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    WINTERTIME CAN BE RAINY

    by Onedragon Updated Oct 29, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: ONE THING THAT PEOPLE FORGET TO THINK ABOUT WHEN THEY COME TO PARADISE IS THAT WINTERTIME CAN BE VERY RAINY AND PUT A DAMPER ON YOUR SIGHTSEEING..
    MAYBE IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO FIRST BUY AN UMBRELLA WHEN AND IF YOU COME IN THE WINTER MONTHS..
    SOME GOOD SHOES ARE RECOMMENDED ALSO...A COAT WILL ALSO BE GOOD TO KEEP YOU DRY..

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A GOOD STURDY SHOE TO KEEP THE WATER AND THE COLD OUT..
    BUY AN UMBRELLA IF NEED ..!!!!!!!!!!!! BUY SOME HATS OR CAPS TO KEEP THE SUN OUT OF YOUR EYES AND TO PROTECT YOUR HEAD !!!!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ANYTHING THAT YOU NEED TO STAY HEALTHY AND ENJOY YOUR STAY HERE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE... : )

    Photo Equipment: HAVE TO TAKE A LOT OF PICTURES ... : )

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: BRING A ROLL TO LAY ON IF NEED !!!

    Miscellaneous: A STUFFED ANIMAL.. .LIKE A GORILLA !!! : )

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    Just a Few Things You May Want to Pack

    by GuthrieColin Updated Mar 30, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are planning on doing the typical beach activities, hike, or just plan on being outside a lot be sure to bring Drinking Water. If you are not from a warm climate you will be a little overwhelmed by the heat at first and drinking water can really help to acclimatize yourself and keep you hydrated. Plus i know that much of the fresh water that you might think is safe to drink actually carries bacteria.
    Everyone seems wear sandals but if you are hiking it may be a good idea to bring some good Shoes as well. I found that i wore both equally.
    To be weather ready you will want to bring something to shield yourself from the rain as well. In some parts of the island it is rare to go a full day without rain. Be sure it is not a warm coat though since it continues to be warm even with the rain.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: In many cases I wished that I would have had a pair of Binoculars. The excellent visibility and beautiful scenery made me curious what was off in the distance. Another use would be in trying to view humpback whales that can be viewed throughout many of the winter months at places like Makapu'u.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Beaches

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  • Label your underwater cameras

    by RubyDolphin Updated Nov 14, 2005

    Photo Equipment: Make sure to label your disposable underwater cameras with a waterproof marker, etc. Everyone has one, especially on excursions. My friend and I didn't label ours, and we accidentally switched cameras with someone else during our shark encounter. Luckily they developed their film that day and realized the pictures were of us, so they contacted the shark encounter company, who called us, and we were able to meet up and exchange pictures/cameras.

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    Honolulu Packing is a Breeze!

    by baileyniko Written Jul 28, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: I brought one suitcase and one carry-on. I had my beach tote bag folded up inside the suitcase and that also served as an additional carry on for my purchases (beach towels, Kona coffee, sarong/pareo, etc.)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Honolulu's temperatures do not change drastically with the seasons, which makes packing easier.

    Bring the following for one week:
    4-5 shorts, one pair being water resistant for beach and boating
    7-10 short sleeve or sleeveless shirts (at least one should be a collared shirt if golfing)
    1 pair pants - jeans/khakis for men, light pants or capris for women
    1 nice shirt and pants/skirt or dress for going out at night - nothing too fancy
    2-3 swimsuits to rotate while drying
    1 wind/rain jacket, preferably one that can fold up small
    1 sun hat with a brim that covers the ears
    1 light sweater or jacket for air conditioned restaurants, etc.
    1 pair casual sandals
    1 pair casual shoes
    1 pair water shoes/waterproof sandals
    1 pair sneakers for walking, hiking, sports activities

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is very important but there are plenty of stores that carry supplies if you forget (see my tip on the ABC Stores).

    If you have allergies, pack your medicine in case you have a reaction to the different flowers and foliage.

    Sunburn relief or aloe for sunburn, but hopefully you will be careful!

    Motion sickness medicine if you will be boating and think you might get seasick

    Photo Equipment: In addition to a regular camera, I used a disposable underwater camera for photos of the amazing fish while snorkeling. If you can't find one at home, they sell them everywhere.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can bring your own beach towels but you can buy them at a good price and have them as souvenirs when you go home.

    Miscellaneous: You can buy whatever you don't pack - film, health supplies, beach goods - at a pretty reasonable price.

    Save some room in your suitcase if you like designer shopping...and head for Ala Moana Boulevard!

    Beautiful Tropical Flowers
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    What is a Must

    by greenCoral Written Mar 24, 2005

    Luggage and bags: Small backpack for hiking or other activities.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes, a nice warm fleece for those long hikes.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Band aids, antibiotic creme, sunscreen and mosquito repellent

    Photo Equipment: Waterproof camera, nice camera (panoramic view if possible)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Trail mix, beef jerky (can get these at any convenience store)

    our H2O proof camera came in handy when kayaking
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    Binoculars

    by Out.in.MN Written Jan 13, 2005

    Miscellaneous: You'll want binoculars for enjoying the beauty of this tropical paradise.

