Top 27 Things NOT To Do In Hawaii - Avoid These Common Mistakes (2023)

While Hawaii is technically part of the United States, over 2,000 miles and a slew of cultural differences separate the islands from the US mainland. Hawaii is a veritable melting pot, and the modern culture of the islands is a stew of Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Asian, Portuguese, and American influence that is unlike anywhere else in the states.

It’s all too easy for the uninformed traveler to make a cultural faux pas. To ensure that you quickly fall into rhythm with the islands, maximize your experience, and lessen your footprint on your first visit, here is the complete lowdown on WHAT NOT TO DO IN HAWAII.

1. Don’t touch or get too close to wildlife- turtles, dolphins, monk seals, and nenes.

Not only are these animals endangered, but touching them can pass diseases between you and them (did you know sea turtles carry salmonella?). In addition, many of the animals you encounter in Hawaii are amakua. Amakua are family-specific and represent physical manifestations of deceased ancestors (take the manta ray in the movie Moana, for example). Touching an animal is disrespectful to the animal itself and the amakua they represent. Remember to give them plenty of space as well.

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2. Don’t touch or walk on coral.

Just because you’re wearing water shoes doesn’t mean you should step on the reef. Sure your feet won’t get cut up, but coral reefs are living organisms vital to the ocean’s health. Stepping on or touching corals can severely damage or even kill them.

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3. Don’t take lava rocks home.

Taking lava rocks home also means you are packing Pele’s curse home with you. Don’t believe in curses? In 2017, Haleakala National Park on Maui received over 100 packages a month containing lava rocks people had swiped from the park. Most packages included apology letters to Pele, detailing accounts of unescapable bad luck that had struck them since taking the rocks home. The same goes for sand and coral.

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4. Don’t forget to throw shaka when someone lets you into your lane.

If someone lets you go in traffic, toss them a wave or shaka. It’s the island way.

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5. Don’t avoid Hawaiian/local food.

The haupia pie or spam breakfast from McDonald’s doesn’t count. Instead, stop by a mom-and-pop hole-in-the-wall or food truck to get an authentic taste of island cuisine. Hawaiian fares include lau lau, poi, and kalua pig, but modern-day island eats span the likes of spam musubi, chow fun, and plate lunches complete with white rice and mac salad. On Maui, try Braddah Hutts in Hana, Sam Sato’s, or Piko Cafe.

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6. Don’t underestimate the sun.

One application of sunscreen for a whole day in the sun is not enough- and if you don’t believe me today, you will understand what I mean tomorrow when your skin is a fiery shade of crimson. Sunscreen and shade is the name of the game.

7. Don’t use sunscreen that’s not reef-safe.

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In addition to sun protection, it’s essential to keep the reef in mind when lathering up. While oxybenzone and octinoxate, the two worst chemicals for reef health, have been banned in Hawaii, mineral-based sunscreens are the safest option for the reef. Non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are two reef-safe ingredients.

8. Don’t forget to give other beachgoers space while setting up for the day.

Unfortunately, many visitors are oblivious to this because they don’t know any better. When setting up for a beach day, give others their space. If you see chairs and towels laid out on the sand, don’t set your stuff up three feet from theirs- especially if there is an entire empty beach to enjoy. Unless it’s a crazy-crowded day at the beach, try to give others at least 10 feet of breathing room. It’s just another way of respecting someone’s bubble.

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9. Don’t call everyone who lives in Hawaii ‘Hawaiian’.

While calling someone from California a ‘Californian’ might fly, it’s not the same in Hawaii. Hawaiian is an ethnicity, also known as kanaka maoli. Someone born and raised in Hawaii might be Japanese, Portuguese, Filipino, or Caucasian, but they are not Hawaiian unless they’re of Hawaiian descent.

10. Don’t pack your passport for the flight.

I shouldn’t even have to mention this one, but… You don’t need your passport unless you’re traveling to Hawaii from outside the states. Hawaii is the 50th state.

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11. Don’t forget to pull over for other drivers on narrow country roads, particularly the road to Hana on Maui.

