Hawai’i is one of the most spectacular places on earth! We are a melting pot of different cultures which makes the people and each island so uniquely beautiful. If this is your first time visiting the Aloha State, or you are considering a future trip, here are some important tips from media correspondent, Kathy Croman of Honolulu, Hawai’i , a lifestyle and travel blogger.
SPREAD THE ALOHA: Rest your body, mind and soul.
The moment you touch down on the island your soul knows you have arrived. Exiting the plane, you smell the gorgeous Hawaiian scented flowers, see warm smiles, hear palm trees swaying with the ocean breeze and feel the “Aloha Spirit”. The word Aloha has a deep cultural and spiritual meaning to native Hawaiians. A term used to define a force which “holds together existence,” aloha is the beautiful breath of life. Along with savoring each day, it is important for island visitors to respect “island time”, because it is real. Life is much slower on the islands and we love it this way.
WATER SAFETY: Respect the Ocean
Never underestimate the current of the crystal blue waters because our tides change frequently. Hawai’i has very strong currents in different parts of the island. You never want to turn your back on the ocean. Here is an ocean safety trick: when getting out of the water, walk backwards facing the ocean. This is the best way to prepare for fast approaching waves. Swim in areas where lifeguards are present and keep a close eye on your children. It is very easy to be swept out to sea in a matter of minutes.
BEWARE OF THE HAWAIIAN SUN: Protect Your Skin
The sun is extremely strong here. The UV index in Hawai'i is higher than any other location in the U.S. Visitors often sunburn, in as little as 20 minutes, because we have trade winds blowing and the ocean is inviting, making our sun seem more pleasant than intense. Be sure to always wear reef safe sunscreen and sun protective clothing due to the intensity of the sun. There is nothing worse than getting burned on your first day of vacation and suffering the rest of your trip. It’s simply not worth it. Wear a hat, stay under an umbrella and make sure to reapply sunscreen frequently.
EAT AT FOOD TRUCKS: Eat Local
Some of the best foods in Hawai’i are found on our local food trucks. If you are a true foodie, you will find we have some of the most delicious cuisines at food trucks and stands in Hawai'i. They rival any fancy restaurant in Waikiki. As one of the most expensive states in the U.S. due to our inflated cost of shipping goods, eating at food trucks will save money and you will eat like royalty.
RESPECT THE LAND: Keep Hawai'i Beautiful
All Hawai’i beaches are public and provide the most breathing sunrises and sunsets daily. Home to exquisite sea life and spectacular snorkeling, you may catch sight of sea turtles, spinner dolphins or the Hawaiian monk seal on the sand or swimming nearby. While tempting, remember to keep your distance, as they are state protected. Violators will be fined a heavy penalty for disturbing, approaching, or feeding them.
Hawai’i offers some of the best hiking experiences with gorgeous waterfalls, lush vegetation and majestic views. It is important to stick to marked trails while hiking and stay along the coast which offers cool breezes and fewer mosquitos. Should you decide to take a hiking adventure into one of our rainforests, do bring bug spray and wear long sleeve shirts and pants. Always exercise good judgment, be safe, and respect trail head neighborhoods and communities.
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