Hawaii’s Fifteenth Proclamation
Recently, the Governor issued Hawaii’s fifteenth proclamation. COVID-19 is still present in Hawaii. Our new cases and hospitalizations are the lowest in the country thanks to our safe practices. The official declaration continues to allow business to operate with care. The declaration furthers the responsibility for care to visitors and residents alike.
The proclamation mandates that all persons shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in public. Additionally, the proclamation extends to our hotel industry by requiring hotels to publish a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan. Each hotel is now responsible for how to deal with any guests who become COVID- 19 positive. Hotels are also responsible for how to deal with any guest who have been identified as a close contact of someone who is positive for COVID-19.
Hotel Health and Safety Plans
Hawaii hotels tend to be busy and filled with travelers from all over the world. Thus increasing your chances of coming into contact with the coronavirus. Because you are not the only person who has access to your hotel room, whenever someone else enters your room, there is a possibility of increased risk. The risk is so high that hotels are investing in electrostatic sprayers and other technologies in an effort to combat the virus. Even with the technology, the risk is still present due to the high number of visitors lounging in the lobby, halls, elevators, and common areas.
A Less Risky Alternative
You do have a choice. You can avoid crowded hotels. Privacy during your stay is an option while you get the same level of Staff care. Your alternative option is Oahu’s legal short term rentals. The short term rental industry follows the same cleaning and sanitizing standards as the hotels. Legal short term rentals were allowed when Hawaii reached Tier 2 on March 15th. Ever since we have been accommodating guests. COVID-19 should have you rightfully concerned. But know you can avoid the crowds, have privacy, and not be subject to a hotel’s Health and Safety Plan. If you are still wanting the hotel experience be sure to read their plan. Know what enforcement the hotel may impose on you if it was decided that you were exposed while visiting their establishment.
O’ahu’s Back on the Wave Campaign
We all play a vital role in fighting COVID-19 and keeping our island safe. Hawaii Dream Realty LLC also does their part to reduce risk to our community, ohana, and guests. More recently, the company joined Oahu’s “Back on the Wave” campaign.
While safe practices were already in place, the company volunteered to complete the City and County’s health and safety survey. The survey affirmed the company’s safe health practices. The campaign provided training, personal protective equipment, sanitizer, and signage. While visiting look for the custom Back on the Wave signage at storefronts. Wherever you find the sign, inside you will see the steps they are taking to fight COVID-19. All in an effort to keep residents and visitors safe.
China has always been a part of Hawaii’s visitor demographic. So when the virus first appeared back in November 2019, the company took action prior to the March 2020 shutdown of Hawaii’s tourism. Today our processes and procedures are more formalized than they were at the start of the pandemic. But we have always made our guest’s and Staff’s safety and well being a top priority. Plexiglas partitions, social distancing, frequent hand washing and use of gloves, use of face masks, allowing rooms to “air out” for three days between guests, and use of sanitizing cleaners are all standard practice.
Best Price from a company that supports Oahu’s Back on the Wave Campaign
We have served Hawaii’s tourism industry since 2015. In the past, we predominately relied on third party booking partners such as Airbnb, VRBO, Booking.com and others. On Airbnb you can find hundreds of reviews on our properties and Staff. More recently, we established an Oahu Vacation Renters Marketplace making our properties bookable at comparable rates but without all the booking fees. We guarantee the lowest booking costs when you book directly with us either through the WaikikiStay.com website, as a walk-in visitor, or via phone. Be confident that you are getting a great deal, and with Oahu’s Back on the Wave Campaign, that you will be safe.
Hawaii Welcomes Visitors
As the main hub of the Hawaiian Islands, it is no wonder Oahu is the most visited island. Hawaii serves up big city fun in a small island setting. The Hawaii re-opening is just in time for the winter surf season. In other words, visitors can once again enjoy the best tropical venue the Unites States has to offer.
Winter Surf Session
Hawaii may be synonymous with surfing, but Oahu’s North Shore has earned special bragging rights as a hang 10 mecca. Whether guests head there to watch the waves or carve a few of their own, the destination offers unparalleled surfing thrills. The North Shore is just a one-hour drive from the world famous Waikiki Beach.
