive orders implementing “shelter in place,” mandatory 14-day quarantines for anyone traveling to and from the islands (including interisland), and the closure of non-essential businesses.

If this has left anyone guessing about travel to Hawaii at this time…here’s the bottom line: HAWAII IS CLOSED FOR BUSINESS RIGHT NOW.

As far as a time frame, most of the executive orders are currently through April 30th, but you should not interpret this as the date that Hawaii will reopen for tourism. As in other parts of the world, officials are extending orders and recommendations based on the progression of the virus. Most resorts in Hawaii are currently closed, and it’s being reported anecdotally that most are cancelling reservations through the end of May at this time.

Find daily updates to the COVID-19 situation in Hawaii here (you can even sign up for email updates).

Find general CDC travel guidelines here and here.

I’ll be posting updates here as they become available.

Kilauea Volcano

Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island (Hawaii) is not currently producing a surface lava flow and has not since September 2018. This means no travel problems, but also if seeing lava is a big draw to visiting an “active volcano,” temper your expectations. Also, if you’re operating from an older guidebook, certain attractions (most notably the Ahalanui Warm Ponds) may have been taken over by the lava flow.

Stay in touch with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for the latest information on conditions.


If you’re a business or source with information on closures or orders not listed here, please contact cate@hulalandblog.com.