Preparing for DISASTER in HAWAII

Are you planing on vacationing to hawaii, moving or live here already? ARE YOU READY in case DISASTER STRIKES HAWAII???

Probably not!

We here in Hawaii have our mix of Disasters…Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Earthquakes, Flash Floods and Volcanic Eruptions! Shit can get serious here…Yes Hawaii is a paradise, but at anytime on a picture perfect day DISASTER CAN STRIKE!


We’ll discuss what we have seen and been through in our 20-30 years here on the island and what we did to get through it. You always been to have a plan when it comes to Disasters. You don’t want till the last minute to be ready. Even if you are vacationing you should be knowledgeable about your surroundings and when you check in to your Hotel or Rental ask what to do in case of an emergency or natural disaster…knowledge is power!


20 Things you DIDN’T KNOW about Hawaii

Today we talk about 20 things you didn’t know about Hawaii…This list could be 100 things or more, but we focus on a few things people wouldn’t know or would never think of…like the 12 letter Hawaiian alphabet or that Kauai has no building taller than a palm tree or that the largest ranch in the United States is in Hawaii. We’ll cover subjects like the Outlawing of billboards and the world’s largest and tallest sea cliffs…Did you know people who live in Hawaii out live anyone else in the United States or that Hawaiian aloha shirts began when missionaries gave the Hawaiians white shirts to cover their nudity. The Hawaiians found them boring so they painted the shirts in bright colors to make them more attractive. Did you know there is no Time Change in Hawaii and lets not forget what the The SEVEN MILE MIRACLE on Oahu’s North Shore is…or that the  Apollo astronauts trained for the moon landing in Mauna Kea and filmed the moon landing there as well…lol. We go over a lot of fun filled facts many people living in Hawaii and abroad don’t know or don’t think about!

NOTE: Bruce is off to China so there will be no eppy next week!!

Proper Etiquette in Hawaii

Many people have asked us…either visiting or moving to Hawaii, about the proper ETIQUETTE when visiting or living in Hawaii…there are clearly some things you can, should or should NOT do while you visit or live in Hawaii…Below we put a short list together so you come to Hawaii FULLY INFORMED…so if you DO get Cracks or Lick’ins…well…we warned you! lol



Learn the PROPER use of the Words ALOHA and MAHALO, but go above and beyond the basic words…Learn words like…KULEANA, AINA, MALAMA, KAPU, MAUKA & MAKAI etc.

If you are given a LEI….wear it with love and gratitude…being given a lei may it be for a welcome or a birthday etc is a BIG DEAL…Don’t disrespect the person who gave it to you and take it off in their presence.

Under all circumstances RESPECT Nature and the Wildlife in Hawaii. Do not disrespect their space.

When visiting an others home for the first time…ALWAYS bring a Gift. When visiting a home for a BBQ always bring a dish for potluck.

If you are invited to a child’s FIRST BIRTHDAY LUAU be prepared for it being a VERY BIG DEAL and find out the THEME of the the first Birthday so you can bring the proper gifts or food.

In Hawaii most service workers are tipped 20% if they do a great job…Lets respect this hard working class here in Hawaii as they get paid less than minimum wage.

You’re on ISLAND TIME…calk the fuck down.

DO NOT refer to people who live in Hawaii as NATIVES or HAWAIIANS…Educate yourself on the different cultures before you come to Hawaii…People Born and Raised in Hawaii are LOCALS, but they could be any race…very few are Native Hawaiian which are better known, and prefer to be called, Kanaka Maoli.

DO NOT attempt to speak PIDGIN if you did not grow up in Hawaii or haven’t already lived in Hawaii for many, many years. Locals and Hawaiians would take it as disrespectful and a form of mocking them.

DO NOT take offense to being called a HAOLE. 75% of the time it’s done with no disrespect and is just meant to mean you are not from Hawaii. Portuguese take offense to being called Haole because of the history they have in Hawaii so please don’t call them Haole.

LNT…LEAVE NO TRACE Policy. Always take out what you take in. Respect our hiking trails and our beaches and always make an effort to leave they place you ended up at in better condition than how you found it.

Always take off your shoes when you enter any home.

It’s SHOYO (Show-You) not SOY SAUCE…catch on to that one FAST because you’ll be using and asking for it a lot.

Know what you CAN and CAN NOT take from the islands. Volcanic Rock, Black Sand you can not take from the islands…Dead Shells (sand on beaches), White dead Bleached Coral you can take in small amounts from the islands…No live Coral can be taken from Hawaii and no Shellfish or Tropical Fish can be taken from Hawaii without a Commercial permit.

DON’T beep your Horn while when driving in Hawaii unless it’s to avoid an accident…It’s disrespectful to Honk your horn in Hawaii for any reason other than to avoid an accident.

Remember to never touch or walk on live Coral…it’s a living thing and can be killed if you walk or touch it…if you kill the Coral fish won’t visit that area anymore and if that happens bleaching can happen killing large sections of the reef system.

Be respectful of other cultures as well as historic and sacred sites.

Kupunas come first…Always respect the elderly here in Hawaii.

RESPECT KAPU…do not tresspass!

LISTEN to others when they have a story to tell you…it’s called “TALKING STORY” too often people are in a rush and think whatever they have going on is more important. Don’t bring your mainland thinking to Hawaii. Listen to them…they wouldn’t be telling you if they didn’t think it was important and you may not only learn something, but be given a great gift in story telling as that is all Hawaiians had in the ancient days.