I don’t typically write trip reports for my trip, but I think it might be helpful this time.
We visited Maui from 9/8 to 9/17, our 7th time in Maui. We usually like to do 2 islands on a trip, but we kept it to one island this time for simplicity's sake given the circumstances.
We debated whether to cancel the trip or not due to COVID all the way until the last few days before the trip, but decided to go since it was postponed already and we had another group of family visiting the island at the same time.
We were ready to cancel our trip and kept our excitement for the trip at bay until our 5 year old daughter's negative covid test result came 2 days prior to our flight. We still proceeded our trip with caution.
We got our wrist band from Alaska next to the boarding gate. Our flight to Maui was almost full, but everyone was masked and was non-eventful. I was expecting a long wait when we landed, but we breezed right through just like our previous trips. Getting a rental car was uneventful. We saw plenty of available cars in the garage.
We stayed in a resort in Kaanapali. For the entire duration of the trip, both my wife and I noticed it was actually less crowded than our previous trips in a lot of places, i.e. beaches, parking lots, restaurants, etc. We were surprised.
Restaurant reservation was tough to make due to reduced capacity, but having the food to go was no problem. If it wasn’t for people walking around with masks, we did not notice anything different. Oh, we did see a group of Maui residents demonstrating against mandatory vaccines in front of Safeway in Lahaina.
The flight back was also non-eventful. We are so glad we went and got to enjoy quality time with our extended family. Hope our first hand experience provides some perspectives.