Romance Hawaii Guide : Romance Hawaii Guide 2014
ROMANCE HAWAI‘I 41 BASIC COSTS Coffee – $US3; Beer – $US5; Club Sandwich – $US8; Glass of Wine – $US7; Soft Drink – $US3. When you purchase an item, you will be charged an additional fve percent in sales tax. TIPPING GUIDELINES US standards on tipping apply: Restaurants – 15-20% (note that a service charge may be automatically added to a bill, especially for party sizes of six or more, so check your bill for these charges before tipping); Bar – US$0.50-$1 per drink; Housekeeping – US$1 per bed per night; Luggage porters – US$1 per bag; Doorman – US$1 for calling a taxi; Room service – 10-15% of total bill; Taxi – 15% of fare. LEGAL DRINKING AGE 21 years of age. Please note that ID is required to enter bars or buy alcoholic drinks. CLOTHING Casual daywear and semi-casual clothes with a light jacket for evenings. AREA TELEPHONE CODE FOR HAWAI'I: 808 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE CONTACT DETAILS Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai‘i (VASH) was established to assist visitors who have been victims of a crime or other adversities. Hawai‘i is among one of the safest tourist destinations in the world but unfortunately crime against visitors can never be completely prevented. VASH O‘ahu – (808) 926-8274 VASH Hawai‘i Island – West (808) 756-0785 VASH Hawai‘i Island – East (808) 756-1472 VASH Kaua‘i – (808) 483-0111 VASH Maui – (808) 244-3530 Download your safety eBrochure at travelsmarthawaii.com WATER SAFETY Hawai'i's ocean is beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. Strong, hidden currents can overpower even experienced swimmers and standing on rocky outcrops can be dangerous due to sudden, powerful rogue waves. Conditions in the water constantly change. Remember: • waves come in sets and conditions can be calm for up to 20 mins between dangerous sets of waves • swim only where lifeguards are on duty • do not ght a rip current (keep calm, oat and wave for help, and go with the current to conserve energy) • use the buddy system -- never swim alone and know your limits • when in doubt, don't go out • nude bathing and nude sun-bathing is prohibited across Hawai'i. HIKING SAFETY Hawai'i is the perfect destination for hiking but some trails are for experienced hikers only. Make sure you do your research (degree of di iculty and length), let people know where you're going, carry a mobile phone and hike with a partner. Visit hawaii.gov/dlnr/brochures/ HikingSafety.pdf GENERAL SAFETY TIPS Be as security-conscious as you would be at home. Don't leave valuables unattended or in plain sight in a hire car, on the beach, or in restaurants or lobbies (lock them in the hotel/ room safe). Take only essential items to the beach and put keys/valuables in a waterproof bag and keep them with you. Carry little cash and leave extra cash/credit cards in the hotel safe. Make use of travellers' cheques, ATM facilities and/or credit cards. MAJOR PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN 2014 New Year’s Day Jan 1 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day Jan 20 Presidents’ Day Feb 17 Prince Kūhiō Day Mar 26 Good Friday Apr 18 Memorial Day May 26 King Kamehameha I Day Jun 11 Independence Day Jul 4 Statehood Day Aug 15 Labor Day Sep 1 General Election Day Nov 4 Veterans’ Day Nov 11 Thanksgiving Nov 27 Christmas Day Dec 25 ECO VOLUNTEERISM You can sign up for an afternoon or multiday activities to help with a variety of projects: Visit: Preserve Hawaii preservehawaii.org The Nature Conservancy nature.org/about- us/volunteer SUN SAFETY Apply sunscreen often (year-round). Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. SNORKELLING SAFETY Check ocean conditions prior to snorkelling in order to avoid high surf and strong currents. PRE-DEPARTURE SAFETY TIP Leave a copy of your itinerary with family/ friends back home and carry emergency contact numbers with you.
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