So, you are ready to start the planning process and visit the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. No matter what your itinerary has in store, these are some important points you’ll want to know before you arrive.
Hawaii is consistently warm throughout the year so bathing suit weather is no concern. Summer months are the busy season, along with Holidays – especially Christmas but consider some of the below factors when planning.
January – April
Whale watching season, slightly sunnier weather
Best for first time visitors, destination weddings and events
September – November
Excellent for those seeking fewer visitors and lower airfare
Each island has its own pace, Oahu is going to have a faster pace but remember to have a guest mindset and adjust to the pace set on each island.
A lot of culture is found in the language, download a dictionary app and learn your basics before you go. Lei is a gesture of aloha and should always be accepted. Aloha means hello, goodbye, but so much more. It’s a way of being or showing respect for others.
Hawaii has banned plastic bags to protect the environment and marine life. Carry your own bag when you shop or pay 15 cents for reusable bags. Also, prices for goods will be higher than in Mainland U.S because all goods are shipped.
“Never turn your back to the ocean” as locals say and pay attention to beach hazard rating signs. Swim with a buddy, preferably staffed by a lifeguard.
150 feet is the recommended viewing distance for sea life to keep you and others safe.
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