Hawaii do’s and don’ts

 We present the Travel Channel Top, Hawaii do’s and don’ts. For the most memorable Vacation.

The Hawaii do’s and don’ts should become your mantra. Even though Hawaii is part of the united states that doesn’t mean it is like ever other state you have been to. They have a culture all their own and we like that, in fact with out that culture it wouldn’t be Hawaii. The Hawaiian culture, the island life style you hear about is contagious but a few thing you need to know so you can fit in and get the most Hawaiian culture possible, we call them the, Hawaii do’s and don’ts,

Hawaii does and dontsDON’T Be this guy. Put down the cell phone and turn off the iPod.

DO Slow down to Hawaiian speed. Things go slower in Hawaii so don’t be hurried. Slow down and enjoy the view and take it easy.

DON’T Bring your mainland driving habits here. Honking is rude, unless you are in a wedding procession.

DO Say Aloha, it’s not corny, it’s used throughout Hawaii and is good for coming or going. Try saying other Hawaiian words. It’s not that hard. Also say Mahalo (Thank you).

DO Talk to a Travel Agent who is familiar with Hawaii to get best fairs.

DON’T think that the internet will automatically get you a good room or the best airfares.

DO Book inter-island flights ahead. You’ll find that you can’t just jump on a plane the same day to go island hopping. The farther ahead you book these flights the better the rates.

DON’T Come on a Holiday if you can avoid it. Hawaii is always more crowded during Holidays. Consider traveling on the Holiday its self, if you can. Book flights during the week and not on the  weekends, Monday through Thursday are the best days to fly.

DON’T Expect to find a beach at your hotel even if it is a oceanfront hotel. Some hotels have a rocky coastline and not a beach, so if it’s important to you to have a beach in front of your hotel, make sure before you book.

DON’T Go in the water if you see a Red Flag. These warnings are important to follow to prevent injury or death. The ocean can have high waves and strong undertow.

DON’T go in the surf on the North Shore of Oahu in the winter when the surf is up. Leave this area for the professional surfers and seek a less dangerous beach.

DO Find kid friendly beaches if you have kids. There are many calm beaches like Keiki Beach in Lahaina and Kamaole Beach in Kihei.

DON”T Think that there will be public transportation everywhere. Although you can ride the Bus in Oahu almost anywhere, it’s not the same on the neighbor islands. Consider that you will need to rent a car.

DON’T use the expression back in the States. Hawaii is part of the U.S., so say on the mainland. Local residents who are of native descent are called Hawaiians. Residents who have lived on the island awhile are called kamaaina. Foreigners (generally Caucasians) are known as haole.

DON’T be surprised if you see people waving their fists with the thumb and pinky extended. It’s the shaka sign that is generally used in place of a wave when meeting or parting. It is a goodwill gesture that says hang loose.

DO know your stuff when shopping for Aloha wear. High-quality shirts are made of rayon and not cotton. Although they are more expensive, they generally have a better feel and look. Because of the islands’ casual attitude toward dress, shirts are generally worn un tucked. Warning tucking your shirt in will make you look like a tourist.

DO pay attention to the yellow speakers attached to poles along the coast they warn of tidal waves. (If you hear them go off at 11:59 am on the first Monday of the month, it’s only a test.)

DON’T leave the islands without sampling Hawaiian shave ice (ice shavings packed into a paper cup and topped with fruit-flavored syrup). Order it Hawaiian style with ice cream. Ask locally which vendor has the best product in any given town, neighborhood or mall. If you’re offered an over sized plastic cup for a fee, buy it; otherwise, you’ll have shave ice running down your arm.

DON’T underestimate the power of the surf and the ocean currents. Newcomers to Hawaiian beaches should follow all posted warnings. In general, don’t ever swim where others aren’t swimming. If you’re caught in a riptide, don’t fight the current swim parallel to the beach until you escape the current, and then swim to shore.

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