Many vacationers could make widespread errors when visiting. Photograph / Unsplash
Ten issues most guests to the islands get unsuitable – and the way to get it proper
Travelling across the island paradise of Hawaii could appear fairly self-explanatory. Select a reasonably island, plan some enjoyable actions and pack loads of sunscreen.
In response to locals, it isn’t fairly that easy, and plenty of long-time and first-time guests usually make the identical errors.
Fortuitously, by doing the precise reverse of those widespread 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 foremost islands; Hawaii (or The Large Island), Kauai, Maui and Oahu and each provides a really completely different expertise.
For an abundance of nature and peace, Kauai is your island, whereas those that want an city jungle with nice buying ought to prioritise a go to to Maui. Just like Kauai, Hawaii Island has a extra rural really feel however is way 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 surroundings
Hawaii is a surprising pure oasis, however to remain that means, vacationers have to play their half.
Fortuitously, 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 seaside clean-ups in return for particular offers like free nights at sure resorts. Speak about a win-win.
Lesson: Give again to the folks and locations you go to by collaborating in a volunteer scheme.
Mistake 3. Mispronouncing Hawaiian phrases (or, do not even attempt to be taught any )
In Aotearoa, we aren’t any stranger to vacationers stumbling by place names or te reo phrases.
Equally, in Hawaii, it is all too widespread for vacationers to mistakenly mispronounce widespread 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 and say humuhumunukunukuapua’a, the identify of Hawaii’s state fish,” Probst stated. “When my good friend corrected an individual’s pronunciation of Maui, our residence island, they doubled down and instructed her she was unsuitable.”
Asking locals for assist with pronunciation is okay, Probst stated, so long as it’s executed respectfully.
Lesson: Do your homework and be taught some widespread Hawaiian phrases earlier than you arrive, and be humble in the event you get one thing a little bit unsuitable.
Mistake 4. Utilizing sunscreen made with banned chemical substances
Residing below a gap within the ozone layer makes Kiwis very keyed up relating to sporting good, thick sunscreen and reapplying usually.
Nonetheless, once you’re on the islands, you could have to examine what sort of sunscreen you’ve gotten and what components it accommodates.
In January 2021, Hawaii grew to become the primary US state to ban the sale of sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemical substances that hurt coral and marine life. You’ll be able to’t purchase sunscreen with these harmful chemical substances however you possibly can carry them in from NZ.
Lesson: When you carry sunscreen from residence, examine 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 may be filled with overseas 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 children or choosy eaters.
Nonetheless, that is not the place you may discover the distinctive tradition you got here to expertise. Hawaii has an intensive meals truck scene, in addition to many regionally owned and operated eating places. Give them a attempt. Who is aware of, you could fall in love with the contemporary fish tacos, poke, huli huli hen, or shave ice (be aware: not shaved ice).
Lesson: Do not knock it until you have tried it!
Mistake 6. Counting on public buses or ride-share apps
It’s possible you’ll be on an island however do not suppose which means every part is inside strolling distance, or that public transport can get you the place it is advisable to go. Since Hawaii’s public bus system caters to residents, the providers are typically rare and restricted to foremost cities, typically with out stops at widespread vacationer locations.
Moreover, taxis and ride-share automobiles are likely to linger round main buying centres, vacationer spots and airports and might not be out there in the event you keep until final name at a bar or stray from the crushed monitor.
Lesson: When you’re spending time in a smaller city or going off the crushed monitor, contemplate renting a automobile for extra freedom.
7. Ignore the indicators
When you come throughout an indication that reads “kapu”, this implies you possibly can be approaching sacred land or a dangerous space. The world might not look notably vital 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 commonly referred to as one of the vital stunning, untouched locations on the planet. Nonetheless, in response to overtourism and quite a few accidents, the realm has been closed to guests. Any travellers will encounter an indication that warns folks to show round and never enter.
Lesson: Comply with the indicators and keep away from banned areas.
Mistake 8. Leaving the nice and cozy layers at residence
In footage and postcards, Hawaii looks like a perpetually sunny paradise. In actuality, these tropical islands expertise tropical climate and this may imply brief, unpredictable spells of rain, cloud and solar.
Usually, summer time is Might 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 cut price 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 may additionally straight help the native artists and creators on the island.
Lesson: If you’d like a memento, hunt down native creations as an alternative of mass-produced items.
Mistake 10. Leaving the sundown too early
You cease to absorb the sky because the solar dips under the horizon, possibly grabbing your telephone or digicam to seize the scene. Then, as soon as it is set, you proceed on with the night, none the wiser that you will have missed the most effective half.
Whereas the solar hitting the horizon is spectacular, locals declare that the wealthy afterglow is simply as beautiful.
Takeaway: Pull up a seat (or seek out a bar with a view) and provides your self the time to savour your complete spectacle.