Hawaii's April arrivals were the highest since the pandemic started

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The beachfront in Waikiki. April brought more visitors to Hawaii than any month since pandemic restrictions started. Photo Credit: HTA/Tor Johnson

More visitors traveled to Hawaii in April than in any other month since pandemic restrictions were put in place, though total visitation to the Islands still lags well behind pre-pandemic numbers.

Nearly half a million visitors, 484,071, landed in the Aloha State in April. That was up from 439,785 in March and more than double he number of arrivals in February (235,283).

Only 4,564 visitors landed in the Islands in April 2020, the first full month of Covid restrictions, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Hawaii first imposed Covid-19 stay-at-home orders and other health and safety protocols including a 14-day self-quarantine period for anyone entering the state in late March 2020.

In 2019, Hawaii set a record for annual visitation with more than 10 million arrivals, and in April 2019 the Islands saw 849,397 visitors.

When compared with 2019, visitor arrivals in April 2021 were down 43% and visitor spending was down 38% from the $1.32 billion spent in April 2019. Total spending for visitors arriving in April 2021 was $811.4 million.

The state's 14-day mandatory travel quarantine for all passengers took effect March 26, 2020. The state's Safe Travels program is still in effect, but the quarantine period has been reduced to 10 days.

Through the first four months of 2021, 1.3 million visitors have arrived in Hawaii, a 38% decrease compared with the first third of 2020 and a 60% decline from the first four months of 2019.

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