Ask us if you need a visa to visit Hawaii.
Acquire some basic geographical knowledge before you get to Hawaii. I know it sounds silly to you, Matador reader, but some people really believe Hawaii isn’t a part of the United States. And, yes, we do speak English here.
Treat us like a voluntary tour guide.
We’re proud of our ‘aina and our culture, and we’re more than happy to share them with you. But we’re not here to be your tour guide. There’s a point when we really stop caring about your incessant requests for a guided tour.
No matter how breathtaking the natural scenery we’re surrounded by, our lives in Hawaii are just as stressful and hectic as yours — sometimes even more so. The cost of living in this state is twice that in the rest of the country, while our wages are well below the national average. Some of us have to work two jobs to pay off our debts. Don’t be the nasty visitor and needy friend who expects us to drop everything to take you around the island when our boss just asked us to work overtime.