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    by TropicGirl77 Updated Feb 21, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Take sturdy luggage, and tag them with very distinguishable tags or pompoms ... EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE will have the same type of luggage you have if you buy a black set or tapestry style! If you're wondering about the "disposable luggage", it came through the baggage claim from a passenger flying to or back to O'ahu.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make room in your suitcase for shorts and tank tops, but don't forget to bring along a long sleeve shirt or windbreaker ... you may want this for the slight breeze on a moonlight stroll, or just to keep the sun or bugs off you at various parks/attractions. Bring comfortable walking shoes and beach shoes (sandals or rubber slippers) A visor is a must, or a ball cap if you are prone to sunburns on your scalp! Bring a nice outfit too, if you intend to visit a night club or restaurant that will require slightly more dressy attire.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: My best advice is SUNSCREEN! Don't leave home without it! Also, be sure to bring your allergy meds ... it's almost essential here for the serious sufferers.

    Photo Equipment: A good 35mm camera is a must for your trip ... lots of 400 iso and several 800 iso for evening photographs. **That little spot** in your camera bag for extra batteries and film ... FILL IT UP WITH BATTERIES AND FILM. Here on the islands, because tourism is our main industry, you will find yourself paying megabucks for film and batteries if you have to buy them at the local ABC store or in anywhere in Waikiki!

    Miscellaneous: Bring a cheap flashlight if you plan on going to the Diamond Head Trail, or Moonlight Walk at Waimea Falls Park.

    Disposable luggage is not recommended!

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    by sticki Written Dec 18, 2002

    Luggage and bags: People who insist on taking more than they can carry really bother me.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good sandles that will hold up to sand, saltwater and walking.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen. And all the usual crap.

    Photo Equipment: Buy an underwater camera at home. The hotels and tourist traps know they have a captive audience.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swimsuit, of course.

    Miscellaneous: It can get chilly at night, so bring something to cover up with.

    Be sure to bring a variety of clothing.

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    Don't overpack!

    by GroovyDoc Written Dec 8, 2002

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: teva's - if you have them - were appropriate almost everywhere!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: mosquito repellent if you will be hiking. Bring Woolite, too, so you can wash your bathing suits every day!

    Miscellaneous: One of the major things to buy in Hawaii is "aloha"-clothes. You'll buy shirts and dresses galore, so don't overpack!

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    by slaybelle Updated Nov 16, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Oahu:

    Arizona Memorial - In the early morning hours just before the Pearl Harbor attack, the Arizona was destroyed along with most of the crew, numbering over 2,300 casualties. Visitors can see the hulk of the ship and the oil still seeping from its engine.

    Historic Honolulu - Visitors can grab a tour map and walk through the city and see the Aloha Tower, Iolani Palace, State Library, and Kamehameha statue.


    Honouliuli Preserve - Offers spectacular views of central O'ahu and the Wai'anae coast and shelters more than 45 rare plant and animal species.
    Interpretive Hike Through Honouliuli Preserve


    (Contour Trail) - Nature Conservancy hike leaders who are knowledgeable in Hawaiian flora, fauna, and culture will guide you along this lower-elevation, mostly level trail located in the Wai'anae Mountains.

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    by Hawaii-5-0 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Avoid taking any clothing made from cotton.If your gear should get wet or if you do any laundry, it takes forever to dry.
    Try to take clothing made from synthetic material like nylon,polyester, capilene or cool max.They are cooler, lighter and dry a lot faster.

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    by Hawaii-5-0 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Back pack: 2500-2900 cu.inch capacity or smaller.
    Pack as LITE as possible.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good pair hiking boots.
    Clothing should be lite and thin for easy wash and drying. Not much clothing is needed at the end of the trail.Trust me.... 95% of the people who make it to the end of the trail are naked....it must be the strong and uncontrollable urge to reconnect with nature or the Adam and Eve Syndrome of being in paradise.
    Temp. rarely drops below 60 F.
    (sleeping bag not necessary)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Basic first aid kit.

    Photo Equipment: Small compact camera with built in zoom lens,wide angle lens and flash.(Saves on weight and space.)
    Extra film. ASA 400 Keep all film and camera in a waterproof bag. Zip Lock

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping permits for different camp sites;
    lite wt. tent,food,stove,fuel,pot,flash light,
    water purifer,freeze dried food. (Japanese ramen noodles were great)
    Avoid taking any canned or glass food items.Thats extra weight and you have to pack the empty containers out.

    Miscellaneous: walking stick-(firm branch or stick will do)
    invaluable when crossing streams,slippery muddy parts of the trail,and loose volcanic soil.
    Helps to maintain balance and reduce stress on your back and knees.

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    by Hawaii-5-0 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Camping

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Prevent dehydration and heat stroke.Speaking from experience, you can never carry enough safe drinking water along the Kalalau trail.Sooner or later you will run out of safe drinking water.The heat, humidity and physical exertion will take it's toll on your body.Have used and recommend the following:
    1)Sweetwater Guardian purification system with viralstop. $69.00
    2)Portable Aqua and P.A. Plus-iodine tablets. $5.00
    I would recommend a water purifer over iodine tablets.The water taste better and less side effects from iodine intake.Big cost factor difference.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: WATER PURIFIER....OR...... IODINE TABLETS........ VERY,VERY, VERY IMPORTANT !

