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.

Surfing for Beginners in Hawaii

Many of you have been asking for it so we finally put together a Podcast on places to learn how to surf mainly on Oahu…it’s just not location to learn how to surf, but just to get out on the water with a board and have some fun…PLEASE, make sure you are a GOOD SWIMMER before you attempt ANY water activity in Hawaii…ALSO…we are not telling you to just go to some of these locations on a whim! You be DAMN SURE you look at the surf reports, currents and storm forecasts before you have a go at Surfing…and you be damn sure you check in with the Lifeguard as well on duty to let them know if it’s a good day to be out on the water…LASTnever go surfing ALONE…unless you are well experienced in Hawaii and surfing! We’ll cover Surfing, Boogie Boarding, Body Surfing and Paddle Boarding…aka…SUP.

Hawaii Island Dreaming

Dreaming of Moving to HAWAII ISLAND?

Well Beth Balik is HAWAII ISLAND DREAMING…She plans on moving soon to the Big Island and after following our podcast, learning and educating herself and doing her research she is fully prepared to make the move to Paradise and see if Hawaii is the place for her.

Listen in on our podcast this week and find out Beth’s intentions and thinking as she makes her move to HAWAII ISLAND!

We had a lot of comments come in this week so we’ll be going over them and the News as well as Hawaii being the first state to take Trumps Travel Ban to court…Naturally Bruce Bitches about the Travel ban and calls Wayde a raciest…but it’s not the first time Wayde’s been called that is it…lol.

By the way…Anyone interested in Donating to UNKO GEORGE you can below~


Aloha everyone…I need to ask for some ALOHA from all of you…My dear friend and a man I highly respect and love, Unko George Kalilikane has been sharing his love and aloha at Pokai Bay for many years teaching FREE Paddle Board lessons and sharing his mana, love and knowledge at the bay.

There was once a man named Duke Kahanamoku who was the Ambassador of Aloha…Today this generation has been Blessed with Unko George…What Unko has been doing on the West Side of Oahu is inspirational and a testament to the kindness and aloha spirit that is much needed in this day and age. The Aloha is still strong in Hawaii and Unko George is proof of that…But…Today he NEEDS OUR HELP!

Over the last 7 years Unko George has been giving away FREE stand up paddling lessons. He has passed 11,000 free lessons and never ONCE asking anything in return! However with the weather, beach and salt air it has taken a toll on the truck he uses to tow his trailer and his boards for the Free Lessons…All rusted out now Unko needs to find a replacement. Unko George has given SO MUCH of himself to all of us…it’s time to give back to him so he continue his Blessing at the BAY OF DREAMS.

PLEASE help him in anyway you can to continue to be a blessing to people from here and afar by donating to his GOFUNDME page: