June Vacation - Any one else worried

Mark Thornhill

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I dont think there is anyway they would open if quarantine is in place. Last article I saw was that Quarantine is scheduled to end 5/31 but most likely to be extended possibly to mid June.
Has there been any recent news/updates/rumors to how long the 14-day quarantine will remain in place? Safe to say it will extend well past 5/31 date. I saw multiple sources indicate the HI AG recommended it remains through the Summer.

I am a DVC member and it will be very interesting how Aulani handles opening up but the 14-day quarantine remains in effect.

In the meantime, their leadership needs to be conjuring up a solution, soon. They are getting hit harder than most, for obvious reasons. Saw an article in USA Today that unemployment is at 34%. Terrible.
 
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SinCityMMAFan

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Has there been any recent news/updates/rumors to how long the 14-day quarantine will remain in place? Safe to say it will extend well past 5/31 date. I saw multiple sources indicate the HI AG recommended it remains through the Summer.

I am a DVC member and it will be very interesting how Aulani handles opening up but the 14-day quarantine remains in effect.

In the meantime, their leadership needs to be conjuring up a solution, soon. They are getting hit harder than most, for obvious reasons. Saw an article in USA Today that unemployment is at 34%. Terrible.
I've seen an article last week that said they don't expect Hawaii to open to tourism until late July at the earliest.

There's no doubt in my mind that the 14 day quarantine will be extended for another 30 days. The governor of Hawaii is taking every precaution necessary for the safety of the residents.

It doesn't help the matter when tourists fly to Hawaii only to break the mandatory quarantine. It's happened so many times already and honestly I don't know why people do it. Everything over there is pretty much closed down, it's very limited. Just this past week honeymooners got caught and arrested. Makes no sense to me.
 


Mark Thornhill

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“The governor of Hawaii is taking every precaution necessary for the safety of the residents”

I would assume that is true for all states. The article in USA Today painted a grim picture for their economy. Two more months without tourism will not be pretty.

I live on the gulf coast and probably have similar feelings about tourists, summer season, etc but thankfully for businesses, operations are slowly opening up on our beaches. I know too many people that lost everything and others on the cusp. Every week saw more and more businesses close, especially recently. 2 more months for HI? Yikes.
 
  • SinCityMMAFan

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    “The governor of Hawaii is taking every precaution necessary for the safety of the residents”

    I would assume that is true for all states. The article in USA Today painted a grim picture for their economy. Two more months without tourism will not be pretty.

    I live on the gulf coast and probably have similar feelings about tourists, summer season, etc but thankfully for businesses, operations are slowly opening up on our beaches. I know too many people that lost everything and others on the cusp. Every week saw more and more businesses close, especially recently. 2 more months for HI? Yikes.
    Certain states have seen high #'s of positive COVID cases yet governors have loosened restrictions greatly compared to other states. Hawaii is not one of them and I wouldn't be surprised if Hawaii is the last state that opens up to tourism.
     

    thedogatemyhomework

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    there is a reason why no one's really sure what the governor is going to do (and why people like the AG, news outlets, etc. are the only "sources")...the governor has a track record of acting "out of an abundance of caution" as late as possible...and thats if any action is taken.

    the mayors would typically have provided some indication as to how things may proceed in june some time next week...(based on when they chose to make announcements the previous 2 months) however due to the governors mandate that they aren't allowed to make policy changes without his approval...this may not be the case this month.

    it's likely that those wanting official statements on if the quarantine will continue past may 31 will have to wait until may 23 or may 30 which based on the previous 2 announcements is likely when the governor will choose to say what if anything may change, and how.

    it is possible plans may leak earlier...but until it's an official announcement from the governor directly...it may not be true (even if its a state official saying it).

