Hanging at the tide pools.
Hanging at the tide pools.

So, you’ve just enjoyed a day at one of Hawaii’s beautiful beaches.  It was the experience you’ve always thought it would be. It was warm and the sun felt nice on your skin. You get back to the hotel and look in the mirror and OMG!  You’re the color of a cooked lobster.  To top it off, you start to look around your room and find that someone broke in and stole a bunch of stuff.  You call the front desk and on your way to talk to meet the police you get bit by a centipede.

Not the day the you though it would be when you woke up this morning in Paradise, huh?

Lucky for you, though, you’re not here yet.  That’s why articles like this should be cherished and shared.  😉

How to Protect Yourself in Hawaii from Nature and Man


Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Make sure that when you go out in the sun, even when you’re hiking or just walking around (but especially when you’re at the beach) that you apply a broad spectrum sunscreen at least a 30 SPF to your exposed portions of skin.  Wear a hat with a wide brim if possible.  (You can find hats on our Hawaiian Travel Kit page.)


Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

The sun is bright and strong in Hawaii.  That’s one of the reasons you’re visiting, right?  If you don’t want to walk around squinting the entire time (and let’s face looking confused) then be sure to bring a good pair of sunglasses with you!  If possible, get a good pair of polarized sunglasses for your trip to Hawaii.


Protect Yourself from Insects

I’ve never had an issue with getting bit my mosquitos in the towns or beaches of Hawaii.  At night, though, on my back porch (Lanai, in Hawaii) I get do get bit.  You won’t have to worry about mosquito and insect bites unless you are hiking or otherwise off the grid.  Insects tend to get worse on humid days.  Either cover up that exposed skin or get yourself some good insect repellent.  (This is part of the Hawaiian Vacation Kit, too!)


Protect Your Belongings

Crime isn’t high in Hawaii.  But, just like any place, it does happen.  There will be people on the Hawaiian Islands who are preying on the fact that there thousands of tourists traveling about with valuables and cash…and they’ll try to take advantage of it.  Practice good security with your belongings.  Use hotel safes, do not leave valuables in your car, have a buddy watch your stuff if you need to go to the bathroom or want to go for a swim.

If you do happen to be affected by crime in Hawaii you can call the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii (VASH) at the following numbers:

  • Oahu:  808-926-8274
  • Kauai: 808-482-0111
  • Maui: 808-244-3530
  • Big Island/Hilo and Kona:  808-756-1572

Make sure you file a police report first and then VASH so they can legitimize your claim and to get the authorities on your case.  VASH was created to help tourists in distress in the event of crime or calamity.

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