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A first timer’s guide to Hawaii
So, you’re planning a Hawaii vacation. Congratulations. There are a few things you need to know before you visit Hawaii. Here are 5 tips for a first timer’s guide to Hawaii.
1. Work with a Hawaii Travel Agent
As a Hawaii Travel Agent, of course, I am going to recommend that you work with a travel planner who specializes in Hawaii. Even though Hawaii is technically part of the United States, it’s far away and really does feel like another place entirely. Trying to plan a Hawaii vacation can be overwhelming, so why not work with an expert and save yourself time, money, and frustration?
I’d love to plan your Hawaii vacation!
You can spend hours trying to figure things out on your own, only to end up feeling more confused. Contact me or fill out my custom travel request and we’ll plan a Hawaii vacation that’s perfect just for you. If working with a Travel Agent isn’t for you, no hard feelings! I have plenty of information on this blog to help you DIY a Hawaii vacation if you’d prefer to go in that direction.
2. Don’t try to visit every island
If you learn one thing from this first timer’s guide to Hawaii, let it be this! Don’t try to visit every island on your first Hawaii vacation. I recommend one week per island. If you only have one week, you should visit two islands maximum. Just trust me, there are plenty of things to do and see on each island. Let’s take a quick peek at the islands to help you decide:
3. Try some local food
You’re in Hawaii, don’t forget to try some local food. First, check out the Farmer’s Markets and check out the fabulous fresh produce. You might also want to try some local dishes such as:
Hawaiian Plate Lunch, Shave Ice, Saimin, Poke, Manapua and the Loco Moco.
4. Learn about history and culture before you leave
You don’t have to learn everything about Hawaii before you visit, but take some time to read a book or two before you leave. You can also get a free Audible trial and listen to the book, or a free Kindle Unlimited trial to read it on a Kindle.
I have another post with 10 things to know before going to Hawaii that can also help you. At the very least, you should learn a few basic Hawaiian words. Yes, people in Hawaii speak English, but you’ll also hear a few Hawaiian words very often:
You probably already know this one! Aloha is used for hello, and goodbye but also has a deeper cultural and spiritual significance. The real meaning of Aloha in Hawaiian is that of love, peace, and compassion. It’s a guideline on how to live, and so much more than just a greeting.
Mahalo means thank you. Make sure to say “mahalo” to anyone who helps you in some way.
Hawaiian green sea turtle.
Honu resting at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach.
A hui hou
Until we meet again.
Toward the mountain, often used in directions.
Toward the ocean, also used in directions.
Of course, there are plenty of other Hawaiian words you should learn, but these are a few to get you started.
5. Go to a luau
If it’s your first time visiting Hawaii, I know a luau is on your Hawaii bucket list. I have a blog post about the best luaus in Hawaii, but I’ll link my favorites on each island here:
Kauai – Smith Family Garden Luau.
Maui – The Feast at Lele.
Planning a Hawaii vacation
I hope that this first timer’s guide to Hawaii will help you plan the perfect Hawaii vacation. If you need more ideas, check out my guides to planning a vacation on each of the main islands. If you haven’t decided which island to visit, check out which Hawaii island is best, and which Hawaii island is best for honeymoons?
- How to plan a Maui vacation.
- A guide to planning an Oahu vacation.
- How to plan a Big Island vacation.
- How to plan a Kauai vacation.
A first timer’s guide to Hawaii
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