Maui Travel During COVID – How to Plan, Pack & What is Open!

Maui Travel during COVID - How to Plan, Pack & What is Open! Spring Break 2021, vaccine travel, maui travel rules, Maui SafeAlert, COVID test rules

Hello everyone! Emma here. :) I’m so excited to be back contributing to the blog, it’s been a longggg longgg time. I used to post often in 2019 and in the beginning of 2020 but we took a long hiatus from regular posting last year. I’m just beyond excited to be here chatting with all of you again. And this time, I’m back with a travel post! Zach and I are headed to Maui for my birthday and I wanted to share all of our tips, tricks, what I’m packing, and how planning has been like during COVID. *Maui Travel During COVID*

Vaccinated, Basically Thriving

For the 25,000 of you who follow me on my Instagram account, many of you know that I took COVID-19 really seriously over the past year. I was in the higher-risk category for bad symptoms/hospitalization due to my BMI and weight so I basically didn’t see any of my friends or family (outside of Zach, his parents, and my parents) for an entire year. I missed people so much but everyone we knew was a little more relaxed about COVID and I just didn’t want to take any chances. Normally I’m a complete jetsetter in my normal day to day life and not being able to plan anything since March of 2020 has been so hard!

I’ve shared with many of you that I’ve been taking charge of my health more this year and have lost 25 lbs so far – I’m really excited to continue working on this! That being said I still technically qualified under San Francisco’s high-risk medical conditions category as eligible to get the vaccine earlier than most people my age (even before my parents!) due to my BMI. Zach was eligible as well for different reasons so now we’re both fully vaccinated which allows us to take off to Hawaii. Yay! This really makes us feel fully comfortable with traveling again and we are beyond grateful to have received both shots. Can’t believe science has gotten us this far, so fast!

Maui Travel during COVID - How to Plan, Pack & What is Open! Spring Break 2021, vaccine travel, maui travel rules, Maui SafeAlert, COVID test rules
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Maui COVID Rules & Restrictions

Anywho, back to Maui. Now that we are fully vaccinated – we plan to really explore the island once we’re there! Both of us have visited Maui before as kids but it’s been YEARS so we leaned on friends and family for advice on where to go and what to do. This time it’s a little different however because of everything Covid related so we wanted to share the new rules and restrictions in place for Hawaii. (as of April 8 2021) …

  • All transpacific travelers are required to have a negative test result from a trusted travel partner before their departure for the State of Hawai‘i, in order to bypass the 10-day quarantine.
  • The test must be done through one of the State’s trusted testing partners available at www.HawaiiCOVID19.com/travel-partners.
  • All travelers must complete the State’s mandatory travel and health form on the Hawaii Safe Travels Digital Platform at www.travel.hawaii.gov. Negative test results should be uploaded onto this platform. Travelers are strongly encouraged to complete the forms at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Airport screeners will review information upon arrival and conduct temperature screenings.
  • Download the Hawaii Aloha SafeAlert app on your smart phone.
Maui Travel during COVID - How to Plan, Pack & What is Open! Spring Break 2021, vaccine travel, maui travel rules, Maui SafeAlert, COVID test rules

Seems like SO many rules, but in reality it hasn’t been difficult so far. The first thing we did was sign up for an account on the Hawaii Safe Travel’s website and filled in all our personal info/flight number plus where we’re planning to stay. After that we checked with Hawaii’s website to see where we could get our state trusted COVID test.

Maui Travel during COVID - How to Plan, Pack & What is Open! Spring Break 2021, vaccine travel, maui travel rules, Maui SafeAlert, COVID test rules

When it came to our testing we went to the CityHealth’s Drive-Through COVID testing at the Oakland International Airport – they have Rapid PCR/Molecular testing that you can sign up for called “Rapid Testing (Hawaii Only)”. We received our results via e-mail within 1 hour of taking the test, it was so awesome! I’m sharing a screenshot of what the e-mail looked like below (I obviously blocked out personal info), and this is what we uploaded into the Hawaii portal. Make 100% sure to bring a printed out copy version of this as well with you to the airport. So you will need both the uploaded into the portal version as well as a printed copy with you in hand! I can’t emphasize this enough.

Maui Travel during COVID - How to Plan, Pack & What is Open! Spring Break 2021, vaccine travel, maui travel rules, Maui SafeAlert, COVID test rules

Once we uploaded this into the Safe Travels website, it confirmed that we were “COVID Negative” in the portal. After this, I took a “Health Questionnaire” on the Safe Travels website which asked me 3-4 questions regarding my health then they e-mailed me a barcode that Southwest can use at the airport to check my health status. Southwest and a few other airlines are allowing you to get pre-checked on your COVID negative status at your home airport – this allows you to avoid the 2-3 hour line once arriving at the Maui airport. I will let you all know how it goes once I actually get through. Next week I plan to write a follow up blog post!