    ex. flower shops were given the ok to open, take orders and deliver flowers for mothers day (but the governor wasn't the one who said it) then the governor said "no, they're not allowed to open" (supposedly someone misunderstood something and made an announcement they weren't supposed to)...then he changed his mind later so they were allowed to deliver flowers. (this was over a week ago)

    as for taking every precaution necessary...that sadly hasn't been the case since the first few cases were reported in hawaii...from lack of any effort to conduct contact tracing, to people breaking quarantine with little to no effort (mostly due to lack of effort in enforcing the quarantine)...good intentions perhaps, but lacking on follow through.

    there is however now increasing talk of making serious efforts to pivot away from tourism and to try and go to tech as a basis for the economy in hawaii...so at some level at least the towel has already been thrown in
     

    Mark Thornhill

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    Historically, it appears the governor of HI is infamous for following the lead of the West Coast states. Specifically, California. If there isn’t a bit more effort to get out front and provide leadership for his state, I think we can agree it will be ugly.

    There isn’t a right answer to this. But the wait and let’s see approach won’t cut it. People suffer greatly either way. I don’t envy any leader with this pandemic. Open up too soon and risk spikes and more future quarantines. Open up too late and lives are ruined...savings lost, businesses gone, jobs nonexistent.
     

    Memorymakerfor4

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    We have an August trip, rebooked from late May. Until the last week or so, I was fully confident it would happen and was on board with reduced experiences. Aulani was the last Disney resort to close, I figured it would be the first to open, probably sometime in June. Now I'd be surprised to see a July 1 opening. On top of that, I messaged a friend who lives on Oahu and asked for a local's perspective. She essentially gave me an eye roll and said we're not wanted there. Taking into consideration the difficulties the islands have had with people openly defying restrictions, as well as everyone's coronacoaster emotions, it still definitely took us down a notch and increased the chances we'll cancel. I'm willing to give it one more month before we decide.
     
  • SinCityMMAFan

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    From this short interview it sounds like the Lt. Governor is pushing for a program ("Travel With Aloha") where incoming tourists would be tested for the virus before they arrive. He sounds like he wants to get the ball rolling sooner than later as well.
     

    Mark Thornhill

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    Hawai’i is an amazing place with so much to offer. But it’s not irreplaceable for a vacation destination. The tourism business sector for local employment is unique compared to every other state in the country. To say it’s a necessity for the financial infrastructure is an understatement. Fewer businesses available due to closures will not only hamper short-term but have long-term ramifications. Not for tourists, but locals living in an extremely expensive, high taxed state

    I saw where LA county, CA expects to announce an extension of their stay at home effort thru August 1. First, if that’s the case their residents will not only protest but loot and become violent. Second, will Hawai’i follow similar guidelines. Let’s hope not.
     

    marvfool1

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    Hawai’i is an amazing place with so much to offer. But it’s not irreplaceable for a vacation destination. The tourism business sector for local employment is unique compared to every other state in the country. To say it’s a necessity for the financial infrastructure is an understatement. Fewer businesses available due to closures will not only hamper short-term but have long-term ramifications. Not for tourists, but locals living in an extremely expensive, high taxed state

    I saw where LA county, CA expects to announce an extension of their stay at home effort thru August 1. First, if that’s the case their residents will not only protest but loot and become violent. Second, will Hawai’i follow similar guidelines. Let’s hope not.
    Dude,
    I live in California, you are extremely misinformed about our state. Yes we will have stay home orders until August. No one here is rioting or close to becoming violent here. You got to stop watching FOX News Bruh...
     

    Paul1955

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    We have an August trip, rebooked from late May. Until the last week or so, I was fully confident it would happen and was on board with reduced experiences. Aulani was the last Disney resort to close, I figured it would be the first to open, probably sometime in June. Now I'd be surprised to see a July 1 opening. On top of that, I messaged a friend who lives on Oahu and asked for a local's perspective. She essentially gave me an eye roll and said we're not wanted there. Taking into consideration the difficulties the islands have had with people openly defying restrictions, as well as everyone's coronacoaster emotions, it still definitely took us down a notch and increased the chances we'll cancel. I'm willing to give it one more month before we decide.
    "and said we're not wanted there," and this is exactly why my family is cancelling a July vacation, even if the Governor lifts the ban.
     
