2015 Aloha Guide to Hawaii Immigration:
For United States Citizens

Basic Information for the Prospective Visitor from the
Commonwealth of Hawaii Dept. of Tourism and Fisheries


Great Seal of Hawaii
Aloha!
Travel to Hawaii from the United States is now super easy due to recent streamlining of regulations and procedures. Below, you will find all of the basic information that you will need to take a trip to paradise.
I hope to see you soon!

Harold "Biggles" Bitworth-George, MSG, PNG,
President of the Commonwealth of Hawaii

Immigration
Good news! U.S. Citizens no longer require a passport to enter Hawaii. A tourist visa, available at all Hawaiian embassies and consulates on the mainland, is all that you will need, along with the standard Commonwealth of Hawaii Inoculation & Criminal Activity Record, Form 6211. Note, non-U.S. citizens still require a passport. Hawaii does not allow entry of citizens from the following countries: North Korea; Canada.
Vaccinations
Nothing spoils a vacation like a mosquito-born illness. We recommend the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Full Tropical Array #39, a series of inoculations given over the course of six weeks. Some of these injections, particularly in Week 4, are painful, and may cause fever lasting several days. You may wish to undergo this series several months ahead of travel, in case complications set in. Happily, they rarely do, and very few deaths of people under 50 have been directly linked to the Tropical Array. Yearly inoculations are still required for avian hantavirus and scurvy. Travelers to the mountains of the Big Island no longer need to be inoculated against dropsy, as the carrier species, the Waimea Mountain Worm, is now extinct due to an unfortunate toxic release from a Greenpeace monitoring station.
Customs
The Commonwealth continually wages a battle against invasive species that might harm the Islands' fragile ecosystems. Our Operation: THINK Before You Infest program, now in its 30th year, has succeeded in keeping The Islands free of many harmful plants and animals. Notably, all of Hawaii has remained snake-free since the 1983 Great Snake Roundup (excepting the famous sewer pythons of Waikiki), and it's now safe to swim in Kauai's Wailua River, which is free of piranhas for the first time in a century. Our current #1 concern is to do something about the panthers.

Thus, we appreciate your cooperation with Commonwealth Department of Environmental Cleansing officers at airports, docks and Amtrak stations. Handy tip: Dress lightly to facilitate efficient use of undressing rooms prior to, and after, the Environmental Search. Remember, polyester melts and sticks to the skin during Ecoscan. Search fees must be paid in Pukas, Hawaii's currency, but Visa/Mastercard is cheerfully accepted.
Banned-From-Entry:

  • Non-native plants and animals, excepting neutered pets that have undergone irradiation. No parrots!
  • Alcohol: illegal in Hawaii, but the Islands' many kava bars and colorful beachside cannabis vendors will insure that you have a pleasant vacation
  • Foodstuffs: vegetables & fruits - raw or canned, and of course, bacon
  • Non OEM auto parts, as of 3-1-12, due to a series of passenger bus explosions attributed to Chinese knock-off carburetors

Fun-in-the-Sun Facts

  • The "Big Island" is properly called the "Large Island"
  • All ice cream is imported in powdered form
  • Honolulu's French Quarter is Hawaii's second top tourist destination
  • The world's largest porch is located on Lanai
  • Cabbage has eclipsed coconuts as Hawaii's largest export crop
  • A Hawaii Restaurant Board study indicates that volcanic eruptions and hurricanes kill more tourists than bad fish
  • Hawaiian icon Don Ho was born, and grew up in, Paramus, New Jersey
  • Current exchange rates: $1 U.S. = 153,000 Hawaiian Pukas = .001 Alaskan Chinooks

Mahalo Haoles!


Native maiden concluding the "Aloha Hawaiian Flag
Dance" performed for H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth

Living in "the old way" at Waikiki


Lava boots, decorated in a
traditional motif, said to have
been worn by King Kamehameha I


Native maiden picking taro on Kauai


Hilo Airport, nestled into the crater of Mauna Loa


Molokai is the laid back isle, as
evidenced by this police cruiser