Communities in Hawaii are unique. Some familiar ones that I can think of are hiking groups and running groups. Although these may be common in many other places as well, they are very popular here because of the active lifestyle in the islands. Other types of unique community groups are hula halaus. These groups train,
Hawaii culture is a very special, unique and different style. The island offers something you have most likely not experienced before and that’s the aloha lifestyle. The food, people, culture and warm waters are different - and amazing! I love it, who doesn’t! There are a few things I noticed about what makes Hawaii feel
Hawaii driver attitudes are known for having a slow pace and aloha attitude. By “aloha,” I mean we let people merge in our lanes without attacking them and other things. Slow and Steady Wins the Race As you already know, Hawaii drivers are on the slower scale. Our speed limits reflect these attitudes. The highest
Most drivers drive with aloha on the roads on Oahu, but some don’t. Times are changing and with more people on the islands, it can be difficult to get along with some chaotic drivers. Speedy Drivers do Not Drive with Aloha on the Freeway I have noticed in recent years that people have gotten “pushier”
Oahu's partial ban on fireworks prompted a negative response and illegal fireworks on Oahu. Fireworks have long since been a tradition in the islands on holidays like New Year’s Eve. Aerial fireworks and huge amazing spectacular shows of light are on show throughout the islands. However, fireworks were recently banned in 2010, limiting consumers to
What is the Oahu bag tax? The Oahu bag tax was recently enacted in the islands. It was passed in 2017 in Honolulu and put into action in July 2018. As a recent piece of legislation, I think locals are still adjusting to it. The tax has various definitions throughout the islands and applies to
How to Not Get Bored in Hawaii Tip #1: Try Different Water Sports I always encourage people to try different water sports and activities at the beach rather than just sitting at the beach. That can get boring and redundant. This is why I encourage people to try surfing, body surfing, kayaking, stand up paddling,
Hawaii is truly an amazing, magical place. I was lucky to grow up there as a kid. It’s warm, safe and offers exotic scenery and activities. However, paradise comes with a cost. It’s expensive, small and a radically different lifestyle than what you grew up with if you were born and raised on the mainland.
How to afford cost of living in Hawaii #1: Simple Lifestyles Locals in Hawaii live very simple lives. People don’t own “toys” like recreational vehicles or ATVs. No one has a boat, unless they are a fisherman for a living. It’s things like this that Hawaii residents do to afford the high cost of living.
Why you might think locals in Hawaii are rude to you reason #1: They aren’t as cheerful as the people who picked you up at the airport. The personal hotel chauffeur service that picked you up at the airport were probably the happiest, cheerful people. They brought leis for you and your visiting family members,
The native Hawaiian community is an exclusive group of locals that are one to be respectful of. It’s important not to cross boundaries or risk discomfort and unpleasant interactions. How to be accepted by native Hawaiians #1: clean up after yourself and have respect for the land Respecting the land (Aina,) is a core part
Segregation in Hawaii: Local Language Local language is a quality of Hawaiian culture that contributes to segregation in the islands. It’s easy to see who is a local based on the language and slang they use. For example, familial terms like “cousin” and “aunty” can describe close friends instead of actual blood-related relatives. Locals use