30+ Ways Hawaiian Locals Easily Recognize Tourists

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How Do Locals Recognize Tourists?


Have you ever wondered how locals in Hawaii know who the tourists are just by looking at them? Here are some top tips for how locals recognize tourists:

  1. Overusing sunblock, resulting in a white or pasty appearance, or people with a half-dozen bandaids on their translucent, ghostly-colored legs because they just shaved for their visit to Hawaii for the first time in months. (Note: Remember to use reef-safe sunblock when in Hawaii!)
  2. Carrying a large camera or constantly taking photos.
  3. Sporting a sunburn or sunburned patches.
  4. Dressing in bright, tropical print clothing (e.g., Hawaiian shirts or dresses) daily or wearing Hawaiian shirts over the top of a well-worn t-shirt that says “Spring Break ’15” or “Wasssssssup!”
  5. Wearing socks with sandals or flip-flops and not knowing what slippas are.
  6. Carrying large or over-stuffed beach bags or backpacks with them everywhere they go.
  7. Walking around with maps or guidebooks in hand.
  8. Stopping abruptly to take photos or admire the scenery — especially while driving.
  9. Asking for directions to popular tourist attractions.
  10. Attempting to pronounce Hawaiian words and place names with a heavy mainland accent.
  11. Wearing waterproof pouches or fanny packs.
  12. Renting convertible cars or Jeeps.
  13. Participating in group tours or excursions.
  14. Asking locals for recommendations on the “best” beach, restaurant, or activity.
  15. Constantly checking their phones for Wi-Fi or cellular reception.
  16. Wearing water shoes while swimming in the ocean.
  17. Buying souvenir items, such as T-shirts or keychains, in bulk.
  18. Visiting popular tourist spots during peak hours.
  19. Dressing inappropriately for the weather, such as wearing heavy jackets or long pants.
  20. Becoming overly excited about spotting a rainbow or other common natural occurrences.
  21. Wearing a lei or fresh flower in their hair when not attending a special event.
  22. Frequently discussing the high cost of living or the price differences between Hawaii and the mainland.
  23. Expressing amazement at the lack of certain chain stores or restaurants.
  24. Applying excessive amounts of insect repellent.
  25. Seeking out opportunities to participate in “authentic” Hawaiian cultural experiences.
  26. Struggling with chopsticks when eating at local restaurants.
  27. Comparing Hawaiian beaches to beaches in other parts of the world.
  28. Asking locals how they manage to live in such a remote location.
  29. Showing a lack of understanding or respect for local customs and cultural practices.
  30. Talking loudly or drawing attention to themselves in public places.
  31. Wearing their hotel room key or wristband as an accessory.
  32. Snapping photos of everyday sights, such as grocery store prices or local animals.
  33. Taking selfies with every scenic backdrop.
  34. Carrying around and using an umbrella on sunny days, fearing sporadic rain showers.
  35. Asking if they can drink tap water or where to find potable water.
  36. Saying “aloha” but not practicing aloha.
  37. Partying late into the night without consideration for others.
  38. Running red lights.
  39. Stopping at intersections either half-way or all the way through the pedestrian crosswalk.
  40. Honking their car horns.
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