Discover Hawaii : Discover Hawaii 2014
DISCOVER HAWAI‘I 81 COMMON HAWAIIAN WORDS In the Hawaiian language aloha not only means ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ but also ‘love’, ‘affection’ and ‘compassion’. Here are a few helpful words: mahalo thank you keiki child ‘ohana family pau fnished lūʻau Hawaiian feast ‘ono delicious pūpū appetiser ma uka inland ma kai toward the ocean kōkua help wikiwiki quickly WATER SAFETY Hawai'i's ocean is beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. Strong, hidden currents can overpower even experienced swimmers and standing on rocky outcrops can be dangerous due to sudden, powerful rogue waves. Conditions in the water constantly change. Remember: • waves come in sets and conditions can be calm for up to 20 mins between dangerous sets of waves • swim only where lifeguards are on duty • do not ght a rip current (keep calm, oat and wave for help, and go with the current to conserve energy) • use the buddy system -- never swim alone and know your limits • when in doubt, don't go out • nude bathing and nude sun-bathing is prohibited across Hawai'i. HIKING SAFETY Hawai'i is the perfect destination for hiking but some trails are for experienced hikers only. Make sure you do your research (degree of di iculty and length), let people know where you're going, carry a mobile phone and hike with a partner. Visit http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/ brochures/HikingSafety.pdf/view GENERAL SAFETY TIPS Be as security-conscious as you would be at home. Don't leave valuables unattended or in plain sight in a hire car, on the beach, or in restaurants or lobbies (lock them in the hotel/ room safe). Take only essential items to the beach and put keys/valuables in a waterproof bag and keep them with you. Carry little cash and leave extra cash/credit cards in the hotel safe. Make use of travellers' cheques, ATM facilities and/or credit cards. MAJOR PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN 2014 New Year’s Day Jan 1 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day Jan 20 Presidents’ Day Feb 17 Prince Kūhiō Day Mar 26 Good Friday Apr 18 Memorial Day May 26 King Kamehameha I Day Jun 11 Independence Day Jul 4 Statehood Day Aug 15 Labor Day Sep 1 General Election Day Nov 4 Veterans’ Day Nov 11 Thanksgiving Nov 27 Christmas Day Dec 25 SUN SAFETY Apply sunscreen often (year-round). Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. SNORKELLING SAFETY Check ocean conditions prior to snorkelling in order to avoid high surf and strong currents. PRE-DEPARTURE SAFETY TIP Leave a copy of your itinerary with family/ friends back home and carry emergency contact numbers with you.
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