38 Problems Only People From Hawaii Will Understand

August 21st, 2013
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Sorry peeps, no "Where In Hawaii" this week. I figgah I go try and mix things up a bit once in a while. 8)

So some of you may know about this funny piece called "38 Problems Only People From Hawaii Will Understand" that was recently posted on Buzzfeed by Community Contributor Matthew Dekneef. It has gone fairly viral and for good reason. Buggah is funny.

But for those who haven't seen it yet (and even for those who have), I thought I'd try to see if we can add to the list in the comment area below. First da list...

  1. There are some days where it's so cold you just have to put on a shirt. - It's 70° degrees! I'm gonna get frostbite!!!"
  2. Always forgetting to use your kama`aina discount. - I mean, do places locals really go even take kama`aina discounts?
  3. You don't know who your cousins are and who your actual cousins are. - Everyone's your cousin! This, of course, includes all your aunties. Your bus driver. Your bank teller. Your next door neighbor's neighbor's neighbor. Everyone's your aunty!
  4. That overwhelming urge to defend the miracle that is SPAM. - Blasphemy! Spam musubis are a religion.
  5. Giving/getting directions is always an adventure. - "Okay, you wanna go mauka, and when you get to the third mango tree make a left, you'll see one waterfall on your right hand side, just keep going. When you get to the menehune at the U-turn, he'll ask you three questions..."
  6. When shipping costs more than the total cost of the item you're shipping.
  7. Baked vs. steamed (manapua). - You can't make me decide.
  8. Shave ice vs. your indecisiveness. - SERIOUSLY YOU CAN'T MAKE ME DECIDE.
  9. If it doesn't have rice, then it's not a real meal. - These are the rules.
  10. When you haven't been to the beach since yesterday...
  11. ...and then can't decide which beach to go to. - Okay, fine, take it back... we got 99 problems and a beach ain't one.
  12. That said, it is kind of hard to enjoy all of Hawaii's natural breathtaking beauty... - ...when you're trapped in (traffic) all day. Because Honolulu has the second worst traffic in the country, just after L.A. The average driver here wastes 50 hours in gridlock a year. That's over a week's worth of surfing.
  13. Not to mention gas already costs an arm and a leg and your first-born keiki.
  14. When you can enter to win a free, 7-day, all expenses paid, VIP, luxury vacation for two to.......................................................................Hawaii.
  15. It can be off the air everywhere else, but here every week is "Shark Week".
  16. When you have to call Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner for something...
  17. There's no civilized way to eat a malasada... ...or a coco puff. - Don't even try. It's physically and emotionally impossible!
  18. Anyone dressed in head-to-toe Jeans Warehouse. - This isn't just a problem. It's a fashion emergency!
  19. The name of this product: BotoLift. - So, wait, wait, wait, wait... You put this where?!?!
  20. When one of these melts in your pocket (white rabbit candy).
  21. That one Nicki Minaj verse. Because you can't be "in the islands of Waikiki," Nicki.
  22. Your throat will start tightening up and you'll begin salivating in 3, 2, 1... (lihing mui)
  23. These stairs are safe, right? (stairway to heaven)
  24. That Google Maps doesn't have an "Avoid Potholes" option. - Because sometimes there's a road in our potholes.
  25. Your favorite band will NEVER tour here. Ever. - Just accept it.
  26. When Obama won the presidency, you had to force yourself to be happy for someone from Punahou for the first time ever. - It was a struggle.
  27. You're not sure who to trust: Dan Cooke or Guy Hagi? - Not that it really matters... It's not like the weather ever really changes anyway.
  28. This thing called "Hawaiian" pizza. - Are we still calling it that? Okay, just checking...
  29. You've gotten into serious debates over which Zippy's is the best Zippy's. - Foolproof BFF Test: If they don't know your Zippy's order by heart, then they are NOT your BFF. No exceptions!
  30. Your legit ID always gets a harder look on the mainland. - Mahalo, "Superbad".
  31. This question on Yahoo! Answers (Do they have Internet in Hawaii?). And let's not forget the classics like, "Do you still live in grass shacks?" and "What about electricity?" FUN FACT: 'Iolani Palace had electricity and telephones before the White House did! Also, yes, you can use U.S. currency here, and no, you don't need your U.S. passport and power adaptors when you visit.
  32. When someone uses "Hawaiian" the same way they'd use "Californian" or "New Yorker". - Yeah, that's not going to work... BECAUSE HAWAIIAN IS A RACE.
  33. When someone corrects the way you pronounce "karaoke" and "karate". - Sigh, we're just saying it right.
  34. Or you're told you pronounce "Hawai`i" funny. - Again, not "funny," just right. We live here. WE WOULD KNOW.
  35. But wait, honestly, though – do we really have an accent? - Apparently we do say some words like "button" and "candy" kind of weird or something?
  36. Even though they don't have laces, leaving anybody's house is going to take an extra minute. - And for the last time...
  37. THEY'RE CALLED SLIPPERS.
  38. However, the biggest problem is taking it all for granted because... Lucky We Live Hawaii! Chee hoo!

