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About Hawaii (HI)
Geography Hawaii is made up of 8 islands
Hawaii(Big Island), Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, Kahoolawe
State Capital Honolulu (Oahu)
Nickname Aloha State
Aloha means hello, goodbye, or love and affection (read more link to http://www.to-hawaii.com/aloha.php)
Official Website https://portal.ehawaii.gov/
Language English, Hawaiian
Flag State Fish
Humuhumunukunukuapua`a
State Bird
Nene
State flower
(Yellow Hibiscus) Pua Aloalo
Became State August 21, 1959 (50th states of United States of America)
Motto Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
Population 1,431,603 (2015 estimate from https://www.census.gov/popest/)
Population of USA 321 million
Race
Hawaii USA
White alone 26.7% 77.4%
Black or African American alone 24.7% 72.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 1.2% 0.4%
Asian alone 37.5% 5.4%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander alone 10% 0.2%
Two or more races 23% 2.5%
Hispanic or Latino 10.01% 17.4%
http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/00,15
History Official Hawaii Tourism http://www.gohawaii.com/statewide/travel-tips/history
Climate Weather is Hawaii nice and warm all year around with only little change in temperature. There are only two seasons in Hawaii: Summer (Kau, in Hawaiian) from May to October and winter (Hooilo) from November to April. The average daytime summer temperature at sea level is 29.4 C (85 F) and the average daytime winter temperature is 25.6 C (78 F).
Source: Official Hawaii Tourism Site
Notes:
Nene photo by Brenda Zaun of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters - Kilauea Point and neneUploaded by Snowmanradio, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12685743
Yellow hibiscus photo by Rosa Say on Flickr, State fish photo by randychiu on Flickr


Living in Hawaii
Transportation/Airport Info
Honolulu International Airport
Shuttle Service
Honolulu Airport Express
Oahu Airport Express

Bus
TheBus
TheBus is the Oahu’s main public transportation. Fee $2.50 (as of Oct. 2012) with one free transfer (ask for a “transfer” ticket when you ride)
How to ride (transfer)

Taxi
The Cab (808) 422-2222
Charley’s Taxi (808) 233-3333
Pony Taxi & Tours (808) 944-8282
Ecocab (808)979-1010

Bicycle(*Tip If you are going to bike in Honolulu, be sure to get the U-Lock!)
McCully Bike Shop (808) 955-6329
The Bike Shop Honolulu, Aiea, Kaulua
Supermarkets like Walmart, Kmart, Target

Shopping, Entertainment, Necessities for living
Shopping (Shopping Mall/Shopping complex)
Ala Moana
Kahala Mall
Windward Mall
Pearlridge Center
Royal Hawaiian Center
Ward Village (Warehouse/Ward Center)

Getting the necessities for less!
Clothes, Shoes, Home & living necessities
TJ Max
Ross Dress for Less (Waikiki, Ala Moana, Ward, and more areas)
Walmart

Pharmacy, health, living necessities, souvenirs, some grocery
Walmart
Longs Drugs (CVS Pharmacy)
Walgreens

Grocery Stores
Nijiya Market (Ala Moana, University Ave)
Safeway (locations)
Foodland
Don Quijote
Palama Market
Walgreens
Keeaumoku Super Market   (808) 946-1155  7am-11pm Daily

Organic & Natural Supermarket
Whole Foods Market (Kahala Mall, Kailua)
Kokua Market
Down to Earth

Membership Wholesale
Costco
Sam’s Club

IMPORTANT numbers (You can find more information in a phonebook. You can find it at IMPAC, if you don’t have one at home)
In case of emergency, dial 911 for Fire, Police and Ambulance
The operator will ask you if it is an emergency or not. “Emergency” means if it is life or death situation.
Other emergency numbers
Hawaii Poison Center 1-800-222-1222
Tsunami Evacuation Guide and other useful numbers

Community Guide
Driver’s License (Visit City & County of Honolulu)
If you wish to get a Driver’s License or renew your license, you must first get your I-20 from IMPAC. You will need an active I-20 which you will get during the first week of the term. Please see office staff to get more information.

Hawaii State ID
US Homeland Security (Study in the US)
US Citizenship and Immigration Service
Local Office - 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Building 2, Room 400, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Consulate General in Honolulu (list)
Consulate General
Japan 1742 Nuuanu Avenue Honolulu, HI 96817 (808) 543-3111
Korea 2756 Pali Highway Honolulu, HI 96817 (808) 595-6109

Services
Phone companies and getting a cell phone
You can get a contract (you must usually use the phone for at least 2 years with the company) or a prepaid cell phones.
You can also visit places like Walmart, Best Buy to get a prepaid phone.
Cell phone Service Providers
AT&T
Verizon
T-Mobile
Sprint
Mobi pcs

Internet/Telephone Service Provider
Hawaiian Telcom
Oceanic Time Warner Cable

Banks
Types of account (checking & saving)
How to make an account
First Hawaiian Bank
Central Pacific Bank
Bank of Hawaii
Ohana Pacific Bank

Post Offices
CPU Don Quijote - M-F, 8:30am- 5pm, Sat & Sun, closed
Ala Moana Shopping Center - M-F, 9 am- 5 pm, Sat 9 am-4 pm, Sun closed.

Hospitals/Clinics/Doctors
Queen’s Medical Center (808) 538-9011
Strub’s Clinic & Hospital (808) 522-4000
Kapiolani Medical Center For Women & Children (808) 983-6000

Urgent Care
Island Urgent Care(Kahala/Hawaii Kai)
Urgent Care Clinic of Wakiki
US Med Urgent Care (Pearl City)
Doctors On Call Straub-Waikiki (808) 971-6000
Ohua Clinic in Waikiki (808) 922-4787

Insurance

ISO
International Student Insurance
PGH Global
International Student Protection
iNext

Professional Services
Lawyer
Korean Speaking Lawyers
Immigration Amanda Chang 548-2500
Warren Kim 550-0733
Dennis Jung 524-0800
Kathy Kim 593-9991
Safety Tips
Click here to download Safety Handbook

Other Useful Info
Tip
In the U.S., it is common to leave a tip (extra money) for the person you received the service.
This include places/services like (% tip): Restaurants, bars (15-20%), hotel bell person, housekeeping, valet ($2-$5),
taxi, shuttle service ($2-5), tour driver and guide ($2-5), parking attendant

Rules on smoking & alcohol
NO SMOKING in restaurants, public (near bus stops, etc.)
You need a pictured ID (such as passport) to drink alcohol. Legal drinking age is 21.

What to wear in Hawaii?
Weather in Hawaii is normally warm or hot during the day but it get’s chilly in the morning and in the evening during the winter (November- April) so, we recommend you to bring some long sleeved clothes and a light jacket. It is also common to find inside the buildings and TheBus to be cold (from the air conditioning).

Time difference
Currency exchange
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