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Kauai FAQs

  • What is the time difference from Australia?

    • Hawaii is at GMT-10 hours, the same as French Polynesia. Sydney, Australia is at GMT+10 hours. So 12 noon on Monday in Sydney is 3 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 Kauai?

    • Kauai’s main airport is Lihue Airport (LIH) in southeastern Lihue. Many airlines now offer direct service to Kauai. There is also the option of flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu first and then heading to Kauai.
  • Do I need a car to get around on Kauai?

    • It’s possible to get around Kauai by tour bus, shuttle, taxi or public transport system, but to really experience Kauai, you should consider renting a car.
  • Do I need my passport to get to Hawaii?

    • 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 should I pack on my trip to Kauai?

    • It’s warm on Kauai, so pack your summer attire. You may want to pack a light, waterproof jacket or jumper for the evenings. Suits and ties are rarely worn here. You also might want to bring a rain poncho for hiking trails in Kauai’s tropical rainforests. Bring some casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing some fine dining. You can buy an Aloha Shirt and thongs (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here.
  • What currency does Hawaii use?

    • Hawaii's currency is the US dollar. Traveller's cheques aren't really necessary since 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.
  • When is a good time to visit Kauai?

    • Any time of year is a good time to visit Kauai. The average temperature ranges between 28.8 and 20.5 degrees C. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. 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 US area code for Hawaii?

    • 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.
  • Which beaches have lifeguards on Kauai?

    • The following beaches have lifeguards: Kekaha Beach, Salt Pond Beach Park, Poipu Beach Park, Lydgate, Kealia, Hanalei Bay, Haena Beach Park and Kee Beach. We do not advise going to Queen’s Bath because conditions are extremely dangerous.
  • How can I get hiking/permit information on Kauai?

    • Please call the State Parks office at 808-274-3444 where you can obtain a hiking and camping permit for the State parks (Kalalau and Kokee). If you are interested in obtaining a camping permit in one of the County parks, please call the County Parks office at 808-241-4463.
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