Know Before You Go: How to Be Prepared for Hawai’i
Hawai’i is the 50th state in the United States of America, but likely contrasts from the rest of the 49 states. While there are comforts of home (like Costco), it is still important to prepare yourself. Here are three ways to be prepared and know before you go!
Be Open Minded
Spam might not be your favorite, but who knows, maybe you’ll love spam musubi. Forego the Big Mac and give Saimin a try — they have it at McDonald’s. From tropical fruit to plate lunches, there’s so much to taste on the islands.
Beyond food, there is so much to discover. From tales of giants, a history of kings and queens, legends of wave riders. Powerful volcanoes, scenic vistas, hidden sea caves, and breathtaking natural wonders, Hawai’i can be as relaxing or adventurous as you choose.
Respect the Sacred Land & Water
“Aloha ‘āina,” means love of the land. Hawaiians believe that all the land is sacred and should be nurtured. It is important that visitors understand and respect the people and their relationship with the land.
Remember those lyrics from “Where you are” in the Disney film, Moana?
Consider the coconut (the what?)
Consider its tree
We use each part of the coconut
That’s all we need
We make our nets from the fibers (we make our nets from the fibers)
The water is sweet inside (the water is sweet inside)
We use the leaves to build fires (we use the leaves to build fires)
We cook up the meat inside (we cook up the meat inside)
The trees, the sand, the waters, they are all part of a delicate ecosystem that the locals rely upon daily. Think about the products you’re using during your stay, like reef safe sunscreen. Be mindful about your impact and what you leave behind. As a visitor, tread lightly. Consider asking a local what they consider appropriate or respectful.
Embrace the Aloha Spirit and Culture of Hawai’i
Hawai’i is a cultural crossroads; where languages, food, and customs all somehow converge. The state has the highest percentage of Asian American and multiracial Americans. “Hawai’ians” refers to people of native lineage. Residents, regardless of race, are called locals or “kama’aina,” children of the land. Everyone must live together in harmony, just as they do with the land.
Understand the rich culture, history, and diversity of Hawai’i. It will make for a beautiful experience when visiting. You will feel the deep respect, peace, and harmony of the Aloha Spirit; make it a point to reciprocate it, a souvenir to share when you leave Hawai’i.