For visitors, Hana Highway is a beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime scenic drive. However, the sinuous 50-mile highway is the lifeline to school, work, grocery stores, and medical care for Hana residents. Believe it or not, some people live in Hana and work in Kahului. After working all day, the last thing they want is to be stuck behind an endless chain of rental cars driving 10 miles under the speed limit. Therefore, it’s imperative to pull over and let others pass, even if you think you’re leading a caravan of other visitors. A local mother might be trying to get home to her kids after work, stuck at the end of a trail of 15 rental cars. The bottom line is to remember that people live and work along the road to Hana, and vacationers are not the only drivers on the road. The same goes for other narrow backcountry roads around the state.

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12. Don’t park in no-parking zones or with your car sticking out into the street.

While this is also crucial on the road to Hana, this goes for anywhere in Hawaii. If there are no parking signs, they are likely there for a reason. Don’t park there! Additionally, if you’re trying to park on the side of the road, but your car can’t fit on the shoulder, don’t park there. Visitors parking half in the street have caused major traffic jams and backups on the road to Hana (so often that it prompted the county to put up no parking signs in the areas with the worst, most frequent offenses).

13. Don’t trespass.

Trespassing to get to beautiful places is an issue all around the state. Most people don’t like it when strangers go tromping through their yard unannounced- so skip the destination if it’s located on private property.

14. Don’t assume every island is the same.

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Each island has its own flavor. The Big Island is raw and wild with active volcanoes, beautiful beaches, and vast swathes of empty land. Maui is known for its upscale resorts, laid-back vibe, and countless activities. Oahu is the hustle and bustle isle- the pulse of the Pacific. This island is characterized by great surf, great restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and iconic historical sites. Over on Kauai, nature is the star of the show and is perfect for people who just want to kick back and relax, hike, or explore.

15. Don’t cross a busy street without using a crosswalk.

While we’re all guilty of jaywalking at some point in our lives, crossing a quiet street is much different than crossing a busy intersection willy nilly. In some busy tourists areas, watching people dart across the road is like observing a dangerous game of frogger. Don’t step out into the road with your kids in tow, expecting drivers to see you and stop for you- just play it safe and use a crosswalk.

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16. Don’t ignore posted warning signs or weather alerts.

While Hawaii may seem an idyllic place, the ocean and weather can be volatile and unforgiving. Always pay attention to posted warning signs like high surf, strong currents, and dangerous shore break, and be wary of weather alerts like flash flooding.

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17. Don’t wear shoes in someone else’s home.

This quirky custom was adopted from Japanese culture. Now, removing your shoes is commonplace in every household in Hawaii.

18. Don’t leave valuables unattended in your car.

Leaving a purse or camera visible in your car is an easy way to become a victim of a smash and grab theft. Some thieves even watch parking areas to see if people stash valuables in their trunks. To avoid getting your valuables swiped, either bring them with you on your person, leave them at the hotel, or discreetly hide them, so they’re not visible in the car.

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19. Don’t smoke on the beach.

Cigarette smoking on beaches in Hawaii is illegal, and it kind of ruins the vibe for everyone else. So don’t do it- just enjoy the fresh salty air.

20. Don’t wander off-trail.

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Traipsing off-trail can not only get you lost, but it can also spread invasive species into sensitive areas and crush native insects and plant seedlings.

21. Don’t get distracted by ocean views or whales while driving.

There are some incredibly scenic highways in Hawaii. It’s easy to get distracted by the views or a breaching whale. Unfortunately, this has caused car accidents in the past- which is one of the worst things that can happen while on vacation. Keep your eyes on the road and wait until you arrive at a scenic lookout (there are plenty) to do your admiring. Or take a whale watching tour.

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22. Don’t swim in brown or murky water.

Brown or murky water is not the norm in Hawaii. Brown water usually occurs after heavy rains, flash floods, or near river mouths and runoffs. Swimming in murky water is a bad idea for several reasons. For starters, sharks feed in murky waters and near river mouths which can carry dead animals out to sea. Secondly, brown water is usually high in bacteria, and swimming in it with even the smallest open cut can result in a nasty staph infection- which is extremely common in Hawaii.

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23. Don’t visit without learning about the culture and history of the islands.

Hawaiian culture and history are nothing short of fascinating. Learning about the navigation techniques of ancient Polynesian voyagers, the incredible resourcefulness of the Hawaiian people, and even the formation of the islands themselves will only elevate your experience in Hawaii. In addition, understanding Hawaii’s statehood story will offer insight into attitudes surrounding specific issues in the islands today. Stop by a local museum, check if your hotel has any cultural activities, or connect with a cultural practitioner.

