25 Things You Didn't Know About Traveling To Hawaii

People usually associate Hawaii with a great place to hike volcanoes, a beautiful tropical vacation destination to escape the winter, Pearl Harbor, and the home state of President Barack Obama.[slideshow:89095]

The Aloha State has a much more complicated and diverse history, culture and lifestyle. As the 50th state, locals have the same problems as people on the mainland, but somewhat different habits. Taking your shoes off when you go into someone's house is an unwritten law, and hugging, even strangers, for hello and goodbye is common.

Knowing what to expect and how to conduct yourself will only help you make the most of your vacation. You don't want to seem rude to locals – for example, by calling them "Hawaiians" – and they may tell you of secret gems only they know.

Familiarizing yourself with the local culture can literally keep you away from the police – don't have more than one drink in front of you at any time, don't import snakes, and don't engage in any form of gambling, even online.

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