Here is my travel log detailing my trip to Honolulu, Hawaii from January 7 through January 15, 2021
The State of Hawaii opened up Hawaii for tourists just about 2 months ago. Tourism is Hawaii’s number one industry so having it closed for tourists really impacted Hawaii’s economy. Most places were closed for about 3 months (May – July). Since Hawaii is made of islands it was important for them to control who could visit. They decided that every tourist would have to test for COVID-19 and have a negative result within 72 hours of their flight time or you will have to have a 10-day quarantine in Hawaii.
Pre Trip Requirement
You first will need to register as a tourist at the Hawaii Tourism Authority at the following web site: https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/
You must get a COVID-19 test from one of the State of Hawaii’s Trusted Testing Partners – Here is the list: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/ For example Bartell Drugs, Kaiser Permanente, Walgreens, CVS Health, Costco/AZOVA, etc. Once you get your results you should save it as a PDF and print it out. You will need to upload the COVID-19 negative test results to your profile on the Hawaii Tourism Authority web site under your profile. Also print out the test results and bring it with you to the airport.
I am a member of Kaiser so my test was just a nasal one and not the one with the 8 inch swab up your nose ? My results came back within 12 hours. It was easy to get a PDF of the negative results, print them out and upload them to the Hawaii Tourism Authority web site.
I went early to the airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport so I could take advantage of the great new Alaska Airlines Lounge in the North Terminal. It’s amazing! If you have an Alaskan Airlines VISA card the daily pass is only $25. Great food and beverages but due to COVID-19 they were not serving any alcoholic beverages. The Alaska Airlines flight was about half full so fortunately I had one whole row to myself! I was upgraded to Premium Economy, so I had complimentary cocktails, beer and wine! Alaska has Wi-Fi and a great entertainment service so you can watch movies on your Smart Phone, iPad and laptop.
Restaurants and Bars
Zippy’s is like a Hawaiian/Asian version of Denny’s! For example on their menu they have Spam, Eggs and Rice for breakfast. They are Hawaii’s #1 gathering spot for classic local favorites, tasty specialty foods and friendly, welcoming service. Bring your appetite home to Zippy’s. They have Korean Chicken and Chili Plate, Furikake Miso Salmon Katsu, Ramen Noodles, Spaghetti, Roast Turkey, Beef Curry, etc. They are located all throughout Honolulu and there is one not to far from Waikiki
Awesome restaurant right in the middle of Waikiki located at the International Marketplace above the Tesla dealership at 2330 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815. As they say, “At ShoreFyre we cook up delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With a full bar at hand, they create some of Hawaii’s signature cocktails all in a laid back, casual setting. They make everything fresh with aloha spirit to create tastes and flavors that will recharge you no matter what’s on your itinerary.” The big bonus is they have LIVE music 7 nights at week! We went to 2 nights of music and you definitely should not miss Latin Night on Wednesday featuring Eddie Ortiz & Son Caribe. You must go on their web site to book a table on their open air lanai!
Here is a preview:
Hulu’s Bar & Lei Stand
Hulu’s Bar & Lei Stand has been in business for 46 years! It’s the best Honolulu’s Gay Bar and they welcome everyone! They have a great location and their bar is open air with an amazing view of Diamond Head. Great cocktails and food. You need to make a table reservation on their web site. Also they have a great person that sings on Fridays and Saturdays. He is a cute boy, Johnny the 3rd! https://www.facebook.com/iamjohnnymusic/
Roy’s at Hawaii Kai
“Cooking has been my life. Thank you for making it part of yours.”
— ROY YAMAGUCHI
Amazing restaurant with an amazing view just east of Honolulu.
You must order the AL FRESCO PRIX FIXE - $59 menu! Enjoy! Aloha!
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