The North Shore of Oahu comes to life in the fall and Oahu is opening its doors to tourism after seven months of lock down. This seven mile miracle offers country living at its finest with tons of shops in historical Haleiwa town, outdoor activities, and beaches. Above all, in the wintertime, the North Shore is known for its picture perfect waves.
Hawaii Re-opening Test Program
Of course, the Hawaii re-opening still has concerns over COVID. Albeit the percentage of positive cases in Hawaii remains in the lower single digits. Similarly, Hawaii ranks in the lower percentile relative to the other states. Therefore to mitigate this concern, the Governor has implemented a testing program. The program allows visitors to arrive and test out of the 14-day mandatory quarantine period. Travelers must taken a Food and Drug Administration-approved COVID-19 test from a CLIA lab. The test result must be negative and within 72 hours of traveling to Hawaii in order to bypass a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
For the Hawaii re-opening, an accepted pre-arrival test is required of all arriving passengers who want to bypass the quarantine. The testing includes children of all ages. However, travelers who do not receive the results of their pre-arrivals test in time must stay in quarantine until they get their results back. The program is expected to expand the locations where travelers can get tested. Initially testing is available through CVS Pharmacy and through Kaiser Permanente.
Hawaii Re-opening Promotion
Hawaii is also actively working to safely open hiking trails, parks, attractions, restaurants and retail. To promote the re-opening, we are offering a discount available through bookings on WaikikiStay.com. Use promo code SAVE10 and get our low price guarantee. We offer a great selection of Waikiki vacation rentals for all budgets and family sizes. Our rentals are all right in the heart of Waikiki and all within walking distance to the world famous Waikiki Beach. Our vacation rental properties are privately owned and vary by amenities, building, square feet, number of guests, improvements, and views.
Experience Hawaii’s Cuisine
To experience Hawaii’s cuisine is to experience Hawaii’s culture. People from different countries, cultures, and religions fill our world. However, one universal bridge ties us all together. The universal bridges is food. Food fills bellies and imparts a feeling of nourishment upon us all. Furthermore, food crosses language barriers and opens hearts.
The cuisine of Hawaii is also referred to as local grinds. Our local grinds continue to evolve with influence from chefs from all over the world. Micro farms and aqua culture farmers deliver fresh and unique island foods daily. The island foods provide a true farm to table experience with a fusion blend to tantalize the taste buds. The selection of restaurants represents the cultural diversity found in Hawaii. Enjoy beautiful views, beach side locations, romantic and fun ambiances, lovely and elegant settings, creative and innovative menus, and great food from Hawaii’s restaurants that accommodate all price points.
Taste some of Hawaii’s favorite ono delicious foods including Kailua pig wrapped in ti leaves cooked in an underground imu oven. Try some fresh cubed fish known as poke served in with variety of sauces and seasonings. Yearning for some fast food Hawaii style then go for a bowl of Saimin. Saimin is an inexpensive broth with noodles similar to Japanese ramen. Eat your Saimin with chopsticks and then pick up the bowl and drink the broth. Subsequently, on the sweeter side, indulge in a malasadas deep-fried dough rolled in sugar best eaten warm. Finally, dig into an authentic Hawaii shave ice desert, a flavorful tropical cocktail. In summary, to experience island cuisine is to experience Hawaii.
Where to Eat
Finally, if you are looking for restaurant suggestions, our mobile app includes a selection of Waikiki restaurants. Each restaurant includes a link to the menus, locations and contact information. We update our local restaurant lists as we discover fun atmospheres and ono dining worthy of your time.
The Aloha Spirit
Hawaii’s unique charm comes from the Aloha Spirit. Aloha means the spirit of love, and is commonly used as hello and goodbye. However, Aloha also means compassion, kindness and giving. But the Aloha Spirit encompasses more than Aloha as it embodies Hawaiian values:
- malama: to care for
- ‘ohana: family
- ho’okipa: hospitality
- ‘olu’olu: graciousness
- kokua: helpfulness
- lokahi: unity and harmony
- kupono: honesty and fairness
In summary, the Hawaiian value provide the foundation for a respected and treasured culture.
