Whether you’ve lived in Hawaii your entire life, or you are a recent transplant, there are some things you have come to learn that you simply can’t live without in the Aloha State. From food staples to your favorite outdoor adventure, it would be hard to live without these twelve things in Hawaii.
Luckily for us, seasonal affective disorder doesn’t happen in Hawaii – unless you live in Hilo, which is the rainiest place in the United States, beating even Seattle.
Is it really a meal if it doesn’t include rice?
From surfing and kayaking to skydiving and ziplining, Hawaii is full of amazing adventures just waiting to be experienced. As an adventurous spirit, I can’t imagine life without a little adventure.
4) Sand between your toes.
Or in your car, on your floors, basically everywhere. In Hawaii, beach days are a necessity, and if you’ve stopped finding sand in random places throughout your home or vehicle, it definitely means that it’s been too long.
5) Sweet Treats.
From shave ice and mochi chocolate covered macadamia nuts to malasadas and haupia pie, almost everyone in Hawaii has a sweet tooth. I mean, how could you not with so many delicious treats and ways to burn off those excess calories?
Don’t you dare tell us that we should be wearing “real shoes.” Our slippahs will do just fine, thank you.
7) Their Kama'aina discount.
If you are a local, you understand the importance of your kama’aina discount, and how much money you can really save with that Hawaii drivers license.
8) Delicious food.
Mahi mahi, loco moco, ahi poke, spam musubi, etc. – it satisfies our stomachs and our souls at the same time.
9) A favorite outdoor activity.
From paddle boarding to doing yoga on the beach, everyone has that one outdoor activity that keeps them sane. For me, that would be hiking with my husband and sweet dog.
10) A camera.
It doesn’t matter if the only camera you have is your iPhone. You will want to capture those spectacular views and post them for all your friends across social media – especially when it’s snowing on the mainland. If you need a camera, I suggest a GoPro.
11) Amazing views, everywhere you go.
From turquoise waters and lush green mountains to the most incredible sunrises and sunsets you will ever experience, what would Hawaii be without those views?
12) Our ohana.
Whether you have lived in Hawaii your entire life, or are an island transplant, you will realize quickly how much you need your family – whether blood or chosen – to survive in such an isolated place.
What else can’t you live without? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!