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Hawaii is the epitome of paradise. Its technicolour coral reefs and turquoise waters with a backdrop of lush greenery make Hawaii a hard-to-resist dream holiday destination for Aussies!

Indulge in the culture, relax in blissfully beautiful surroundings or explore and experience nature at its best like never before. It’s true – Hawaii has plenty to offer Aussie holidaymakers, so what’s stopping you booking a flight to this life-changing destination?

What to know before you go

Is Hawaii a country?

Hawaii is not a country. It is the southernmost US state and as it’s a series of islands, Hawaii does not border any of the other American states.

Is Hawaii Polynesian?

Yes. Hawaii is considered to be one of the three corners that form the Polynesian triangle. However, the native Polynesians are now a minority in Hawaii.

Which Hawaiian island is cheapest?

For accommodation costs, dining and island activities, Oahu is considered to be the cheapest of the Hawaiian islands.

Which island is Honolulu on?

Honolulu is situated on Oahu. It is the capital and largest city within the state of Hawaii.

Does Hawaii have winter?

Most of Hawaii experiences two seasons. Hawaii’s summer runs from April through to October. Its winter follows from October back through to April. Winter sees the majority of the rainfall in Hawaii, as well as some snow.

Has Hawaii ever had snow?

Although Hawaii is located in the tropics, its high mountains experience snowfall during winter months. On the Big Island of Hawaii, the mountains Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa do see snow every year. This is usually between October and March.

Is Hawaii close to the equator?

Hawaii is approximately 2,110km north of the equator. While it’s relatively close to the equator, it’s much closer to the Tropic of Cancer.

Does Hawaii have daylight saving?

Hawaii has never observed daylight saving time under the Uniform Time Act. Hawaii chose to opt out of the Act’s provisions in 1967.

Health and safety

Is Hawaii safe?

Hawaii is relatively safe for the most part within the tourist spots. However, there are a number of hazards holidaymakers should be on the lookout for:

  • Jellyfish: Yep, Hawaii has these too. They’re particularly prevalent after a full moon. Keep an eye out for the stringy tentacles of the box jellyfish as a sting from one of these will need immediate attention.
  • Sharks: These sea predators are not uncommon, even in the shallower waters.
  • Endangered or ill-tempered animals: Hawaii is home to some species of endangered animals, as well as some that can be vicious or even dangerous. Pay attention to signs and respect the advice provided.
  • Lava rocks: Cooled lava rocks are scattered throughout the islands of Hawaii. They can be amazingly hot or razor sharp, so express caution if you feel the need to touch one.

Aside from these natural hazards, we would also advise Aussies to stay alert and protect their personal safety and belongings – especially in Waikiki. Consult the island tourist offices if in doubt and avoid deserted areas.

Which Hawaiian islands have volcanoes?

There are currently three active volcanoes in Hawaii. Hawaii Island (also known as the Big Island) is home to Mauna Loa and Kilauea which visitors can view in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984, but Kilauea has been erupting non-stop since 1983.

Loihi is situated below the surface of the water just off the southern coast of Hawaii's Big Island. Loihi has been erupting since 1996 and could result in an additional Hawaiian island in the distant future.

The Hawaiian islands are constructed entirely from volcanoes, be they inactive or active. As such, there’s at least one on every island!

Does Hawaii have snakes?

Due to the isolation of Hawaii, plants and animals have great difficulty in establishing themselves on the islands. It is only in recent history that snakes have been spotted on the islands, one of the species seen being the brown tree snake. This, in particular, could devastate the balance of established wildlife on the island as the predators that would ordinarily control the population of snakes are not present.

Has Hawaii ever had a hurricane?

Yes. Hawaii is set in the central Pacific Ocean, where 4–5 tropical cyclones, or hurricanes, occur each year. In 2015 there were 15 occurrences. However, Hawaii is rarely affected.

Does Hawaii have earthquakes?

Hawaii is the state with the highest earthquake density. What this means is: Hawaii is the most likely place in the United States to experience an earthquake. This is due to it being positioned over an active hotspot.

Generally, Honolulu and Hawaii as a whole are only affected by minor disturbances that are due to the Big Island of Hawaii being home to the world’s most active volcanoes.

Does Hawaii have sharks?

Hawaii does have sharks. In the region of 40 different species of sharks are known to be in the waters around the Hawaiian islands. Only eight have been frequently seen close to the shore. The most commonly seen are the White Tipped Reef Shark, Scalloped Hammerhead Shark, Tiger Shark, Galapagos Shark, Gray Reef Shark and the Sandbar Shark. Of these, the Tiger Shark and the Galapagos Shark are the aggressive ones, with the others having the potential to be dangerous if provoked.

Shark attacks have been tracked and recorded in Hawaii for over 188 years. Only 152 unprovoked shark attacks have occurred and only eight of those resulted in death. As such, the chance of having a deadly encounter with one is very slim at best. Still, be aware, use caution and heed warning signs.

Does Hawaii have Zika?

Zika is not currently circulating in Hawaii. There have been no locally acquired cases of the Zika virus and all of the cases identified in Hawaii have been travel-related and contracted outside of Hawaii. Aedes species mosquitoes that are known to transmit Zika virus are present in Hawaii. As such, it is very important that if you are travelling to Hawaii, you take the necessary precautions to prevent being bitten by a mosquito. It is safer for anyone pregnant or trying to conceive to avoid Hawaii until the Zika crisis has passed.

Getting around and things to do

Does Hawaii have Disneyland?

While Hawaii doesn’t have a full theme park, there is the Hawaiian resort that's owned by Disney called Aulani. It has a multitude of Disney-inspired activities and offers family friendly accommodation.

On which Hawaiian island is Pearl Harbor located?

Pearl Harbor is a lagoon harbour. It can be found on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, and is situated west of Honolulu. Most of the harbour and surrounding land is a United States Navy deep-water naval base. The headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet are also situated on Oahu.

Which Hawaiian island is the oldest?

Kauai is Hawaii’s oldest island. Kauai is also known as The Garden Island, derived from its lush and diverse vegetation. Studies have led to the conclusion that its large volcano has been inactive for approximately 1.5 million years.

Which Hawaiian island is best for families?

Home to Hawaii’s Disney resort and a multitude of other family-friendly accommodation, we think the best Hawaiian island for families is Oahu.

Does Hawaii have Uber?

Hawaii does have Uber but it is currently only in operation in Honolulu. Your Uber options include UberX, UberXL and UberSELECT. Uber is now one of the safest and most convenient ways to get around Honolulu.

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