    Miscellaneous: Leptospirosis - virus - in untreated drinking water is very nasty and is something you do not want to get on your vacation.The 3 only ways to safely eliminate the virus and make mountain stream water safe to drink are: 1) boil water for 10 minutes, 2) use a water purifer which uses either chlorine or iodine, or 3)use iodine tablets.
    NOTE: WATER FILTERS DO NOT ELIMINATE LEPTOSPIRSIS.

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    by BeckyBob Written Sep 8, 2002

    Luggage and bags: Pack a folding bag in your suitcase that can be checked on your return. Fill it with your dirty clothes and pack your souvenirs in your regular suitcase.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take at least two swimsuits. The humidity will keep your suit wet overnight. Don't pack but one or two tops. Go to the swap meet at the football stadium in Honolulu on Wednesday or the weekend and buy great T-shirts for $4 each, Aloha shirts for $10. Unless you are planning to go to a really upscale restaurant, forget slacks or any other dressy clothes. A light weight sweater or sweat shirt is handy for the surprisingly cool and windy nights. A lot of the beaches have rocks where you enter the water so a pair of aqua socks or sandals or old sneakers will really come in handy.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Just the usual. Sunscreen will be cheaper on the mainland US so you might want to take that with you. Just put it in a zip-lock bag to prevent it from becoming one with your clothes during the flight.

    Photo Equipment: A disposable underwater camera will take remarkable pictures if you remember to keep the sun at your back. You can use them out of the water, too.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Old sneakers or aqua socks for wading where there are rocky bottoms.

    Miscellaneous: DON'T bring your own snorkel gear. You can rent it by the week for $10 or in some places, buy it that cheaply.

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    by Daffy_Duck Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Out going shoes(elegant) and of course comfortable shoes (sneakers)Don't for get it is hot over there!!!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The usual med. kit, Suntan Lotion and don't forget OFF the insect repeller.
    (Swimsuit Required)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Comfortable shoes and lose clothing

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    by missiondude Written Aug 26, 2002

    Luggage and bags: regular luggage is fine.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: bring shorts and clothes that you can stay cool in.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: suntan lotion is a must for no matter what you do.

    Photo Equipment: a camera or video camera is fine.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: swimming trunks and let me reemphasize suntan lotion.

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    by afdillon Written Aug 26, 2002

    Luggage and bags: You are taking smaller summer clothes so you don't need much baggage unless you plan on shopping lots. You don't want to be hauling baggage in the heat.
    To and from the airport too you can get a bus for about $8 and it picks up at most hotels and hostels and they will let you store your baggage after you check out as a lot of the flights are late at night.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A simsuit and wrap or wrap and tank top are great day clothes or walking shorts as you are then decent enough if you want to stop in and eat somewhere.
    Clothes dry easily in the heat so you can do some laundry and I ended up buying beach sandals and found I just wore them all the time.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lots of good spf sunlotion - esp in the convertable rental car - we forgot!!!!! Ouch. We showered a lot just because of the sunlotion and sand!!!
    Your skin gets so moist it is wonderful you don't need a bunch of moisturisers for this and that. If you have longer curly hair and like to keep it straight -may as well forget it - Just keep it tied back!!

    Photo Equipment: Had no problems here just used a LOT of film and got it developed there too at a reasonable price.
    It is hard to balance in a tidal pool with a camera - so maybe a waterproof is a very good idea!!!!!!!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach was clean - but mind your jewellry - esp rings.
    Something to do with the salt water and shrinkage of your fingers - so that is why you see guys with their metal detectors roaming the beach. And you don't want to get all that sand and sunlotion in them anyway. So leave them home.

    Miscellaneous: Just a will to enjoy the scenery or nightlife if you are after that and appreciate the slowness of 'Holiday'

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    by TMR1010 Updated Aug 26, 2002

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I never saw so many people wearing flip-flops (or I guess as they call them, slippers) as I did on Oahu. The cashiers at the supermarkets, the restaurant hostesses, people who were otherwise kind of dressed up, all wore flip-flops. People wear flip-flops in New York City too, but we get our flip-flops for $20 from the Gap. Everyone there wears 99 cent rubber ones from the drugstore. Everyone. Just be wary when buying them, because my husband's pair had some sort of nubs on the bottom that were so painful to step on we christened them the 'Death Flops' Also, bring a light (unlined) windbreaker in case it rains. If you're going in the winter like we did, layer up with stuff you'll wear there to get on the plane in your chilly clime.

    Photo Equipment: I have my dad's old SLR camera (circa Vietnam War) and even though there's nothing digital or automatic about it, it took amazing pictures. I plan on bringing my digital camera (plus the old standby) next time. It's hard not to take great pictures when you have such great scenery to work with.

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    by Darby2 Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Photo Equipment: I brought my Questar 7 telescope to Hawaii, even though it weighed more than my baggage allowance at the time. It comes in 2 very well padded cases and travels well. I also brought a 4x5 camera, a 6x6 camera and a 35mm.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring a warm ski jacket of you're going to the top of Mauna Kea, it can get cold and be very windy up there!!!

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    by politigal Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a lot of bathing suits and flipflops!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take vinegar with you to the beaches. There are a lot of jellyfiush in the water and if you are stung by a jelly or a sea urchin, vinegar will dilute the poison and stop the stinging.

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    by WelderDave Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hawaiian shirts, shorts, sandals, sun hat,sunglasses. Thats all you need.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Aloevera for sunburn

    Photo Equipment: Good 35mm camera with wide angle, 50mm, and telephoto 70 x 200. I have a digital camera I will bring next time with a 128 Meg memory card.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swimming suit, snorkel equipment, day hiking gear, Binocs, Waterproof Sunscreen 30 or better.

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