Hawaii is more than the physical beauty of the land, sea and sky. Hawaii is a community with a long and fascinating history that continues to be felt in many ways. The people are happy and happy people are friendly people.
Discover more about Hawaii by visiting the Bishop Museum or the Polynesian Culture Center. Our Waikiki Bucket List offers more suggestions to help you discover Hawaii. The more you discover about Hawaii’s past, the more you understand modern-day Hawaii.
The past is still a vital part of the present in Hawaii. Enrich your experience of the culture by experiencing the people and the spirit of aloha during your visit. In doing so, you are helping to keep history alive. Explore the traditions of the past that are still prevalent in the culture of Waikiki and Oahu’s small towns.
Kapuna bless Kuhio Village Towers through traditional chant and ceremony. The towers memorialize the Hawaiian Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole who was a prince of the Kingdom of Hawaii. A coalition of American and European businessmen overthrew the kingdom in 1893.
The early Hawaiians had no written language but they developed chants. As a result, chants recorded the genealogy of chiefs. Chants also are used during blessings and are a highly evolved verbal communication. Chanters remain an important member of Hawaii’s society. They preserve history and legend.
The Hawaiian Blessing is a traditional ceremony to bless new homes, canoes, businesses, babies, and food. The blessing calls upon great powers to assist in the safety, well being and success of the new creation. The blessing also cleans and clears the way of any conflict or negative experience that may have occurred in the past. The ceremony, performed by a spiritual leader, draws a community together to participate in honoring a new beginning.
We want you to have a wonderful stay with us in paradise and ask that you follow a few basic Guest Rules in addition to complying with the building’s House Rules.
- All guests and guest’s visitors must register with a valid photo id (all adult occupants in the unit) at check-in with your host or in the Real Estate management office. For after-hour arrivals / check-ins, prior arrangements must be made in advance of your arrival.
- Do not let anyone up the elevator within a secured building.
Be Courteous and Respectful
- While on property to include lobbies, elevators, hallways, lanais and in room, please keep noise volumes to a minimum. Loud music or TV playback is generally not allowed.
- Intoxicated or illegal behavior is never permitted.
- Do not allow shower or bath tub water to puddle water on the bathroom floor or you could cause a leak to a neighboring unit of which you will be responsible for the damages and costs to remedy the situation.
- Never hang items over the lanai walls, or allow any items to drip, drain or fall from a lanai (balcony).
- Do NOT bring beach SAND into the rooms or the tub / shower because sand will clog the drains. Use the beach showers to rise all sand to leave it at the beach.
- Report any leaks, damages, issues or concerns right away to your host or to the office for assistance.
- We provide a few complementary supplies such as bath soap, dish soap & sponge, trash liners, toilet paper and paper towels at check-in and recommend guests bring or purchase their own products such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion, make-up removers, sanitizers and wipes. Guest rooms with coffee stations include complimentary coffee and tea along with condiments and a Hawaiian sweet treat! However, supplies are not restocked with the intent of supplying your needs for the duration of your stay. Bring or purchase extra supplies for extended stays.
Air Conditioner Use
- If your unit has a window A/C unit, please do not running the A/C all day and all night. Turn off the A/C while you are out during the day. On the hottest days with abnormal humidity, window A/C units may be over-worked and produce more condensation than normal. Please check if the container underneath the A/C if it fills up and spills water on the lanai. Empty A/C containers into the tub. Water dripping is unpleasant for others below, causes a trip hazard and could result in building violations and fines.
- For buildings with Trash chutes, they are generally located on each floor (Kuhio Village next to the elevator shaft in a closet marked REFUSE). Please tie all bags before using the trash chute and if you have items too large, please break down cardboard boxes flat before putting it in the large trash bins usually in the basement level.
- Do not flush anything down the toilet expect a SMALL amount of toilet tissue or you will cause a clog or flood. NO FLUSHABLES, BABY WIPES, PAPER TOWELS, ETC. If you cause a clog, you will be responsible for the cost to remediate the situation.
