27 Things Only People From Hawaii Will Understand

Hawaii is my home. I don’t care that I wasn’t born there, that I didn’t spend most of my life there. Hawaii was the first place that made me feel home all the way to my core. My soul has never been happier than when I lived in Hawaii. As much as I love Hawaii, there are some funny quirks about it that you wouldn’t understand unless you are from Hawaii. Yes, there are a couple of versions of these but this one is mine and what I really think only people from Hawai’i would understand.

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1. Sometimes it gets so cold you actually have to put real clothing on…and when I say cold I mean below 70 degrees. Yes, that’s right. Don’t judge me.

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2. Oh you wanted to buy groceries? How’s that second mortgage treating you?

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3. Everyone is your cousin, braddah, or auntie.

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4. While I don’t have this problem, many of my local friends are in love with spam. Spam is served everywhere, even McDonald’s drive thrus.

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5. Giving/getting directions is always an adventure. Pretty much goes like this…go all the way Kam Highway then turn right at the Shrimp Farm trucks, left at the birds of paradise section then…etc.

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6. When shipping costs more than the total cost of the item you’re shipping. Yeah, it puts a whole new meaning to priority flat rate shipping.

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7. Shave ice and your indecisiveness. Though Matsumoto’s is delicious I prefer the Pupukea food truck’s version.

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8. If it doesn’t have rice and mac salad then it’s not a meal. True story. I never even liked either until I lived here.

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9. When you haven’t been to the beach in two days. That’s a long ass time, don’t judge.

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10. Then you can’t decide which beach to go to. This is always a problem. Do I want to go to Bellows because there’s not a lot of reef or do I want to go to Papailoa and sunbath with the sea turtles?!

only from hawaii11. But it doesn’t really matter when you have to leave 1-2 hours early because you’re stuck in this. NO ONE will beat this traffic, no one.

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12. Not to mention gas already costs your first born keiki. Just take the price you’re paying and add a dollar basically.

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13. Shark week is a daily happening. You can see them any time you want, if you really want to that is.

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14. There is no civilized way to eat a malasada. They are a delicious mess.

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15. That annoying voice on the radio saying “at Jeans Warehouse” 20 times a day yet you still go there.  I’m not going to lie, it would be hard to have a conversation with that girl in real life but the cheap camisoles are hard to pass up on.

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16. Trying to beat the security guards to climb the stairway to heaven. I have yet to complete this since I have a little one and you seriously have to be there at like 3am.

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17. Potholes. Plan on buying new tires often.

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18. Your favorite band will NEVER EVER tour here. EVER.

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19. There are so many Zippy’s that you can’t decide which is your favorite one or let alone remember. There are probably 4 in a quarter mile block at a time.

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20. Aloha has a whole other meaning than hello.

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21. You’re told to pronounce Hawai’i incorrectly. It makes me sad how many  Hawaiian words have a slang version that is believed to be the correct pronunciation.

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22. And know that pidgin isn’t a bird.

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23. These are called slippahs not to be confused with flipflops.

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24. Centipedes and….Roaches. *shudders* No matter how clean your place is, THEY WILL FIND YOU.

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25. The lack of gnarly snakes hiding in the brushes. One of the many things I’m thankful of. I can hop in a bushel of brush taller than me and not have to think twice.

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26. The cravings you will always have for restaurants that only exist on the other islands or the mainland. No Olive Garden for you sir.

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27. Waikiki is the dirtiest beach on the island. Don’t go there. Seriously.
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What others would YOU add to the list?



  1. Anonymous
    May 30, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    Every Friday is Aloha Friday get off work Early and Party

  2. Anonymous
    May 30, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    That food trucks in Hawaii serve some of the best food ever, especially the shrimp trucks!

    • May 30, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      I’m not much of a shrimp eater but I know everyone loves it!

  3. Anonymous
    May 30, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    We even had SPAM on the cruise ship! Much to my surprise!!! 😛

  4. Deeteedub
    May 30, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    9&10 are my favs

  5. anonymous
    May 30, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    Why so many negative statements? This is the best place on earth!

  6. anonymous
    May 30, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Love it! These cracked me up!

  7. Ina
    May 30, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    These are all so true. Matsumoto’s is the best. with Red beans, ice cream and sweet condensed milk is JUST HEAVEN. THEY ARE ALL MY FAVORITE AND I DO NEED TO GO SEE MY AUNTIES AND UNCLES SOON.

  8. May 30, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    I would add how the movers/delivery/service workers remove their shoes before coming in to your house to work.. Any time I had big stuff delivered, they always removed their shoes. I miss that now that I’ve moved to the mainland!

  9. Anonymous
    May 30, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    huli huli chicken!!! manapuas.. kalua pork.. luaus.. to eat n drink among friends.. even indeed you didn’t , know you had. ohana ..mahalo.. aloha . I love you havaaee

  10. Anonymous
    May 30, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    How about POG? Only Hawaiians understand POG.

  11. Anonymous
    May 30, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    When you walk into someones house you take your slippahs off first!

  12. May 30, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    Great list, sweetie! Milk may be $8 a gallon but a filling Korean lunch can be found for $7. If you are smart, you’ll be friend a true Hawaiian who will make you part of the family! And I have to agree with somebody above in the comments who said its shave ice, never shaved ice 🙂

    • May 30, 2016 / 11:37 pm

      True! The rainbow drive inn could fill me up everyday at that price! lol

  13. Scot
    May 30, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    Blaisdale Arena seats 6000, Actual artists Elvis, Fleetwood Mack, Elton John, and many more.

    You see when the great bands and artist play Honolulu, it is the LAST Show of the tour. There is no show tomorrow, or again. Makes for a magic show.

    Many places to EAT in the islands are just wonderful.

    Beat the USN (now called Joint base Pearl Hickem) by riding the Navy shuttle from hospital point across.

    When the largest employer in Honolulu is DOD, you learn about the services

  14. Kamaka
    August 22, 2016 / 9:01 am

    What about the Manapua Man? Only in Hawai’i can you buy food from a total stranger in a white van, and not be afraid!

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