Visitors are returning to the islands, but many hotels haven’t yet reopened

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - While the state is reopening to tourists Thursday, many popular hotels aren’t planning to open until November.

And some key airlines are weeks away from relaunching routes.

The gradual reopening means the launch of the pre-travel testing program is unexpected to drive a rapid economic rebound. But it may make it easier to adjust to new testing and tracking protocols.

The Big Island’s Royal Kona Resort, Maui’s Montage Kapalua Bay, and the Hyatt Regency Maui did reopen Thursday.

Some hotels, airlines plan gradual reopening despite tourism relaunch

These hotels are scheduled to reopen Nov. 1: The Prince Waikiki, Mauna Kea Beach, Wailea Beach, and Lahaina’s Plantation Inn.

The Westin Hapuna Beach opens a few days before Thanksgiving. The Kaanapali Beach reopens Dec. 1 after a renovation. Hilton Hawaiian Village tentatively reopens Dec. 15.

Alaska Airlines is relaunching twice-daily flights from Seattle to Honolulu, Kahului, Kona and Lihue. American Airlines is returning to Kauai.

But Hawaiian and Southwest both decided not to relaunch any more routes to Hawaii until November.

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