Helpful Hawaii Hints (Part 3)

 

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And we’re ready for “Helpful Hawaii Hints” round 3. This is a compilation of the weekly tips we post on our Facebook page. Every time we hit 10 new hints, we write them up in a blog post so you can easily reference them while planning your next Hawaiian vacation! Please comment with any questions you’d like us to answer in a future “Helpful Hawaii Hint.”

  1. While you may be tempted to pack nothing but shorts, t-shirts and tank tops for your Hawaiian vacation, take note of which activities you will be doing and what time of year you’re coming. For certain eco-adventures, you may be required to wear long pants or layers (ex. Haleakala bike tour or horseback riding). You may also be surprised by how breezy it can get by the water at night, so if you’re doing a dinner cruise, sunset sail or luau, a light jacket is often recommended. And of course if you’ll be doing any hiking or ziplining, you’ll definitely want to bring closed-toed shoes with you! If you’ll be here during our winter months, it tends to be a bit rainier than usual so plan accordingly.
  2. Are you bringing young children with you on your vacation? Hawaii is great for kids – there are tons of fun activities to keep them occupied and plenty of family-friendly restaurants. A few suggestions: (1) For activities and tours, be aware of any age, height or weight minimums. (2) If you plan on renting a car, know that Hawaii law requires that children under the age of 8 years are properly restrained in a child passenger restraint system that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards at the time of its manufacture. Rental car companies can provide child seats, usually for an additional “per diem” fee, but you may want to check with your airline to see if you can transport your own for free. (3) If you are traveling on business or just need a day or evening apart from the little ones, there are babysitting services that will come to your hotel. We can provide further details if you need them!
  3. Whenever you travel, be sure to really do your research on the hotel(s) that you book. If you’re traveling for business, think about which amenities you need. Most likely, you’ll want wi-fi or at least high-speed internet and a desk in the room, possibly dry-cleaning service and maybe a business center, fitness center and complimentary breakfast. If you’re traveling for pleasure, your priorities are probably a little different. Maybe close proximity to local attractions is more important, or large swimming pools or a spa on property. Whatever your needs, your trip will be far more enjoyable if you know beforehand that the hotel will meet them!
  4. Pearl Harbor does not allow guests to bring in any bags, due to increased security measures. This includes purses, handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, large camera bags, diaper bags, luggage and/or any other type of bag that can conceal an object. There is a storage facility available at the entrance to the park where you may leave items for a $3 fee, but really it’s best to just not bring anything with you other than the basic necessities (wallet, phone, photo ID) and keep them in your pockets.
  5. Going on a helicopter tour? Wear dark clothing! Why? Unless you’re going doors off, you’ll be taking photos through a window. If you’re wearing anything bright, it will reflect off the glass and you’ll end up seeing your own shirt in all your photos – not to mention the photos of anyone else sitting on your side. Paradise looks a lot prettier when you can see it! 🙂 We can help you book your helicopter tour if you’d like assistance.
  6. When you go out on a fishing boat trip, leave the bananas at home. There’s a superstition that bananas on a boat are extremely unlucky. You’ll find all kinds of theories as to why this superstition exists, but whatever the reason, you will notice that all fishing tour companies in Hawaii mention that while guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks onboard, bananas will not be permitted.
  7. When traveling between islands, don’t forget that the same rules apply as when you fly on any major airline. You still need a government-issued photo ID (passport if you’re not a U.S. citizen), you still cannot bring any liquids in your carry-on, you are still limited to one carry-on bag, you still have to go through a security checkpoint and you still need to be checked in before a certain cutoff time.
  8. The weather here in Hawaii can be pretty tough to predict. Be sure to leave yourself at least one open “raincheck” day towards the end of your trip so that if any of your tours or activities get canceled, you can reschedule. If the weather ends up being beautiful the whole time, great! You’ve just saved yourself an extra beach or shopping day 🙂
  9. Motion sickness, or sea sickness, can quickly ruin what should be a fun excursion. Whether you’re on a boat, bus, plane, helicopter or even just driving around the island in your car, it’s always best to take preventative measures. You may want to pick up some Sea Bands from a nearby drugstore or try an over-the-counter medication such as Dramamine. Or, if you know that you have severe motion sickness, it may be a good idea to get a prescription medication, such as a Transderm-Scop patch, prior to your trip. Avoid foods or liquids that could upset your stomach or make you feel unusually full. Choose a seat where you will experience the least motion and sit facing forwards. If you’re on a boat, keep your gaze focused on the horizon or a fixed point. If you start to experience motion sickness, don’t dwell on it – try to keep your mind occupied. Consuming ginger or green apples, or smelling oranges can potentially help to alleviate the nausea.
  10. Don’t exhaust yourself. You shouldn’t go home from your vacation feeling like you need a vacation! It makes sense to want to pack as much into one trip as possible, especially if you’re not sure you’ll be visiting the islands again any time soon. But you’ll enjoy yourself more if you plan some leisure time to stroll along the beach, sunbathe, sleep in or sip a few cocktails.

Need advice on planning your Hawaiian vacation? Contact Elite Concierge at 808-971-1943 or web@eliteconciergehawaii.com

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Coming Up This Month: June

Hooray for summer! June kicks off a couple event series that you won’t want to miss.

