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By Patti Pietschmann

Avoid the gym as long as you can

What is the best way to avoid contracting Covid19? Staying home and following good hygiene. Also wearing a mask when you have to go out. 

As areas begin reopening it’s very tempting for many people to get out among them. You could be risking infection and possible death. But that’s your choice.

Anyhow based on feedback from   a team of experts in infectious diseases there are some spots to avoid like the pandemic.

Here they are in order of riskiness to your health and life, `10 being the most perilos.

Activities with the greatest risk in order of of highest 10 to lowest

Bars – 9/10 — it’s very difficult to social distance at bars or cocktail lounges.

Large music concerts – 9/10–too many people close to each other.

Sports stadiums – 8/10–same as above.Gyms – 8/10–obvious…

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Hawaii risks revenue playing it safe with 14-day visitor quarantine rule

Tropical archipelago suffering from lowest number of tourists ever

By Patti Pietschmann, Diva on the go


Hawaii’s governor, David Ige, keeps extending the 14-day quarantine rule for visitors to the islands. It’s understandable that they don’t want people infected with Covid19 to visit. But there is a very low rate of the virus in the islands. And there’s also a very low number of tourists.

The diminishing returns means the islands are losing revenue at a steady pace.  Hotels are slowly reopening. But the governor’s put an embargo on short term rentals.  This has effected many condo owners who rent out units for revenue.


Hawaiian Airlines doing its best to keep crew, passengers and the islands safe

While many people are holding back on flying it’s the only way to get from the mainland to Hawaii.  There are ships that sailed to Hawaii ;rior to the cruise pause but, thanks to an antiquated Jones Law,  passengers aren’t allowed to disembark unless the ship stops first in a foreign.

Any the governor should feel relieved that Hawaiian Airlines is doing its best to insure passengers arrived healthy.  The airline, like others, is taking major steps to do this. Some of which include closing all of its private lounges. For some of loyal Hawaiian flyers this might prove a bummer. But it’s for our protection.

For other avenues the major carrier of passengers between the mainland and the archipelago  is doing continue reading this post.

Identifying sick passengers

First the airline is training  trained to identify and assist people showing symptoms of illness, such as fever, nausea and respiratory issues, while minimizing the risk of exposure to themselves and others.

Face coverings
  • Hawaiian Airlines airport employees wear face masks when interacting with guests.
  • Guests are required to wear a face mask or covering that effectively covers the mouth and nose while boarding, through the duration of the flight and while deplaning at their destination. Please check local airport rules at your departure and arrival airports for specific requirements regarding face masks.
  • Young children unable to keep a face covering on, or guests with a medical condition or disability preventing its use, will be exempt from the policy.

Disinfecting common areas

All counters and kiosks are being disinfected multiple times each day.

  • Hand sanitizers are readily available for travelers at airports statewide and on the mainland.
  • TSA is allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer up to 12 ounces in carry-on bags until further notice.

Boarding and deplaning

  • Boarding and deplaning processes now promote safe distancing between guests.
  • Passengers must remain seated at the gate area until their row is called to board.
  • Six-feet markers are on the ground at gates, ticket counters and baggage claim areas.
  • Main Cabin guests  board from the rear of the aircraft, in groups of three to five rows at a time.
  • First Class passengers or those requiring early boarding or can pre-board.
  • Deplaning is also by rows, starting from the front of the aircraft.
  • Agents may pause boarding and deplaning as needed to prevent congestion.

Disinfecting cabins

  • Transpacific aircraft are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after every flight.
  • Neighbor island aircraft are cleaned after every flight into Honolulu and disinfected daily.
  • Special attention is given frequently touched areas. These include seats, seatbacks, headrests, IFE monitors, tray tables, overhead bins, walls, windows and shades. And galleys and lavatories.
  • Eelectrostatic spraying allow comprehensive and evenly clean aircraft cabins with hospital-grade disinfectants, registered with the.

Face coverings

  • Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants wear masks while serving guests on board our aircraft.
  • A face mask or covering that effectively covers the mouth and nose while boarding is mandatory. It must be worn for the duration of the flight and while deplaning.
  •  Young children unable to keep a face covering on, or guests with a medical condition or disability preventing its use, will be exempt from the policy.

Creating distance on board

Our flight attendants use masks and gloves as a precautionary measure, and we have made temporary changes to our in-flight service to limit person-to-person contact.

  • Complimentary sanitizing wipes are provided but free beverages  has been reduced.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages on board is temporarily no longer available.
  • The Hana Hou! Magazine is available to guests at the gates prior to boarding.
  • Pillows and blankets are gone from our North America flights.
  • Shared newspapers are no longer available.
  • Forget the au Hana snacks but you can  bring food on board.
  • Meal service in First Class is delivered on one tray instead of multiple courses.
  • We have suspended hot towel service on JFK, BOS and International flights.

Aloha and welcome to the new norm.DSCN0523


Cruise Diva now at Pavlus Travel

Patti Pietschmann: Cruise Diva

Dear readers, while I will still be posting here, you will find a lot more of my stuff now at https://pavlus.com/pavlus-blog/.

