Hawaii is unique, as are our homes. And here in paradise, there are certain things that you will only find in a Hawaiian home – or at least, have a different meaning on the islands. Here are 10 undeniable things you will (probably) find in every Hawaii home.
1) More beach stuff than you know what to do with.
Depending on how long you’ve been living on the island – or how frequently you move – you might have an excessive amount of beach towels, four beach chairs, three boogie boards, five snorkels, and various other beach accessories you’ve collected throughout your life.
2) Sand, everywhere.
Even if you don’t go to the beach very often, sand will find its way into your home. We go to the beach maybe three times a month, and I can guarantee there’s a small pile of sand somewhere in the house. Don’t even ask about the current state of my car…
3) Geckos – or a variety of insects.
Trust us – you want the geckos, because they will usually eat the small bugs before they can grow any larger. I picked up our newspaper the other day and something jumped out. I screamed, thinking it was a cockroach. When I looked closely, I realized it was a gecko, and I gave it free range of our house.
4) A framed beach photograph.
It could be a professional family photo, or a picture you took on your iPhone – either way works, but there’s bound to be a Hawaiian beach photo somewhere in your house.
5) A case (or five) of water in the closet for hurricane season.
This is meant to be a portion of your disaster preparedness kit. You might not ever need this water, but you will keep it all year until you realize that water has an expiration date and you should trade it in for a new case.
6) A shipping box you’ve been meaning to tear apart and recycle.
Because there is so much we have delivered.
7) An extra bed.
It doesn’t matter if you have an entire guest bedroom, a pull out sofa, futon or even just an air mattress in the living room, most Hawaiian homes include a “bed” for visitors - because you will get visitors on a regular basis.
8) Something covered in rust.
You could live in the middle of an island and your things would still be rusty. Soon enough, the rust on your car, bicycle, or even patio furniture will become something you don’t even care about anymore. It just happens.
9) Kona Coffee.
Maybe it’s your favorite blend to drink daily, or it’s an expensive bag that you only break out when you have visitors over: either way, it’s there, making your cabinet smell amazing.
Seriously, what are these flip-flops you speak of?