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Welcome to Waikīkī Beach Stays monthly mailer, the best place to keep up to date with everything happening on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi.

Can you believe it’s February?!

I’ve spent the last few weeks in Australia – having taken full advantage of the return of Hawaiian Airlines direct flights between Honolulu and Sydney. I can confirm the requirements for travel between Australia and Hawaiʻi for fully vaccinated Aussie travelers are not as difficult as they may seem.

Histopath pre-departure testing site at Sydney Airport (opposite departures)

From a tourism perspective, Hawaiʻi had an influx of travelers over the Christmas and New Years period but things have slowed down. February is one of the lowest months for Hawaiʻi visitor arrivals, making it a great time to “escape the crowds”. It’s Hawaiʻi’s winter which means cool (but still warm) weather and whale watching!

In terms of COVID-19, omicron is currently the dominant variant in Hawaiʻi and “stealth omicron” has been detected. Like most places around the world, Hawaiʻi saw a recent surge in infections (up to 4,600 daily cases) but has since dropped (to under 2,000).

If you have any questions or concerns about visiting Hawaiʻi and the travel process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help our guests and readers.

A hui hou (until we meet again)…

Warmest Aloha,
Ash & Keli‘i
[email protected]

Travel Updates

  • WalletHub has ranked Hawaiʻi as the safest state in the US during COVID-19. The study compared rates of COVID-19 transmission, positive testing, hospitalizations and death, as well as the share of the eligible population getting vaccinated.
  • As of 31 Jan 2022: There have been 219,288 cases of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi to date, resulting in 1,181 deaths. Average daily new cases 1,938 island-wide (1,292 Oʻahu, 252 Maui County, 158 Kauaʻi and 236 Hawaiʻi Island).
  • Since 10 Jan 2022, indoor gatherings on Oʻahu of more than 1,000 people will be limited to 50% capacity. For example, if you are going to have 1,000 people you need to be at a venue that holds 2,000.
  • The procedure for travel to Hawaiʻi depends on whether you are a domestic or international traveler e.g. whether you fly into Hawaiʻi from the US mainland and its territories (domestic) or another country (international).


  • Hawaiʻi is focused on attracting mindful and respectful travelers. Check out the Malama Hawaiʻi Program where you could qualify for a special discount or even a free hotel night by participating in a volunteer activity.
  • The Hawaiʻi Convention Center will reopen its Exhibit Halls for meetings and events in Jan 2022. For a list of what’s on at the Center visit the Events Calendar.
  • As of 1 Jan 2022, shark fishing is banned in Hawaiʻi. It’s illegal “to knowingly capture, entangle or kill any species of shark in Hawaiʻi waters.”


  • Hawaiian Airlines Brisbane (BNE) and Honolulu (HNL) service has been suspended indefinitely. Thankfully they resumed service from Sydney (SYD) to Honolulu (HNL) in mid-Dec 2021, so Aussies can still experience aloha! 
  • By the way… Hawaiian Airlines is on sale from AU$899 per person SYD-HNL return. Travel from 1 Apr-23 Jun, 17 Jul-15 Sep, 9 Oct-9 Dec 2022, subject to availability. Book by 2 Feb 2022. Click here to check if your preferred dates are on sale.
  • For those flying Hawaiian Airlines, especially on an international route, consider booking / upgrading to Extra Comfort. You’ll get an extra 5 in (12 cm) of legroom, priority security line, personal electrical power outlet, and a special amenity kit.
  • Australia’s national airline, Qantas, has suspended flights between Sydney (SYD) and Honolulu (HNL) from 31 Jan to 26 Mar 2022 in light of the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases. It had only just restarted the flights in Dec 2021.
  • The world’s largest Dreamliner will enter the Hawaiʻi market in 2022. United Airlines plans to fly the Boeing 787-10 to Honolulu (HNL) and Maui (OGG) on select services from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) from Oct-Nov. The jet has 44 Polaris pods, 21 Premium Plus recliners, 54 extra-legroom Economy Plus seats and 199 standard coach seats.


  • Rycroft Holdings has purchased The Pagoda Honolulu (10-minutes drive from Waikiki). It overlooks a Japanese garden and features tropical-themed rooms, dark wood furnishings, kitchenettes, daily koi feedings, and a floating restaurant onsite.


  • Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) was due to restart the Pride of America Hawaiʻi island-hopping sailings in Jan-Feb 2022 but due to travel restrictions has pushed it back to Apr 2022. Click here for Hawaiʻi cruise options.

