Planning your trip to paradise can be intimidating, even frustrating and that’s why we wanted to put this podcast together for our Ohana. We cover everything from safety here in Hawaii, the climate here, summer and winter time, packing tips, the power of the Hawaiian Sun, the importance of hydration, showing proper courtesy and respect while in Hawaii, Hiking tips, Beach and swimming tips, the animal and sea life in Hawaii, things to be aware of and the hidden taxes and fees to watch out for when booking your Hawaii trip.
SAFETY COMES FIRST…pretty simple right? You would think so, but there are more deaths here by vacationers by Drowning and Crossing the road then you could imagine. Some disturbing things I have noticed over the years from vacationers and travelers from all over the world is the ignorance they have concerning the ever changing conditions of the Hawaiian islands and the lack of research done on the dangers of Hawaii. Hawaii may be the 50th state but it is unlike any state in the union and to me personally it is far from being part of the US. “We’re not in Kansas anymore” comes to mind.
HAWAII CLIMATE and the fact that HAWAII HAS A SUMMER & WINTER…Hawaii has more micro climates then you can think of and the weather can change on the flip of a dime, summer or winter. The islands trade winds are always changing. It could be bright and sunny with light breezes in one location while there could be torrential down pours and 50mph winds a short distance away with flash flooding. You always need tokeep your eyes in the sky and watch which way the clouds are moving so that you can be prepared for severe weather in a moments notice. When it comes to choosing which time to come to hawaii during the year many travelers are unsure when the best time to visit Hawaii. The problem is many travelers choose to come to Hawaii during their own winters and they wish to be in Hawaii where it‘s mostly beautiful all year. Travelers also choose which time of year to come depending on the Low or High season because of the price difference in hotels and airfare and we discuss this in the Podcast this week. The real question is what do you want to do and what do you want to see while here, because things you do in summer, you can’t do in winter and vise versa.
PACKING TIPS and other concerns…There are many tips that are going to come in handy during you vacation here in Hawaii. such as not packing enough water for a hike or turning your back on the ocean…Neglecting such tips could seriously injure you or ruin your vacation in some way or another. I learned many of these the hard way and I want you to be safe and prepared for anything. We also talk about saving on purchasing items before your trip, to packing certain items in your suitcase and packing less in your suitcase then you expect so you have room to pack things to take home with you. We also talk about The Power of the sun, proper Hydration and General respect in Hawaii in this area of the Podcast.
HIKING…many think Hiking is Hiking…when it comes to HAWAII…it is NOT just Hiking. Hiking in Hawaii can be one of the most beautiful and amazing activities that you will experience in Paradise, but you MUST also understand in can be one of the most DANGEROUS activities you do while here if you don’t do your research and respect the safety concerns and terrain of Hawaii that is associated with it. We get to the most important tips quickly in this section of the Podcast.
BEACH SAFETY…We have covered this again and again in mnay of our Podcasts, but there is a deep rooted reason why we do…More Vacationers Die in our oceans then anything else here in Hawaii and we will never stop talking about safety when it comes to entering the ocean here in Paradise. NEVER EVER enter the ocean alone! This includes everything from swimming, snorkeling, free diving, scuba diving, body or boogie boarding or surfing. Never leave your children’s side when in the water. It only takes one rouge wave to not only destroy your vacation but your family forever. NEVER underestimate the BRUTE POWER of the Hawaiian ocean, Winter or Summer. Don’t ever turn your back on the ocean. I did on a rouge wave set and almost didn’t live to tell my tale. More people have died in these waters than the Hawaii state Tourism Board wants you to know because they are not educated on the Hawaiian ocean. Last we talk about spending a day at the beach and what to pack and what NOT to pack with you…THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!
ANIMAL LIFE IN HAWAII…There are a few animals you should be aware of while here in Hawaii, very few being dangerous. In this section of the Podcast we talk about:
SHARKS, PORTUGUESE MAN-O-WAR, THE CORAL REEF, HONU (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) HAWAIIAN MONK SEALS, MONGOOSE, MOSQUITOS, CENTIPEDES, SPIDERS, FROGS and the WILD HAWAIIAN BOAR.
THINGS TO BE AWARE OF…In this last section of the Podcast we talk about Steals and Deals, Driving, Traffic, Homelessness , Car Break-ins, Hidden Car rental costs and taxes as well as Hidden Hotel rental taxes, fees and Parking costs…Some of these areas we skim and others we go deep into. All these issues being covered are going to help you on your trip to Hawaii, giving you piece of mind on planning your vacation to paradise and one more reason you guys are lucky to have us helping you plan your vacation to Hawaii.