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92 DISCOVER HAWAI‘I The Hawaiian Islands: Fast facts LOCAL TRANSPORT • On O‘ahu use ‘TheBus’ (thebus.org) and Waikiki Trolley (waikikitrolley.com) — they’re easy, fun and affordable ways to see Waikīkī and Honolulu. • With little to no public transport on neighbouring islands, a hire car (or combination of hire car and tours) is recommended. • A ferry operates daily to/from Lāhainā (Maui) to Moloka‘i (90 minute trip) and Lāna‘i (60 minute trip). • Taxis are available at airports and key tourist spots. Credit cards are not commonly accepted and long taxi rides are costly. Taxis charge approximately US$45 for the 30-minute journey from Honolulu International Airport to Waikīkī. • In key tourist spots, shuttles operate between airports and hotels/resorts, and between resorts and nearby shopping precincts. Some are free of charge and others incur a small fee (check with your hotel/resort for details). • Helicopter tours are a great way to see the particularly scenic spots such as Waimea Canyon (Kaua‘i) and inaccessible areas such as the Nāpali Coast (Kaua‘i). • Passenger submarines are a novel, comfortable and safe way to explore the wonders of Hawai‘i’s tropical waters. • Motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles are available for hire. HIRE CARS • Travellers from Australia and New Zealand do not require an international driver’s licence as major car hire companies accept licences from both countries. In some cases drivers will need to be more than 25 years of age and in possession of a major credit card. • It’s best to pre-arrange car hire prior to leaving Australia to avoid disappointment. • Rental cars offer real value as they provide the freedom and flexibility to experience what each island has to offer. • Some car hire companies offer free shuttles for customers picking up vehicles. • Remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road. • You’ll find that most major roads are well maintained. • Please ‘drive with Aloha’ (slowly and without the horn as it’s considered rude) and observe speed limits. Avoid tailgating and the local rule for single-lane bridges is to yield to on-coming traffic. However, if you’re the on-coming traffic and there is a line waiting on the other side, stop and let your neighbours cross. ETIQUETTE TIPS Respect property marked with kapu (‘off limits’). Remember to mālama kai (respect plants and animals). Make sure to mālama ‘aīna (respect the land) by staying on trails and not disturbing plants. Properly dispose of opala (rubbish). Observe smoke-free laws which prohibit smoking in enclosed public areas. WEATHER The temperature fluctuates very little. Summer (May-Oct) has an average daytime temperature at sea level of 29.4oC while the equivalent in winter (Nov-Apr) is 25.6oC. Temperatures at night are approximately 12oC lower. November to March are the wettest months but the rain tends to be localised with sunny spots usually found somewhere else on each island. Long periods of rain are uncommon. During summer showers are less frequent, often lasting only a few minutes. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ACROSS HAWAI‘I FROM JANUARY - DECEMBER *provided by USclimatedata.com JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 27 27 27 29 29 31 31 32 32 31 29 27 19 19 20 21 22 23 23 24 23 23 22 22 AV HIGH AV LOW DISCOVER HAWAI‘I 93 TIPPING GUIDELINES US standards on tipping apply: Bar – US$0.50-$1 per drink Concierge – US$1 for calling a taxi Free shuttle – US$1 per short trip per person Housekeeping – US$1 per bed per night (leave it on the bedside table each morning) Kids’ clubs – US$15 a day Luggage porters – US$1 per bag Room service – 10-15% of total bill Taxi – 15% of fare Tour guides – US$5-$10 per half day per person/couple Restaurants – 15-20% Note that a service charge may be automatically added to a bill, especially for party sizes of six or more. Check your bill, before tipping, to see if a service charge has already been included. Cruising – A small gratuity is generally built into the cost of your cruise (this is split between various service departments onboard such as housekeeping and food/beverage). At your discretion, you may still like to leave a tip for extra special service received from housekeepers, waiters, bar staff, kids’ club attendants and others. BASIC COSTS Coffee – US$3; Beer – US$5; Club Sandwich – US$8; Glass of Wine – US$7; Soft Drink – US$3. When purchasing an item you will be charged a General Excise Tax (added on at the time of purchase) of 4.166–4.712%. GETTING MARRIED IN HAWAI‘I Getting married in Hawai‘i is a beautiful way to start life together. To lawfully marry in Hawai‘i, a licence must be obtained from an authorised agent. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and file an official application in person with one of the many licensed agents across the Hawaiian Islands. A fee of US$60 (plus US$5 processing charge) applies. Once the licence is issued, there is no waiting period. Visit health.hawaii.gov/vitalrecords/marriage-licenses ROMANTIC CELEBRATIONS Hawai‘i is one of the world’s most popular destinations for romantic celebrations, whether it’s a couple’s holiday, wedding, honeymoon, vow renewal or anniversary. Your local travel agent can help and many Hawaiian hotels and resorts can assist, especially if you’re planning a ceremony on-site. Professional wedding co-ordinators are also available for hire in Hawai‘i. Download our ‘Hawai‘i Romance Guide’ by visiting gohawaii.com/au/statewide/romance-guide CAMPING Many sites are available. Permits and fees are required. Visit https://camping.ehawaii. gov/camping/welcome.html ECO VOLUNTEERISM You can sign up for an afternoon or multiday activities to help with a variety of projects: Visit: Preserve Hawaii preservehawaii.org The Nature Conservancy nature.org/about-us/volunteer CLOTHING Casual daywear and semi-casual clothes with a light jacket for evenings. LEGAL DRINKING AGE 21 years of age. Please note that ID is required to enter bars or buy alcoholic drinks. ELECTRICAL VOLTAGE Electricity is 115/120 volts at 60 cycles (60 Hz) per second. Purchase a voltage converter if your device does not accept this voltage. The USA uses the ‘RJ11’ jack. AREA TELEPHONE CODE FOR HAWAI‘I: 808 INTERNET & WIRELESS SERVICES Many hotels in Hawai‘i provide internet or Wi-Fi connectivity for their guests. Check with your hotel regarding charges, if any. In addition you’ll often find free Wi-Fi available in cafes and restaurants. If you wish to use your laptop, check that it can be used at a voltage of 110V. STAYING IN TOUCH BY PHONE Check with your mobile phone provider regarding international roaming charges as they can be expensive. Many travellers opt to disable international roaming and data down- loading when they are overseas (consult your mobile phone provider for instructions). One way to keep your mobile bill under control while away is to buy a pre-paid set-value SIM card prior to departure or on arrival. In both cases you simply get a new number and SIM card to place in your existing handset while you’re away from home. You can also use phone cards and credit cards to make international calls (convenience stores across Hawai‘i sell phone cards).
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