Hawaii (State of) Warnings and Dangers

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Hawaii (State of) Warnings and Dangers

  • Theft

    Honolulu Warnings and Dangers

    I returned from Hawaii yesterday. The day before we were due to fly home we stopped at Shark Cove on the north shore. We were in a rental car and parked in FoodWay directly across from the beach. We locked the car and took our camera bag and swimming gear across the road and walked 40m across rocks and left our camera bag (with car keys inside) at...

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  • Lava rock

    Kailua-Kona Warnings and Dangers

    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."

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  • Animals

    Waikiki Warnings and Dangers

    The only danger here is maybe waking her up and she might not like that and give you a little reminder to leave her alone. I believe it is tiresome many people wanted her attention and especially the children.

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  • Lava

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Warnings and Dangers

    There are a number of dangers around any sort of lava. Obviously, you do not want to get to close to running lava and you absolutely must not touch it. For solidified lava, it is easy to break through a thin, overhanging crust of lava or trip on a crack and fall on the abrasive surface. Near the shore you have to be careful of lava benches...

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  • Lava Flows

    Volcano Warnings and Dangers

    This area can be dangerous if you suffer with any kind of respiratory condition, such as asthma or emphysema. Also not advisable if you are a 'Mom in Waiting' or children. The fumes from the gases are very strong, so even if you don't have medical problems, keep away from vents with yellow around them.

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  • Beaches / Coastlines

    Oahu Warnings and Dangers

    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...

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  • Land Critters

    Hawaii (Big Island) Warnings and Dangers

    Wherever there is foliage and flowers you will find bugs. Mosquitos and Ticks in particular are the nasty critters you want to be wary of. My wife and I always travel with bug repellent (OFF) so we don't go home with any bug bites as souvenirs.

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  • Beach Safety

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    Current and the beaches can be downright dangerous. If you are not experienced in the ocean, don't swim where there are not lifeguards and never swim alone. Sadly, 3 tourist died the week we were in kauai. he saying is, "If in doub't, don't go out!"

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  • Water Safety

    Honolulu Warnings and Dangers

    Pacific waters has some dangerous conditions such as strong currents, big waves, undertow, sharp coral, and dangerous sea creatures. All of them you should take into consideration. In case of Medical Emergencies call 911. The hotels generaly also have doctors. Newcomers, in Hawaiian - "malihini," should take care in choosing where they will enjoy...

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  • Sharks

    Kailua-Kona Warnings and Dangers

    the island have deep water so stay off the water during sun rise or sun set....those are the times that sharks feed....this is a old hawaiian tample to the spirit sharks...they pray before they go in the water, that they promise if the shark will no eat the a life their family will feed their flash to the sharks after their dead

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  • Volcanic Fume Vents

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Warnings and Dangers

    We were warned in advance about the multiple dangers of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and especially the Halema'uma'u Overlook. You can geuss them: * Don't go to close to the rim, it's quite a drop whenever you fall; * Be in good shape, beacuse the hike towards is not easy; * Et cetera. But we didn't hear of one other danger; if you are...

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  • Traffic

    Oahu Warnings and Dangers

    It doesn't matter when you travel to Oahu there is always some sort of gridlock on the highways in and around Waikiki. We have always gotten stuck, 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.

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  • Sunscreen and hitch-hiking

    Hawaii (Big Island) Warnings and Dangers

    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...

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  • Driving Rules

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    Swimming Swimming is a must thing to do in Kaua'i but watch out the big waves at north shore (on east too after october). Always respect signs like this (pic 1) that warns you about dangerous rocks, sharks, currents etc Dont forget that there are many organized beaches with lifeguards on duty. driving Everyone respects the speed limit, we did and...

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  • Sunscreen

    Honolulu Warnings and Dangers

    Hawaii is a dream. The warm air, the flowers, the hot sun on the ocean but the sun in the tropics is strong, even if you do not feel and even if the sky is overcast. Use sunscreen wear hat and light-colored clothing, drink water throughout the day. Some tips • Use a sunblock with UVA/UVB protection. • Choose a sunblock an SPF of at least 15 for...

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  • Rough Shores

    Kailua-Kona Warnings and Dangers

    This beach looks so idyllic that it's easy to forget that those waves out there are VERY powerful. When we came in Nov 2006, my husband got caught in one of those waves and got slammed to the beach. He sprained his shoulder. He did go to the lifeguard station and they must be so used to injuries like that as they made him a shoulder sling right...

