8 Things You’ll See in Hawaii

8 Things You’ll See in Hawaii

Beaches. Bitchin’ waves that every surfer craves. High-altitude hiking. Amazing food. Fun in the sun. Hawaii is the United States’ own paradise in the Pacific. It’s home to a number of unique and/or interesting things — mostly good!

Let’s take a look at some things you can expect to see when you visit Hawaii.


Hawaii has lots of volcanoes, including several active ones. Three of them are on land and one is submarine (beneath the ocean). Yup, they’re still spewing hot lava and ash! If you’re visiting the big island, the Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea volcanoes are all must-sees, but don’t get too close!

Black Sand

Volcanoes have had an interesting effect on Hawaii’s beaches. Some have black sand, like the aptly named Punaluu Black Sand Beach, due to volcanic activity. Not the best place to swim, due to rough currents, but still an essential attraction. Hawaii also has green sand and white sand beaches, so if you’re looking for variety, you’ll find it.

Underground Ovens

We’re not talking about counterculture appliances here. A pit big enough to hold a person, a “kalua,” is dug in the ground. Wood is burned inside, heating rocks that act as the oven’s heating element. The pit is lined with leaves, then the meat is placed inside (but not before it’s stuffed with more hot rocks), covered, and left to cook for hours. Then it’s luau time! Bring on the hula girls and fire dancers!

Letters From Home

You will sometimes see Hawaii spelled as Hawai’i. That extra symbol isn’t an apostrophe, it’s actually a letter in the Hawaiian language called “okina.” So please don’t point it out as a typo to the locals. You may be used to seeing it one way, but it’s not the authentic traditional spelling.

Lots of Vowels

If you love poetic-sounding words, A-E-I-O-you will love Hawaii and its local names. Oahu. Maui. Molokai. And that’s just the tip of the volcano. Hawaiian names are loaded with vowels. So take that, Bwlchgwyn (Wales), Wyrzysk (Poland), and others! (Just kidding.)

Moving Monuments

The island of Oahu is home to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. The ship sunk in shallow water during the December 7, 1941 aerial attack that led the U.S. to join the war. The famous monument is built atop the wreck’s hull and is only accessible by boat. There’s also Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial, which honors native Hawaiians who fought in World War I. Be sure to visit both memorials to pay your respects.

Higher Prices

You’ve no doubt seen pizza chain commercials that flash a quick, unreadable disclaimer toward the end. What it says, in a nutshell, is “Prices higher in Hawaii and Alaska.” Considering their isolation from mainland USA, that’s understandable. Budget for this ahead of time and you should be fine.

Vaping, With an Asterisk

The legal vaping age in Hawaii is 21. There are some other limits on vaping there as well, so you may want to read up on them before you visit. We’re not saying this to spoil your fun, but to keep you out of trouble that could spoil your fun. If you do vape in Hawaii, may we suggest a tropical fruit and menthol blend?

As always, have fun and stay safe when you’re in Hawaii. Be sure to send us a postcard, if you have time. Yeah, that’ll happen!


The opinions and other information contained in these blog posts and comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Nicopure Labs LLC, owner of the Halo and Halo Cigs marks.

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