Restaurants & Bars

  • Tex 808 BBQ & Brews now open in Waikīkī at The Laylow on Kuhio Avenue. There’s two daily Happy Hours (2-5pm and 9pm-close), Taco Tuesdays, live music, an open mic night (Wed) and comedy (Thu).
  • Little Italy Hawaiʻi (by Allegrini Mozzarella) just opened an eatery at 349 Royal Hawaiian Avenue in Waikīkī. They offer authentic Italian food using imported products by an Italian native chef Pascale. Please support their new venture!
  • Holey Grail Donuts, with outlets in Waikīkī and Ward Village, have launched an app. Earn rewards with every purchase, get $10 to spend on your birthday, skip the line and access secret micro-lot flavors.
  • Chinese noodle eatery Fun Station has opened at Market City Shopping Center (a 5-minute drive from Waikīkī). They specialize in rice noodles and serve northern and southern Chinese cuisine.
  • In mid-Jan 2022, Olive Garden opened at the Ka Makana Alii shopping center in Kapolei, marking the second Hawaiʻi location for the Italian-inspired chain restaurant. Hawaiʻi’s first Olive Garden opened at Ala Moana Center in Oct 2020.
  • MangoMango Dessert, a New York-based chain, recently opened its first Hawaiʻi location at Pearlridge Center. Try Hong Kong-style desserts including fruit bowls, ice cream and handcrafted cakes, as well as bubble tea and other blended drinks.
  • 12th Ave Grill, an 18-year old Kaimukī restaurant, is closing. Koko Head Cafe, upscale brunch concept, will be moving from its current spot to take over the 12th Ave Grill location in Feb 2022.


  • There’s a new luau experience in Waikīkī, Queens Waikīkī Luau. This intimate dinner and Polynesian show takes place in the Queen’s Court at International Market Place every Tue, Sat and Sun from 5-8pm.
  • Gaze at the night sky on top of the International Market Place parking garage with Stargazers of Waikīkī. Take a 1-hour guided tour of the stars and constellations. Check the events calendar for dates.
  • Hanauma Bay, Oʻahu’s most popular snorkel spot, has changed its entry requirements to address overuse. Advanced reservations are required, click here for information.
  • Boat tours to the USS Arizona Memorial at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial have resumed after dock repairs. Click here for Pearl Harbor tour options.


  • Daiso Hawaiʻi, a Japanese discount store, has opened its third store on Oʻahu in Fort Street Mall in Downtown Honolulu (others in Piikoi and Pearl City). They sell everything from household items to stationary products, mostly under US$2.

Upcoming Events

  • The Waikīkī Farmers Market at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort is back every Mon and Wed from 4-8pm. The event showcases artisanal food and crafts in the ground floor atrium.
  • Waikiki Beach Walk Open Market has returned every Mon from 4-8pm. It’s a great way to support local businesses, while discovering truly one-of-a-kind souvenirs, handmade art and snacks.
  • Kakaʻako Farmers Market returned to West Village on 8 Jan 2022 and will be open every Sat from 8am-12pm. It’s the perfect place to shop for locally-grown fruits, vegetables and flowers sourced from Hawaii farms and find grab-and-go goodies.
  • Weekly live music at Shor on the 3rd Floor of the Diamond Head Tower at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort. Enjoy live entertainment by local artists every Thu, Fri and Sat evenings, 5:30-8:30pm.
  • Beyond Monet, an immersive digital experience of over 400 Claude Monet artworks, is coming to Honolulu in 2022. Register for pre-sale tickets here.
  • The Magical Mystery Show by Hotel Magic is bringing world class magicians to Hawaiʻi. Shows are set to start on Oʻahu 30 April 2022 (tickets on sale TBC Jan 2022). A resort venue will host two shows, each with 50 guests, six nights a week.
  • Broadway in Hawaiʻi is bringing Broadway to Honolulu this upcoming 2022-2023 season. Book tickets to see Beautiful The Carole King Musical (19-24 Apr 2022), Jersey Boys (13-25 Sep 2022), Hamilton (7 Dec-29 Jan 2023) and CATS Let The Memory Live Again (13-18 Jun 2023).
  • Box jellyfish (stinging invertebrates) tend to appear in Oʻahu’s ocean 8 to 10 days after the full moon. According to the Waikīkī Aquarium Box Jellyfish Calendar, the 24-26 Feb 2022 has a high probability of a box jellyfish arrival event.