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24. Don’t overload your itinerary.

Packing your Maui itinerary solid will only leave you feeling more drained and stressed out than before your vacation. Instead, plan a few things, adjust to island time, and understand that you can’t do everything in one trip. After all, if you miss a few things, it only gives you more reason to return.

25. Don’t expect perfect weather 24/7 365.

Hawaii’s famous rainbows, rainforest, and waterfalls wouldn’t be possible without a little- or sometimes a lot- of rain. Some of Hawaii’s peaks are among the rainiest in the world, like Kauai’s Mt. Waieleele and Maui’s Mauna Kalahawai. Typically you can head to a different side of the island to escape the rain, but windward towns like Hilo on the Big Island and Hana on Maui see a bit of rain almost every day. If it rains, just shake it off and understand the wet weather only contributes to Hawaii’s epic beauty.

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26. Don’t forget to tip.

Hawaii is among one of the most expensive places to live in the United States. While most people are well-versed in restaurant tipping etiquette, don’t forget to tip your tour guide, taxi driver, valet, housekeeping, etc.

27. Don’t forget to enjoy yourself and perpetuate the spirit of aloha.

Things don’t always go as planned, and that’s ok, even on a long-awaited vacation. If you hit a minor bump in the road, remember to breathe, smile, and treat everyone with the same respect that you would want to be treated with.

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What are taboos in Hawaii? ›

Our top 5 no-nos include things like honking in traffic, keeping your shoes on in someone's house and wearing a suit to work. I know, the “no suits” rule may be something you'll have to get used to if you're moving here, but people really only wear aloha shirts here.

What should I avoid in Honolulu? ›

10 Things Not To Do in Hawaiʻi
  • Don't stand next to the blowhole. ...
  • Don't eat at a chain restaurant. ...
  • Don't let a commercial luau be your only exposure to Hawaiian culture. ...
  • Don't limit your visit to Oʻahu. ...
  • And don't avoid the Island of Hawaiʻi. ...
  • Don't only stay in resort towns. ...
  • Don't hike illegally or start a hike late in the day.
13 Aug 2019

What are major problems in Hawaii? ›

Hawaii faces a number of pressing problems in the near future, including a rapidly changing climate, corrupt government reputation, poor business climate, along with homelessness, drug use, and poverty.

What can you not bring back from Hawaii? ›

Items from Hawaii that travelers may NOT bring to the U.S. mainland:
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables, except for those listed above as permitted.
  • Berries of any kind, including whole fresh coffee berries (aka, coffee cherries) and sea grapes.
  • Cactus plants or cactus plant parts.
  • Cotton and cotton bolls.
17 Jul 2019

What is a weird law in Hawaii? ›

On Kauai, it is illegal for buildings to be taller than a palm tree or the equivalent to four stories. When in a state park, you are not allowed to annoy the birds. Billboards were outlawed in the 1920s. Coins are not allowed to be placed in one's ears.

What is a good luck charm in Hawaii? ›

Thought to live between 60 and 80 years, the Honu is a symbol of longevity, safety, and mana (spiritual energy) in Hawaiian culture and their presence brings good luck and peace. The Honu is considered a form of 'aumakua or ancestral spirit offering lifelong protection, wisdom and guidance.

Why can't you cut your nails at night in Hawaii? ›

(You want misfortunes of the past to be behind you, not where you enter.) Don't cut your nails at night. (It's bad luck.)

What is the number one killer in Hawaii? ›

Heart Disease

What months should you avoid Hawaii? ›

Hurricane Season in Hawaii

If you wish to avoid Hawaii's hurricane season, then stay clear of Hawaii from June 1st to November 30th. Due to winds, currents, and ocean temperatures around the islands, Hawaii escapes most direct hits. The last hurricane to directly hit a Hawaiian island was Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

What is the safest island in Hawaii? ›

Which Hawaiian island is the safest to live on? If you're just looking at the sheer number of incidents on each island, Kauai is the safest island to live on. In 2020, the Kauai Police Department reported the lowest number of violent crime incidents and property crime incidents of any of the four major islands.

