What to Expect On Travel to Hawaii

Two of my best friends recently told me about their trip to Hawaii, and, as synchronicity would have it, it aligned perfectly with my new travel lifestyle…

While theirs wasn’t totally a pleasure trip (they co-own Rare Restoration & Cleaning in Colorado Springs and flew to Hawaii to help with some major flooding issues for a partner company of theirs… yeah, they did that for Texas and North Carolina, too), they still were able to squeeze in some vacation and exploration into the trip.

What they told me thrilled me, so I decided to make Hawaii my jumping off point for my world travels! So, let’s get into it…

Like Texas, Hawaii was initially a country on its own but later applied to join the US and was accepted. Hawaii has been a US state from 1959. Six significant islands make up Hawaii, each separated by a few miles. Tourists come to Hawaii to snorkel,

These are what you should expect in Hawaii:

Skyrocketing costs

Hawaii is expensive. One reason being that most goods must be shipped from the US mainland. Another reason is that most tourists who come to Hawaii are always able and willing to pay the high prices. It costs $75 to take surfing lessons, $8 to buy a fresh coconut and $3-4 to shave. An ordinary meal in a restaurant goes for $15, and that is minus the tip. It is even worse in the peak tourist seasons. With about 9 billion tourists visiting Hawaii, accommodation prices are extraordinarily high, and the beaches are overcrowded.

Molokai and Oahu are some of the most expensive islands in Hawaii so if you are on a tight budget, give them a wide a berth.

Pet Restrictions

No dog or cat can enter the state of Hawaii without animal quarantine. The quarantine lasts from five to 120 days. This is meant to continue preserving Hawaii’s identity as the only rabies-free state. You will pay for the quarantine expenses. Hawaiians fear that a rabies outbreak can be catastrophic to the public health, tourism and the state’s unique eco-system. Since there is no rabies in Hawaii, the residents are not required to be vaccinated against it.

Casual dressing

Residents of Hawaii have it easy regarding the dress code. Men wear casual button-down or collared shirts that are appropriate for any situation. Rarely will you find yourself in a setting where a jacket is the dress code for dinner. The year-round tropical climate ensures that bikini is the standard wear during the day and a light sweater in the evening.

Continuous flights

To move from one island to another, you will be using planes. There are no reliable ferries. So you should book your inter-island flights depending on your schedule. Major flights include Island Air, Hawaiian Airlines, and Mokulele Airlines.


If you are a US citizen, you do not need a passport to travel to Hawaii. It is one of the 50 United States, so you are virtually at home in Hawaii. However, you will need to travel with government-issued photo identification if you are an adult aged 18 and above.

US dollars are also used in Hawaii, just like anywhere else in the US. But while Hawaii is basically like any other state, it has its uniqueness. It is the only state with two official languages. These are English and Hawaiian. The airline attendants speak Hawaiian, and it is taught in schools from kindergarten to college. While you are okay with English and will find many English speakers, you should learn some Hawaiian to help endear yourself to the locals. For instance, Mele Kalikimaka