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Hawaii Need To Know
What Time Is It?
While many in the contiguous United States switch their clocks back and forth twice a year they do not to do that in Hawaii.
Here’s the time difference between Hawaii and the contiguous United States depending on time zone and whether standard time or daylight savings time is being observed in your time zone.
During standard time:
(roughly early November – early March),
Hawaii Time is:
• -5 hours behind Eastern Time
• -4 hours behind Central Time
• -3 hours behind Mountain Time
• -2 hours behind Pacific Time
During daylight savings time:
(roughly early March – early November), Hawaii Time is:
• -6 hours behind Eastern Time
• -5 hours behind Central Time
• -4 hours behind Mountain Time
• -3 hours behind Pacific Time
Hawaiian Words To Know
Though English is the primary language of Hawaii, the centuries-old Hawaiian language is still actively used. While you won’t need to learn Hawaiian for your vacation, we want to share some useful Hawaiian words and phrases to know for your trip.
Aloha means hello, goodbye and love. You will generally hear it used as a greeting.
Mahalo means thank you. While you can always say thank you, it’s nicer if you say mahalo instead. It’s pronounced “mah hah lo.”
Ohana means family. You might hear of restaurant meals served ohana-style, which would mean family-style. Keiki means child or children. You might see keiki menus or events and activities for keiki.
E komo mai means welcome.
Hale means house or home. (Haleakala means house of the sun.)
Wahine means lady, female. Restrooms may be labeled wahine instead of women.
Kane means man, male. Restrooms may be labeled kane instead of men.
As for how to pronounce these Hawaiian words and phrases, most consonants are pronounced exactly like we say them in English. The only exception is that w is traditionally pronounced as a v-sound, though most Hawaii residents pronounce a w with the w-sound. Learning the Hawaiian vowel sounds can be a bit more tricky. Here’s our very basic guide to Hawaiian vowel pronunciation.
a sounds like ah as in aloha
e sounds like ay or eh as in say
i sounds like ee as in bee
o sounds like oh as in open
u sounds like oo as in boo.
Caring For Hawaii's Sea Life
The video below with excellent underwater footage is narrated by a fish. Listen to the story they would tell if they could only talk.
But if you don’t have the time to watch, please honor these recommendations:
Refrain from touching or stepping on coral as it can damage and even destroy the coral
Refrain from feeding the fishes as it causes an imbalance in the ocean's ecosystem
Keep a respectful distance from sea turtles, dolphins and fishes. Let them decide how close they want to get to
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/DYjKYyVRvJU?rel=0
HAWAII SUNSCREEN LAW
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2021
Senate Bill 2571, relating to the ban of sunscreens that contain oxyben zone and octinoxate in Hawaii went into effect on January 1, 2021. The new law prohibits the sale, offer of sale, and distribution of sunscreens that contain these two chemicals as they have been proven to be harmful to the marine ecosystems. Hawaii is the first state in the world to ban sunscreens with these chemicals.
Beginning on Oct. 1, 2022, Maui County is the first place in the country to ban the sale and use of sunscreen products with petrochemicals as active ingredients. Only products with the following active ingredients, non-nano, zinc and mineral sunscreens are safe for people and marine life because those elements already exist in sea water.
Beginning on December 2, 2023, Hawaii Island County will join Maui in banning the sale and use of sunscreen products with petrochemicals as active ingredients with County Bill #167. Only products with the following active ingredients, non-nano, zinc and mineral sunscreens are safe for people and marine life because those elements already exist in sea water.
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are known as “mineral sunscreens.” Non-mineral sunscreens include chemicals such as octinoxate, octocrylene, and oxybenzone. Of the 16 active ingredients currently used as UV filters in sunscreen products, only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are deemed generally recognized as safe and effective (GRASE) by the United States Food and Drug Administration.