The fresh, floral air energizes you. The
warm, tranquil waters refresh you. The breathtaking, natural beauty
renews you. There’s no place on earth like Hawaii. Whether
you’re a new visitor or returning, the six unique islands
offer distinct experiences that will entice any traveler. Home to
one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the world’s
tallest sea mountain. Birthplace of surfing and the hula. Former
seat of a royal kingdom. Hawaii is one of the youngest geological
formations in the world and the youngest state of the union. But
perhaps Hawaii’s most unique feature is its Aloha Spirit:
the warmth of the people of Hawaii that wonderfully complements
the Islands’ perfect temperatures and pristine beaches.
What is the climate?
Beautifully balmy best
describes Hawaii's weather. Plenty of sun and cooling trade winds
combine for year round comfy conditions. Short, intermittent showers
are "blessings." Sometimes you barely feel drops, and
when you look around, you see a rainbow. Average temperatures: April-
November: 75-88° F. December- March: 68-80° F. Average water
temperature: 74° F.
How shall I dress?
In the daytime shorts,
sandals or some good walking shoes, short sleeve shirts, hat, sunglasses
and swimsuit for the beach. In the evening casual pants and shirts
for both men and women, dresses for women, sport coat (if you plan
to visit a fine dining restaurant) and a light jacket or sweater.
Can I bring in plants
Many plants and animals
from elsewhere in the world can be harmful to Hawaii's unique environment,
agriculture, and communities. Aboard your flight you will be required
by state law to fill out an agriculture declaration form and items
may be inspected. If you are traveling with animals, you must declare
them and all animals must be turned in to the airport's Animal Quarantine
Holding Facility by the airline.
What about a marriage
Hawaii is a beautiful place
and a marriage here is an ideal way for a couple to start life together.
For any person to lawfully marry in the State of Hawaii, a license
for that purpose must be obtained from an authorized agent. Once
the license has been issued, there is no waiting period before the
marriage can take place. Blood tests are not required. The legal
age to marry is 18 years for both males and females. Proof of age
is required. A certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented
for anyone 18 years of age or under. A valid I.D. or driver’s
license may be presented for anyone 19 years of age or over. For
more information check on the Hawaii State Dept. of Health's web-site.
- Avoid wearing shoes, clothing, and jewelry that contain metal.
Refrain from bringing wrapped presents.
- Put all undeveloped film and cameras with film in your carryon
baggage. Checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped
- Carry on baggage is limited to one carry on bag plus one personal
item. Personal items include laptops, purses, small backpacks,
briefcases, or camera cases.
- All gels and liquids must be in 3oz containers or less and placed
in a clear plastic zip-top one quart bag. One zip-top bag per
person. Keep the plastic zip-top baggie out of your hand carried
bag, as you will need to place it in a security bin for screening.
Exemptions are larger amounts of required medications, baby formula
and diabetic glucose treatment, which must be declared to security
officers at the entrance to the check-point for screening.
- Checked baggage is limited to two per passenger. Do not over
pack. Each checked bag may weigh 50 pounds, if you are traveling
domestically and 70 pounds if traveling internationally without
incurring additional fees. Island Air is an exception, where the
free luggage allowance (including golf bags) is 2 pieces at a
combined total weight of 50 lbs. United Airlines policy for customers
who purchase nonrefundable domestic economy tickets. United's
new checked bag policy is available at united.com/baggage. For
customers who have at least Premier status in Mileage Plus or
Silver status with Star Alliance, there are no changes to the
number of bags they can check for free. Customers who purchase
nonrefundable domestic economy tickets and do not have status
in Mileage Plus or Star Alliance may check one bag for free and
a second bag for a $25 service fee. For all customers, the cost
to check a third or fourth bag, depending on their status, will
be $100 per bag. The cost to check items that require special
handling because they are large, overweight or fragile will now
be either $100 or $200, depending on the item.
Security Screening Tips:
- Recommended times for passengers to check in before scheduled
departure is 120 minutes. Only passengers holding a boarding pass
will be allowed through the security checkpoint to their departure
- All passengers will need to provide a valid state or federal
government-issued picture identification at time of check in,
and is required at security checkpoints.
