Gridlock in Paradise?!!
It doesn't really matter when you travel to O'ahu there is always some sort of gridlock on the highways, especially in and around Waikiki. We have always gotten stuck in some sort of gridlock even in the evenings and find it quite annoying.
My suggestion if you are driving back to the airport allow yourself enough time for some form of traffic.Related to:
- Road Trip
Pacific Ocean safety
As usual, common sense is the key to all safey issues. It is extremely important to watch out for and obey all safey signs while enjoying the beautiful pacific ocean. Be mindful of your surroundings and try not to venture out in the ocean on your own.
The pacific ocean can have some very strong currents, big waves and undertows, sharp coral reefs and dangerous sea creatures, so be on the lookout.Related to:
- Water Sports
Throughout the islands and in particular in areas near waterfalls, rivers and ocean you will come across all sorts of signs heeding warning of flash floods and other dangers.
Take precaution and obey the signs as a sudden and unexpected flooding can occur during anytime after some rain fall.Related to:
- Road Trip
Car safety tips
We've all heard this before, but it's very important to follow some safety rules while driving in O'ahu. Unfortunately, even in paradise you should use caution and common sense and avoid places you are unfamiliar with. Always lock your doors while driving (rental cars are easily distinguished and are targets). Do not leave any objects in the car or trunk and do no stop to take a quick picture and leave the car unattended.
A few preliminary steps will ensure a fun and safe trip.
Avoid sunburn and heat stroke
The sun in a torpic climate is strong and even if it doesn feel like the sun is beaming down on you while you are out and about walking or at the beach, it is important that you apply sunscreen. If it is too hot out please use caution and get under some shade or inside an airconditioned location. Drink plenty of water and cover up.
Fair skinned individuals should use extra caution by using a hat, sun glasses and covering up a bit more and definitely re-apply the sunscreen throughout the day.
By using sunscreen and staying out of the sun when it's too hot will guarantee that you'll have a wonderful trip. So apply, apply, apply.Related to:
- Water Sports
- Sailing and Boating
Hawaiian waters can be plagued with the invasion of jellyfish especially after a full moon. The sting of a jellyfish can be dangerous, quite painful and leave a lasting scare. The main types of jellyfish found off the shores of O'ahu are the box and Portuguese-man-of-war.
Use caution when swimming in the ocean waters and head any warning signs that are periodically posted warning of jellyfish in the waters.Related to:
- Water Sports
Don't remove natural objects
The traditional Hawaiians believe that every living thing has a life and a place of its own. Everything from a plant, stone, shell, sand, animal should be left without removing it from its natural home.
As travelers we should learn to respect other cultures by obeying written and unwritten laws. Be an informed traveler and read about the places you are visiting and the traditions and cultures that make that location unique.Related to:
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- Historical Travel
Hawaii is a big surfing destination for tourist but it is also a home to many local surfers. Locals can get a bit territorial if their local surfing spot is getting invaded by the tourist hordes who have no clue how to surf and are in their way in the water. We have never experienced any issues on beaches but have had friends that have had physical altercations with locals over this such issue.
Be careful when swimming, surfing, diving and snorkeling near or around coral reefs. The last thing you want is to get cut by the coral which is loaded with bacteria and can cause a nasty infection. If you do get cut; seek medical attention.
Flash Floods can be a hazard when visiting the area. Heavy rains can occur causing a flash flood to happen suddenly and without warning. Check the weather ahead of time before kiking especially near a body of water.
Traffic Can Be Terrible...
Traffic can be a mess at certain times of the day on the island of Oahu; just like any other place. During the weekday commuting hours; it's best to avoid the highways unless you want a bit of a wait in your car.
Don't Take Home Lava Rocks
Yes, you want a souvenir of your vacation but do not remove any lava rocks. As superstition goes; removal of the rocks angers the volcano goddess Pele and brings bad luck to the person. So just go buy a souvenir from ABC...
"Take only pictures; leave only footprints." "Take only gifts you are given (like flower lei’s); and leave only with Aloha."
The Sun is Strong
It's always important to be aware of the sun. Relaxing on a beautiful beach with a breeze can make you easily forget to check you skin for signs of a sunburn. We always slather on the sunblock; usually SPF 100 and make sure to re-apply requently. Liz and I both brings hats to ensure our faces do not fry in the sun.
The best thing to do is avoid peak burn times that are from 11am-3pm. We usaully get ourselves some lunch, drinks and shopping during this time to avoid getting crispy.
Jellyfish can be a problem when enjoying the water. Portuguese man-of-war and box jellyfish are common causes of stings. Be aware of the water and look for tentacles to avoid a trip to the hospital and a bad sting.
Beautiful and Also Dangerous
The ocean is a beautiful sight and fun to swim but it can be dangerous. String currents in the water can be dangerous even to powerful, experienced swimmers. MAke sure to swim in areas where there are lifeguards and pay attention to surf conditions.
We stayed at this hotel with a 3 month old in December of 2011. We were the last one to check in...more
2417 Prince Edward Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States
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1277 Mokulua Drive, Kailua, Hawaii, United States
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