1. Tell us that we pronounce "Hawaii" funny.
I’m sorry, but anyone who is from Hawaii knows how to pronounce it correctly. You’re the one who can’t pronounce it correctly, but we don't blame you for that.
2. Drive like an idiot - or use your car horn.
Tourists have this nasty habit of slowing down to take photographs while they are driving, and they often like to use their car horn, which is just something you aren’t supposed to do - unless a local is angry at said tourist for stopping in the middle of the road, obviously.
3. Referring to all locals as "Hawaiians."
"No, I am not a Hawaiian, nor will I ever be." Hawaiians are a race, and only those who can trace their roots back to the islands’ original Polynesian settlers. In fact, only about 10 percent of Hawaii’s population are native Hawaiians; everyone else is a Hawaii resident, or local.
4. Talk about your dislike of the beach.
The Hawaiian Islands are home to approximately 750 miles of stunning coastline and hundreds of individual beaches. If you don’t like the beach, why are you even here?
5. Trying to speak pidgin like the locals.
You’ll just end up sounding even more like a haole, trust us.
6. Ask us if you need a passport to visit Hawaii.
Last time I checked, Hawaii became a state more than 60 years ago. Is that really not common knowledge?
7. Ordering a Hawaiian pizza.
News flash: Hawaiian pizza wasn't invented in Hawaii. Also, there really is nothing Hawaiian about Hawaiian pizza – except for the pineapples, I guess.
8. Wearing shoes inside your host’s home.
How dare you wear your shoes into someone else's home. Just don’t do it - unless your host says it’s alright. Also, they’re called slippers, not flip-flops.
9. Disturbing sea life.
Touching an endangered green sea turtle could result in up to 30 days in jail or a fine of up to $2,000. Just give the sea turtles and monk seals some space, please.
10. Joking about how you would sleep on the beach if it meant living in Hawaii.
Homelessness is a major problem in Hawaii - so please don’t expect any laughs. Hawaii has the third largest homeless population per capita in the country; an estimated 487 out of every 100,000 residents are homeless, according to Movoto. Since the year 2000, the homeless population in Hawaii has increased by 61 percent, and while many once lived on the beaches 24/7, these individuals have since been driven into local neighborhoods, especially on Oahu.
11. Leave a mountain of trash anywhere you go.
There is a reason Hawaii is home to some of the cleanest beaches in the country - because we view littering as an extremely awful offense. Please respect Mother Nature, and our mission to keep Hawaii beautiful.
12. Dismissing warning signs.
Warning signs are posted throughout Hawaii for a reason, but unfortunately there are many tourists who don’t heed these cautions – especially when it comes to the ocean. Always check the surf report, and read all posted signs so you know what to expect at a certain beach. Trust us, you’ll be a lot safer.
13. Pocketing lava rocks or sand.
While you may think grabbing a lava rock or filling a small tube with sand is an awesome souvenir, it is extremely bad luck to do so. Nobody wants to deal with the wrath of Pele.
14. Console us with "but you live in Hawaii" whenever we have problems, or just need to complain.
Just because we live in a tropical island setting that so many tourists visit each year, doesn’t mean we get to live like we’re on a constant, never-ending vacation. We are not immune from the stresses and problems of modern-day life just because we live in "paradise."