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Hawaii | USA

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It's easy to see why Hawaii ranks as one of America's top destination wedding locations - incredible weather, fabulous sandy beaches, luxurious hotels, gorgeous scenery with abundant flowers and greenery, heart-stopping vistas and more.

With so much to see and do on each one of Hawaii's main islands - Hawaii, Maui, Moloka'I, Oahu, Kauai and Lana'i - many couples see the exquisite wisdom in combining their destination wedding with an extended honeymoon, and starting their marriage right on the sun-dappled beaches of this island paradise.


Hawaii Culture

Hawaii Culture

Hawaiian culture is quite unique and distinctive from any other state or country. Historically part of Polynesia, Hawaii changed remarkably from other Pacific Islands after the "discovery" of Hawaii by traders. Hawaii now has strong Japanese and Portugese influence that mixed with its native Hawaiian background and proximity to Asia gives Hawaii a vibrant culture. Hawaii has its own music, traditions, foods-from slack key guitar and the ukulele to poi (a form of mashed taro) and kalua pork.


Hawaii at a Glance

The best of the United States,

yet almost its own country, the 50th state is comprised of 6 major islands.

Understanding the correct place names for the many sights you will see is an excellent way to self-discover our host Hawaiian culture. Years of misuse can pile up from the publication of maps and guide books that neglect to use the proper names of the places they talk about. You don't need to become a language expert, but just as you learn a little bit about the language when you travel to foreign country, it can be a lot of fun to go on-line and learn a little Hawaiian pronunciation so that you can actually say some of the names.


Where to stay...

The range of hotels ranges from world class resorts to mom and pop B&B's. Condos are one of the best ways to enjoy the islands as visitors can prepare local foods in their condo kitchens, and still enjoy going out to dinner. The savings can be huge. Many major hotels with fantastic water parks and pool areas offer non-guests day passes that are very inexpensive.

Thus a visitor can stay at economy lodging and enjoy the 5 star recreation options on days that they choose. As many days are spent in exploring the island, why pay for services you won't use that day?

Hawaii Travel Info


The highest prices directly relate to school holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and Summer. October, early November, and May can be the best to avoid crowds and high costs. Most condos book Saturday to Sunday for the best deals. While you can shop prices online, most hotel concierges can beat them as they know local vendors and have relations with them that a visitor could never achieve... They are the hidden jewel of Hawaii...

It is customary to tip housekeeping staff when you stay at hotel/resort/inn/lodge or B&B if daily housekeeping is provided. The average rate is $2.00 per day per person in the room. Simply leave the tip on the counter when you depart. A note of thanks is always a nice touch.

Remove them if you enter a private home, or B&B (because it is a private home). Simply leave your shoes by the front door. They will be there when you depart. This is a Japanese custom that has been adopted by the local culture. It’s root can be traced to when Japanese laborers came to work the sugar cane and pineapple fields.

Being Pushy or Demanding:
Might get you what you want in New York City, but will get you nothing but “stink eye” (dirty looks) here in Hawaii. It’s all about the Aloha. Show patience, kindness, and consideration and the world will be at your feet, plus you’ll enjoy your tip even more.

The word to live by in Hawaii. Show it and Share it. Don’t rush to be first in line, let others in ahead of you. Always let anyone older than you do or go before you. Smile. Be aware of your impact on others; is where you’re standing blocking someone’s view? Did you take the last of an item on the buffet? Is your cell phone on? Be aware and be courteous, and say Mahalo (thank you) a lot – pronounced ma-ha-lo (not ma-ha-low).

Marriage requirements:

Events & Tourism:

Other resources:

The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, the state's tourism marketing agency for North America, can be found online at

Each major island (Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii's Big Island) has its own dedicated visitors bureau.


  • The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook;
  • Hawaii The Big Island Revealed;
  • Maui Revealed;
  • Oahu Revealed
    ALL by Wizard Publications, Inc.
    These books are somewhat controversial, as some people disapprove of the fact that these books truly reveal Hawaii. This includes hiking trails on private land, and places sacred to native Hawaiians. However, these books are a rich, biased resource for information on Hawaii.

  • Frommers Hawaii 2006 , by Jeanette Foster
  • Lonely Planet Hawai' i: The Big Island , by Luci Yamamoto


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