Luggage and bags:
Depending on the length of the trip a rollaboard or a regular suitcase is good.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hawaii is pretty casual with dress so no need for the formal clothes. We packed a bunch of tee shirts, shorts, linen pants and some Tommy Bahama shirts for me. I brought several swimtrunks and flips for the beach.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Contacts, contact solution, bandaids, aspirin, hair gel, sunblock, tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, shampoo and body wash.
Photo Equipment: My digital camera, video camera, charger and memory card reader.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Umbrella
Sweatshirts or jackets. Any type of cooler weather clothing will do. Sometimes the water is very cold around the islands, especially during the winter. So warmer clothes might be of benefit to you. Also during the winter there are times when it can get "cold" for the islands. So you might need it just for walking around.
Photo Equipment: Bring your best photography equipment. Hawai'i is a target rich environment and you will have use for whatever you bring.
Miscellaneous: Bug spray if you are going hiking. There are a lot of mosquitos which would love to nibble on you. So bring your bug spray so that you won't have to be bothered with all the bites.
As Oahu is lines with beaches, pack your swimsuit and sunscreen. Yes, even if you are going on business! It may seem rediculous that I'd have to mention this, but on two ocassions female business colleagues of mine did not bring swimsuits and had to walk the beach in street clothes.to Hawaii
Miscellaneous: By the way, it can get cool on December ond January evenings, so in the winter bring a sweatshirt or jacket
The islands of Hawaii are in the subtropics...so that means it will be warm and humid. Bring lots of shorts, t-shirts, swimsuits and sunglasses. Also, bring a light windbreaker for windy and rainy days.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun tan lotion is a must, especially if you have light skin. If you forget anything, there are many ABC Stores located around the island.
Photo Equipment: A good camera with a wide range of options is a good thing.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: As I found out the hard way, if you plan on going into the rainforest, bring a good pair of walking shoes (and expect to get them wet and muddy).
Luggage and bags:
ONE bag, no matter how long you're staying. Pack light and above all, casual. Leave the high heels and sequins at home.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Remember: Sunscreen, two swimsuits, flip flops (thongs), sunglasses, umbrella, shorts, tank tops, travel towel, hat, water bottle, light jacket, one pair of jeans for cool nights.
Photo Equipment: Join us in the 21st century and bring your digital.
2 sets of clothes for here. summer/fall. Good walking shoes
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Suntan lotion & suburn lotion a MUST here
Photo Equipment: Carry a plastic bag. this is to wrap camera in. It helps to keep the sand out. Buy a disposable camera & underwater camera!!!!
Luggage and bags:
pack some stuff for the beach. remember sunscreen, shampoo for salt water, sunglasses, sandals (slippas here), board shorts, and a good attitude. Don't come here thinking it's Cancun and you can do anything you'd like.
Miscellaneous: don't bring a dorky Aloha shirt. the real ones are faded in color and are actually not cheesy at all. Expensive, but much nicer than what you see in Waikiki.
Everything you wanted to know about the history of the Aloha shirt (from alohafunwear.com)
Early Island Wear
Before the arrival of woven fabrics from China, Japan and the West, native Hawaiians created their simple clothing from plants and trees. Men wore a malo, or loincloth, made of tapa cloth, which was fabricated from the inner bark of wauke trees. Hawaiian women wore a skirt called a pa'u, which looked like a hula skirt.
A Tapa for All Occasions
It was tough, durable and versatile. It was great for clothing and made an excellent floor covering. And it was a joy to decorate. Throughout Polynesia, tapa cloth was the artist's canvas and people hand-painted their tapa creations with beautiful colors and exquisite designs. The brilliant, colored patterns found on today's aloha wear finds its roots in these wonderful Polynesian tapa prints.
The Ever Popular Palaka
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Hawaiian Islands emerged as a powerful plantation economy that produced sugar, pineapple and coffee for export around the world. Plantation workers needed a rugged shirt that was suitable for hard labor in the fields. Within a generation, the checkered blue and white denim palaka became the standard work shirt of Hawaii. By the early 1930s the palaka shirt and blue denim trousers called sailor-mokus had almost become the official national costume of Hawaii both on and off the plantation.
From Kimono to Ono
In the early days shirts were tailored by hand, either in the home or at custom tailor shops that had sprung up in plantation towns and throughout Honolulu. Dry goods stores supplied the fabrics: printed silk from Japan, raw silk, batik, rayon from the U.S. mainland and cotton cloth made for kimonos and yukatas. Short- and long-sleeved shirts and women's dresses were based on Asian garment designs and made from pre-printed fabrics from China and Japan. These colorful shirts and dresses were the direct ancestors of modern aloha wear. Here in the islands we say 'ono' to mean deliciously cool.
First Real Kine Hawaiian Designs
It wasn't until the mid-1930s that Hawaiian clothing manufacturers decided to produce cloth that was uniquely Hawaiian in design. Watumull's East India Store led the way by commissioning artist Elsie Das to create fifteen floral designs. Her hand-painted designs were sent to Japan where they were printed by hand onto raw silk.
