As one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States – and across the world, there are countless guidebooks out there giving you “insider” information that is meant to help you plan the ultimate Hawaiian getaway. But, let’s be honest, as locals we often know a thing or two the guidebooks haven’t necessarily caught onto yet. So, if you want to explore Hawaii like a local, take note of these 13 lies the guidebooks tell you about our beautiful islands.

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