What is the biggest threat to Hawaii? ›

The most well-publicized threat to Hawaiian odontocetes is the issue of harassment and potential displacement of spinner dolphins from their resting areas by swimmers, snorkelers, and small boats.
What are the biggest threats facing Hawaiian odontocetes?
ThreatSpecies most likely to be affected
Deliberate shootingrough-toothed dolphins, melon-headed whales, possibly others
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Why are Hawaiians asking tourists to leave? ›

About two-thirds of Hawaii residents think their "island is being run for tourists at the expense of local people," a number that has held steady for about five years, according to a 2022 state-sponsored survey asking residents about their sentiment toward tourism.

Why is Hawaii losing residents? ›

Fewer births, an aging population and increased mortality contributed to a rise in natural decrease in 2021. Hawaii's population declined by 10,358 residents from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2021.

What can only be bought in Hawaii? ›

13 Must Buy Best Hawaiian Souvenirs
  • Ukulele. A huge symbol of Hawaiian entertainment resides in the little wooden instrument called the Ukulele. ...
  • Hawaiian Lei Necklaces. ...
  • Jewelry From Hawaii. ...
  • Kona Coffee. ...
  • Pineapple Wine. ...
  • Tropical Fruit Jams. ...
  • Koa Wood Souvenirs. ...
  • Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts.
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Can I take shells from Hawaii? ›

Can You Take Seashells from Hawaii? Some people will argue and say that you can't take seashells home with you on a plane, but that isn't the case. You are allowed to take small amounts of seashells back home with you as long as you don't try to sell them. And good luck finding them, because they're scarce.

Is it rude to say mahalo? ›

Mahalo means “thank you.” If someone does you a kindness, don't be shy about saying, “Mahalo,” to them. Locals will be pleased that you used this word.

What predators live in Hawaii? ›

But Hawaii's land-based wildlife is pretty benign. There are no predators, so the most dangerous creature you could encounter on a hike through Maui's wilderness might be a startled wild pig or a centipede—which can give a painful sting, but it won't kill you.

What should you not touch while snorkeling? ›

Never touch any coral, fish, or other sea life when you're out snorkeling. Remember, these are living creatures, and touching them could harm them. You can't control if a fish happens to bump against you by mistake, but do your best to keep your hands to yourself.

What foods are not allowed in Hawaii? ›

  • Pineapple and bromeliad plants and fruits.
  • Passion fruit plants and seeds.
  • Cruciferous root vegetables (radish, turnip, daikon, horseradish, rutabaga)
  • Corn on the cob.
  • Citrus and pulpy fruits from Florida & Puerto Rico.
  • Taro and dasheen.
  • Coconuts.

Is driving barefoot illegal in Hawaii? ›

Key Takeaway Driving barefoot isn't illegal in Hawaii, and it may be safer than wearing open-toed shoes or flip-flops. However, always choose close-toed flat shoes with good traction whenever possible.

Are plastic cups illegal in Hawaii? ›

This ordinance amends the Oʻahu Plastic Bag Ban and restricts the use and sale of polystyrene foam food ware, disposable plastic food ware and disposable plastic service ware.

What is the best gift to buy in Hawaii? ›

These are the best souvenirs to buy in Hawaii to rekindle the aloha spirit.
  • Kona Coffee. When it comes to gifts from Hawaii, Hawaiian coffee comes to mind. ...
  • Hawaiian Quilts And Quilted Goods. ...
  • Macadamia Nuts. ...
  • Hawaiian Shirts And Dresses. ...
  • Aunt Sandy's Banana Bread. ...
  • Lei Necklaces. ...
  • Flower Roots Or Plants. ...
  • Ukulele.

What do Hawaiians value most? ›

HA'AHA'A – Humility, to be humble, the concept of humility, a core value of the Hawaiian people. To be ha'aha'a is highly praised and respected. HO'OMA'EMA'E – Living with respect and honoring one's person and body inspires others by example. Pure, clean and to cleanse.

What jewelry is Hawaii known for? ›

In Hawaiʻi, there's no gift more special than a piece of gold heirloom jewelry, personalized keepsakes adorned with the name of the recipient, plumeria, Island ferns and maile leaves. These pieces are often passed down from generation to generation.

What happens if you look at the night marchers? ›

Ancient Hawaiian beliefs state that any mortal looking upon or being seen in defiance toward the marchers will die violently. Barriers placed in the path of night marchers will not deter them.