  • yowcruiser

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    On May 12, Disney updated their travel advisory on the Aulani site. Aulani is now accepting reservations July 1st onward and there is now a disclaimer that once the resort open (which may be before or after this date), it will do so with reduced capacity and not providing all services. We currently have a June reservation but with flights to/from being cancelled, we are likely moving this trip to October
     

    MimiDee905

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    I'm wondering if this announcement is enough for me to claim my credit through DVC Rental Store for my June 16th vacation. Or if I'm going to have to wait for a more official closure from Aulani closer to my date. I'm very positive I'm not making it to Hawaii in a month, but the anticipation of waiting to be able to official cancel without losing my money is getting tiresome.
     

    Karebear

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    I'm wondering if this announcement is enough for me to claim my credit through DVC Rental Store for my June 16th vacation. Or if I'm going to have to wait for a more official closure from Aulani closer to my date. I'm very positive I'm not making it to Hawaii in a month, but the anticipation of waiting to be able to official cancel without losing my money is getting tiresome.
    Same for me except for I am supposed to check in on June 30...which likely won't happen. I owe DVC Rental Store my final payment on Saturday and am just not sure what to do. If Aulani stays closed, then I will get a credit but I am starting to think that not even 2 years will be enough time to use it (sarcasm there). Or Aulani opens with the quarantine still in place which means we won't go and will lose all of our money. Still trying to decide.
     

    corgi_monster

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    Same for me except for I am supposed to check in on June 30...which likely won't happen. I owe DVC Rental Store my final payment on Saturday and am just not sure what to do. If Aulani stays closed, then I will get a credit but I am starting to think that not even 2 years will be enough time to use it (sarcasm there). Or Aulani opens with the quarantine still in place which means we won't go and will lose all of our money. Still trying to decide.

    The stay at home orders were extended to the end of June. Nobody will be able to staycaction in June and Hawaii is seeing only 200-300 out-of-state visitors per day. Without staycationers, there’s no way Aulani can open in June.
     

    MimiDee905

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    I agree with the previous poster. We decided to make our final payment with the thinking that having the 24 month credit they are offering was better than losing our sizable deposit and airfare. We felt that if Hawaii extended their mandatory Quarentine, Aulani would have no desire to reopen to it's guests. Hoping for the best for your trip and everyone else's!
     

    braysmommy

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    Same for me except for I am supposed to check in on June 30...which likely won't happen. I owe DVC Rental Store my final payment on Saturday and am just not sure what to do. If Aulani stays closed, then I will get a credit but I am starting to think that not even 2 years will be enough time to use it (sarcasm there). Or Aulani opens with the quarantine still in place which means we won't go and will lose all of our money. Still trying to decide.
    We had to cancel our DVC rental for May just prior to PIF date. I assumed I was out the deposit but on May 1st received an email letting me know I had a credit. Hoping I'll be able to use it in the future.
     

    Karebear

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    We had to cancel our DVC rental for May just prior to PIF date. I assumed I was out the deposit but on May 1st received an email letting me know I had a credit. Hoping I'll be able to use it in the future.
    Hmmm...thanks for the info. I did ask agent about what would happen if I didn't pay the rest and she said that my reservation would be cancelled and that I would lose my deposit. According to her, the only way to get a credit (assuming Aulani stays shut) is to pay the remaining balance. Maybe they have changed the rules since all of this started?
     

    SoCalGoofy

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    Got an email from DVC Rental Store yesterday... they have extended my balance due date by two weeks. Instead of 5/23, it's now 6/7, which is one month before the check in date of 7/7.
    We have decided we aren't going anyway, but at least this gives us another 3 weeks to see if Aulani will actually be closed... If the resort is going to be open on 7/7, then we won't make the final payment and forfeit our deposit it seems.
     
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