Many vacationers could make frequent errors when visiting. Picture / Unsplash
Ten issues most guests to the islands get fallacious – and get it proper
Travelling across the island paradise of Hawaii could seem fairly self-explanatory. Select a reasonably island, plan some enjoyable actions and pack loads of sunscreen.
In keeping with locals, it is not fairly that straightforward, and lots of long-time and first-time guests typically make the identical errors.
Thankfully, by doing the precise reverse of those fashionable fake pas, you possibly can ace your subsequent journey to the tropical islands.
Mistake 1. Assuming all islands are the identical
Hawaii is made up of 4 primary islands; Hawaii (or The Huge Island), Kauai, Maui and Oahu and each gives a really completely different expertise.
For an abundance of nature and peace, Kauai is your island, whereas those that choose an city jungle with nice purchasing ought to prioritise a go to to Maui. Just like Kauai, Hawaii Island has a extra rural really feel however is much bigger, with well-known lava flows and energetic volcanoes, whereas Oahu mixes nature and tradition for a well-rounded expertise.
Lesson: Do your analysis earlier than reserving journey and align it with the actions you have an interest in.
Mistake 2. Not respecting the setting
Hawaii is a shocking pure oasis, however to remain that approach, vacationers have to play their half.
Thankfully, Malama Hawaii is a programme that connects guests with organisations that present volunteer alternatives.
Launched in 2020, the programme means guests can take part in actions like reforestation initiatives or seashore clean-ups in return for particular offers like free nights at sure resorts. Speak about a win-win.
Lesson: Give again to the individuals and locations you go to by collaborating in a volunteer scheme.
Mistake 3. Mispronouncing Hawaiian phrases (or, do not even attempt to study any )
In Aotearoa, we are not any stranger to vacationers stumbling by means of place names or te reo phrases.
Equally, in Hawaii, it is all too frequent for vacationers to mistakenly mispronounce frequent phrases like mahalo (it is “ma-hah-low”, not “ma-halo”).
Nonetheless, Hawaiian native Ashley Probst stated some guests deliberately say phrases incorrectly to make enjoyable of the language.
“One time, I heard somebody mockingly try to say humuhumunukunukuapua’a, the identify of Hawaii’s state fish,” Probst stated. “When my good friend corrected an individual’s pronunciation of Maui, our dwelling island, they doubled down and informed her she was fallacious.”
Asking locals for assist with pronunciation is okay, Probst stated, so long as it’s carried out respectfully.
Lesson: Do your homework and study some frequent Hawaiian phrases earlier than you arrive, and be humble if you happen to get one thing a little bit fallacious.
Mistake 4. Utilizing sunscreen made with banned chemical substances
Residing beneath a gap within the ozone layer makes Kiwis very keyed up in terms of sporting good, thick sunscreen and reapplying typically.
Nonetheless, while you’re on the islands, it’s possible you’ll have to verify what sort of sunscreen you could have and what components it comprises.
In January 2021, Hawaii turned the primary US state to ban the sale of sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemical substances that hurt coral and marine life. You possibly can’t purchase sunscreen with these harmful chemical substances however you possibly can carry them in from NZ.
Lesson: In case you carry sunscreen from dwelling, verify the label to see whether it is secure for the reefs – and your pores and skin.
Mistake 5. Solely consuming at locations you recognize and love
Journey might be stuffed with international surprises and surprising conditions so it is sensible one may search a little bit familiarity at a US chain restaurant they know and love – particularly when travelling with little youngsters or choosy eaters.
Nonetheless, that is not the place you will discover the distinctive tradition you got here to expertise. Hawaii has an in depth meals truck scene, in addition to many regionally owned and operated eating places. Give them a attempt. Who is aware of, it’s possible you’ll fall in love with the recent fish tacos, poke, huli huli hen, or shave ice (be aware: not shaved ice).
Lesson: Do not knock it until you’ve got tried it!
Mistake 6. Counting on public buses or ride-share apps
You might be on an island however do not assume which means every part is inside strolling distance, or that public transport can get you the place you want to go. Since Hawaii’s public bus system caters to residents, the companies are typically rare and restricted to primary cities, typically with out stops at fashionable vacationer locations.
Moreover, taxis and ride-share autos are likely to linger round main purchasing centres, vacationer spots and airports and is probably not out there if you happen to keep until final name at a bar or stray from the crushed observe.
Lesson: In case you’re spending time in a smaller city or going off the crushed observe, contemplate renting a automobile for extra freedom.
7. Ignore the indicators
In case you come throughout an indication that reads “kapu”, this implies you can be approaching sacred land or a dangerous space. The realm could not look significantly necessary or harmful, however to disregard these indicators is to disrespect the native communities.
For instance, the Waipio Valley (additionally named the Valley Of The Kings), is usually referred to as one of the crucial lovely, untouched locations on the planet. Nonetheless, in response to overtourism and quite a few accidents, the world has been closed to guests. Any travellers will encounter an indication that warns individuals to show round and never enter.
Lesson: Observe the indicators and keep away from banned areas.
Mistake 8. Leaving the nice and cozy layers at dwelling
In footage and postcards, Hawaii looks as if a perpetually sunny paradise. In actuality, these tropical islands expertise tropical climate and this may imply quick, unpredictable spells of rain, cloud and solar.
Generally, summer season is Could to October and has a mean daytime temperature of 29C. Winter is from November to April with a mean daytime temperature of 25.6C.
Lesson: Pack a rainjacket and heat layer to go alongside your swimsuit and shorts.
Mistake 9. Grabbing a discount memento from a stall
The numerous vacationer stalls promoting cheap souvenirs could also be tempting, nevertheless it’s price going the additional mile (and paying the additional cash) for a real piece of native artwork or craft.
Not solely will you get one thing way more genuine and memorable than an imported trinket, however you will additionally straight assist the native artists and creators on the island.
Lesson: If you would like a memento, search out native creations as a substitute of mass-produced presents.
Mistake 10. Leaving the sundown too early
You cease to soak up the sky because the solar dips under the horizon, perhaps grabbing your cellphone or digital camera to seize the scene. Then, as soon as it is set, you proceed on with the night, none the wiser that you might have missed the most effective half.
Whereas the solar hitting the horizon is spectacular, locals declare that the wealthy afterglow is simply as gorgeous.
Takeaway: Pull up a seat (or search out a bar with a view) and provides your self the time to savour the complete spectacle.