Why should not cut nails on Tuesday? ›

Tuesday is dedicated to worship Maa Durga and Mahalakshmi in Hinduism. Worshipping them on Tuesdays is supposed to bring luck and money. Tuesday is called Mangal Var or the auspicious day. On auspicious days and on festivals cutting nails and haircut will not be done, as these activities are considered as inauspicious.

What does cutting nails at night mean? ›

Bad Luck Superstition: Cutting one's fingernails at night brings bad luck and sickness.

Where is the most crime in Hawaii? ›

Waianae. With Hawaii's largest homeless camp, Waianae has a higher-than-average crime rate.

What animal causes the most deaths in Hawaii? ›

What is the most dangerous animal in Hawaii? The most dangerous animal in Hawaii is the box jellyfish. These invertebrate predators have some of the strongest venom around. In humans, box jellyfish stings can lead to cardiovascular collapse and death as quickly as within 2 to 5 minutes.

What is the #1 killer of all time? ›

Heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. This is the case in the U.S. and worldwide.

What month is Hawaii the cheapest? ›

The cheapest time to fly to Hawaii is during February and March. The most expensive month to fly is December when the holiday period falls, with January being very expensive as well. The peak travel months of June and July are surprisingly not the most expensive months for flights, with middle figure prices.

What do locals wear in Hawaii? ›

Islanders themselves wear "Hawaiian" (aka "aloha") shirts, board shorts, loose-fitting trousers and comfortable shoes, sandals or flip-flops. Women can wear similar attire and have the additional option of choosing a pretty sundress on a sunny day.

What month is worst for hurricanes in Hawaii? ›

The Hawaiian islands are at most risk for hurricanes and tropical storms from July to September. The last major hurricane to cause historically devastating damage directly to the Hawaiian Islands was Hurricane Iniki in September of 1992. It was a Category 4 storm that resulted in over $3 billion in damage.

What island in Hawaii no one can visit? ›

Niihau, about 18 miles northwest of Kauai, is the "Forbidden Island." It has been privately owned by the same family since 1864, when Elizabeth Sinclair purchased it from King Kamehameha V for $10,000.

What is the friendliest island in Hawaii? ›

Among the Hawaiian Islands, Molokai is known as the Friendly Isle, and those who live there would consider it the best island to live on by far.

Can you drink the tap water in Hawaii? ›

Yes, it is safe to drink and use tap water on the island of Oahu including in Waikiki. The Board of Water Supply in Hawaii works in conjunction with State and Federal agencies, such as the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and Hawaii State Department of Health, to ensure the water in Hawaii is safe to drink.

Would Hawaii get hit in nuclear war? ›

According to FEMA, the entire Island of O'ahu would be obliterated if a nuclear attack were to take place with few survivors and total destruction of buildings. Americanization has desensitized Hawai'i's population and has made the presence of the U.S. military in the islands normal.

Has a plane ever crashed Going to Hawaii? ›

Only two major airline incidents have occurred in and around the Hawaiian Islands. Neither one of these incidents involved a crash per se, but deaths were caused when people were sucked out of openings in the aircraft fuselage mid-flight.

What is killing the trees in Hawaii? ›

The fungus attacks and can quickly kill ohia trees (Metrosideros polymorpha). Ohia is endemic to Hawaii and comprises approximately 80% of Hawaii's native forests.

How do you go respectfully in Hawaii? ›

As a visitor, you should understand aloha and show it to others. Likewise, Native Hawaiians have lived in harmony with nature for many years, and respecting the land, or aina, and ocean is expected of anyone. So don't litter or take parts of the island, like rocks back home with you.

What do Hawaiians call tourists? ›

Haole is a Hawaiian word for non-native Hawaiian or Polynesian people, often referring to white people. Usage can be in an insulting or pejorative manner, but it usually refers to a foreigner or tourist.

Are Hawaiians friendly? ›

1) The Aloha spirit is strong, which means that people from Hawaii are always willing to offer friendship and assistance when needed. 2) According to a national well-being survey, Hawaii is the least stressed state in the states - naturally, everyone has a little more patience and empathy.

What is the life expectancy age for Hawaii? ›

In a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, Hawaii was found to have the highest life expectancy for residents at 80.9 years while Mississippi ranked the lowest at 74.4 years.

