Traveling to Hawai`i: FAQs
What is the time difference from the continental US?
Hawai`i follows Hawai`i Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is 5 hours behind Eastern Standard Time and 2 hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawai`i does not observe Daylight Savings Time so add one extra hour to the time difference during this period (March through November).
Do I need my passport to get to Hawai`i?
Since Hawai`i is the 50th state, you won’t need to bring your passport unless you’re visiting from outside the United States or traveling to another country after Hawai`i.
Do I need a car to get around on Hawai`i?
Transportation options vary from island to island, but to really experience Hawaii, you should consider renting a car. Many visitors also enjoy taking bus tours to conveniently explore the Islands. For most islands you can also get around by shuttle, taxi or public transportation.
What should I pack on my trip to Hawai`i?
It’s warm in Hawai`i, so pack your summer attire. You may want to bring a jacket or sweater for the evenings. Bring warmer clothes if you plan on visiting higher elevations like Haleakala National Park in Maui. Suits and ties are very rarely worn here. Bring some casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing Hawai`i’s nightlife. You can buy an aloha shirt and flip-flops (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here.
Hawai`i’s currency is the US dollar. Traveler’s checks aren’t necessary since credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are plentiful. Don’t worry if you forget something. Hawai`i’s retail stores and malls have everything you need, including plenty of sunscreen.
When is a good time to visit Hawai`i?
Anytime of year is a good time to visit Hawai`i. The average temperature here is between 75˚-85˚ F. Summer, between April and November is warmer and drier while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round.
Whale watching season begins in late December and ends in early May. Peak whale watching months are between January and early April. November through February is big wave surf season on Hawai`i’s north shores.
What is the area code for Hawai`i?
The area code for the state of Hawai`i is (808).