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 in Hawaii every true local has experienced at least once.

Have you ever had any of these bizarre experiences in Hawaii? What other experiences have you had that are uniquely Hawaiian? What about these 11 weird things only people from Hawaii do?

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Do Hawaii locals have any strange habits? 

Of course, they do. In addition to the habits we've detailed in this article, many Hawaii locals refuse to use their car horns, eat more Spam per capita than any other state, and welcome geckos into their homes with open arms. Did you know that geckos not only eat up all of those unwanted bugs that somehow make their way into your home but are considered lucky?

What are the weirdest things about Hawaii? 

While we might take offense to the word “weird” at times, there’s no denying that the Aloha State is one of the most unique places in the entire country. From bizarre historic stories to the odd places you can visit, you’ll love learning about what makes the Hawaiian Islands so quirky. I personally love telling everyone I meet about the odd and elusive colony of wallabies you’ll find hiding in Oahu’s Kalihi Valley. I mean, does it get any cuter than that?

Are there any downsides to living in Hawaii? 

Despite being an absolute paradise, there are aspects of life in Hawaii that are — how should we put it — less than ideal. Don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely fallen in love with the islands over the years, but every once in a while, even those who live in paradise need to complain a little — whether that's about traffic, the cost of living, or the fact that your favorite musician will never perform here.

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