Tip: This town on Kauai opened Hawaii's first sugar mill in 1835.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q  Can you send me information about Hawaii?
A  Hawaii.com does not mail brochures, booklets, maps, postcards or pamphlets. You can find all the information you need about Hawaii and Hawaii travel on our Web site, www.Hawaii.com. Our Hawaii Store also offers for sale printed material such as the very popular Hawaii visitor's publication, 101 Things To Do Magazine. Click here to read more and order 101 Things To Do

Q  Please send me information and pricing on a 5-night package to Hawaii.
A  To see DOZENS of the best Hawaii packages and hotels available at this time, visit our travel specials pages and book online for the best savings.

** Don't know which Island to visit? Use our "Paradise Tool" to help you decide.

Passports
Q  Do I need a passport to come to Hawaii?
A  If you are traveling from outside the United States (and are not a U.S. citizen), yes. Hawaii is the United States' 50th state, so if you are a U.S. citizen, no passport is required. If you plan to take a Hawaii cruise, there may be separate requirements.

Pearl Harbor
Q  Where is Pearl Harbor — and how can I visit the site of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy on the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor?
A  Pearl Harbor is on the island of Oahu, just west of Honolulu International Airport. Located at Pearl Harbor are the USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri (among other significant historical attractions)

Bringing Food
Q  Can I bring fresh fruits or vegetables with me to the Islands?
A  Perhaps. All visitors coming into Hawaii are required to complete a form declaring any fresh produce or other live organisms in their possession. If agriculture inspectors determine that your items cannot be brought into the state, they will confiscate it at the Honolulu airport.

Taking Food out of Hawaii
Q  Can I take Hawaii-grown food home with me, such as pineapples?
A  Certain fruits, vegetables and flowers are allowed for export, but they must be agriculturally approved. You can find boxed pineapple and other goods in retail shops throughout Hawaii. You CANNOT pick fruit or flowers in Hawaii and take them home. All luggage is scanned for outgoing agricultural products.

Pets
Q  Can I bring pets to Hawaii?
A  Yes. However, Hawaii is rabies-free and requires that all cats, dogs and other carnivores entering the state go through a rabies screening process. A state law exempts service dogs for the disabled.

Time Zone
Q  What time zone is Hawaii in?
A  Hawaii Standard Time (GMT -10). We do not observe U.S. daylight savings time. The current time in Hawaii is always displayed at the bottom of all of our pages.

Leis at the Airport
Q  Do people arriving in Hawaii still get greeted with a lei?
A  Yes! Traditional, Island-style lei greetings at the Honolulu International Airport can be arranged for yourself or for someone you know who is traveling to Hawaii.

Weather
Q  What's the weather like in Hawaii? Is there a "monsoon" season?
A  We have weather links for each island at the top of the page.

All-Inclusive Resorts
Q  Are there any all-inclusive resorts in Hawaii?
A  No. Some resorts may include activities and some dining in a room/amenities package, but Hawaii hotels do not offer all-inclusive packages like those you'd see in Mexico or the Caribbean.

Returning Rocks
Q  I took a small lava rock from the Big Island as a souvenir, but I hear it's bad luck to do so. Can I return it?
A  Yes you can. Hawaiian legend has it that Pele, the goddess of fire, becomes angry when rock or sand is taken from the Big Island, her 'aina (land) — and sends bad luck to the person who took it. You can return rocks and sand to:
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
P.O. Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718-0052

Using Hawaii.com's Photos
Q  I'm doing a school project and would like to use a few photos on your site for my project. Would I be able to do this?
A  Under no circumstances do we grant permission for readers to borrow and use our photos. These images are owned by photographers, from whom we've purchased limited usage rights. Borrowing images from the Internet is often a violation of copyright laws.


Whales
Q  When are the Humpback Whales in Hawaii?
A  Humpback Whales migrate to Hawaii in mid-November and remain in the islands through mid March.



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