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Hawaiian Islands

The Hawaiian Islands form the Northern boundary of Polynesia, which occupies an area triangular in shape, from New Zealand in the west and Easter Island in the east. Hawaii is the third extremity, north of the equator in the vicinity of the Tropic of Cancer. Given its position, this location makes the Hawaiian Islands the most isolated archipelago in the World.

 

Over the centuries, the Hawaiian Islands have become the playground of the Pacific, from Maui's golden beaches and verdant green valleys to the Big Island of Hawaii's breathtaking volcanic scenery; from Kauai's lush green mountains and valleys to the cosmopolitan Oahu and bustling Honolulu, and the unspoilt wilderness of Molokai to the romantic tranquility of tiny Lanai, Hawaii offers you both paradise and pre-history all in one.

 

In keeping with the other islands of the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Islands hold great romantic mysticism and high expectations for the European visitor, but a lot of care must be taken when choosing which islands to visit and which accommodation to choose, as it is a long way to go to be disappointed!

 

All our itineraries are tailor-made to your exact requirements, but if you would like some ideas for itineraries and guide prices, please click HERE

 

The islands that make up the Hawaiian chain are all very different and each can offer a diverse and distinct experience to the visitor.  For more information on all these beautiful islands, you can visit the official Hawaii Tourism website, The Hawaiian Islands, for lots of advice and interesting facts.

 

There are many, many different hotels and star-rated properties available on all the islands of Hawaii, and we have tried to list a good cross section, from well-located budget properties, to luxury 5* palaces.  But we can arrange reservations at any property on these wonderfully diverse islands, so please just ask for a quote, if you have a favourite property that we have not listed.

 

Another thing to consider about your trip, is what you would like to do whilst you are on the islands.  There are an innumerable number of trips, excursions and tours offered by a great amount of different tour companies based in Hawaii, but we can offer some ideas or suggestions to start you off on our Tours and Excursions page HERE.  We can book any tour you wish before you go, or just give you ideas that you can book when you arrive.

 

Traditions, Customs and Etiquette in Hawaii

 

There are many traditional cultural customs in Hawaii that have been handed down throughout the island's history.   A little information before you arrive in island, could save an unintentional upset or offense, and hopefully help you understand how to respect the island's diverse history, the Hawaiian people and their customs.

 

Lei Garlands. One of the most widely seen Hawaiian customs is the presenting of leis.  A Lei is a garland or headband that is made of flowers, shells, seed or feathers, and is presented in love, friendship, celebration or as a welcome gesture to new friends or guests.  It is not just a tourist gimmick and to the Hawaiian people, lei giving is very important, and it is highly likely you will be given at least one before you have even left the airport!  It is considered rude to remove a lei in public, and they should only be removed in private.

 

Music, dance and 'telling story' is a large part of Hawaiian culture.  The Hula is not just a show put on just for tourists at the numerous Lu'au shows you can attend, it is a part of Hawaiian life.  Telling story is a way for the elders to pass on the history of Hawaii in the tales and legend of the traditional Gods, such as Pele, the mischievous Godess of the volcano or Maui, the demi-God who pulled the island from the clutches of the sea.  There is a legend that it is bad luck to take anything from Pele, and it has been said that the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park often receive volcanic rocks in the mail, from all over the world, being returned hoping to assuage some bad luck that has befallen the rock taker.

 

Politeness. Hawaiians are inherrently courteous and respectful.  It is considered impolite to push to the front of lines or rush to be first, obstruct others views of a show or spectacle, or not to help an elder 'Auntie or Uncle' (anyone that is older than you).  Locals will give up seats to elders, let them go ahead of them or help with bags etc. Try it, and you will see the gratitude such respect earns you!

 

Makana. Makana is the custom of giving a small gift of thanks, or in recognition of someone doing you a favour or offering assistance.  Makana gifts aren't large or expensive, just something very small from your home, as a token of thanks.  You may see people on the plane or at the airport carrying boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts (can't get them on the islands except 1 outlet on Maui!), sweets or candies, or even flowers, anything special from home to give as a Makana gift.  From the UK, English biscuits, Scottish shortbread, chocolate (American chocolate is very different to our Bournville, Galaxy or Cadbury's chocolate - Other chocolate brands are available!!), sweets, key chains or fridge magnets can all be taken with you as Makana, to give when someone does something nice for you.  Something you have made yourself is especially appreciated.  Make sure it is a small gift, nothing expensive, just enough to make the person feel appreciated, not beholden to you.

 

Along the same vein as Makana, if you are visiting a home, it is considered good manners to bring a gift for the host, such as a dessert, food item or bottle of wine. Shoes should always be removed before you enter a home, too.  Inside shoes or slippers can be worn but most people just go barefoot or in socks.

 

Malama Ka'aina. Which in Hawaiian means 'take care of this land'.  Don't leave rubbish and try not to disturb native plants, corals or animals, like turtles and seals. Don't take rocks, corals or shells from the beaches; you can buy them cheaply at local stands or vendors, thereby helping the local economy, too.  Parking areas at public beaches will often have spaces that are reserved for locals, so be respectful and don't park in them. Also, some roads will have signs that designate them for 'local traffic only' and the rules are enforced to protect local residents from have 'rush hour' style traffic through their neighbourhoods.

 

Overall, the atmosphere in Hawaii is one of respect, kindness and gratitude, and locals will really appreciate it when you get into the spirit of their islands.  And, you maybe surprised how good you feel doing something for someone else.

 

Please note: We are constantly updating the prices shown on this website, but due to volatility of the currency exchange markets at the moment with the UK Sterling rate, prices may vary from those shown.  If you wish to confirm any prices shown here, please contact us directly.

 

Click HERE to see the UK Foreign Office's latest advice for visitors travelling to Hawaii


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