- Parking is at your own risk whether be in a garage or on the street. Most public parking garages has a unmanned ticket station, be sure to re-pay and place your parking ticket on the front dashboard so that it is clearly visible / readable from the outside (unless otherwise posted). Any car parked with an expired ticket or without a ticket may be towed at your expense (usually over $200). Do NOT leave any valuables in the car unattended. We do not manage the parking lots. Parking management and tow company phone numbers are posted.
- Check-out time is no later than 11:00 AM. If you fail to check out on time, you could be charged a fee. If you have a late flight on your check-out date, please check with us in advance to see if you can extend for a fee and we will schedule the cleaning for the following morning for those guests on the red eye flights.
- Upon check-out, please return keys as instructed. Unaccounted key sets incur a $150 charge per set.
Considered as part of our reservation agreement with you, the Guest Rules and the building’s House Rules promote guests’ safety and enjoyment. Contact us if you have any questions about the Guest Rules.
For the island of Oahu, you will arrive at the Honolulu International Airport and have several options of transportation between the airport and Waikiki. Taxi’s or ride share services will be the quickest and there are also shuttle services in addition to car rental companies. Most guests do not use a car for the duration of their stay so we recommend only renting a car for the days you intend to tour the island. You could also chose a chartered tour and avoid driving all together. Let’s explore some of your options.
– First and most readily accessible are cab and taxi services. Average travel time from airport is approximately 30 minutes to the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Fare is approximately $30-45 one-way. Pick-up on lower lever/baggage claim level. They are usually queued so waiting is minimal.
– Next are shuttle services. Roberts Hawaii is a popular shuttle bus company here on Oahu. The rate is $16.00 USD/one way and $30.00 USD/round trip. Pay on board. Pick-up on lower lever baggage claim level. They run about every 15-30 minutes. Roberts Hawaii: (808) 523-7750 website: www.robertshawaii.com
– Alternatively, you can use the city bus. Average travel time is approximately 1-1 ½ hours. Fares are $2.75 one-way. (Exact Cash) Carry-on items are limited and large luggage is not allowed. Pay on board. Pick-up on upper lever/ticketing level. Services run about every 15 minutes. Bus routes 19 & 20 will bring you directly into Waikiki to within a block of the office. Make sure when boarding to verify with the driver that the bus is headed to Waikiki. You will depart the bus upon arrival at Kuhio Ave and Liliuokalani Ave in Waikiki. The Bus: (808) 848-5555 www.thebus.org
– A fourth option is a rental car. However a rental car is not needed for a duration of your stay. We recommend renting a car from Waikiki for the dates you plan to tour the island. Free street parking is hard to obtain however paid public parking garages are available throughout Waikiki.
Uber or Lyft
– Lastly, Rideshare services are available with a broad ranges of service fees ranging from $36 to $77.
The office address is 2463 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815. The rates quotes are as of July 2018 and may change without notice.
Oahu Vacationers Useful Links
You have a lot of options while visiting and below are some useful links for Oahu vacationers.
The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808).
Oahu Visitors Bureau: (808) 524-0722
Marriage License and Civil Unions: (808) 586-4545
Honolulu International Airport Visitor Information: (808) 836-6413
Camping Permits: (808) 523-4525 (county), (808) 587-0300 (state)
The City uses a multi-layered system to notify and alert residents and non-residents of disaster or emergencies. Ways the city will notify, alert, or warn you of disasters:
- Radio and television broadcasts
- Emergency Alert System (EAS) notification to radio/television/NOAA weather radio
- Outdoor siren warning system
- Responders using public address systems
- Nixle notification services
- HNL Info
Nixle keeps you up-to-date with relevant information from local public safety departments and schools.
TEXT 96815 TO 888777 TO OPT-IN TO RECEIVE NIXLE ALERTS FOR HONOLULU AND WAIKIKI
The biggest surprise about Oahu is how many beautiful beaches there are and how often many are utterly uncrowded if you want to explore outside of Waikiki. Whether you are trying to discover magical, secluded beaches, or searching for beaches that are bustling with activity, you should consider the island’s geography.
