When it comes to visiting paradise, we’re sure nothing but excitement comes to mind! However, there are a few things you should know before you put your swim trunks and aloha shirts on. Here are some ideal Hawai‘i traditions from the locals themselves. First off, our greeting. Don’t be frightened, the Hawaiian culture is built on “aloha” which means the common greeting is a kiss on the cheek! Another thing to remember is whenever you visit someone else’s home, be sure to remove your shoes or slippahz!
Something you might not know, is that locals love SPAM! So, when you’re here, don’t be afraid to try a spam musubi – they’re epic! You may notice that locals speak “Hawaiian Pidgin” which is a combination of words and idioms from the Native Hawaiian culture along with those of other cultures such as Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese and Chinese. It was developed when the Native Hawaiians, plantation owners and immigrant workers needed to communicate with each other. One more fun fact about Hawaii is that you will commonly see girls with a flower behind their ear, if it’s on her left ear, it means she’s taken, and if it’s on the right, it means she’s available.
When in Hawaii, you will be able to immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the islanders. These tips will help you better navigate around the islands and remember to listen to the locals about what to do and where to go – they know best!
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