Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Should I bring snorkel gear to Hawaii?

Hawaii snorkel fish

We are often asked if it’s a good idea to bring snorkel gear to Hawaii. Unless you already own good quality snorkel gear that you love and have the room to pack it in your luggage, we don’t really recommend bringing snorkel gear from home. With the cost of checked luggage, every inch of space in your baggage is very valuable. ... Read More »

What time is it in Hawaii?

hawaii clock time

While many of us in North America switched our clocks back an hour from daylight savings time this past weekend, Hawaii Time remained the same. Hawaii doesn’t observe daylight savings time. Here’s the time difference between Hawaii and North America depending on time zone and whether standard time or daylight savings time is being observed in your time zone. During ... Read More »

Long-haul flight tips to/from Hawaii: What to bring on the plane to make the flight pleasant


Boarding pass? Check. Government-issued photo identification? Check. Wallet? Check. Carry-on luggage? Check. What else do you need to bring onboard for your flights to and from Hawaii? We conclude our series on tips for making your flights to and from Hawaii as comfortable as possible with suggestions for what to bring with you on the flight. Use this list to ... Read More »

Long-haul flight tips to and from Hawaii: Choose best flights & seats


The first post in our new series of Hawaii flight tips starts the important first step of choosing the most comfortable flights and seats. Let me preface this post by saying airline seats, especially economy/coach seats, are not known for comfort. So, our advice in this article is aimed at making an uncomfortable situation as comfortable as possible. Please note ... Read More »

New Series: Long-haul flight tips to and from Hawaii


If experience makes one an expert, then we are experts on making the best of long-haul flights to and from Hawaii. We’ve lost count, but we’ve probably made the trek to and from Hawaii 30 to 50 times. From our North Carolina base, the travel time from door-to-door averages about 15 hours, barring delays. So, it’s not exactly a hop, ... Read More »

Let’s talk Hawaii water safety, again.

Beach safety signs at Ke'e Beach, Kauai

Before we jump into what prompted this post, let’s review some Hawaii water safety recommendations. Ocean/Beach Safety Never turn your back to the ocean. When you are swimming or simply standing or walking by the shoreline, you never know when a strong wave might sneak up on you. The waves could appear to be predictable for many minutes before  a ... Read More »

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