May. 10, 2016

Debunking 12 Hawaiian Myths: Number 3 will surprise you!


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Here are 12 myths about Hawaii that need to be debunked.

1. Hawaii is Expensive

Yes, the islands of Hawaii aren't cheap, but they aren't nearly as bad as perceived. In fact, after visiting Polynesian paradise for mare years than I want to admit, I notice the cost factor to be better today than 20 years ago.

The cost of traveling to paradise may be more than escapes to Florida or Mexico, but the value is not as bad as some expect.

There are also a variety of options that can help keep travel costs down.

Oahu, for instance has a functional bus system that makes transportation economically manageable if needed.

The choice of restaurants is vast and varied and even around Waikiki there are reasonable choices from food courts to fast food.

Watching travel dates can also help keep the cost in line.

IMO, The advent of Costco, Walmart, Target, and other stores have helped keep prices manageable. For visitors like me Costco can be a good place to buy breakfast foods, drinks and more.

Hawaii may not be more expensive than a trip to New York, Disney World, or Tokyo.

2. Hawaii is high crime (ala Hawaii 5-0)

When you watch Hawaii 5-0 you get the impression that Hawaii is a dangerous  place with big crime going on all the time.  Actually, other than petty theft, Hawaii is a safe place to visit and live.

3. A tourist should only visit 1 island in 7 days

I have written much on this topic because all people have different wants and needs on travel.  Simply put, some may enjoy visiting 2 or 3 islands in a week while others may feel more comfortable visiting only one island. It depends on you and your travel styple.

4. Every airline provides a lei greeting for free on arrival.

If you want a lei greeting you will have to either order one from a company that will provide one for you or you will have to buy one once you get off the plane. 

5. Hawaii isn't in the US

Yes, Hawaii is the 50th state and it is really part of the United States of America.  I have even heard that some people ask what kind of money is used in Hawaii. Yes, Hawaii uses the American dollar.


6. Everyone is a tourist

More people live in Hawaii than you might think.  Beyond the tourist areas are regular communities full of people living life just as mainlanders.

7. You need a shuttle service on Oahu

There is no need to prearrange transportation from HNL to Waikiki or any hotel on Oahu. I suggest using a taxi or Uber. 

8. Everyone who lives in Hawaii lives well

Hawaii is full of service jobs that don’t pay all that well. In many cases Hawaiians are dependent on tips.  The cost of housing is one of the most expensive aspects about living in Hawaii.

9. You can only experience Hawaii by going to a luau or the Polynesian Cultural Center

Forget the luau and forget the PCC.   Seriously, I have done more than enough luaus and I’m rather bored with the entire experience.  If you are feeling the urge to attend a luau then there isn’t much I can or should do to keep you from experiencing the Hawaiian tradition.  However, if you are questioning the need to go to a luau then you should not worry about missing the experience. 

10. Hawaii is still like the TV shows Magnum PI and the first Hawaii 5-0

No.  Hawaii is still steeped in tradition and the Polynesian culture is alive and well.  However, many things have advanced on the islands just as they have on the mainland.

11. Cruising Hawaii is a bad idea.

Sometimes a cruise may just be what a traveler needs to enjoy Hawaii.  I haven’t taken the NCL cruise and have no desire to experience the sub-par experience.   If you are thinking about taking a cruise it may really be a good fit for you and your desires.

12. Jet Lag is a pain

I suffer very little jet lag going to Hawaii from the mainland.  What I do is your basic standard jet-lag preparations.   I suggest the following:

- Drink more water than you think you need.

- Don’t drink drinks that have caffeine starting the day before your trip until the day after you arrive.

- Don’t drink alcohol the day you fly as it dehydrates you more quickly and makes the jet-lag greater.

- Meditate while flying and take a couple power naps

- Stretch and walk a couple of times while flying

- Eat smaller meals more often the day before and the day you travel