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Hawaii is the youngest state in the USA and has a complex and complicated history.

The Hawaiian islands were once ruled by a monarchy and were, in a nutshell, coerced into becoming part of the US.

So while you might solely think of Hawaii as a place with loads of fun in the sun, it’s so much more than that.

Hawaii is a lovely place to visit, but I only encourage visiting if you can be respectful and supportive to the Hawaiian people and their culture.

Support native owned and operated businesses, respect their cultural practices, and don’t assume just because you’re spending your money and time there that they should bend over backwards to serve you.


Check out the most-asked questions and travel guides below to help plan your Hawaii vacation.

Is Hawaii safe?

Yes, Hawaii is safe to visit. Given its popularity as a tourist destination, as well as high-cost of living, there is petty crime, like pickpocketing, in tourist hotspots. But overall, Hawaii is a safe place to visit.

What is the best way to get around Hawaii?

If you don’t plan to leave your resort, you won’t need a car. But honestly? Regardless of which island you’re planning to visit, I highly recommend leaving your resort so you can truly experience and appreciate Hawaii.

Many group tours and businesses offer shuttle service for an additional fee, so if you don’t want to bother with a car, that might be an option. But it also leaves zero room for exploration.

So chances are high you’ll want to rent a car when visiting Hawaii.

For tips on getting between islands in Hawaii, check out my post about island hopping in Hawaii.