When anyone discovers you are from Hawaii, or even live on the islands, they always have a ton of questions to ask. It might be because they are jealous, or maybe it’s because Hawaii is so far away from the mainland that all they really know is what they see on postcards, or on Hawaii Five-O. Either way, here are 14 questions people always ask when they know you live in Hawaii.
1) Do you surf?
There are many people in Hawaii who are obsessed with surfing, but there are also those who’ve never had the desire to try.
2) You go to the beach like every day, right?
Yep, because none of us have jobs or other responsibilities and we can spend all day, every day at the beach. If only…
3) How can you afford to live in Hawaii?
Hawaii has one of the highest costs of living in the country – and we need to work our butts off just to afford the cost of paradise. It’s hard work, but we do it because we love Hawaii.
4) So, you live in Honolulu, right?
Believe it or not, there are people out there who aren’t aware that there are islands other than Oahu, or Maui, or whatever island they've heard about before.
5) Do I need a passport to visit Hawaii?
Seriously? You know that Hawaii is an American state, right?
6) Did you know that you pronounce Hawaii funny?
Um… We live here and know how to pronounce it. I think you’re the one who’s saying it funny.
7) Does “Ohana” really mean family?
Yes, it does, actually. Do you get all your knowledge from Disney movies?
8) Speaking of language, what does [insert Hawaiian word here] mean?
We’ll tell you what a certain word means, but I’m sure you can figure out that Mahalo means thank you from the context alone.
9) Why do you call them slippers instead of flip-flops?
First of all, it’s slippahs, not slippers, and that’s just what it is here. It's not like we would ever wear what mainlanders call slippers, anyways.
10) What’s that funny hand signal you keep using?
Oh, you mean the shaka? Though it was primarily used by surfers and meant “hang loose,” it is also used to convey aloha, and is often used on the road to communicate gratitude to other drives.
11) Do you play the ukulele and dance the hula?
Some people do, some people don’t. It’s not exactly a requirement to live on the islands.
12) Isn’t shave ice just a snow cone?
Absolutely not: shave ice has a finer consistency and the exotic flavors don’t run off the ice.
13) Do you live in a grass hut?
No, we live in normal houses, like everyone else in America. We have internet and electricity, too!
14) Why would you ever want to leave Hawaii?
Believe it or not, we do like going on vacations as much as the next person, and island fever is real.
Which of these questions do you get most often? What other questions do people ask when they find out you live in Hawaii?