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"Contemporary Hawaiian food, like the language and popular culture, is a medley of traditional Hawaiian, American, and Asian Pacific flavors. Pacific "fusion" cuisine was largely invented in Hawaii."

Food writers should not describe the food served in Hawaii as "Hawaiian." For example, the ubiquitous plate lunch is not Hawaiian food, that is, it is not related to the food of the indiginous people of Hawaii. Typical, if stereotypical, examples of "Hawaiian" food mignt be poi and other forms of taro, or the food that tourists will encournter unfortunately mainly at "luaus" staged for their benefit. There is French food, Chinese food, even fusion cuisine, none of which should be confused with Hawaiian food.

Point taken. I changed the phrasing. KeithH 00:49, 30 June 2006 (EDT)

I have removed references to "sugar cane" being grown on oahu, There has been no sugar on oahu for 10+ years. and I agree with the about commenter. I changed a refernce to "local food" vs "hawaiian food" hawaiian food is something distinct. you can get hawaiian food in a plate lunch but a plate lunch is NOT hawaiian food.

The Stay Healthy section is pointless. It should be deleted


Added references to the NAMES of the Norwegian cruise line boats, Pride of Aloha, and Pride of Hawaii.

Added Links to some of the Hawaiin food listings

Added links and information re: the fact that route schedules for The Bus are also available on

Thanks for your work! However, please take a look at Wikitravel:External links — we usually only link to "primary sources" (official homepages of airlines, restaurants, etc), and explain concepts like local food items or crime rates on the page. The idea is that you can print out the page and have everything you need on it, not just a bunch of useless URLs. Jpatokal 11:51, 23 September 2006 (EDT)

Fresh Water Supply[edit]

Hawaii has long prided itself on the taste of its tap water, which is filtered naturally through porous volcanic rock. Not only is Hawaiian tap water safe to drink, but it lacks the chlorine taste present in many areas of the United States.

I don't think this is true any more. If someone can provide a current citation, that would be great. --Viriditas 04:11, 29 Jul 2005 (EDT)
Q: Does the Board of Water Supply treat water?
A: The natural percolation rain water through the layers of porous lava rock serves as an effective filtering medium for our municipal water supply. The municipal water supply is drawn from artesian and deep wells, and shaft facilities around the island.
The BWS chooses to take certain precautions in guaranteeing the safety of our drinking water. Those precautions include using granular activated carbon (GAC) and chlorine in certain areas of Oahu.
The presence of trace amounts of pesticide in select sources serving the Central Oahu area prompted the Board to construct seven GAC treatment plants. GAC treatment is a mehtod that is being used to remove pesticides from the water supply in the Mililani, Waipahu, Kunia, and Waialua areas.
Q: Is all of our drinking water on Oahu chlorinated?
A: No. The BWS chlorinates approximately 60% of the total municipal water supply pumped each day. Chlorine is used to disinfect the water as it moves through the distribution system.
In areas where chlorine is added to water, about 0.1 milligram per liter is added at the source. This amount should not cause a noticeable taste or smell when you turn on the water at your tap. However, if you do notice some chlorine in your tap water, it is a small amount, normally between 0.05 milligram per liter (trace reading) or less.
This is from the Board of water supply web site. For more information check out

Getting Around[edit]

Do you need a car to get around Hawaii? Can you rent bikes? Can you walk? There isn't really any information about that and I'd like to know... 13:02, 5 June 2007 (EDT)

To get around Hawaii? Try looking at the region pages for the particular islands you want to visit. Renting a car will not work for getting around the entire state, since cars don't work in the Pacific Ocean. --Peterfitzgerald Talk 13:40, 5 June 2007 (EDT)

Taken from Board of Water Supply Honolulu web site:

Q: Does the Board of Water Supply treat water?

      Yes, the BWS treats water in accordance with all federal and state drinking 
      water regulations.  Currently, the BWS treats drinking water with chlorine and 
      in certain areas of Oahu the water is treated with granular activated carbon 


There are at least three states who have Interstates that are not connected to other states another is Alaska, I am positive there is a third, but can not remember which one. There was a BIG fuss over this non-issue. So, I deleted info on that. Workerbee 14:59, 10 August 2007 (EDT)

Nine other destinations[edit]

We've got two too many right now. Of the remaining red links, I'd keep Waimea Canyon, but I'm unsure of the big island destinations. We need to choose one more red link to keep. Perhaps it would be better to get rid of them all and add a Maui destination? Some volcano? --Peter Talk 23:48, 8 September 2008 (EDT)

I plunged, and reduced to eight—some of those didn't make sense to display in the main article. --Peter Talk 09:57, 20 May 2009 (EDT)


Hawaii is current marked as isin Oceania and isin United States of America. Only one of these appears on the breadcrumbs at the top the article, namely the last one listed, which is Oceania. This makes it the only US state that appears this way. I can see the argument for having it in Oceania, it is a Pacific Island after all. However, I do think it is fairly well understood by most travelers that it is a state of the US, and that is where they would expect it to be. Perhaps the person who added this may not have been aware that the breadcrumbs use the last isin listing. It could still be linked from the Oceania article, though. (Apologies for discussing the obscurities of hierarchies, rather than real travel information, but my brain is firmly in hierarchy mode at the moment) --Inas 20:45, 19 November 2008 (EST)

Think we should just have it as USA. Keep smiling, edmontonenthusiast [ee] .T.A.L.K. 21:17, 19 November 2008 (EST).
I've reversed the order of the two isins. --Inas 19:23, 24 November 2008 (EST)


This article seems to have much more information than an outline has. It has information in every section, and it probably deserves to at least be usable or even guide.

It is not guide as all subregions, cities and other destinations should first be usable. It is also questionable if it is usable as most important cities and other destinations should first be usable, ClausHansen 02:17, 24 January 2010 (EST)

These are the statuses of the subregions, cities and other destinations:


Main Article Usable
Island Status
Big Island Outline
Oahu Usable
Maui Usable
Kauai Guide
Molokai Outline
Lanai Outline
City Status
Honolulu Usable
Kahuku Usable
Kailua Usable
Lihue Outline
Lahaina Usable
Kahului Outline
Wailuku Usable
Hilo Guide
Kailua-Kona Usable
Other Destination Status
Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail Outline
Haleakala National Park Usable
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Usable
Kalaupapa National Historical Park Usable
Lahaina Usable
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park Usable
USS Arizona National Memorial Redirect
Waimea Canyon Outline
NaPali Coast Outline

For the Hawaii to become a usable guide, how many subarticles have to be usable (how much does "most" mean)? Sumone10154 12:37, 20 January 2011 (EST)

I'm changing this to usable; only the most important cities and destinations must be usable. Sumone10154 09:44, 21 January 2011 (EST)