First is world famous Waikiki Beach is only a short stroll from our properties. Waikiki Beach is less than one mile in length and is one of the most user friendly beaches in the world. A beach where just about anyone can take a surfing lesson and ride their first wave. Waikiki is the essence of carefree with more restaurants than most decent sized towns and limitless shopping. A sunset walk along Waikiki Beach is always a dreamy experience as the sounds of waves reaching the shore line along with music often spilling from the various resorts that line the beach. Waikiki Beach is a special place and some visitors chose to stay within Waikiki for their entire stay.
As with all Oahu Beaches, as beautiful and enticing the ocean may appear, rip currents and rogue waves do occur. Only swim at beaches with life guards. You will find many life guards at Waikiki Beach. You will also find sea walls separating a near shore swimming area from the rest of the ocean. A sea wall is in place a Kuhio Beach in Waikiki so if you are apprehensive about entering the ocean or have young children, Kuhio Beach is the ideal beach for you under most conditions.
North Shore Beaches
Next is the iconic North Shore beaches which can be a wonderful playground in the summer with calm clear waters and beautiful vistas. However in the winter, proceed with caution, as large ocean waves pound the shorelines and are a spectacle to see and feel. Large ocean waves are the biggest danger you will face at the beach.
Third is the windward or eastern side of the island has the most underutilized beaches on the island however if the trade winds are blowing, the windward beaches can get windy. Keep in mind a light breeze might just be enough to keep you cool while enjoying the sunshine.
Waianae Coast Beaches
Finally, Waianae or the western side of the island has lots of beaches that are sheltered from the trade winds with the Waianae Mountains blocking their path. The beaches tend to be more crowded with local families sometimes camping at the beaches especially on the weekends. But if you keep driving to the western most end of the island, you will discover Makaha and Kaena Point State Park offering a remote and natural coastline.
Un-Written Rules You Should Know
- Drive with Aloha. Let cars go in front of you, go slow and give pedestrians the right away.
- If cars are stopped in front of you for no reason, do NOT switch lanes to continue, assume there is a pedestrian.
- Our most busy crosswalks have a new pattern that allows all pedestrians to cross at once to include diagonally so DO NOT assume you can turn on a red traffic light and watch for confused pedestrians trying to cross at the wrong time.
- DO NOT HONK your car horn unless it is an absolute emergency; it is considered rude to honk at someone.
- Do not leave valuables in an un-attended car anywhere and do NOT flaunt your spending money.
- Be smart where you park or you could face an unexpected tow bill ($250) if you do not obey the signs.
- Most people you meet are friendly and kind however beware if you come across an unstable person who may have a mental illness, go the other way. Often they are just yelling at nobody. Trust your gut instinct.
- Hawaii has a homeless problem, several choose not to live in shelters but choose to live on the streets instead, and for the most part they do not want to harm you although they could ask for money or food.
- Waikiki Ambassadors’ are part of the welcome center and patrol Waikiki on foot and bike to help our visitors with directions or information. Know that they wear neon yellow / green labeled shirts and are there for you.
- Do not turn your back on the ocean. Do not go to the edge of cliffs or the ocean. Use caution at all times and be aware the beauty of our island can sometimes catch you off guard. Take caution to posted signs and check with a life guard for any current conditions you should be aware of at our public beaches.
- Take what you bring and leave all that you don’t bring when hiking, beaching, or exploring the islands. You would be surprised just how many people “mail” items back. Respect the land, water & air as we do.
- Ask lifeguard or check posted signs on the beach for jellyfish warnings, high surf, strong currents or rip currents.
- Do not go surfing, snorkeling or hiking alone. Always let someone know where you are going if you will be alone.
Safeway – Located outside of Waikiki on Kapahulu Ave. The #13 bus drops off and picks up right in front.Foodland Farms – Located outside of Waikiki at The Ala Moana Mall at 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. The #13 or #19 bus drops off and picks up right in front.
Whole Foods – Located outside of Waikiki at The Kahala Mall at 4211 Wai’alae Ave. The #22 or #23 bus drops off and picks up right in front.
Farmers Markets – From fresh cut tropical island fruits and vegetables to pastries and pupus (appetizers), there is something for everyone. Locations and times have changed since Covid-19 shutdown.
Honolulu Zoo – Yes there is a Zoo here and it is so close…just at the end of Waikiki as you’re going toward Diamond Head. Open daily.
