There are direct flights to Maui, Kaua’i and Hawai’i Island from many west coast cities, but many visitors to Hawai’i arrive through Honolulu International Airport and then a short flight over to the outer islands. Currently all major domestic air carriers and 14 international carriers fly into Honolulu, O’ahu.
Once you have arrived to your island of choice, many ground transportation options are available for you but by far, rental cars are the most popular option because you will want to explore the island you are visiting and a rental car gives you the most freedom to do so. Lock your doors and don’t leave any personal belongings in your unattended vehicle.
In addition to rental cars, round trip airport transfers, local buses such as the Aloha Bus, motorcycles, rental bikes and mopeds are available. Depending upon the resort destination you have confirmed your hotel in, there are also shuttles that run between shopping and dining options such as within Wailea and Kaanapali Beach Resort areas on Maui.
Some other helpful tips:
Time Zone : Hawai’i Standard Time is the time zone for the Hawai’i Islands. ** Hawai’i doesn’t observe daylight savings time, so remember to add one hour to the time difference when visiting during (March to early November)
Area Code: The area code for the entire state is 808– Hawai’i has very strict cell phone laws requiring the use of a hands-free device while driving.
Ocean Safety: You are on vacation, and although the ocean is Hawai’i’s playground to ensure a safe time while on vacation heed the warning signs posted about dangerous currents and offshore winds found in certain areas.Don’t stray far from shore and do not ignore warning signs when swimming,kayaking,stand up paddle boarding or windsurfing. For extra safety try to visit beaches that provide a lifeguard. For information about beach safety Hawaii Ocean Safety.
Island Dress Code: You are on vacation no need to bring a suit and tie. “Resort Wear” is appropriate even at the most luxurious of resorts throughout the islands which is considered shorts,polo shirts,sundresses, T-Shirts and Aloha Shirts, jeans – but do check the restaurant dress codes as some will require long pants and collared shirt for gentleman.
***** It is a custom in Hawai’i to slip off your shoes when entering a home.
USDA Inspections: The USDA enforces strict rules regarding the importation and exportation of uninspected plants and animals. Before landing in Hawai’i you will fill out a form to declare such items that you are bringing to the island/ likewise / When departing your luggage must pass through a pre-flight check and a sticker placed on your bag as proof it has been inspected for fresh flowers or fruits that visitors might try to sneak home. You can purchase fresh pineapples and flower leis that have been inspected once you clear security to take home with you. For more information check out the USDA website
Other Helpful Hawaii Tips can be found at Travel Smart Hawaii
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