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Five secrets about getting along with locals in Hawaii

The locals in Hawaii are very proud of their islands, beaches and culture.  There are several native Hawaiian activist groups leading movements to preserve traditional Hawaiian culture, food and practices. There is tension between the Caucasian and native Hawaiian races in the islands.  It can seem intimidating to approach locals because of this, however there

Five secrets about getting along with locals in Hawaii2019-01-08T08:57:25+00:00

Five ways to show you are clueless about Hawaii culture

There are some obvious signs that some people show when they are clueless about Hawaii’s culture. Although it’s really easy to pick up on the aloha culture from the minute you arrive in our open-aired airports, it can still be difficult to express the aloha culture through your own actions. For example, even though one

Five ways to show you are clueless about Hawaii culture2017-12-19T18:40:38+00:00

What will you give up if you move to Hawaii?

You probably already had dreams of what Hawaii offers like gorgeous scenery, sunsets, beaches, pristine tropical waters and perfect weather but are you really prepared for what you have to give up?  Aina was born and raised in Hawaii and also lived on the mainland so her perspective is firsthand.  Make sure you don't treasure

What will you give up if you move to Hawaii?2017-08-16T16:53:12+00:00

Why Everyone is So Nice in Hawaii

Ever wonder why everyone is so nice in Hawaii? There’s a few good reasons why this happens - and one of them is probably because you’re related to them. However, there are also reasons for why everyone is so nice in Hawaii, a few of them revolving around the fact that it’s a small town

Why Everyone is So Nice in Hawaii2017-08-16T17:11:52+00:00

Top 5 Cultural Differences Between Hawaii and the Mainland

Some of the cultural differences between Hawaii and the mainland may seem apparent but some of them may come as a shock to you. For example, you have probably already heard that driving styles in Hawaii are much slower and relaxed, it’s pretty different from the mainland. You’ve also probably heard about the fact that

Top 5 Cultural Differences Between Hawaii and the Mainland2017-08-16T17:07:16+00:00

Top 5 cultural no-nos in Hawaii

The cultural no-nos in Hawaii encompass the culture's taboos and things that people of the islands frown upon. If you haven’t already learned from this website, Hawaii’s local culture is very different from the mainland’s culture; and just like with any other cultural group, Hawaii has a few top no-nos that are seen as taboo

Top 5 cultural no-nos in Hawaii2017-08-16T16:59:06+00:00

Top 5 Things You Give up in Hawaii

There are things you give up in Hawaii when moving here from the mainland. Hawaii offers a lot of things that the mainland does not, such as sunshine year-round, gorgeous beaches all over the island and a paradise setting. However, there are some things that we can’t offer, that you’ll have to give up if

Top 5 Things You Give up in Hawaii2017-08-26T07:22:48+00:00

Do you do Hula? Wrong question!

If you really want to show respect for Hawaiian culture, appreciating Hula is a great way to go.  The first thing to learn is how to properly phrase the question:  instead of asking "Do you do Hula?" you ask "Do you dance Hula".    Learn more about this beautiful and culturally significant dance from our

Do you do Hula? Wrong question!2017-07-03T20:17:49+00:00

Flying Cockroaches in Hawaii

If you’re moving here, be prepared for flying cockroaches in Hawaii. The islands are also famous for our big geckos and lizards that seemingly pop up out of nowhere and invade your life, to put it simply. Paradise also has several other critters like centipedes and other lizards, but the flying cockroaches are, in my

Flying Cockroaches in Hawaii2017-08-16T16:42:03+00:00

Is Hawaii expensive?

“I heard milk is like $5/gallon. That’s ridiculous, how do you guys deal with that; Is Hawaii expensive?” is a question I get asked a lot. People make a big deal about milk being $5 gallon in conversations with me after they find out I grew up in Hawaii. However, if you consider what you’re

Is Hawaii expensive?2018-09-05T07:03:08+00:00

Dress like a local in Hawaii

Hawaiian islanders have a very specific kind of dress code though you may not realize it.  In the business world, you wear brand name "Aloha Shirts" with muted colors, dress slacks, and dress shoes.  Show up to a meeting in a business suit or jeans and slippers and it's a dead giveaway you're clueless. Our

Dress like a local in Hawaii2017-06-30T20:36:08+00:00