The Hawaiian Islands are as unique as they are isolated, and there are countless Americans – and foreigners – who save for years just to be able to afford to visit our beautiful islands. But in addition to saving their extra pennies and putting in overtime at work, they should also be doing their homework. Even as an American, traveling to Hawaii can be met with some culture shock, and it is important that tourists understand certain things before their plane lands on Hawaiian soil; here are 12 of those things.

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