Hawaiian Vacation Etiquette
With all of the traveling that is done, throughout the world, it is easy to forget that the destinations that we visit and desire to explore, are actually the places that some live. Sure, there is a sense of jealousy for the people that live in our favorite places, and that is truly the case with the Hawaiian Islands, so let’s be sure remember that when we travel, we are guests in these far off lands, and should treat these places with the utmost respect. Hawaiian vacation etiquette goes a long way, not only to respect the homes of residents and locals, but in preserving the islands for future visits.
Over the years, travel has increased drastically to Hawaii, and with the increase in travelers, so has increased the traffic, waste, and sense of entitlement. And with all that the Hawaiian Islands have been through over the years, it is vital to remember the most important aspect of Hawaii: the Aloha Spirit.
The Aloha Spirit is what encompasses the islands, the people, and the elements that make up Hawaii. It is respect, love, gratitude, and trust. The Hawaiians open their islands to visitors each and every day, and all that is expected in return in Aloha. This can mean so many different things, and it is what locals live by, so remember to practice Aloha during your trip.
Simple acts and gestures go far, and help the islands to keep its Aloha and identity. Letting pedestrians cross the street, allowing traffic to merge when a lane ends, placing trash in bins and recycling, and making sure the islands are in better shape than when you arrive all go into the preservation of Hawaii and help to keep the Aloha Spirit alive and well.
Smiling, saying ‘Mahalo’, and throwing a shaka go quite far with locals, and are just part of the Aloha Spirit and as soon as you arrive, all of these are easy to begin doing. Practicing vacation etiquette costs nothing, and will help you to have a great vacation. The islands of Hawaii are an incredible place, and by picking up on local customs and practices, your trip will be filled with the Aloha Spirit and the islands will look after you. Help to make the islands the best place on the planet and keep the Aloha alive during your vacation.
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