18 Things People From Hawaii Always Have To Explain To Out Of Towners
As the most isolated population center on earth, the Hawaiian Islands are perhaps one of the most unique locations on earth, which means that life in Hawaii will always be a little different than anywhere else. And no time is that more evident than when locals have to explain the islands to well-intentioned visitors who don’t quite understand what Hawaii is all about.
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So, tell us, Hawaii locals, what else would you add to this list? Sound off in the comments.
What questions shouldn’t you ask someone who lives in Hawaii?
The 11 Most Ridiculous Questions Tourists Have Ever Asked About Hawaii is a good starting point. It can be summed up in one singular question, though: Do people in Hawaii live in grass huts without cell phones and internet, wear leis and grass skirts exclusively, and travel only by boat? That would be a resounding no, though there is one thing we hate more than any other, and that’s mainlanders not knowing that Hawaii is, in fact, an American state.
How can you spot someone from Hawaii when you’re not in the Aloha State?
With a distinct style, specific character quirks, and a unique lifestyle, Hawaii locals are pretty easy to spot – even when they have left the islands. You might spot them bundled up in a sweater when the temperature hits 70 degrees, eating rice with every single meal, wearing slippers – or as you might call them, flip-flops – everywhere, and throwing shakas everywhere they go.
What makes the Hawaiian Islands so, well, different?
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
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