Waikiki Aquarium – Located along the beach past the zoo in the direction of Diamond Head; Open daily and night tours offered too.
Fireworks – Every Friday after sunset usually between 7:30 – 7:45pm compliments of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Hula Show – Authentic Hawaiian Music and hula shows by Hawaii’s finest halau hula (dance troops) and Hawaiian Performers. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, weather permitting, 6:30 to 7:30 pm (6:00 to 7:00 pm November thru December) at the hula mound on the beach at Kalakaua and Uluniu.
Lei Making – At the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center along Kalakaua Avenue, Monday-Saturday 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
‘Ukulele Lessons – At the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center along Kalakaua Avenue, Tuesday thru Friday 10:00 to -11:00 am.
Hula Lessons – At the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center along Kalakaua Ave. Tuesday 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Thursday 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
The Bus & Popular Routes
The island of Oahu is easily accessible via The Bus, operated by the City and County of Honolulu. Most routes are serviced every 15-30 minutes and cover the whole island. Bus stops are located in front of the property, and you can circle the island right from the same block. Hanauma Bay for snorkeling, Sunset Beach on the North Shore and Pearl Harbor are all within reach! All fares are $2.75 each way (as of June 2020). Discounts such as Senior and Child may be available. 1-day passes are $5.50 and if you are staying a month or so, it’s best to buy a monthly pass for $70.00 at most ABC Stores in Waikiki. Both pass options allow for unlimited travel over the given time period. However know that The Bus does not allow luggage on the bus so you should plan to get other transportation to or from the airport. Download The Bus app for easiest use to plan ahead.
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW AND REMINDERS
If you are planning to return home with gifts or to take something back to remember your stay then you might prefer the prices at the “Swap Meet” at the Aloha Stadium on Saturday or Sunday. You can also try Walmart near the Ala Moana Shopping Center; they usually have a good selection of souvenirs, mac nuts, etc. If you plan to take home Pineapples or other fruits & veggies, make sure they will clear the airport screening by asking the vender – some pineapple boxes are marked, some are NOT.
If you have a return ticket for a shuttle service to the airport, it’s usually a good idea to arrange your pick-up time 48-hours in advance. Always plan to leave Waikiki three (3) hours before departure if you are checking bags with your airline. Remember, all checked luggage must clear agriculture screening prior to checking in with your airline.
Please enjoy your stay safely!
North Shore – Also known as the 7-mile miracle stretching from Haleiwa to Sunset Beach. We recommend you rent a car when you decide to explore the North Shore of Oahu. During the winter time, the ocean conditions can be extremely hazardous while the summer time offers a great opportunity to swim and snorkel.
- Sunset Beach….the name says it all!
- Waimea Bay….popular surf spot in winter, gorgeous beach park in summer with huge rock people jump off of…for the brave.
- Waimea Valley….large botanical garden and ancient site situated in the valley of a rain forest. Water fall at the end of the trail. Open daily 9a-5p. 808-638-7766
- Laniakea Beach….best site for viewing large green sea turtles usually resting on the warm sand. Located south of Waimea Bay.
- Turtle Bay Resort…great place to swim and have a meal on the beach at Ola’s Restaurant.
- Kahuku….legendary site of Oahu’s garlic shrimp trucks. Geovanni’s is the original; others have sprouted around. So ono!!
- Haleiwa….Awesome seaside town to meander, shop and eat.
- Polynesian Cultural Center…Located in Laie, 42 acres of lush tropical forest; gentle waterfalls and adventure await you as you explore 7 Polynesian villages and lifestyle encounters. 808-293-3333
- Dole Plantation…Located in Wahiawa, site of the world’s largest maze and great pineapple treats. Open daily 9:30 am – 5:30 pm. 808-621-8408
- Horse Rides… Kualoa’s one and two-hour horseback tours offer guests the opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of Oahu’s hidden valleys. TIP: Advanced reservations are recommended as many tours sell out 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Open daily 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. 808-237-7321
- Shark encounters…Launches from Haleiwa Boat Harbor. Daily 6:00 am-6:00 pm. 808-351-9373
- Skydive…From Dillingham Airfield in Mokuleia. Daily 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. 808-637-9700