We can all agree that Hawaii is the greatest state in the country – and it is also the most unique. While our mountains and beaches are truly second to none, there are some aspects of life in Hawaii that are just plain odd; if you’ve lived here for long enough, you’ll understand. From adapting to traffic patterns and throwing shakas to dealing with sun guilt, here are 12 bizarre experiences every true local has experienced at least once.
1. You can pronounce even the most difficult of Hawaiian words - like Humuhumunukunukuapua`a - without breaking a sweat.
You have also undoubtedly had to verify your address what seems like a thousand times because your street name sounds like it was made up.
2. Worn a sweater and jeans when it dips into the low 70s.
Our weather only differentiates 20 degrees all year - what do you expect?
3. You’ve been at the beach when it started raining and didn’t start packing everything up because you knew it was going to stop in five minutes anyways.
By the time you’re all packed up, the rain has already stopped.
4. You’ve thrown a shaka as an automatic response when NOT in Hawaii, resulting in a few pretty weird stares.
I’m so guilty of this one - you’d think I were throwing gang signs with all the nasty stares I got after throwing a shaka in the Midwest.
5. You’ve felt completely under the weather and confused as to why only to think, “Duh,” when someone mentions the vog.
For some reason, it’s never the first thing you think of.
6. You’ve started to take your shoes off outside someone’s home - even though you’re just there to pick them up.
We've all done it - subconsciously, of course.
7. You’ve been given confused looks when talking about your slippers.
That’s just what we call flip flops here, okay?
8. You’ve planned your errands around traffic.
Especially if you live on Oahu and have to go West on H-1 anytime after noon.
9. You don’t use cardinal directions - instead you use Mauka, meaning towards the mountain, and makai, meaning towards the sea.
Let’s be honest, using directions like east and west is just more confusing.
10. And you’ve purchased Spam Musubi from your local 7/11.
It’s so quick, easy, and delicious!
11. You’re not exactly sure who your “real” aunts and uncles are.
When you call everyone older than you aunty and uncle, it can be hard to differentiate between who your blood relatives are, but it doesn’t matter, because they are all ohana.
12. You've undoubtedly experienced sun guilt.
Sometimes, you need to recharge by binge watching Netflix all day, but that can be hard when you feel guilty for not enjoying the weather and taking advantage of Hawaii’s beautiful landscape.