Explore Kauai (underground guide)
How to avoid a sunburn
- Stay out of the sun completely. That's not easy to do in Hawaii.
- Limit outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.. Play golf, lay in
the sun, swim, etc., in the early morning or late afternoon.
- If you must sunbathe get some sun before you visit Hawaii. The Hawaiian
sun is very dangerous to pale skin.
- Beware of cloudy days. Clouds and particulate matter in the air scatter
sunlight. You can still burn even on a cloudy day.
- Wear a good pair of sun glasses and some kind of protection -- the looser
the better -- on your head.
- If you are among those likely to burn, use a sun block with a PF of 15 or
greater. An ounce of sun block will effectively cover your entire body.
- Apply sun block at least 15 to 30 minutes before venturing out into the
sun and re-apply at least every two hours especially if you have been swimming
- Use sun blocks with higher PFs on areas that need extra protection like
the tip of your nose, your ears, the tops of your feet, and your shoulders.
- Do not use sun block on your lips. Instead, use only sun protection
products designed specifically for lips.
- Protect your children. Keep them from excessive sun exposure when the sun
is strongest and apply sunscreen liberally and frequently to children 6 months
of age and older.
- Do not use sunscreen on children under 6 months of age. Parents with
children under 6 months of age should severely limit their children's sun
- Sand and water reflect UV radiation, which means being in the shade under
a beach umbrella does not provide complete protection.
- Check with your doctor to make sure that some of the medications you are
on do not actually make you more susceptible to sunburn.
How to avoid jet lag
- Eliminate stress and anxiety as much as possible before you
fly. Get plenty of exercise before your trip and try to avoid getting a cold.
- Eat plenty of starch, carbohydrates and greens before you travel
- Get plenty of sleep the night before your trip and wear comfortable
clothing during your flight.
- Set your watch to the time of your destination (Hawaii or home) before
your board the plane.
- Drink lots of water before, during and after your flight - 8 to 12 ounces
every hour is recommended. The dry air in aircraft causes dehydration.
- Yawn or chew gum to alleviate the pressure build up in your
ears especially during takeoff and landing.
- Avoid alcohol, coffee or other caffeine products
before and during your flight.
- Eat meals at times that are as close a possible to meal
times at your destination.
- Consider carefully whether you wish to use a product like
no-jet lag (homeopathic) or melatonin. Be sure to read up on any product before
your consider using it.
- Use earphones to listen to music or earplugs to reduce cabin
noise, which tends to be stressful and brings on fatigue. Kick off your shoes
and try to get some sleep.
- Get up and walk around the cabin when possible or do some
exercises in your seat to stretch your muscles and keep your circulation
- During extended layoverwill do just fine. A sports jacket is only needed at the most upscale
- Sun block, insect repellent, sunglasses and a havacation by getting a sunburn.
- If you plan to explore Hawaiit are a
must. The sun is very intense in Hawaii and you dons on long flights see if a shower is
available. A shower can help ease your muscles and make you feel much better.
- When you arrive in Hawaii try to stay awake until your
normal bedtime (local time). This will get you onto Hawaiian time very quickly
so that your first full day is novacation by getting a sunburn.
- If you plan to explore Hawaiit wasted.
- What you do before your trip is as important as what you do
during the flight. Avoiding jet lag begins days, even weeks before your trip.
- Rest, drink water, keep your blood flowing - the three key
things to keep in mind.
- Try to adjust to the local time of your destination when you
begin your flight.
How to pack for a trip to Hawaii
Many folks are really confused about how to pack for a one- or two-week trip
thousands of miles from home. We hope that these few ideas will help you out.
- Remember that Hawaii has a tropical climate. The
temperatures vary only about 10 degrees. If you are visiting the windward side
of the islands you will see some rain so plan accordingly.
- Evenings can be cool especially if there is a breeze. Be
sure to bring a sweater or light jacket.
- If you plan to explore the higher elevations such as
Haleakala or Mauna Kea, you may wish to bring a warm sweater and windbreaker
also. Temperatures at the summits can drop to the low 30's.
- Swimsuits are a must as are shorts, short-sleeved shirts,
light dresses, sandals, thongs and some good walking shoes. If you plan on
riding horseback, be sure to bring some jeans and heavy shoes.
- There is no real need for a suit in Hawaii. Even at most
fancy restaurants and night spots a nice shirt and pair of khaki's or Dockers
will do just fine. A sports jacket is only needed at the most upscale
- Sun block, insect repellent, sunglasses and a hat are a
must. The sun is very intense in Hawaii and you don't want to ruin your
vacation by getting a sunburn.
- If you plan to explore Hawaii's waters bring your snorkel
and mask or better yet wait until you arrive. These can be rented very cheaply
and often are available for free at many hotels.
- Leave ample room to bring things back. Most tourists buy
some aloha-wear and other souvenirs that you won't find on the mainland.
Remember that you can ship items home also, which is often much easier.
- Hawaii is the most beautiful place on earth. Remember your
camera, film, extra batteries, and x-ray protected film bag. You will find a lot
of use for your video camera also.
- Put important papers (tickets, reservation confirmations,
travelers checks), all medications, spare glasses, a change of clothing and any
other valuables in your carry-on bag.
- Don't forget your favorite tour book. You've probably
purchases one or two to help you plan your trip. The Moon Publications Hawaii
Handbook is an excellent all-round guidebook.
- Consider whether you may need any of these specialty items:
binoculars, hair dryer, inflatable raft, portable radio, or travel iron.
- Don't over-pack. Travel as lightly as possible.
- Leave plenty of room in your suitcase for all of the things you
will bring home.
- Make a list of things to bring and check the list before you
How to get around in Hawaii
There are many different ways to get around and explore Hawaii. Some are
obvious but there are some that may not have crossed your mind.
- Take a shuttle to get to and from the airport. They are
much less expensive than regular taxis. Taxi fares are not regulated, so the
prices vary greatly.
- Rent a car and drive around the islands. It's the best
way to see the real Hawaii. Make frequent stops.
- On Oahu take TheBus, Oahu's excellent public
- On Oahu take the Waikiki Trolley which makes stops at key
- A self-guided walking tour is a great way to explore
downtown Honolulu on Oahu, Hanalei on Kauai, Lahaina on Maui or Hilo on the Big
- Take a hike. There are many wonderful hiking trails. You
can even hike to the top of Diamond Head on Oahu.
- Take Aloha Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines or Aloha's Island
Air to fly from island to island. If you plan on making several inter-island
trips Aloha has a special six-flight coupon book.
- A day tour to one of the islands with Polynesian Adventure
Tours is well worth the money. Airfare and tour bus are included in the price.
- Take a helicopter to really see some of the out-of-the-way
places. You can see Kauai's beautiful Na Pali coast or fly over Kilauea
volcano on the Big Island.
- Take the "Expeditions" ferry from Maui to Lanai.
- Consider a full week cruise on Hawaiian Cruise Lines.
- Many tourists just go to Hawaii and never leave Waikiki. If
you do so, you are missing much of Hawaii.
- Renting a car is by far the best way to see the islands. Be
courteous and remember that things move at a different pace in Hawaii.
- Look for discount air coupons for inter-island flights. You
can save lots of money.