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Hawaii: FAQs, Insider Tips & Links
Here are some useful links and information we thought would be useful when traveling to Hawaii.
If you need more information, please contact Leah, Travel Advisor for Hawaii.
 

   

Time Zone

Hawaii is on West Coast time, which is 8 hours behind Greenwich mean time, which is 1 hour behind Mountain and 3 hours behind the East Coast.

Daylight Saving Time is in effect from 2am on the second Sunday in March and reverts back to Standard Time at 2am on the first Sunday in November. Daylight saving time moves the clock 1 hour ahead of standard time. DST is not observed in Hawaii or Arizona, with the exception of the Navajo Nation.
   

Electricity

110 volts, AC, 60 cycles
   

Tipping

Tipping is customary in restaurants, bars, taxis and personal services - 15% to 20% is customary. Be careful  - sometimes the gratuity is added to your restaurant check, so look carefully or ask the server so you do not over pay.
   

Tax

Hawaii sales tax is 0 % for purchases and 6 % for lodging.
   

Liquor Laws

Hawaii law prohibits anyone younger than 21 years of age from purchasing, serving or consuming alcoholic beverages. The legal age to drink alcoholic beverages in Hawaii is 21 years old. Proper ID is required. On Sundays, only 3.2 beer is sold. Liquor stores are closed on Sundays, but bars are usually open and sell all drinks.
   
Drinking water
Water from the tap is potable - that is to say - You can drink it!
   

Public Toilets

Now that we talked about water lets talk about toilets. The USA definitely has a clean public restroom shortage! Public restrooms in the USA are usually located in public buildings and train stations, but I would not recommend using these - they are usually not too clean. My advice is to use the restrooms in your hotel, museums, shopping malls, department stores or restaurants. Use the restroom when you find a good one. However, my experience is that when I need one - I can never find one! Good luck.
   

Health Tips

When visiting Hawaii, there are so many activities that are outside. While at the beach, parks or other activities, you might forget the sunscreen. Remember to protect yourself from the dangerous rays of the sun while having fun! It is recommended to put suntan lotion on 30 minutes before exposure and an spf of at least 30. Remember to also reapply several times during the day. Another helpful tip is to buy suntan lotion and aloe vera gel before traveling. These items can be outrageously expensive at tourist attractions because they know you might forget these important items!
   
Road Conditions
The number for Hawaii road conditions is toll free .
Website:
http://www.usroadconditions.com/hi.shtml.
   

Capitol

Capitol: Honolulu
Number of Islands: 8 large islands
Population: 1.5 million
   

Campgrounds
 & RV Parks

Wal-Mart stores, unless posted, allow RVers may spend the night for free in any Wal-Mart parking lot. For a list of Wal-Mart stores that do not permit free overnight stays
   

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