Member tips for Living Aloha!
Be careful of the red dirt. It STAINS. Stock up on stain removers. Have certain shoes for stomping around outside, because they will get ruined LOL.
Stock up on summer clothes before you come, cos in “winter” here they sell winter clothes
I have learned that bread goes bad faster; fruit also. I’ve leared that centipedes are everywhere and if you stand in an area with lots of trees, shake out your clothes (i’ve brought one home before)
I’ve learned that you lock your car everywhere you go, because this whole island is a tourist hot spot so theives thrive in those areas
The Pet quarantine process isn’t difficult, just time consuming and confusing. Consult the base your leaving for the help, they have done it before.
Try places (eating out) even if they don’t look like they’ll be good because it can suprise you!
The best thing for killing centipedes is brake cleaner….
I learned to make sure there are no piles of grass or leaves around the outside of my house because centipedes love dark damp places….
lock up your house….if you have a sliding glass door…use a board or wooden broom stick in the track to keep people from being able to open your sliding glass door…
don’t leave valuables in your car
don’t be afraid to maek friends with the locals….
learn the history of the island and learn to respect and honor sacred customs and places…
when entering someone elses’s home remove your shoes…it is a sign of respect for the person’t home…
Check expiration dates when buying foods in stores here
Always check outside hotspots for things such as centipedes (I found one in the girls outside toy box).
A regular old fly swatter will kill the majority of the cockroaches.
We’ve found spraying the flys with Windex paralyzes and then kills them instantly.
Don’t leave anything out that will attract ants, because they will invade your house.
The big black cockroaches don’t nessacarily mean you have a filth problem…they just come in to feast. You should only be concerned when you have the smaller brown ones.
Go with an open attitude, if you are so against it then you are going to hate it no matter what
Get the TMK map book (borders, exchanges, Chevron stations) it will become your bible
Find the out of the way, small restaurants they are cheap and often really, really good
Comparison shop at the exchanges and commissaries as well as local stores, often the prices can vary depending on the location of the store.
(side note, yes robberies are bad in Hawaii, but the murder rate is so low, I swear every night on TV here in So Cal there is a story about someone getting stabbed or murdered here. I would definitely take the robberies over the murders any day).
Get the book, “Oahu Revealed”… our copy has so many folded pages, margin notes, highlighter marks, etc… AWESOME book
In addition to the things already mentioned…I’d say ask for the kama’aina rate everywhere you go. Even if you just got here, you live here and have an address so you should be able to get discounts on several attractions…& get your local supermarket’s card (like the Foodland card) so you don’t pay more than you have to. (This is true for a mil. discount if you’re AD military- many places give it, just ask!)
Know the traffic pattern here- be prepared to sit and crawl, esp. going west, if you come out of downtown between 3-6pm, etc. The North Shore/Kam highway get parade-slow on the weekends. It’s all still drivable (is that a word?) but just know it’ll take you longer.
Definitely the petty crime thing. Treat your car like it could be gone when you get back to it (no matter where you park) and don’t leave squat in there.
And know Hawaii is a very exercise-friendly place. I LOVE that there are sidewalks everywhere, people walk and bike a lot. So get a bike if you live close enough to shopping, attractions, etc.! You’ll save gas too.
Oh, and buy that gas at Costco if you can’t get it on a miitary base.
Go to the flea market at the stadium for basic clothing and stuff for your place cause you can get some good deals.
Learn how to pronounce the alphabet properly so while the hwy looks like it should say Like Like (meaning I like you), it really is lee-ka leeka
Make sure you have a hurricane kit
And on the first of the month (or if it is a weekend then it would be the first weekday) between June 1st and Nov 30, around 11:50 in the morning you will hear a siren going off, DON”T PANIC!! it is just a practice siren to make sure it works.
Get the Polynesian Cultural Center yearly pass up there as it is only 29.95 for adults and 19.95 for kids.
~Buy Oahu Revealed. Pick restaurants, beaches, hikes, based on it.
Also the spiral map book.
~Make it the adventure and opportunity that it is. So many people would DIE to be in your slippas
Be prepared if you are obviously a different race to be treated differently… but that doesn’t nessacarily mean that you’ll be treated bad… just different!!
Oh and regarding the syrup in the fridge… sealing it in a ziplock works as well…
works well on anything sweet…
-Bread goes bad REALLY quickly. Everything goes bad really quickly. Don’t buy too much food at once — it’s usually best to go shopping once a week because a loaf of bread will mold after a week.
The Hale Koa is nice but for PCSing you must have a statement of non-availability (can’t remember which branch you are but if Army from Schofield Guest House and/or Tripler Guest House) or it will NOT be covered by TLA. Count on about 6 weeks for household goods to arrive. If you move into on post housing there is Aloha loaner furniture. They no longer loan out furniture off base. Count on several weeks for a car to arrive depending on what part of the country generally take 2-3 weeks.