In case you were dreaming about escaping to the islands of Hawaii, think again.

David Ige, Hawaii’s governor, pleaded with tourists not to travel to the islands because of rising cases of COVID due to the highly contagious Delta variant. Hospitalizations are up 78% and new cases have risen 36%.

It’s “a risky time to be traveling right now,” David Ige warned on Monday, asking visitors and residents to limit their travel to essential businesses only. “I encourage everyone to restrict and curtail travel to Hawaii. It’s not a good time to travel to the islands,” he said.


Though the governor stopped short of banning all travel to the Islands, he warned that restaurant capacity had been restricted and there was limited access to rental cars. And for those planning weddings — Hawaii is a very popular destination — Honolulu mayor, Rick Blangiardi,  announced that rules taking effect on Wednesday ‘would restrict indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 25. Those rules will apply to weddings and other events.’