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Oahu FAQs

  • What is the time difference from New Zealand?

    • Hawaii is at GMT-10 hours, the same as French Polynesia. New Zealand is at GMT+12 hours. So 12 noon on Monday in New Zealand is 1 pm Sunday in Hawaii. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time so add +1 hour during this period each summer.
  • Where is the main airport on Oahu?

    • Oahu’s main airport is Honolulu International Airport (HNL). HNL is also Hawaii’s major airport, serving as the entry point for most of Hawaii’s visitors.
  • Do I need a car to get around Oahu?

    • If you’re planning to stay in Waikiki, you can get around by shuttle, tour bus, taxi, or Hawaii’s excellent public transportation system. But to really experience Oahu outside of Waikiki, you should consider renting a car.
  • Do I need my passport to get to Oahu?

    • You will need a passport to get to Hawaii, unless you are a US citizen (Hawaii is the 50th state of the United States). Learn more about entry requirements here.
  • What currency does Hawaii use?

      Hawaii's currency is the US dollar. Travellers cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are plentiful. Don't worry if you forget something. Hawaii's retail stores and shopping centres have everything you need, including plenty of sunscreen.

  • What should I pack on my trip to Oahu?

    • It’s warm on Oahu, so pack your summer attire. You may want to bring a light jacket or sweater for the evenings. Suits and ties are rarely worn here. Bring some casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing Oahu’s nightlife. You can buy an Aloha Shirt and flip-flops (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here.
  • When is a good time to visit Oahu?

    • Any time of year is a good time to visit Oahu. Summer, between April and November, is warmer and drier (average temperature is 24˚-31˚ C) while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler (20˚-27˚ C). Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. Winter is big wave surf season on Oahu’s North Shore with major competitions in November and December. Whale watching season begins in December and ends in May. Peak whale watching months are between January and early April.
  • What language do they speak in Hawaii?

      The official languages of Hawaii are English and Hawaiian, although Hawaiian is not commonly spoken. Major resort areas often have customer service representatives who speak Japanese.

    • What are Hawaii's tipping rates?

      US standards on tipping apply:
      Restaurants: 15-20%. Check to see if “gratuity” is included for large parties.
      Bar: $0.50-$1 US per drink
      Housekeeping: $1 US per bed, per night
      Luggage porters: $1 US per bag
      Doorman: $1 US for calling a taxi
      Room Service: 10-15% of the total bill
      Taxi: 15% of fare

      • What is the area code for Oahu?

        • The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808).
      • How can I make international calls?

          You can use phone calling cards or credit cards to make international calls. International calling cards are sold in local convenience stores.

        • Is there internet access in Hawaii?

            Internet access is readily available in Hawaii. Most resorts and hotels have Internet access.

          • What is the electrical voltage in Hawaii?

              Electricity in the US is 115/120 volts at 60 cycles (60 Hz) per second. If your device does not accept this voltage, you may need to purchase a voltage converter.

            • How far is it from Waikiki to Oahu’s attractions?