Where do most Hawaiians move to? ›

Outside of Hawai'i, the largest “Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander” populations can be found in California (286,000), Washington (70,000), Texas (48,000), Florida (40,000) and Utah (37,000), according to the 2010 US Census.

Are a lot of people leaving Hawaii? ›

In sheer numbers, Hawaii's recent population loss might not seem big. From July 2020 to July 2021, the state lost 10,358 residents, according to latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. But as a percentage of population, it was a 0.7% loss; only Washington, D.C., New York and Illinois lost more people as a percentage.

Can you wear jeans in Hawaii? ›

Can you wear jeans in Hawaii? Sure, you can wear jeans in Hawaii. But unless you're going up to the summit of Haleakala you'll probably be more comfortable in almost anything else due to the balmy temperatures and humidity.

Can you wear shorts in Hawaii? ›

The everyday wear in Hawaii are shorts and T-shirts, which people wear almost everywhere. Women wear tank tops and shorts, or light dresses. Hawaii weather is warm and humid, with temperatures between 70ºF to mid 80ºF and the pleasant trade winds.

What Hawaiian island does not allow tourists? ›

Niihau, also known as the Forbidden Isle, is a beautiful small island in Hawaii spread across 180 sq km. The island is off-limits to outsiders and only the Robinson family, their relatives, invited guests, government officials and US Navy personnel are allowed here.

What are restrictions in Hawaii? ›

There are no COVID-19 related entry requirements for domestic travelers. Travelers arriving in Hawai'i directly from an international airport must still comply with U.S. federal requirements.

What do females wear in Hawaii? ›

Aloha attire for women: Slacks and a blouse are great as well as an aloha-style dress and sandals. Aloha attire for men: Aloha shirts (obviously) with either loose fitting pants (think linen or cotton) or tasteful length shorts. Polo shirts are also great.

Do people wear leggings in Hawaii? ›

Leggings are essential clothes for Hawaii if you plan to do some hiking! Because the sun is so strong in Hawaii, it is often best to hike in the morning before sunrise. However, before the sun is up it can be quite cold. This is why I recommend wearing leggings instead of workout shorts.

Should you bring water shoes to Hawaii? ›

It's no fun gashing your foot on a sharp coral reef while body surfing or playing in the waves in the mighty Pacific Ocean. That's why water shoes in Hawaii are so useful. These anti-slip water shoes will keep you safe! Plus, they breathe well and dry quickly.

Do people wear shoes in Hawaii? ›

When the temperature stays as tropical all the time as it does here, you don't need shoes outside, but a slippah, as some locals pronounce it, is practical for so many things; from wearing on your feet as protection from hot sand, rocks or glass on the ground to propping up a table or killing a cockroach.

Which Hawaiian island Does Bill Gates Own? ›

Nickname: The Pineapple Isle
Location in the state of Hawaii
LocationNorth Pacific Ocean
Coordinates20°49′30″N 156°55′12″W
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Why are 2 Hawaiian Islands forbidden to visitors? ›

The island is forbidden to outsiders because its owners have pledged to protect the land from the outside world. They promised to preserve the heritage of their island, following the requests of a former Hawaiian King.

What Cannot go to Hawaii? ›

12 Things That Are Just Plain Impossible To Find In The Hawaiian Islands
  • Billboards. David Evers/Flickr. ...
  • An ethnic majority. Ron Ardis/Flickr. ...
  • Snakes. Carolyn/Flickr. ...
  • Private beaches. Heather & Rachel Love/Flickr. ...
  • Car horns. Daniel Ramirez/Flickr. ...
  • Good Mexican food. Michael Kwan/Flickr. ...
  • Major banks. ...
  • Daylight Savings Time.
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What are the masking rules in Hawaii? ›

Wear a mask in public indoor spaces when you are around people whose vaccination status is unknown, practice good hygiene and when possible, maintain physical distancing.

Do I need a vaccine to go to Hawaii? ›

There are no longer any COVID-related requirements for arriving domestic passengers.

Do you have to test to leave Hawaii? ›

Leaving Hawai'i

Hawaii residents leaving Hawaii should be prepared to undergo a government-mandated 5-day quarantine or pre-travel testing upon their return. If you are considering travel in the US, the CDC has developed the following guidance to help determine whether you should postpone your trip.


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