1. Spam is a big deal in Hawaii.
In Hawaii, there is perhaps only one food that is more engrained in the island culture than pineapple – and that food is Spam. This quintessential canned ham product manufactured in Minnesota was introduced to the islands during the 1940s, and has become a wildly popular staple food across the islands.
2. There is a pair of slippers for all occasions.
You undoubtedly have both a pair of slippers to throw on to work outside, as well as a fancy pair you wear to weddings and other celebrations.
3. We are all about Ohana.
Lilo and Stitch said it best: "Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind." There is little more that we value than our families, including not only our blood relatives, but all of our aunties, uncles, and cousins.
4. We all love the ocean.
Well, duh. Why else would we choose to live on a tropical island with an astronomical cost of living?
5. Hawaii locals are laid-back.
If you’re not laid-back when you move to Hawaii, you adapt to the relaxed pace of life far before you ever become a true local.
6. We love being active.
When you live in Hawaii, you don’t necessarily need a gym membership, and it’s easy to be active all the time. Plus, with views like this, how could you not LOVE hiking?
7. Locals are incredibly friendly.
It might be the Aloha Spirit, but most Hawaii locals are incredibly welcoming - both towards other locals and tourists alike.
8. Hawaii locals think rice is its own food group.
Is it really a meal if it doesn't include rice? In Hawaii, rice is the biggest common denominator to all of our meals, and quite frankly, we might not survive without it. There's a reason almost every single Hawaii local owns a rice cooker.
9. The Aloha spirit is all-encompassing.
There's nothing quite like the Aloha spirit you'll find in Hawaii. People who have never lived or visited the islands might think it's a stereotype, but here, it's just life.
10. We are indeed often indifferent to national politics.
When you live more than 2,000 miles from the mainland, it's hard not to feel indifferent when it comes to United States politics.
11. We are behind the times when it comes to mainland culture and fads.
Music tends to make it to the islands a little later than it does to the mainland, as do many American fads.
12. Hawaii locals have a distinct way of talking.
Though the Hawaiian accent is subtle, people from Hawaii do talk a little… differently. Plus, most locals use pidgin - or at least have a few Hawaiian words in their regular vocabulary. One of the two actual creole languages in the United States, Pidgin English is a combination of various languages that arose during the plantation era.
13. We've all taken a hula lesson at some point — but we're NOT all amazing at it.
Like many elementary students learn line dancing on the mainland, students here do learn the hula, but not just as physical education — as a history and culture lesson.
14. We don't do well with cold.
When you grow up in a warm climate, adapting to anything colder is a struggle. As a result, many locals break out the sweaters when it dips into the high 60s.
15. And finally, we are incredibly lucky.
This one might not be a stereotype, per say, but it is a common belief that Hawaii locals are lucky to call a tropical island home. And it couldn't be more true. After all, there is a reason "Lucky We Live Hawaii" is such a common phrase.