Trips Plans/Where We’re Staying

Zach and I planned this trip completely last minute – my birthday is on the 11th and Zach wanted me to have a way better birthday than I did last year. (April fell during the height of all the quarantine lockdown and with it bad vibes all around.) We had quite a few travel points laying around, so we were able to book our RT flights on Southwest from Oakland to Maui direct using points about a month ago! (Southwest credit card is the best.) We’re taking an evening 6:30pm flight and arriving around 8:30pm Hawaii time. We leave on Wednesday at 3pm so it’s a quick 5 night trip.

Views from our AirBnb Balcony..
Maui Travel during COVID - How to Plan, Pack & What is Open! Spring Break 2021, vaccine travel, maui travel rules, Maui SafeAlert, COVID test rules
Can’t get too much better for $250 per night!

Because we had a $300 AirBnB gift card to use we decided to splurge the first 3 nights and stay at a sweet ocean-front condo that looks SO great. I’ll link it here in case anyone wants to check it out for a future trip. Lots of great reviews in the heart of Kihei! We have a car rented as well which will allow us time to drive around, enjoy some of the beaches, try delicious foods and just chill.

Maui Travel during COVID - How to Plan, Pack & What is Open! Spring Break 2021, vaccine travel, maui travel rules, Maui SafeAlert, COVID test rules

For the last 2 nights of our stay we booked the Hilton Grand Wailea. Love that place! We had enough points for two free nights to use this year so we jumped on this. If you have the Hilton American Express Credit Card, Hilton will give you one free night at almost all their resorts each year. Due to COVID Hilton has allowed an extension for one free night to use from last year to 2021 which allowed us to get 2 nights this year. So great! Beyond excited… the pools look incredible. We can’t wait to utilize the 3 days we are there. Our travel reward credit card also offers an annual $250 resort credit to use each year (drinks/food/spa/etc.) to spend at any Hilton property. You can be sure that we’ll be ordering Mai Tai’s by the pool! See how affordable this trip really was for us? Insane!

Maui Travel Diary

What is Currently Open

I’m glad I researched what is open ahead of time because indoor dining is only open at a 50% capacity right now. Because of this many of the popular restaurants are extra full. I made a couple of reservations a few weeks ago in order to secure our spot for dinners because I knew this info. Make sure to do the same if you’re planning on going. Use the OpenTable app or call each restaurant directly to book.

  • Hawaii’s parks, beaches, and trails are open for groups of no more than five (5) people on Maui and Kauai, 10 on Oahu, and up to 25 people on the Big Island. Please practice physical distancing and always wear a mask or face covering. All Hawaii county parks and beaches are open on all islands with some restrictions.
  • Effective mid-January 2021, a mandatory contact tracing requirement went into effect for all travelers from both the mainland and inter-island to Maui. All travelers to Maui must now download the AlohaSafe Alert App on their mobile phone before departing for Maui. If a traveler attempts to do so on arrival, it will be too late and quarantine will be required. See our Hawaii Travel Restrictions page and the Maui Special Notice section for additional information.
  • Hawaiian retailers, bowling alleys, and movie theaters are allowed to open at 50% capacity (100% on Oahu), with no more than five (5) people (10 people permitted on Oahu and Big Island) per party.
  • Contact individual tour companies to find out who is currently running tours, some are not opening up until later.
  • Hawaii’s Museums, attractions, and zoos are allowed to open at 50% capacity for indoor areas, with groups limited to no more than five (5) people (10 people permitted on Oahu and Big Island).

What I Packed

Below I’ve rounded up everything that I ordered for my trip – SO many cute and fun pieces. It’s been awhile since I’ve purchased any cute clothes so I knew I wanted to snag some new pieces that I felt comfortable in while in Hawaii.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post – let me know… do you have any great Maui travel tips and tricks right now? Any suggestions for things we should see and do? Are you planning any Maui Travel during COVID? Let me know in the comments below!

xo,
Emma

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Pink Ruffled Mini Dress
Such a fun beach daytime or nighttime dress! I ordered in an XL - love the price.
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Light Natural High Heel Slide Sandals
The most gorgeous sandals for a fun evening out. Under $50, I recommend sizing a half size down. They come in natural or clear.
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High Rise Mom Shorts
Had to order a new pair of shorts and I love the length and color of these! 7 color options. I have them in Dark Wash. Cute with a tank or a top!
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Wrap One-Piece Swimsuit
The most flattering suit ever! 4 color options. I purchased the blue. SO comfortable.
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Sheer Gold Maxi Cover-Up
I'm sure this coverup will come back in stock, it's so adorable! I love it on - I have it in a size L.
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Smocked Flutter Sleeve Top
Bought this cute top to wear at night with high-waisted jeans and sandals, so cute! 4 color options.
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Plunge Crochet Sheer Inset One Piece Swimsuit
I've had this suit for years and it's beyond flattering. Mine is black but it also comes in white and navy as well - THE BEST.
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Large Straw Beach Tote Bag
I love Straw totes for the beach & this bag is under $35 with prime shipping!
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Spaghetti Strap Short Jumpsuit
I have this romper in black & navy and not only is it super affordable (under $25) but it's so comfortable too! 13 color and pattern options.
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Floral Print Tiered Long Sleeve Mini Dress
One of my favorite new dresses - currently out of stock but I'm sure it'll get restocked! So beyond flattering.
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30 thoughts on “Maui Travel During COVID – How to Plan, Pack & What is Open!

