Everything You Need to Know About Traveling to Hawai’i Right Now – San Diego Magazine


Marriott Waikiki Beach

Hawai‘i saw many changes in the past two years, including new restaurant openings and hotel renovations across the islands. Here’s what’s happened since you last visited, plus some important travel information to know when planning your next trip to the Aloha State.

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The Waikiki Beach Marriott debuted a multimillion-dollar renovation with updated guest rooms, a modernized lobby, the Royal Kaila Spa, and a new pool and amenity deck, where you’ll find the new Queensbreak open-air restaurant, helmed by chef Nuno Alves. The 122-room Kaimana Beach Hotel also recently renovated, debuting a modern bohemian aesthetic and a new menu for the open-air, beachfront Hau Tree restaurant. You’ll find items such as crispy pork belly and crab ravioli on the dinner menu.

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All travelers to Hawai‘i must follow the State of Hawai‘i Safe Travels program, which requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before departure, or a mandatory five-day quarantine.

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The International Market Place opened two new restaurants on its third level. Moani Waikiki offers local Hawai‘i cuisine, such as the G Style Loco Moco—which comes with smoked meat risotto and bordelaise instead of the standard white rice—and miso-garlic butterfish. Sports and pizza lovers will enjoy Skybox Taphouse’s menu of specialty pizza, burgers, and waffle-battered chicken strips. The 71-year-old Liliha Bakery, famous for its Coco Puffs and poi mochi doughnuts, also opened a new location here.

Nearby in the White Sands Hotel, new restaurant Heyday transports you to 1960s Waikīkī with its laid-back vibe, complete with a bamboo bar strung with swings to sit on. Both the bar and full dinner menu serve cocktails and daiquiris with local fruit, and entrée choices of schnitzel, steak, and mahimahi. The former rooftop nightclub Sky Waikiki is now a raw bar with oyster shooters, shrimp cocktails, sashimi, and poke.

The newly renovated Kaimana Beach Hotel on O‘ahu

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