Updated: 6 days ago
Layman's unspoken or untold rules of Kauai and tips to save money.
Bridge. Stop before you cross a bridge if you see oncoming traffic. There are no traffic lights and it's a one road bridge. It's polite and standard to let a half a dozen cross over from the other side before you proceed. Don't act like an ass and sneak in when you should let the other side go.
2. Coconut Tree. Don't stand under a coconut tree especially ones with coconuts hanging! They will fall on your head and people have died from it. Also to watch out for are Albizia trees. They can fall on your head and kill you. They are called "Widow Makers" for a reason.
3. Aloha. Everyone is sweet here and not spoiled by the jaded city lifestyle. Don't be aggro and chill the f- out.
4. You know what else can kill you.? Acting stupid and thinking Mother Nature is Disneyland. Always be cautious and watch nature ie... waves etc. like don't be crossing a stream thinking it's safe because things could change on a drop of a dime. Don't be jumping into "Queen's bath" thinking it's a bathtub. Waves could come and take you out to sea. Adios.
5. Look up. There is always a rainbow to catch.
6. Costco. It's where all the locals go. Once you go into a tourist area and outside of Lihue, you can be stuck paying as much for groceries as if you went to eat at a 4-star restaurant. Costco is conveniently located right outside the airport. After you get your rental car, you can roll up to Costco in Lihue and actually save money by buying big bulks of your necessities like bread, butter, ice cooler, sunscreen and rice! If you want to get fancy, get yourself a grill or hibachi. You can make bonfires and grill on the beach. Yes, I know!
7. Markets have prepared food sections with poki, fried chicken, potato salads, musubis etc... Put those in your ice cooler for your all-day beach time and don't forget your fancy hibachi. You can also dig a hole in the sand and gather some wood, make yourself a fire pit. Yes, that is legal here. Welcome to Kauai, biatches.
8. Nae naes. Nae naes are Hawaii state birds and they are endangered. They actually came from Canada long ago and they look just like Canadian geese. Do not feed, go near or even look at them. Just kidding, you can look but that's it. Also, endangered are sea turtles. Do not go petting them when they swim by you in the ocean.
9. Chickens. They are everywhere. During hurricane Anini, things went flying and so did the chickens. They got out of their cages and when they did, they got busy. They went on a mating spree and reproducing! They are everywhere and they are beautiful but you can't really eat them. From what I've been told, they don't have enough meat and it's not worth the time.
10. Scrapes in the ocean. If you scrape yourself while you are anywhere out on the beach, streams or jungles, make sure to pour rubbing alcohol all over it. Many reefs and items have live cultures on them and they are live! You gotta kill those small animals or you will get infected.
11. "Flip Flops" are called "Slippers".
12. "How's it?" means "How are you?"
13. Check out the local farmer's markets and try new things. There are many fruits and vegetables you never knew existed or knew could taste this gooood.
14. Go beyond the regular tourist stuff and explore the culture of Kauai. It is distinctively unique, diverse and American. Get off the resorts and check out local restaurants and shops. That is where the gold is.
15. Check out the gardens and go on hikes. This island is called a garden isle for a reason and the island has the ability to heal one's soul.
16. Bring hiking shoes. Explore the beauty of nature that is abundant here.
You didn't fly all the way here to sit in a resort and look at the same faces you do at home.
Have a good time in Hawaii.
Don't act selfish, respect and leave your aggro mainland self behind.
If I think of more stuff, I will add to this list as I go.