Hawaii -- a land of amazing natural beauty and abundance, a dream vacation for many -- and an often misunderstood destination. The following are six common misconceptions people have of our 50th state.
Misconception #1: Aloha Means Hello
This is probably one of the most common misconceptions. Aloha is a beautiful word that translates into "Joyfully sharing life" and also embodies the qualities of love, mercy, and compassion. Aloha is not just a greeting -- it's a way of life.
Misconception #2: People Who Live In Hawaii Are Hawaiians
Residents of Hawaii are a diverse bunch -- just like everywhere else. Even if you are born on the islands, you are not Hawaiian. Hawaiians are the original people of the islands. Today's Hawaiians can trace their lineage back to their ancestors. The Hawaiian people have a rich culture and history as well as complex and ancient mythology and lore. Hawaiians are proud of their heritage and protect it.
Misconception #3: You Need A Passport To Visit
This is a surprising misconception, but one that persists for many people. You do not need a passport to visit Hawaii. It is a state, not a separate country.
Misconception #4: It Doesn't Snow In Hawaii
Not true! While it's an understandable misconception, Hawaii has an incredibly diverse landscape that includes tropical rainforest, desert, and snowy peaks!
Misconception #5: Hawaiian Residents Frequently Attend Luau's
Not true. Luau's are common for tourists -- not a regular occurrence for residents.
Misconception #6: Life Is A Big Beach Party
Life in Hawaii, like anywhere else, has its ups and downs. Poverty and crime are a reality. Not everyone spends days or even weekends at the beach. Your vacation destination is someone else's daily grind.
Hopefully, this information will give you a greater understanding of Hawaii, allowing you to appreciate it even more!