King Kamehameha Statue

King Kamehameha Statue

2014 King Kamehameha Celebration Events
In Hawaii, the month of June features events throughout the state to honor King Kamehameha I, the man best known for uniting the Hawaiian Islands and formally establishing the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. We’ll list the two main ones on Oahu, but be sure to click on the link above to view the listings for the other islands.

June 11, 3 PM – 4 PM; King Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping Ceremony
June 14, 9 AM – 3 PM; King Kamehameha Floral Parade and Ho’olaule’a

Honolulu Zoo

Honolulu Zoo

2014 Wildest Show in Town
June 11 – August 13 weekly on Wednesdays
A fantastic series for families, the Wildest Show in Town at the Honolulu Zoo features all kinds of fun activities and live music! Every week, kids can enjoy a coloring contest, animal themed Legos and a ukulele giveaway. Plate lunches and snacks are available and for the first 30 registrants, there are mini guided tours of the zoo. The participation fee is $3. Gates open at 4:35 PM. Season passes and VIP dinner packages are also available.

Waikiki Aquarium

Waikiki Aquarium

2014 Ke Kani O Ke Kai
June 12 – August 7, alternating Thursdays
The popular summer concert series at the Waikiki Aquarium returns! Each evening features live entertainment and food. Doors open at 5:30 PM and the concerts begin at 7 PM. Guests have access to some of the aquarium galleries. Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs. Tickets are $50 for adults, $20 for juniors and free for children. Discounts available for “Friends of the Waikiki Aquarium.” There are also series packages for sale. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Waikiki Aquarium Front Desk between 9 AM and 4 PM.

Have questions about June events or other Hawaii attractions and experiences? Contact Elite Concierge at 808-971-1943 or web@eliteconciergehawaii.com

Popular Oahu Golf Courses

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Who’s up for a round of golf at one of these gorgeous courses? Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s a course that’s just right for you. Didn’t bring your clubs? No problem! Rental sets are available for … Continue reading

Getting Around Oahu: Taxis

If you don’t have a rental car and you need to get somewhere fast, a taxi is your best bet. We have a number of cab companies that service Oahu and each company offers unique benefits, so depending on where you’re headed and how many people you have in your party, you can choose the company that best suits your needs.

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EcoCab Hawaii

EcoCab Hawaii is thus named because it is Hawaii’s first all hybrid taxi service. They use Hyundai Sonata hybrids. Each EcoCab is a wireless hot spot, so you can connect to Wi-Fi on any of your personal devices. There is also a Samsung Galaxy Tablet in the back seat passenger area, provided for your convenience (to use, not to keep!) Each cab comfortably seats four passengers plus the driver and the trunk space is adequate for typical light travel. To make a reservation, you may either book online or call 808-979-1010.

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TheCAB

TheCAB’s standard fleet is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. To make a reservation, you may book online, book via text message, book using the Taxi Magic app for smartphones, or call 808-422-2222. They also have accessible transportation options available 7 days a week from 5 AM to 9 PM. Their accessible van fleet uses Ford Windstar minivans, factory equipped with ADA approved features. The vans can accommodate 1 wheelchair passenger and up to 3 non-wheelchair passengers without luggage. For an accessible transportation reservation, you may book online or call 808-422-2222.

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Charley’s Taxi

Charley’s Taxi extends a 10% discount to seniors, military and all emergency responders and they have the lowest taxi meter in the industry. In addition to their standard fleet, they can provide full-sized luxury executive cars for the same rate as taxicabs (just need to reserve further in advance for these). They also offer flat rates between the airport and Waikiki, the airport and Ko Olina, Waikiki and Pearl Harbor and military bases and the airport, Waikiki or Ko Olina. To make a reservation, you may book online, call 808-233-3333 or download their free Charley’s Taxi smartphone app.

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Honolulu Hawaii Yellow Cab

Honolulu Hawaii Yellow Cab has the largest taxi cab fleet in Hawaii. Similar to Charley’s Taxi, they offer flat rate shuttles between the airport and Waikiki, the airport and Kahala Resort and military bases and Waikiki but their rates vary based on how many passengers you have. To make a reservation, you may book online, book via text message or call 808-699-9999.

Need help booking a cab ride? Have questions about other modes of transportation in Hawaii? Contact Elite Concierge at 808-971-1943 or web@eliteconciergehawaii.com

Flyboarding

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Video filmed by Rex Moribe. Features Flyboard pilot Scotty Knemeyer with X-Treme Parasail

What is this jaw-droppingly awesome new water sport that is all the rage on Oahu? Why, it’s Flyboarding of course! If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be Iron Man, this is your chance to see for yourself.

So what is a Flyboard? Well it’s sort of like a water-powered snowboard, except infinitely cooler. It’s essentially a jetpack that you wear on your feet. You step into a pair of boots that are connected by a board, which is in turn connected to a long hose that attaches to a personal water craft. Water is then pumped from the personal water craft through the hose and comes out under the boots, providing the necessary propulsion to allow you to literally soar to new heights.

You can sign up for a 30-minute flight or go for the full hour. It’s probably not realistic to expect to do backflips or dolphin dives your first time out, but hey you gotta start somewhere, right?

Interested in going Flyboarding? Have questions about prices, times, availability or other fun water sports in Hawaii? Contact Elite Concierge at 808-971-1943 or web@eliteconciergehawaii.com