    It would be bad to use binoculars to spy on other tourists in nearby hotels.

    Never use binoculars to look directly at the sun.

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    Believe it or not, you will need a sweater!!!!

    by Kaliaa Written Nov 30, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: you don't need to bring many cloths to Hawaii as you will most likely spend most of your time at the beach. However if you go to the swapmeet(cheapest place on island for collectalble Hawaiian stuff) you will need an extra suitcase.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Almost no one on the island wears any foot wear besides what we call slippers, also known as thongs. Unless you plan on serious hiking or jogging you most likely won't need sneakers. Of course you need a swimsuit and can use a lava lava for a beachmat. The most surpising item that you will need is a comfy sweatshirt. Hawaiians LOVE airconditioning. Movietheaters, restaurants, and especailly the busses are kept at a low temp and are uncomfortable when you are wearing shorts and a tanktop.

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  • No black clothes

    by tduncan Updated Mar 27, 2003

    Luggage and bags: A small back pack for water and bandanas.
    You may start walking on a flat sidewalk and switch to tough hills unexpectedly.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Any bright colored outfit you were too embarrassed to wear back home.
    Very few people wore tailored designs. It is a city on the beach.

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    Packing List

    by Redlats Updated Feb 7, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Main thing about packing for Hawaii is: 'Do not overpack'. All you will need if you are a guy is t-shirts, shorts, and footwear. For footwear, bring runners for your treks, and sandals (flipflops) for anything near the beach. Unless you are trying to impress someone, you can get away with casual dress all day and evening. And, being it still is the US, there are laundromats available everywhere.

    For someone from Canada visiting Hawaii in winter, I brought a light jacket, and a sweater. Never needed them once. You might need a light rainjacket if you are unlucky (never rained for the two weeks we were there though). If you are staying on the North side of O'ahu, or visiting other islands, we were told the weather is more variable.

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    Packing List

    by depresno Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Anything will do. I prefered sport clothes, shorts, polos and sandals. The finer restaurants have a dress code. If you dont want to get broke, I guess I would bring some finer clothes too.

    Photo Equipment: For a european its allways difficult to recharge equipment because of the 110 volt electric system. I tried to buy a transformer, so I could recharge my digital camera but they only had from 110 > 220 volt.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are going to rent a motorcycle you dont need a helmet (its alowed to drive without).

    Miscellaneous: Bring a lot of money!

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    by j126j Written Sep 7, 2002

    Luggage and bags: The best luggage is an empty luggage !! Imagine you can get really nice Hawaiian T-shirt at $20 for 10 shirts in the Flea Market or 3 for $10 anywhere in the street. Why bring any ??

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are going from Oct. - Jan.
    Please remember to bring an umbrella or rain-coat. It's drizzy sometimes but it wouldn't spoil your day at all !!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nothing..... water there are great; I can actually drink from the tap everyday. Oh.. yah, if you enjoy hiking; do remember to bring your walking shoes. Great views everywhere !!

    Photo Equipment: Hee...ee... to be frank; my whole trip I only use a digital camera :p ~ need to re-charge every night in the hotel room.
    (But I did take hundreds of pics and video clips there !! )

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunscreen or sunblock ~ buy it from there, they got their local Hawaiian home-made !! Very good for your skin too :)

    Miscellaneous: Do try to remember a few of the basic greetings & words in Hawaiian language :)
    They sound beautiful !

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    by pitchman Written Aug 26, 2002

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring light jacket during winter months. Rainy season. You can buy durable souvenier type sandals for 2 to 3 dollars and they are comfortable.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring plenty of sunscreen. High SPF rating. Even the best tanners get burned in the land of aloha

    Photo Equipment: Disposable cameras are ok, but just bring plenty of batteries for your digital. Cost of living could hurt you when you try to go to Longs drugs or ABC stores to buy batteries.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Rent equipment at snorkel/kayaking spots next to the sight that you will be visiting.

    Miscellaneous: Have fun!!!

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    Packing List

    by MargotB Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: A carry-on bag with casual clothing is all that is necessary for a week's stay---and hang on to your handbags in Honolulu and Waikiki.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable walking shoes are the most important item to have in Honolulu.

    Photo Equipment: A camera is a must.

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    Packing List

    by stopatnothin Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable sneakers if you will be doing a bunch of walking and sandals because these islands average 70 - 80 degrees year round . Also be sure to pack a light rain jacket as the lush green hills spring from their liquid sunshine .

    Photo Equipment: bring loads of film folks , it will prove to be an asset . As far as developing on the island Fox Photo was really good .

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: In one of the many , many , many ABC stores you will find these great straw like folding mats great for trecking to the beach . The roll up one is like $1.99 and the hand bag look alike mat is like $2.39 . It was some of the best money I spent .

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    by cally Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: take a sweater for the evenings but only one, take only light summer clothes and sun glasses + a lot of suncreen! also comfortable walking shoes.

    Photo Equipment: take enough rolls of film with you and put them in a safe place, I lost one roll with pictures:-(

    Miscellaneous: take Travellers Cheques

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