Satin Mistakes and Hollywood Dreams
According to Hawaiian fabric designer Elsie Das, a Japanese manufacturer once printed a set of her floral designs on heavy satin… by mistake. 'These started a vogue in Hollywood. Ginger Rogers, Janet Gaynor and other stars bought bolts of the stuff and had it made into 'seductive gowns.' The result was an epidemic of Hawaiian designs, with hibiscus and ginger breaking out on table cloths, napkins and scarves all over the country.' 'Elsie Das, Artist Designer,' an article by William Davenport in Paradise of the Pacific, p 9, 1963.
The 'First' Aloha Shirt
The term 'aloha shirt' may have started as street slang in the early 1930s to describe the growing number of shirts featuring Oriental and Hawaiian designs that were being produced by Honolulu tailors. Musa-Shiya, the Shirtmaker first advertised the 'aloha shirt' in the Honolulu Advertiser on June 28, 1935: 'Honolulu's Noted Shirt Maker and Kimono Shop. 'Aloha' shirts - well tailored, beautiful designs and radiant colors. Ready-made or made to order…95 cents up.' By another account, an advertising salesperson from the Honolulu Advertiser and Ellery Chun, the owner of the King-Smith dry goods store, first coined the term 'aloha shirt.' In fact Mr. Chun officially registered a trademark for his Aloha sportswear on July 15, 1936.
Aloha from Hollywood
Movie stars, crooners and politicians did a fine job of promoting Hawaiian clothing. Montgomery Cliff Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine and Frank Sinatra all wore beautiful aloha shirts in the movie From Here to Eternity. Ginger Rogers wore seductive satin gowns of Hawaiian designs while Bing Crosby sported his unique combination of aloha shirt and porkpie hat. And Betty Grable did a promo pin-up shot wearing a gorgeous Hawaiian-style swimsuit in the 1940s.
By modern standards, border shirts were a luxury because so much fabric was wasted in making them. These shirts featured wonderful designs that were so well thought-out that sleeves, sides and hems were identical. Pockets sometimes matched the shirt pattern perfectly. And some designs never repeated themselves on the same shirt. Border shirts tended to be longer to show off the fabric images (you never, EVER tuck in a border shirt). The same tailoring approach was used to create beautiful sun dresses.
Muumuus and Tea-timers
The Hawaiian muumuu started out as a loose-fitting dress designed for women of all sizes. It was the result of missionaries who sought to cover the bodies of Hawaiian women, who traditionally wore nothing more than a skirt. As the muumuu morphed and mated with traditional Asian designs, a unique series of women's garments emerged. For informal entertaining, the pake muu featured long, wing-like sleeves based on a Chinese design. The popular tea-timer was a tight-fitting, tailored, sleeveless top with a short mandarin collar. The holomu was a fitted garment for more formal evening wear while the holoku was a full-length dress for formal affairs. Over the years, women's Hawaiian clothing has tended to feature floral designs: ginger blossoms, plumeria, hibiscus, orchids and birds-of-paradise.
Casual Day Finds Its Roots in Honolulu
In 1947 the Honolulu Board of Supervisors passed a resolution whereby City & County employees were allowed - actually, they were encouraged - to wear sports shirts from June 1 to October 31 each year to beat the summer heat. This single act by a local government has had a powerful influence on businesses and civil servant departments around the world, especially where summers are unbearably hot. Today, many corners of the globe adopt more casual clothing styles for hot weather.
In Hawaii every Friday is Aloha Friday. It's the day when you wear your favorite aloha dress or aloha shirt with pride. On each and every Friday, downtown Honolulu is a sea of aloha wear, especially at lunch time when you can usually catch a free concert in the plaza at the corner of King and Bishop streets. Hawaii's aloha spirit can be found in many business offices. Companies that offer a 'casual' day on Fridays need only look to the Aloha State for the source of this wonderful tradition.
The first annual Aloha Week festival was held in 1947. By 1948's celebration, the local residents were enthusiastically wearing Hawaiian shirts and dresses to help promote local products. And today, after more than 50 years, Aloha Week is still going strong today. It's a great excuse to dress up in your favorite aloha wear, enjoy 'ono Hawaiian kine grinds' (local cuisine), and immerse yourself in the music and arts of the islands.
Travel light! Hawaii is a shopping meca. I recomend you bring your swimsuit, sandles, and sunscreen just because you don't want to waste any time getting to the beach or the pool. You will have time to shop and eat, and shop and eat! So don't worry about anythoing here!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping is not going to happen on Oahu, but hiking is! Bring comfortable shoes and plan to do a lot of walking.
Miscellaneous: Money, Money , Money! Sadly that is Ohau Today. At times you will feel like a hearded cow! But the honest and best way to enjoy any vacation is to come and take it all in!
Luggage and bags:
The typical stuff
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sneakers, sandals, dress shoes, a light jacket and umbrella
Photo Equipment: Camera and lots of film
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkel gear, swim suit