I hope you will check it out, read the posts and leave some comments/feedback.

Pavlus is one of the largest travel agencies in the US so if my stories make you want to book a cruise or tour all you have to do is call Pavlus.

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My Maui picture album April-May 2018

This gallery contains 12 photos.

Originally posted on Patti's Prattles:
Richard and Patti Pietschmann’s  marvelous Mana Kai Maui vacation Poke at Gannon’sPhotos taken during 23 days at Mana Kai Maui  which sits on one of the best beaches on the island. Pictured throughout are  Bobby Clampett, Chef Bev Gannon, Richard Pietschmann, Patti Pietschmann and lots of fabulous food (Andaz…

A very untypical airport hotel emerges at LAX

Hyatt Regency LAX provides a haven for travelers

Piece and pictures by Patti Pietschmann and Richard Pietschmann

(Photo of our Regency suite and a piece of the fine artwork that hangs on the hotel walls)

We spent a night at the Hyatt Regency LAX, which is so close to the airport you can walk there and we actually saw a pilot doing just that.  The reason for the visit wasn’t what you might think. We weren’t flying anywhere.  Alas, my mate, Richard, had let his TSA renewal  lapse and had to do one those face to face interviews again at the Bradley International Terminal. His appointment was in the morning and with traffic the way it is in Los Angeles, it made sense to  overnight and as travel writers we really wanted to check out the property after it’s major upgrade of the last couple of years.

We were very impressed. First by the  big smiles the receptionists flash as you check in through the stunning  lobby. Then by all the other staff we met at the fantastic Club Lounge on the third level and in the UnityLA bar and restaurant. It was all good.

Although the hotel has 580 rooms (from standard to Presidential Suite) it doesn’t feel big, or even bustling for that matter. There’s a chic, but homey feeling that pervades. It’s curb appeal combines modern California décor with mid-century architecture and beautiful artwork on the walls.

Our Regency suite proved perfect with the free WiFi, king-sized comfy bed, large bath, two humongous flat screen TVs (one in sitting room, the other in front of the bed), coffee maker and real cups to use, fridge with bottled water, robes and upscale toiletries that can be added to for free should you need things like a razor, more toothpaste, shoe horn, hair spray, etc.  I like that.

booze club loungeWe also had Club Floor access. One of my favorite hotel amenities at Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons and other upscale spots. This one didn’t let us down. The hosts were cool and the offerings from morning dishes of oat meal, eggs, fruit, breads and pastries, to the huge containers to top quality mixed nuts. You do have to pay a small fee for drinks due to California law prohibiting distribution of free libations. But the freedom of food choices and to eat on the run is very appealing to flyers.

rib eyeThe culinary highlight was dinner at unityla—a creative kind of food court-style venue. There’s a take out counter, a bar with tables for dining and a bigger  room for a more leisurely meal (where I feasted on one tasty rib eye and Richard  said his fresh sea bass was  a best ever in LA).  If the restaurant were closer to where we live, we’d be regulars.

The concept behind unityla, according to a hotel spokeswoman, is to bring tastes of what chefs at some the citys finest restaurantshave to offer that guests at the hotel may not have the time to experience for themselves at those restaurants.

Seasoned Hyatt Executive Chef Charles Fusco stands at the helm of the hotel’s three food and beverage outlets, unity laTM restaurant, market and bar, whose menus and food presentations are designed around convenience, community and a focus on Asian, Mexican and fresh Californian dishes unique to the LA food scene. These new restaurants bring the best of LA’s diverse neighborhoods to hotel guests, from Boyle Heights, Thai Town, Little Tokyo/Arts District, East LA, Santa Monica and the Sunset Strip.

Those of you familiar with my Travel Diva postings should know by now that my raves are real. I do tell it like it is. That said our lunch at the unityla bar was just so so. Maybe because our expectations after that phenom dinner were too high.

There is a large, inviting , heated pool and deck with cabanas but it was way too chilly in LA to make use of it. We did get to the fitness room, which is nicely-equipped and sized and offers views of the runway or TVs.


The Hyatt Regency LAX is at 6225 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, reservations: (424) 7021234:                              

Nightly room rates range from $169 to $ 249.00. Suites start at $199.00. Guest room rate plans vary according to seasonality. Club Floor privileges are roughly $50 extra.









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Confession: I already entered the photo contest by first liking Lahaina Grill on Instagram (however I must say I’ve enjoyed dining at the restaurant for years, see photos below of the last time we were there).

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Bidding a fond adieu to quirky Virgin America Airlines

Bye Bye Virgin America Airlines hello Alaska

Alaska absorbs the little airline that was
Patti Pietschmann reporting

An Elevate member and avid fan of Virgin America I was disheartened to learn that it soon will be eaten up by its newish owners Alaska Airlines. This was really surprising especially after Alaska awarded Elevate members generous extra miles to convert from Virgin to it (which I did). (Also check out Delta vs Virgin America).
Below is onde of the First Class meals I enjoyed on Virgin America

That’s me using the free WiFi in the Loft, VA’s lofty LAX lounge, before the flight hope Alaska keeps its.