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  • Physical Workout

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Warnings and Dangers

    I'll add them all here. First and foremost bring a 1.5 liter bottle of water with you. You can buy it at any store you stop in to here so there isn't a shortage. I actually had to refill at a water fountain cause I drank it all not even half way. The trails itself vary in terrain from giant roots, paved street, jagged lava, and packed in gravel...

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  • The air around the volcanoes

    Hawaii (Big Island) Warnings and Dangers

    The gases emenating from Hawaii's volcanoes are cool -- so unique they even have their own name: vog (for volcanic smog). But they also can be a health hazard -- especially on breezeless days. In fact, the residents of the nearby town of Volcano actually have the same respiratory problems you would expect of someone living in Seoul or Beijing,...

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  • Car Rental

    Oahu Warnings and Dangers

    We've all heard this before, but it is 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...

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  • Kalalau Trail

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    The trail can be wicked... especially if it is raining. We wouldn't have gone on the trail that day if we knew what was in store. Ke'e beach was sunny and gorgeous. About 1 mile in, it started raining on the trail. The trail is already so difficult... add in some rain, and it can be really scary! Wear cleats. Or bare feet. Have a walking stick, and...

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  • Rip-offs & Bargaining

    Honolulu Warnings and Dangers

    It's always tempting to try to travel the cheap way and stay at a hostel or some scummy motel. But in Honolulu it's always better to go with a dependable brand name that you know you can trust. Then you can spend the rest of your worrying deciding whether to go to the beach or snorkeling.

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  • Rugged Cliffs - Pali

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Warnings and Dangers

    The Hawaiians call them Pali. Scientists call them fault scarps. Most of us would call them cliffs. But by whatever name you call them, they can be deadly especially along the seacoast close to the Chain of Craters road. These cliffs are common both around the summit calderas and close to the ocean. Those cliffs on the ocean are being constantly...

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  • Car Break-ins

    Hawaii (Big Island) Warnings and Dangers

    If you don't want to part with your belongings; don't leave them in your car. It is quite common to have your car broken into here so be careful. Leave items in the trunk and not visible to passers by.

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  • Sun/Weather/Other Safety

    Oahu Warnings and Dangers

    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 any rain fall.

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  • Leptospirosis

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    Leptospirosis is a disease that may be transmitted from animals to humans. Transmission usually occurs by contact with soil or water contaminated with the urine or tissue of an infected animal (wild goats, pigs, rats). Symptoms of the bacteria infection are not immediate, and usually begin to appear 7-10 days after the initial contact with the...

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  • Traffic

    Honolulu Warnings and Dangers

    Traffic is horrible in Honolulu. Be prepared to sit in traffic to get anywhere. This includes getting to the airport, so yourself plenty of time to get there (not that you'd be too upset to miss your flight - who wants to leave Hawaii? :)

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  • Lava is HOT!

    Hawaii (Big Island) Warnings and Dangers

    As everyone knows, the temperature of molten lava is extreme. Even if it is not "red hot," recent lava flow can also be hot just beneath the surface and certain types of cooled or hard lava can be extremely sharp, jagged and slice through skin and shoes. You are advised to wear hardsoled shoes when tranversing any cooled lava flows and just don't...

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  • Water Sports

    Oahu Warnings and Dangers

    If you decide to take a tour company to get to Hanauma Bay to snorkel be very specific with your questions. We chose this option because Kris had never snorkeled before and did not want to snorkel in open water from a boat. We booked through Hawaii's Ocean Promotions for a snorkeling excursion. They would provide snorkel gear and a ride to and...

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  • Chickens

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    Okay, it's your honeymoon. You're exhausted from the wedding. Free from work obligations. And ready to sleep in! Not if the chickens wandering the grounds of the hotel have any say. There was a rooster that would crow at the top of it's little lungs first thing in the morning. These wild chickens are everywhere. They aren't dangerous, just annoying...

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  • Swimming

    Hawaii (Big Island) Warnings and Dangers

    Many of the more popular beaches have life guards, but many of the more secluded beaches do not. Please abide by the signs posted . . . no swimming means NO swimming. A "CLOSED" beach is for the protection of the people. Sometimes it's because of the high surf, and dangerous under currents, sometimes it means there's a shark in the area, and...

