Looking to fit in on your Hawaiian vacation and not stick out like an obvious tourist? Then read our list of things you shouldn’t do in Hawaii.
Don’t Skip The Rental Car
Rental cars are always a common topic when somebody is coming to Hawaii. It’s so common that we have two articles dedicated to this subject alone (see Do I Need A Rental Car In Hawaii? and Do I Need To Rent A Car In Waikiki?). Should you get one or save money and skip it?
The bottom line is that you will want a rental car in Hawaii. While there are some exceptions to this if you’re only staying in Waikiki and have limited time, you want to get out and explore so get a rental car.
Don’t Forget About Non-Hotel Options
I love hotels and resorts. It’s always my first choice for lodging when I travel and I usually want something better than average. I just like the whole resort vibe and having all of those amenities is great.
But don’t forget that there are other options out there. Hawaii is full of condominiums and homes that are rented out. The advantage is that they are often cheaper than hotels, have more space, may have washers and dryers, and have full kitchens so you can save on eating out.
Don’t Drive Like A Mainlander
What’s a mainlander? Anyone coming from Mainland, USA (you know, those other 49 states) but in this case it’s anyone who doesn’t live in Hawaii. How does a mainlander driver? Generally they drive too fast, honk too much, cut people off in traffic, and are generally offensive in every way imaginable when it comes to ignoring the rules of the road.
In Hawaii it’s best to take it slow. Use your turn signals when you need to get into a crowded lane and somebody will let you in. Don’t force your way in. Don’t use your horn, ever, unless it can avoid an accident. Don’t be rude. Don’t speed. You’re on vacation, you’re in no hurry. Drive with aloha!
Don’t Skip Hawaiian Food
I have to say that Hawaiian cuisine didn’t reign supreme with me at first. Even now it’s not my favorite food type, not even close. But, there is a lot of excellent Hawaiian food out there on the islands and you should try it.
Trying Hawaiian food is a great to learn more about the Hawaiian culture and people. Go find a local Hawaiian restaurant and be adventurous. Don’t worry, it will taste better than the poi you tried at your luau.
Don’t Forget Sunscreen
We all know that sunscreen is a Protect Yourself From Sunburn & Skin Cancer, right? So why do we end up jumping in the pool or ocean without it? Why do we walk around in the sun for hours on end without screening up first? It’s one of those common sense things that we all know but often forget.
In Hawaii, sunscreen is more important than many other places. The sun here is intense and you will burn quickly and painfully if you aren’t sunscreened. The higher the SPF the better the protection. Be sure to reapply often as well. Oh, and “waterproof sunscreen” is a myth and lotions work better than sprays.
Don’t Stick To Your Resort
Okay, so you’re staying at a hotel or resort. That’s okay, but make sure you don’t spend all of your time there. Sometimes this isn’t easy to do because we have some amazing resorts like Aulani A Disney Resort And Spa, Grand Wailea A Waldorf Astoria Resort, and Hilton Waikoloa Village. These are amazing places and you could spend days or weeks without ever leaving your resort.
But you’re in Hawaii and Hawaii is so much more than hotels and resorts. On that note, it’s also more than beaches and Mai Tais too! Get out and see the scenery. Take a hike somewhere. Experience some culture.
Don’t Stick To One Beach
Ever find a great beach and you just keep coming back to it over and over again? It happens to us all. Day after day it’s the same beach because it’s just so good. But guess what, there are other beaches that are better. Get out there and find them! We have virtually every beach in Hawaii listed here so explore around and check out as many as you can.
Don’t Ignore Warning Signs
Hawaii is full of all kinds of dangers and that’s why we strongly encourage you to read Hawaii Dangers - Read Before You Go before you come here. We’re not trying to worry you, but you should be educated on things that can hurt or kill you.
In many cases, simply reading and following warning signs is all you need to stay safe. If a sign is telling you to keep out then it’s best to keep out even if that blue book tells you it’s okay. If a lifeguard warns against swimming at a certain place then it’s best to listen to them even if others aren’t. There’s nothing worse than getting hurt or killed on your vacation.
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