Hawaii Visitor Information

General

Hawaii is a state of the USA

The Hawaiian Islands consist of 8 main islands, 6 of which are populated

The Hawaiian Islands were created by volcanic eruptions that have been occurring for over 70 million years thanks to the movements of the pacific plates. As the most ecologically diverse islands in the world, the islands boast deserts, rainforests, volcanoes and snow-capped mountains all within a relatively small area.

Access to Money

The two major banks in Hawaii are the Bank of Hawaii and First Hawaiian Bank; one of the two can be found in even the smallest of towns. There is a vast number of ATM's available throughout Hawaii, these accept most major cards from the major international networks. Check the symbol on the back of your ATM card against the symbols on the ATM machine.

Rates of exchange at banks and authorised money exchanges are generally more competitive than those offered at airports, hotels and retailers. Money can be easily changed before leaving home and at currency exchange counters on retail strips such as Honolulu, Lahaina and Waipahu.

Hawaii's International Airport

Honolulu International Airport

Hawaii's main international airport is Honolulu International Airport on Oahu Island, a 40 minute drive from Waikiki Beach hotels in Honolulu. This airport consists of 2 terminals; the main terminal for arrivals and departures from international routes and the inter-island terminal which services travel between the Hawaiian Islands.

There are restrictions on carrying liquids, gels and lotions. You may carry through security checkpoints only travel-sized (85g or less) toiletries that fit comfortably in one, litre-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. To check specifications check with your airline and here. Once clear of this check point you may purchase beverages and other liquids (i.e. bottled water) available from the boarding area.

Travel locks are recommended, however ensure you are using the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Recognized Baggage Locks. In most instances baggage will be electronically scanned however, from time to time the TSA may need to inspect your luggage. TSA approved locks allow airport security staff to use their master keys to inspect luggage without damaging your travel locks.

Currency

Name: United States Dollar
Code: USD
Symbol: $

Internet Access

Most Hawaii resorts offer wireless broadband internet access.
Alternatively there are plenty of Internet Cafés available in the main tourist areas of Hawaii.

Languages

Official: English
Secondary: Hawaiian

Self Drive

You can rent a car or motorbike in Hawaii with a foreign driver's license, under the conditions that your license is valid and written in English. Drivers are permitted to use their foreign driver's license for a maximum of 28 days. Petrol tends to be more expensive on Hawaii than mainland USA however car rental prices are more competitive.

Road conditions are very good and just like the rest of the USA, Hawaii drives on the right side of the road. Oahu Island has the most developed roads with several freeways and the largest amount of traffic in the pacific.

It is important that you are aware of the conditions of hire as all reputable car rental companies will have age guidelines and deposit requirements to follow. It is wise to have your car hire arrangements in place prior to departure as car hire is in high demand in Hawaii. Remember to follow the local road rules and customs.

Taxi's

Taxis should charge by distance travelled not according to the number of people in the vehicle. In general, taxi fares in Hawaii are meter regulated with rates that are approved by the Hawaiian government. In most cases taxis are more convenient than the airport shuttle buses, as the shuttle buses are required to make many stops at other hotels along the way.

Telephones

Please use 0011 + country code + area code + local number
Hawaii Country Dialling Code +1
Hawaii's Area Code - 808

Time Zone

GMT/UTC -10

Transport

Excellent bus services are run by 'TheBus' on Oahu Island. Serving major tourist attractions in Pearl Harbour, Honolulu and Waikiki, some routes will require passengers to transfer buses at Honolulu Interchange or Ala Moana Shopping Mall Interchange. On the other islands in Hawaii services are quite different; bus schedules and routes are limited and car hire or touring may be a better option if you want to see more of the island.

Legal Drinking Age

Legal age required to consume or purchase alcohol in Hawaii is 21 years of age. Photo ID will be required for entry into bars and pubs.

Travel Advice

Click here to check the Australian Governments official travel advice relating to Hawaii.

Entry Requirements

Australian travellers with a current Australian passport can travel in Hawaii for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. This can be done under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Time spent in Canada, Mexico, U.S.A or adjacent islands will also count towards the maximum 90 days.

All Australian travellers who plan to travel to the U.S.A must be approved by internet based?ESTA?(Electronic System for Travel Authorization) in order to gain entry under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The ESTA application must be completed at least 72 hours before your departure date; there is a processing fee and generally a short processing delay for results. If your travel is not approved by ESTA you may be asked to apply for a Visa from the US Embassy to gain entry. For information regarding compulsory pre-registration for their visa waiver program see the US Customs Travel Authorization website.

An Australian passport does not need to be an ePassport for entry under the Visa Waiver Program, but it must be machine-readable. Australian passports that do not have two lines of 44 characters at the bottom of the personal particulars page are not machine-readable. To confirm whether your passport is machine-readable, please contact the Australian Passports Information Service (APIS) on 131 232.

Weddings

With its year-round warm climate, Hawaii is a popular destination for weddings. If you are considering Hawaii for your wedding, please take the time to consider the following requirements

  • Both parties require valid passports
  • Both parties must be at least 18 years old
  • Parties under 21 years old will need to provide certified copies of birth certificates
  • Parties over 21 years of age will need to provide a simple proof of age (such as a drivers license)
  • Application forms can be obtained at?Hawaii State Department of Health.
  • Details of any previous divorces or a death of spouse will be required on the wedding application before arrival in Hawaii
  • The application is required to be prepared and any additional paperwork attached before arrival in Hawaii
  • The application must be lodged in person with both the bride, groom and a marriage license agent present
  • The marriage license is issued on the spot, providing all the requirements are met
  • Marriage licenses are valid for 30 days from the issue date and are to be used only in the state of Hawaii

This information is a guide only. Requirements are subject to change without notice. Please check with The Department of Health - State of Hawaii for more information.