Mosquitoes OK, OK, mosquitoes do exist in Hawaii , but compared with many other tropical destinations, mosquitoes are amazingly absent here. While you may get bites while hiking near a river or when the trade winds die down, Hawaii’s strong breezes make beach-side, sunset enjoyment largely hassle-free.
There are currently no mosquito -borne diseases spreading locally in Hawaii . Apply mosquito repellent on exposed skin, especially if outdoors. Repellent should be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and contain 20-30% DEET (active ingredient).
THERE ARE NO SEAGULLS The reason — the habitat of the Hawaiian islands is not right for them. Gulls are primarily scavengers so they are often found along continental coasts and shallow inland waters where there is sufficient food.
Mosquitoes first arrived in Hawaiʻi when sailors dumped a barrel of water containing larvae of the Culex mosquito into the wetlands that once surrounded Lahaina. The Culex mosquito became the vector that spread avian pox and malaria from non-native birds to Hawaiian forest birds, precipitating their decline.
10 Things Not To Do in Hawaii Don’t stand next to the blowhole. Don’t eat at a chain restaurant. Don’t let a commercial luau be your only exposure to Hawaiian culture. Don’t limit your visit to Oahu. And don’t avoid the Island of Hawaii . Don’t only stay in resort towns. Don’t hike illegally or start a hike late in the day. Don’t take lava rocks.
In Hawaii , the only tick that affects people and our pets is the brown dog tick .
In Hawaii , casual wear is typical for much of the day. Go for casual t-shirts and shorts for the daytime hours in Hawaii . If you ‘re not a fan of shorts, jeans , leggings, or capris can also be acceptable attire. Breezy, lightweight tops are a good idea if you ‘re not into t-shirts.
Hawaii doesn’t have any venomous snakes, but they do have some biting and stinging bugs , some of which you are likely to encounter (fire ants, centipedes) and some you likely won’t see, like scorpions.
Many Hawaiians and locals wear aloha shirts (aka “ Hawaiian ” shirts) practically every day including at work, parties, to dinner, or just a casual bbq. They’re everywhere. In fact, a nice button up collared aloha shirt is considered formal dress in a lot of places on the islands.
There are good bugs and bad bugs . Luckily Hawaii doesn’t have too many bad insects and other creepy crawlies to be aware of, but there are some. Surprisingly, or not, there are a lot of people that are deathly afraid of bugs – even those that can’t really cause much grief. Some people are horrified of ants.
Snakes are illegal in Hawaii . They have no natural predators here and pose a serious threat to Hawaii’s environment because they compete with native animal populations for food and habitat. Many species also prey on birds and their eggs, increasing the threat to endangered native birds.
Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California ; 3,850 miles from Japan ; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines. Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee. From east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.
Zika is not endemic in Hawaii . There have been no locally acquired cases of Zika . All of the cases identified in Hawaii have been travel-related (or imported) and infected while outside of Hawaii .
There are many species of spiders known to be found throughout Hawaii . However, two spider species of concern that are seen in Hawaii are the Southern Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans) and the Brown Widow Spider (Latrodectus geometricus). Their bites can be dangerous and would require a visit to the doctor.
In fact, Hawaii is the only state in the country where none of these megabanks have a retail presence. A combination of factors have kept these large banks at bay, including Hawaii’s distance from the mainland , its relatively small population, high real estate costs and stiff local competition, say banking analysts.