- Knives and other cutting instruments, club like items such as
baseball bats, golf clubs, pool cues, are prohibited beyond the
- If your bag is selected for secondary screening, it may be opened
and examined on a table in your presence.
- Passengers are required to take off their shoes before going
through metal detector.
Is there meal service
on the flight?
While in Transit Meals on
Board the Aircraft: Hawaiian and Aloha Airlines still offer complimentary
meals on their trans-pacific flights. Delta, United, Northwest,
Alaska and ATA provide complimentary soft drinks, as well as snacks
or meals that you have to pre-order for purchase or can choose to
buy while on board. The airlines have gone to "No Cash" policy for
on-board purchases. They will only accept a Credit or Debit card.
Check with your particular airline for more information.
Comfort measures during
Chew on gum, yawn or suck
on hard candies to help relieve the pressure that builds in your
ears. Drink plenty of water. Do light stretching exercises. The
relatively low humidity in the cabin can increase allergy or asthma
symptoms. Take preventative measures as necessary.
What about jet lag?
Reset your watch to the
destinations time as soon as you get on the plane. Eat before you
get on the plane so hunger does not prevent you from sleeping on
the flight. If you're using a blanket, buckle your seat belt over
the blanket. That way, a flight attendant checking seat belts won't
awaken you. If it's daytime when you arrive but nighttime at home,
don't sleep. Instead, try doing some light exercise, like walking,
to help revive your body and stop it from producing sleep-inducing
What about flying and
It is generally recommended
that women not fly at all during their last six weeks of pregnancy.
Some airlines require pregnant passengers to provide a doctor's
statement and women should always consult their obstetricians before
Flying with children:
- Consider a red-eye flight. This increases the chance that your
youngster will be able to sleep through the majority of the trip.
- While any child under two is not required to have their own
seat, they may be happier if they do. If you do use a car seat,
make sure it has been certified for air travel.
- Bring toys the children have never used, the newness will hold
their attention longer.
- Bring plenty of juice. Finger foods are a great distraction.
When traveling with your baby, give him or her a bottle or pacifier
to suck on during takeoff and landing. This will help normalize
pressure on the ears and keep your baby comfortable.
Travelers with special
Please advise your airline
in advance to arrange any special services to ensure assistance.
Most airlines transport personal wheelchairs including folding,
collapsible or non-folding manual wheelchairs, and electric/battery
powered wheelchairs and electric powered carts.
Where is baggage claim?
The baggage claim area of
the Honolulu International Airport is located on the lower level
of the Main Terminal. You can get there on the free Wiki-Wiki (Hawaiian
word for speedy) Shuttle, or by walking and following the signs.
It's less then a 10-minute stroll if you want to stretch your legs.
For other islands directions to baggage claim areas are clearly
posted. To get to the inter-island or commuter terminal at Honolulu
International Airport the free Wiki-Wiki Shuttle will take you otherwise
it is a ten to fifteen minute walk.
We do offer rental cars
on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Hawaii, Maui and Molokai and are
suggested, as public transportation is limited (except if you are
staying in Waikiki). Oahu does have "The Bus" that is
a public bus that goes around the entire island for only a couple
of dollars. We can provide airport transfers in Oahu, Maui, Kauai
and Hawaii. Oahu has a lot more to offer than just Waikiki, so you
may want to consider a daily car rental to do some exploring to
the North Shore or Kailua Beach on the east side.
What can't I bring home?
All baggage from Hawaii
to the U.S. Mainland is subject to pre-flight inspection by the
U.S. Department of Agriculture. Restrictions on fruits, plants,
and other items from Hawaii to the Mainland are enforced to prevent
the spread of fruit flies and other hazardous plant insects and
diseases. Non-certified fruits, vegetables, flowers or plants cannot
be taken in your checked or carry-on baggage. Non-inspected agricultural
items will be confiscated.
Getting to the airport:
- Allow plenty of time. If you're driving a rental car be sure
to leave yourself enough time to fill the gas tank, get the car
turned in and transit to the departure terminal.
- Plan to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure
for inter-island flights and three hours prior to flights to the
Once you have checked in
for your flight you will be required to go through a security screening
process. Keep your boarding pass and picture identification card
** Information provided
by the Hawaii Tourism Authority **
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