Canadians will travel to Hawaii without the mandatory 14-day quarantine

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The government announced recently that Canadians will be able to travel to Hawaii without the mandatory 14-day quarantine. They will only have to get a valid COVID-19 test prior to arrival.

The state’s transportation department said the exemption applies to all trans-Pacific travellers as of Sept. 1. Travellers will not be able to get a test upon arrival at the airport. The tests is anticipated to require FDA approval from CLIA certified laboratory.

Hawaii has had a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travellers since the start of the pandemic, although it lifted its inter-island one in June. The state has recorded 2,448 total cases and 26 deaths, with 207 new cases announced Monday (Aug 3).

Hawaii Weather in September

Although September brings an end to summer, Hawaiian temperatures continue to soar with average daytime temperatures in the mid to high 80s. Your evenings are just as “summery,” staying well within the comfortable 70s range.  

You will find cooler temperatures during the day and night when visiting mountainous areas and volcanoes. The higher you travel, the lower the temperatures, so grab a jacket before you head for the hills.

If you plan to spend a lot of time on the beach, September and October have bragging rights for the warmest ocean temperatures of the year.

Fall means Hawaii will be heading into rainy season soon, but September is still one of the drier months. That means there will be very few rainy days to dampen your spirits. There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to rain. Drier weather is always a good thing when traveling, but the drier climate of the summer can tend to impact the glorious waterfalls of the area. You can still visit these popular sites, but keep in mind, less rain tends to slow the cascades.

Despite the drier weather, August and September are at the peak of hurricane season in the Pacific. Hawaii has a low risk for hurricanes, but it is still something to think about when booking your vacation.

Travel considerations within and outside Canada

Travel to Hawaii in September to Avoid Crowds

The Labor Day weekend tends to be quite busy in Hawaii as it’s the last holiday of the summer. However, once everyone goes home, September sees the lowest flow of travelers. Summer has wound down, and the kids are back in school. Although Hawaii is rarely “crowded,” September is one of the most appealing months to travel to Hawaii if you want to avoid crowds.

Hawaii Events & Highlights in September

There is never a shortage of things to do in Hawaii. However, some annual events might catch your eye, including:

  • Aloha Festival: This Oahu festival runs throughout the month of September with a unique calendar of events, including parades, Hawaii’s largest street party, and plenty of cultural food, music, and fun.
  • Hawaii Island Festival: This Big Island festival also runs all month long, offering a colorful look at the heritage, history, and culture of Hawaii. You can expect to enjoy food, dance, music, contests, arts, and more every day of the month.
  • Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival: Big Island’s premier agricultural festival originated in the Big Island ranching town of Waimea and celebrated the food producers and processors, chefs, and consumers who honor the bounty of the Big Island.
  • Mokihana Festival: This celebration takes place on the island of Kauai and celebrates the culture of Hawaii with educational lectures, music, and hula competitions.

Despite a slight risk for hurricanes, September still offers an excellent time to travel to Hawaii. Two major month-long festivals on Oahu and Big Island provide a unique opportunity for an intimate cultural experience. Lower hotel rates and a slowdown in visitors makes September an affordable, relaxed time of year for a Hawaiian escape.