Hawaii Do's & Dont's
The Travel Channel’s 26 Top Hawaii Do’s & Don’ts
DO Slow down to Hawaiian speed. Things go slower in
DON’T Bring your mainland driving habits here. Honking is considered rude unless you are in a wedding procession.
DO Say “Aloha”, it’s not corny, it’s used throughout
DO Talk to a Travel Agent who is familiar with
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
DON’T Expect to find a beach at your hotel even if it is a oceanfront hotel. Some hotels have a rocky coastline rather than 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 undertows. 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
DON’T Think that there will be public transportation everywhere. Although you can ride “The Bus” in
DO Rent you car ahead of time to insure that one is available and to get the best rates. Talk to your travel agent or buy your rental car in a package. You will pay more if you walk in to a rental car company without a reservation.
DON’T Think that you won’t be doing a lot of driving. Even through you are on an island you can find yourself putting 300 miles on your car in a week. Make sure that you rent a car with unlimited mileage.
DON’T Forget to use sunscreen. The sun in
DON’T Think that since it’s
DON’T Think that all you will be doing is laying on the beach. Most people don’t realize all there is to do in
DO Try SNUBA diving if you are not a certified diver. SNUBA is just like diving but doesn’t require certification. Even children can SNUBA dive.
DO Respect the environment from the forest to the ocean. In the water do not step on the coral reef, it takes years for these reefs to grow and they are very fragile. Don’t throw trash in the forest and do stay on the trails.
DO Visit the
DO Take a trip to the top of the Volcano, whether it be Haleakala on Maui or Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa on the
DON’T Take rental vehicles to areas that are designated four wheel drive only. If you break down or get stuck the rental car company will charge big fees to rescue you.
DON’T Forget your golf clubs. With the 100’s of beautiful championship golf courses that
DO Plan to attend events. See the unique stage performance “Ulalena” while you are in Lahaina. And plan to be at the Old Lahaina Luau, Maui’s best Luau, while in
DO Try the Hawaiian Regional Cuisine when you go to the restaurant. The mixes of local ingredients along with local beef and fish are a sensation for the palette.
DO Try the Shave Ice at Matsumoto General Store while to are in Oahu on the
DON’T Be afraid to try Poi. Poi is a Hawaiian staple that you will find at any luau you attend. Try mixing it with other flavors on your luau plate.
DO Take your time and enjoy yourselves. As we say in the islands, “Hang Loose”!