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FAQs and Travel Tips

1. What is the time difference from the continental US?
2. How long does it take to fly to Hawaii?
3. What is the main airport of Hawaii?
4. Do I need a car to get around on Hawaii?
5. Do I need my passport to get to Hawaii?
6. What should I pack on my trip to Hawaii?
7. What is the local currency?
8. When is a good time to visit Hawaii?
9. What is the area code for Hawaii?
10. What is the official language?
11. What about the food?

1. What is the time difference from the continental US?

Hawaii follows Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is 5 hours behind Eastern Standard Time and 2 hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time so add one extra hour to the time difference during this period (March through November).

2. How long does it take to fly to Hawaii?

Hawaii is 5 ½ hours flight from LAX.

3. What is the main airport of Hawaii?

Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu is Hawaii's major airport, serving as the entry point for most of Hawaii's visitors. All major domestic carriers and many international carriers serve Oahu, so you can get here from just about anywhere. There are also direct flights from the continental US to Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island.

4. Do I need a car to get around on Hawaii?

Transportation options vary from island to island, but to really experience Hawaii, you should consider renting a car. Many visitors also enjoy taking bus tours to conveniently explore the Islands. For most islands you can also get around by taxi, shuttle or public transportation.

5. Do I need my passport to get to Hawaii?

Since Hawaii is the 50th state, you won't need to bring your passport unless you're visiting from outside the United States or traveling to another country after Hawaii.

6. What should I pack on my trip to Hawaii?

Hawaii has a warm weather, so pack your summer attire. You may want to bring a jacket or sweater for the evenings. Bring warmer clothes if you plan on visiting higher elevations like Haleakala National Park in Maui. Suits and ties are very rarely worn in Hawaii. Bring some casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing Hawaii's nightlife. You can buy an aloha shirt and flip-flops (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here.

7. What is the local currency?

Hawaii's currency is the US dollar. Traveler's checks aren't necessary since credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are plentiful. Don't worry if you forget something. Hawaii's retail stores and malls have everything you need, including plenty of sunscreen.

8. When is a good time to visit Hawaii?

Anytime of year is a good time to visit Hawaii. The average temperature here is between 75°–85° F. Summer, between April and November is warmer and drier while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. Whale watching season begins in late December and ends in early May. Peak whale watching months are between January and early April. November through Feburary is big wave surf season on Hawaii's north shores.

9. What is the area code for Hawaii?

The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808).

10. What is the official language?

Hawaii's two official languages are Hawaiian and English. The melodious Hawaiian language is a Polynesian dialect and only has 13 letters.
    A few words you should know:
  • Aloha: A greeting with love, Hello, Good-bye and more
  • Mahalo: Thank you
  • Lei: A flower garland given for an occasion
  • Hula: Traditional Hawaiian dance
  • ′Ohana: Family
  • prime;Ono: Delicious
  • Wahine: Woman
  • Kane: Man
  • Keiki: Child

11. What about the food?

From fine dining to simple street food, Hawaii offer endless dining options. Also, try some traditional local dishes:
  • Loco Moco: a popular Hawaiian dish consisting of rice topped with a hamburger patty, egg and gravy.
  • Poke: small, fresh pieces of seasoned raw fish usually served as a pupu (Hawaiian term for appetizer) or snack.

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