HAWAII - THE BIG ISLAND
WHAT TO BRING
Hawaii, being part of the U.S.A. has just about everything you'll need right at your fingertips. Shopping centers, grocery stores, dive shops and more are abundant. But, even so, you'll want to bring the basics, as prices in Hawaii are a bit higher than the mainland. Typical items to pack:
- Sun block
- Water shoes (volcanic rocks are rough)
- Walking/hiking shoes
- Travel first aid kit
- Small electronics
- Lightweight summer clothing
- Jackets if you plan on visiting the higher elevations
- Your own beach towels
- Zippy plastic bags for carrying small lotions or beach finds
- Masks/fins/snorkel if you like
- Your I.D. and C-Card
Hawaii is relatively safe, but be sure to protect yourself by locking valuables in the hotel safe, and never leaving personal items at the beach or in your car.
Hawaii has a typical tropical climate with strong easterly trade winds that mitigate the high humidity often associated with tropical locales. As a result, highs rarely reach the 90s even in the summer.
- Summer highs reach the upper 80s during the day and mid-70s at night
- Winter highs reach the low 80s during the day and the mid-60s at night
- Snow sometimes covers Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island
- Climates vary by island, with Kauai receiving 460 inches of rainfall a year.
- Generally, there are two seasons, winter and summer.
- While not usual, hurricanes do affect the islands.
- The last named hurricane to directly hit the islands was Hurricane Iniki in 1992.