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  • Shopping

    Oahu Warnings and Dangers

    Oahu offers plenty of delicious fruits and veggies. The island is also full of shops selling beautiful orchids. If you're heading to the US mainland, however, beware. You will need to declare all agricularal items before checking in to your flight and will go through a second inspection after passing through security. Items which are allowed:...

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  • Ultimate Kauai Guidebook

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    According to The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, who are hesitant to give this sport its own section because so many people still don't know what it is, well I'll tell you, it's exciting and a lot of fun to watch, and I imagine, a helluva blast to try and perform. I saw many of these guys during my two weeks on Kaua'i, but it looks like it takes quite a...

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  • Hawaii Superstitions

    Oahu Warnings and Dangers

    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...

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  • Hideaways Beach

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    Hideaways Beach is gorgeous, but as you can see from the pictures, it is a STEEP pathway that leads down to the beach. We were trying to do this in flip-flops (we had no idea it was this steep). We were holding onto the railing for dear life when it broke and we slid for about 10 excruciatingly long feet down the hill. It is so worth it once you...

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  • West Oahu

    Oahu Warnings and Dangers

    One thing that we were warned of before going to Hawaii was its HUGE homeless and Meth drug problem in the state. There is extreme obvious divide between the HAVE and HAVE NOTs that we could just not shake out of our heads the entire trip. Many guide books advise not going to West Oahu. All along the coast there are tent cities where homeless...

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  • Valuables in the Car

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    Luckily it didnt happen to us, but quite a few places on the island, there's evidence of car break ins, in the form of shattered window glass in parking lots. So, take your valuables with you and lock your doors.

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  • Pearl Harbor

    Oahu Warnings and Dangers

    It is imperative to know this BEFORE you go and take the Pearl Harbor tour: Since the increased security form the aftermath of 9-11 and the London Bombings, tourists are not allowed to bring ANY, and I mean ANY, camera bags, diaper bags, fanny packs, purses, shopping bags, backpacks and handbags. Wear shorts with pockets, to carry keys, money,...

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  • Hawaiian Sea Life

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    Please be aware of the most beautiful creatures next to the humpback whale - the Hawaiian Monk Seal. There are only 30 around the island of Kauai. Occasionally you will find one on the beach sunning itself so please give the animal space and respect. There is a $25,000 fine for bothering these animals. We were fortunate enough to see these...

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  • Pacific Missile Range Facility

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    If you are looking for the Barking Sands Beach, you can't get there from here. The Pacific Missile Range Facility is fronting it and since 9/11 the road is closed. Warning, Restricted Area sign is posted.

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  • Red Dirt

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    Much of the dirt on Kaua'i is a deep red. While very attractive, it also has the unhappy quality of being nearly mpossible to get out of your clothes. The white socks we wore when we hiked the Na Pali coast remained stained for the remainder of their useful life (which was at least a couple of years). There's a reason why they are able to sell Red...

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  • parrott guy of waikiki

    I came across the picture of the guy with the parrott and the warning not to take take your picture with him- my wife and I went to Hawaii 2 years ago and ran into him- he hangs around the Waikiki shopping center and waits for people to walk by- he'll put the parrott on your shoulder, use your camera to take your picture, and demand money- he...

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  • Hawaiian Airlines Check-In Times

    All the other times we have checked in for a flight, we can do it on the internet 24 hours in advance. Not Hawaiian Airlines. They have a four hour limit. We left the ship the last possible time. When the cab dropped us off at the airport we tried to get a boarding passes and get my bag checked, but was given a severe talking too by the counter...

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  • Don't turn around your car on the side...

    When driving to Kaneana point and going to Makaha cave, never turn around your car on the side of the road. Your car might be stocked on the sand and to ask help would be difficult. Just loop around on the paved road as their are very few cars passing by. It is better safe than sorry.The other danger is going down the rocks at the Blow Hole in...

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  • Driving to Wainae and Kaneana Point

    I will definitely put the danger of driving to Wainae in the island of Oahu. Before heading to the Makaha Cave at the Kaneana Point, there are now miles and miles of trash thrown at the shoulder of the roads including tires, broken glasses, old furnitures and appliances. There are so many tents put up by homeless people on the beachside. The...

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  • Maui current-VERY strong

    I was raised in California and grew up going to beaches, but was unprepared for the ocean in Maui. I felt like Blue Crush movie at Big Beach by Kihei. I am strong swimmer but-NEVER turn your back on the ocean. Have fun but be aware!!!

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