Island residents are mostly casual and informal in their everyday life, but there are some (unspoken) rules of etiquette you should follow:
- Take off your shoes when entering someone's home. Most residents wear 'rubbah slippah' (flip-flops) partly for this reason – easy to slip on and off, no socks required.
- Ask permission before you pick fruit or flowers or otherwise trespass private property.
- Drive slowly. Unless you're about to hit someone, don't honk your car horn.
- Try to correctly pronounce Hawaiian place names and words. Even if you fail, the attempt is appreciated.
- Don't collect (or even move) stones at sacred sites. If you're not sure whether something's sacred, consider that in Hawaiian thinking, everything is sacred, especially in nature.
- Don't stack rocks or wrap them in ti leaves at waterfalls, heiau (temples) etc. This bastardization of the ancient Hawaiian practice of leaving hoʻokupu (offerings) at sacred sites is littering.