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Welcome to the Islands of Hawaii

Welcome to the Islands of Hawaii

 

Kaneohe Fish Pond Oahu Hawaii

Kaneohe Fish Pond Oahu Hawaii


* Hawaii’s climate is generally mild, with tempera­tures ranging from the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties most of the year. The mercury dips into the sixties during the winter months (December through March) and rises to the mid-nineties in the summer. Hawaii’s “wet” sea­son (normally passing showers) occurs during the months of December, January and February.

* Casual resort wear is apropos for your Island visit; dress for comfort—shorts, T-shirts, tank tops, jeans, sundresses, sneakers, slippers, etc. Sunglasses and a vi­sor or hat are recommended. A sweater or jacket may come in handy during some evenings. Travelers to such high-elevation landmarks as Haleakala on Maui should bring sweaters, coats, socks, knitted caps and scarves. Also, some fine dining restaurants require jackets for gentlemen.

* There is such a thing as having too much “fun in the sun.” Excessive exposure to the sun’s rays is not advis­able. If you want a nice tan, start off with up to thirty minutes of sunbathing the first day, and then gradually work your way toward more time under the sun. Sun­screen is a must for everyone of every age. To treat cases of sunburn, apply cold compresses or take a cool bath. Remember, the sun is at its peak between 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.

* While on the beach, always observe posted warning signs regarding hazardous water conditions. During the winter months, waves on the North Shore of the Islands often reach heights of up to twenty feet, and novice surf­ers and swimmers are advised to stay out of the waters. Also, you should be aware that Portuguese man-of-war (stinging jellyfish) periodically find their way to Island shores.

* Hawaii is the land of aloha, but unfortunately, like many popular resort destinations, crime does exist. Use common sense and be vigilant when traveling through­out the state. Keep your jewelry, passport and other valu­ables in your hotel room safe when you go sightseeing. Lock your car when you leave it. Travel in groups after dark. Don’t carry large amounts of cash.

* The area code for the state of Hawaii is 808. When placing long distance calls between the Islands, dial 1-808 and then the number. When calling the Mainland, dial 1, the area code and the number. Consult the phone direc­tory for information on placing calls to parties in foreign countries from Hawaii.

* The importation of uninspected plants and animals can ruin our Hawaiian paradise forever. That is why the State Department of Agriculture maintains strict regulations. Certain live plants must meet specific requirements prior to entering the Islands and must be inspected upon arrival. As you depart, your luggage will be given a pre-flight in­spection at the airport. The U.S. Department of Agriculture restricts the movement of fruits, plants and other items from

the Islands to the Mainland to prevent the spread of fruit flies and other hazardous insects and diseases. For more information, call the Plant Quarantine Branch at 586-0844 or 861-8490 and the Animal Quarantine Station at 483-7151.

* If you ask a kama’aina (local resident) for directions, be prepared to hear such words as ‘Ewa, mauka, makai and Diamond Head. Simply remember that “mauka” means toward the mountains, “makai” indicates toward the sea, ‘”Ewa” is west and “Diamond Head” refers to east. Also, to avoid an embarrassing situation, note that restroom doors are occasionally marked with the Hawaiian words “kane” (gentlemen) and “wahine” (ladies).

* English is Hawaii’s primary language. However, while you’re exploring the Islands, you may also hear other lan­guages being spoken, such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Filipino. Words from many of the cul­tures that make up Hawaii’s population have found their way into daily conversations.

*In addition to all U.S. holidays, Hawaii observes Kuhio Day (March 26), honoring Prince Jonah Kuhio Kala-niana’ole, its first representative to Congress; Kamehameha Day (June 11), paying tribute to the warrior king who united all the Islands under one rule; and Admission Day (the third Friday in August), which marks the date Hawaii was admitted to the Union.

* Hawaii is on Hawaiian Standard Time, and is not affected by daylight savings. Locals set their watches to “Hawaiian time.” That means the pace is slower; there’s no need to rush. Welcome to the beautiful Islands of Hawaii!

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