Mar 12

Packing your clothes for Hawaii: Revisited


Recently, I posted about Hawaiian vacation clothing, and, after re-reading it, I decided the post needed a little updating. So here goes.

What’s in your Hawaii vacation personal bag? 9 items that should be in there.

What  the heck is a “personal bag”, anyway? That’s the small bag (small enough to  fit under the aircraft seat)  containing  all the stuff you’ll need just before, during, and immediately after, your flight to beautiful Hawaii.

Because this post assumes you are visiting Hawaii from the US and returning there directly, it doesn’t include information (driver’s license, passport, etc.) that might apply to visitors from other countries . Sorry.

OK, here’s the list:

  1. DRIVER’S LICENSE! Yes, in caps and bold, because having this one document will prevent  a whole list of headaches. For example, a passport is valuable as identification, but is not a substitute for a valid driver’s license. Ask any police officer.  You can’t rent a car without a valid driver’s license. Some shops require a picture ID along with your credit card. Protect that driver’s license; keep it in your personal bag or on your person. Here’s an added tip: Make sure all eligible drivers in you party have their valid license, too; it’s a convenient back-up system.

  2. Credit cards.What can I say? Most of us don’t carry much cash, and checks or traveler’s checks are pretty antiquated tender. Credit cards make things happen. Make sure the expiration dates on all your cards are good beyond your actual trip time. If you have more than one card, carry one on your person or your personal bag, and “rat hole” the other(s) in your carry on luggage. Even separate locations on your person will work.  Try to avoid transporting the cards in your check in bags. Make a photocopy (front and back) of each card; do that with your driver’s license, too, and tuck those away in your personal bag or carry on luggage.

  3.  SUNSCREEN! Again emphasized. A TSA approved size container for each person. Apply it as soon you arrive at your destination airport in Hawaii.. Doesn’t matter if you’re naturally dark complected or not, The sun’s rays are a lot more intense in Hawaii than on the US mainland.

  4. Airline tickets, boarding passes, baggage checks.

  5. Cellphone. Most all cellphones now have built in cameras; keep it handy for those first photos of Hawaii. Keep the charger(s) handy, too..

  6. Lightweight change of clothes, T-shirt, shorts, and fresh underclothing, rolled up. Think of this: what if the airlines determine your carry on is too big, and require you to check it in. Oops! no change of clothes if they delay your luggage. Just a thought. Also, you may have worn your colder climate clothing during the flight, and will certainly want to shed those asap.

  7. Cash. Probably should have put this up towards the head of the list. Again in the personal bag, or, better yet, on your a secure wallet of money belt.

  8. Anything you want to get at quickly; this includes medications, reading materials, electronic notebook.

  9. Whoops! Almost forgot that one gallon size ziplock bag with all your TSA approved (3.4 oz or less) containers of cosmetics, sunscreen, toothpaste,etc.. Make it handy so you can get it placed on the screening conveyor quickly. It makes TSA happy if they don’t have to stop and search for it.

Hey! What about my laptop? I want to use it during my flight to Maui.

Good question? It can’t be answered completely here due to the ever changing rules of TSA and the airline(s) you’re flying with. Having said that, currently TSA does allow laptops through their screening points. Check the TSA web site for tips about that. Also check the airlines as to when you can actually use the laptop on board, and whether or not it has to be packed in your carry on or personal bag. Tip: Do actually check with the airlines, because much of the information online is old and doesn’t apply currently.

OK, enjoy your trip to Hawaii! 


a hui hou

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Feb 17

Hawaii State Flower is Yellow

The Hawaii State Flower is yellow … not red. Gotcha!
It’s true. The native yellow hibiscus (Hibiscus brackenridgei A. Gray), also known as the Pua Aloalo or Ma`o-hau-hele, was established and designated as the official flower of the State of Hawaii in 1988.
Up to that time, just about any old hibiscus could be considered as the State Flower. Red was usually a popular choice.
So, just to show you my heart’s in the right place, and because I’ve been gone so long (another contest of wills between this blog platform and myself), I brang you a flower.
When you’re in Hawaii you’ll see many beautiful yellow hibiscus blossoms, but most won’t be the real deal. To paraphrase the University of Hawaii botanical guys:  It is native to dry forests and shrub lands at elevations from 400 to 2,600 feet, and is found on all the main Hawaiian islands except Ni’ihau and Kaho’olawe.  But it is not common in any location.

And This is a Modern Situation

The  official blossom was once prevalent in the locations mentioned above, but started to decline after the arrival of western cultures in the Hawaiian Islands. As often happens, new arrivals bring alien, exotic plants with them. Those plants bring diseases endemic and indigenous species are not immune to.

Where Can I find Them?

Check with local garden clubs, the Bishop Museum, and paid tropical gardens. The resort you’re staying at might also have some plantings.

Fun Facts About Hawaii: At 4,063 square miles, the Big Island of Hawaii is the largest island in the United States. Think about it.

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