Travel broadens the horizons. Why? It’s because things happen on exotic trips that don’t happen anywhere else. Want to see a goat on top of a bus? Head to the subcontinent. Need an Asian man to sell you a tour with a working-class London accent? Then Thailand’s the place for you. Want to have a beer outside of a Opera House? Sydney is the only place for it.
Behind the stunning background of natural beauty, Hawaii has its own quirks. They aren’t apparent at first but give them time and they’ll appear. Below are four you’ll probably see on the island in the middle of the Pacific.
Pokemon Go reinvigorated everyone’s love of the Japanese cartoon. Well, if you think it’s a hit in the mainland states, wait until you get to the 50th one. Honolulu has over one hundred stops for Pokemon fanatics to catch as many as they can. It’s by no means the most populated city, but it’s up there with some of the heavyweights. So, if you see men, women and children standing by Pikachu in the middle of town, don’t be alarmed – they’re only geeks! Join in by all means but be careful because catching them all can be dangerous.
Hawaii can’t claim to be the home of Mother Nature; it’s her house and we’re only guests. But, she has definitely endowed the islands with some of the biggest swells on the planet. It’s one of the reasons the World Surf League is held in Hawaii every year. Australia might be the most famous export of the sport, yet the islands are where it goes off. You don’t have to be a fan to enjoy the scenery either because the swells are that big - they’re incredible to watch without dipping your toes in the water.
Sure, pretty much every country on the planet tries its hand at the classics. You can’t move to a big town or city for “Italian” and “French” joints. The harsh reality is that they aren’t any good, and it’s because they don’t have the resources. Hawaii, on the other hand, is home to Filipino cuisine – you can read the menu here – and American food as well as European and Far East Asia. If you’re unsure why it’s because of the history of the islands. People have come from far and wide and left a little bit of their delicious mark in the process.
Typhoons sweep off the Pacific, earthquakes shake the ground, and volcanoes spew molten rock into the atmosphere. Still, locals won’t panic and lose their shit. Instead, they’ll calmly go about their business until the real warning turns up. Then, they’ll start to make plans. The Islanders have heard so many warning alarms that they like to check if they’re bona fide before clearing house. Otherwise, it’s another wasted journey #islandlife.
Hawaii is as weird as it is stunningly beautiful. So, which quirk appeals to you the most?