  1. I love this! My husband and I are taking our 4 kids in 3 weeks to Maui. So this is all super timely for me. We are also flying southwest through points! Yay! We fly out of SJC though. I’m very interested to hear all about the airport process for you. Anything that helps make the trip smoother! Have so much fun! Happy early birthday!

  2. Thanks so much for the step by step info about COVID requirements for traveling to Maui. Love your packing list even though I am 72 yrs so not all applies! Lol

  3. This was very helpful! My daughter is getting married this summer, and will be honeymooning in Maui. I will definitely send her the link to this blog post☀️😊

  4. A must is going to The Gazebo at Napili Shores for breakfast. It’s only open until 2pm and plan on a 45-ish minute wait. The Macadamia Nut pancakes are to die for!!
    Have a great time!!

  5. We are going next week!! So excited!! Thank you for your testing experience- and I look forward to hearing about the airport experience for you. I’ll be watching for your Instagram stories! Please share – but also enjoy your vacation and don’t make it all work!!!
    We love Kula Bistro in upcountry. 3 years ago we had a wonderful lunch there and then drove to the lavender farm and then the winery … it’s beautiful up there with scenic views looking down on the area you’re staying.
    Have a PERFECT time away! This first trip post vaccine is the thing we have dreamed about for so long !!

  6. Thank you so much for all of this, Emma! Our daughter’s wedding date was May 1, 2020. Due to Covid restrictions they had to cancel their Wedding Reception at a Westin Resort. Their Pastor came to their home for a beautiful At-Home Wedding with 8 guests. They’ve had International Honeymoon Plans cancelled twice. They are hoping to at last have a Honeymoon in Hawaii. Your research is invaluable. Thank you so very much. We will be looking for your update on your experiences. Wishing you and Zach a fabulous time! Happy Birthday in Hawaii! 🌸🍍

    1. Thank you for all of this helpful information Emma! We are going in June and cannot wait! I even ordered a few things from your packing list! If you can, make a reservation at Star Noodle in Lahaina. You will not be disappointed! Have a wonderful time and Happy Birthday 💚🌴🌸

  7. Happy birthday! Hawaii is a gorgeous place to celebrate being another year older…ha! We got back from Oahu last Wed. I don’t recall applying for anything different than you’ve already completed. Enjoy your trip!🌴

  8. Thank you for all of this helpful information Emma! We are going in June and cannot wait! I even ordered a few things from your packing list! If you can, make a reservation at Star Noodle in Lahaina. You will not be disappointed! Have a wonderful time and Happy Birthday 💚🌴🌸

  9. Going to Puerto Vallarta may 1. Will be fully vaccinated on 4-14. You need a negative test to return home so I was adamant I be fully vaccinated prior to going. Just saw a new article about a nurse who has been vaccinated since January where she tested positive and is stuck for 14 days. She did pay $30 for “covid” insurance so her room and food is covered. Was a bit hesitant after I read the article but then I thought 14 day in a room with room service – I’ll take my chance! 😎 have a blast in Maui!

  10. Such great info! We are headed to Maui in May and this was great info. Happy Birthday and have a beautiful time in my favorite place. If you have time I highly recommend Merimans in Napili, opposite side of the island from where you’re staying but the view and setting are 💯

  11. Thank you so much for the information. My husband and I were in Maui two years ago and are wanting to go back and take our two daughters. The Monkeypod Kitchen in Kaanapali is the best! They have the best Mai Tais! One of our favorites on the trip! Hope y’all have an amazing time!

  12. This is perfect. We are headed to Maui for the first time in September. I can’t wait to hear all your wonderful recommendations. Happy birthday in style🌺

  13. Load the GyPSy app. It works thru your Bluetooth and acts as the BEST guide as you drive around Maui. It was SUPER amazing as we drove to Hana. We have a condo on Maui and have been there a million times, yet we still learned things about the island we never knew thru GyPSy! Have fun!

  14. When we were at the Four Seasons in Maui years ago, there was a great little fish and chips place in Kihei called Alexander’s Fish and Chips. It’s a hole in the wall so you can take it back to your condo but it was good if you like fish! Have a great time!

  15. Great write up! I have the Hilton AME card. AME has sooo many cards. Can you tell me the exact one that you have with a $250.00 resort credit? What the annual fee is? Thank you. Happy Birthday Emma🥳

  16. My brother, and sister in law, live in Kihei! I have a long running list in my phone of great recommendations if you need them!!! Aloha!!

  17. I love your information. All the outfits are so cute! I will be shopping for some of these for sure. I’ve been following your mom for a couple of years now and love her! I was reading your story and can relate so much. I finally found someone who was feeling the same way with the COVID thing. I to have lost 32 pounds on my Journey. Have fun and enjoy every moment. You truly inspire me.

  18. Great Post Emma! and so helpful! We are going to Maui next week!
    Truly appreciate this beautiful informative post!! xoxo

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