Alaska made it official yesterday sending out press releases that read, “Alaska Airlines and Virgin America today shared their vision for the future of the combined carrier, as the company solidifies its status as the West Coast’s premier airline”

“After careful consideration, the combined company will adopt Alaska’s name and logo, retiring the Virgin America name likely sometime in 2019. However, the combined airline will adopt many of the brand elements that Virgin America enthusiasts love about their favorite airline, including enhanced in-flight entertainment, mood lighting, music and the relentless desire to make flying a different experience for guests. The goal is to create a warm and welcoming West Coast-inspired vibe.”
“Our goal from the very beginning of this merger was to become the go-to airline for people on the West Coast, with low fares, convenient flights, a premium product and genuine, caring service,” said Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Air Group. “Three months in, we’ve dramatically grown our presence in California and are united behind a new purpose: Creating an airline people love.”
Alaska has been actively growing the airlines’ newly combined networks since closing the merger in December. Earlier this month, the airline announced 21 new markets with 25 new daily departures out of San FranciscoSan DiegoLos Angeles and San Jose, California – marking the largest addition of routes in the company’s history.
“We spent the last 10 months conducting extensive research and listening carefully to what fliers on the West Coast want most,” said Sangita Woerner, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing. “While the Virgin America name is beloved to many, we concluded that to be successful on the West Coast we had to do so under one name – for consistency and efficiency, and to allow us to continue to deliver low fares.”
Alaska said it  will spend the next few years making major enhancements and incorporating favorite elements of the Virgin America experience.
Enhancements include:
  • Modern, warm and welcoming vibe – Music from fresh new artists will be featured on planes, in airport lobbies and at gates. In 2018, Alaska will debut an entirely redesigned cabin with new seats and amenities, and has already started to retrofit select Boeing aircraft with expressive blue mood lighting. Modern, stylish uniforms by fashion designer Luly Yang will roll out in mid-2019 for flight attendants, customer service agents, pilots, mechanics and ground crew.
  • Satellite connectivity – Alaska’s entire fleet of Boeing 737 passenger aircraft will be equipped with high-speed satellite Wi-Fi beginning in fall 2018, with the remainder of the Airbus fleet to follow. Both fleets are expected to be fully satellite-equipped by the end of 2019.
  • More premium seats –Premium seating will be expanded across the Airbus fleet beginning in the fourth quarter of 2018. The number of First Class seats will increase by 50 percent (going from eight seats in the Airbus First Class cabin to 12) and are customized for enhanced comfort, featuring 41 inches of pitch, improved seatback storage pockets, cup holders, footrests and personal power outlets throughout the cabin. The redesigned Airbus cabins will also feature 18 new Premium Class seats with 35 inches of pitch and complimentary beer, wine and cocktails.
  • The country’s top-ranked frequent flier program – In 2018, Alaska Mileage Plan will become the sole loyalty program for both airlines, offering guests more rewards, an expansive global partner network and the only major airline loyalty program that still rewards a mile flown with a mile earned on Alaska and Virgin America flights. Members of Alaska Mileage Plan enjoy some of the most generous benefits in the industry including complimentary upgrades, award travel starting at 5,000 miles one-way (plus taxes and fees) and a faster path to elite status compared to other airlines. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, members can earn and redeem miles to more than 900 destinations worldwide.
  • Complimentary upgrades – With 50 percent more premium seats being introduced to the Airbus fleet, elite loyalty members will enjoy the most generous complimentary upgrades in the industry. Mileage Plan MVP Golds and above are upgraded to First Class or Premium Class 75 percent of the time (based on average historic system wide rates of upgrade) on Alaska Airlines flights. Complimentary upgrades on Airbus aircraft will debut for the first time ever in late 2018.
  • Free movies – In January, Alaska launched a temporary promotion offering its entire catalog of more than 200 movies and TV shows for free. Starting now, free entertainment on guests’ own devices will be a permanent feature on its Boeing fleet and the same free library of movies and TV shows will expand to Airbus aircraft via Red entertainment system in August 2017. Guests on Airbus aircraft will continue to enjoy access to early release movies for purchase.
  • Free Chat™ – In January 2017Alaska became the first and only U.S. airline to offer Free Chat onboard and will expand Free Chat to Airbus-operated flights in August 2017. Guests can stay connected to friends and family on the ground via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and iMessage.
  • West Coast-inspired food and beverage – Alaska and Virgin America continue to enhance their fresh, healthy, West Coast-inspired onboard food and beverage menus. Both airlines will sell y craft brews, premium wines and imroved food options. By June 2017, Alaska First Class passengers will be able to pre-select meals before they fly, and by early 2018, Alaska’s Main Cabin passengers will be able to pre-pay for their meals before they fly. Food pre-ordering will be extended to Airbus flights sometime in the future.
  • Lounge expansion – By early 2019, there will be expanded airport lounges in SeattlePortland and Los Angeles, as well as new lounges in San Francisco and at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The expansion plans will double the square footage of Alaska’s airport lounges. Members also currently enjoy access to more than 60 partner lounges throughout the United States and around the world.
Fans of Virgin America still have time to enjoy the ride.