Got any to add? Post it in the comment area below. Here's mine to start:

* Your idea of an Aloha shirt is much different than mine!

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16 Responses to “38 Problems Only People From Hawaii Will Understand”

  1. Ynaku:

    We have formal wear t-shirts (see VH07V above)


  2. Lowtone123:

    We have two kinds of slippers. Dress slippers and botoboto (all buss up) slippers.


  3. Lowtone123:

    Some people feel it is perfectly acceptable to reach over your fence or even come into your yard to help themselves to mangoes from your tree.


  4. DaFatMuliz:

    When a person from Hawaii meets a person from Hawaii on the mainland and the first thing they ask is, "WHAT SCHOOL YOU GRAD FROM?" Just my thoughts.


  5. clayton lum:

    We have HANA-BUTTA not Boogers when they hang from your nose when you blow it.


  6. Glenn D:

    Frozen luaua leaves are just not da same as fresh ones to make laulau or squid luau.


  7. CoconutWilly:

    You pronounce "ice cream" ish cream


  8. Ynaku:

    Calling someone Aunty or Uncle even though not related is a sign of respect.


  9. Ynaku:

    Horns are also used to say hello or goodbye and not just "GET OUT OF THE WAY YOU E-DIOT"


  10. Ynaku:

    Always remove footwear before entering someone's home


  11. Ynaku:

    Pineapples do NOT grow on trees


  12. Ynaku:

    Never ever take lava rocks home from Volcano


  13. carokun:

    they are called "aloha" shirts and not "hawaiian" shirts.


  14. World Wide Ed:

    * 1.Ynaku:
    We have formal wear t-shirts (see VH07V above)

    Hahaha! Great plug Naks! How much I owe you? ;)

    * 2.Lowtone123:
    We have two kinds of slippers. Dress slippers and botoboto (all buss up) slippers.

    Oh yeah! "Dress" slippahs and "informal" slippahs yeah LT? Haha!

    * 3.Lowtone123:
    Some people feel it is perfectly acceptable to reach over your fence or even come into your yard to help themselves to mangoes from your tree.

    They invented that mango rake thing too! Haha! Only in Hawaii...

    * 4.DaFatMuliz:
    When a person from Hawaii meets a person from Hawaii on the mainland and the first thing they ask is, "WHAT SCHOOL YOU GRAD FROM?" Just my thoughts.

    Ahahaha! So true DFM!

    * 5.clayton lum:
    We have HANA-BUTTA not Boogers when they hang from your nose when you blow it.

    Reminds me of the term hanabattah days too clayton. :)

    * 6.Glenn D:
    Frozen luaua leaves are just not da same as fresh ones to make laulau or squid luau.

    Can taste da difference just like frozen vs. fresh poke yeah G?

    * 7.CoconutWilly:
    You pronounce "ice cream" ish cream

    Haha, was trying fo sound aiysh cream out too and den!

    * 8.Ynaku:
    Calling someone Aunty or Uncle even though not related is a sign of respect.

    Pronounced antey or ahnko! 8)

    * 9.Ynaku:
    Horns are also used to say hello or goodbye and not just "GET OUT OF THE WAY YOU E-DIOT"

    Dat no one FBI ting? ;)

    * 10.Ynaku:
    Always remove footwear before entering someone's home

    Guarans ballbarans!

    * 11.Ynaku:
    Pineapples do NOT grow on trees

    LOLOLOL!

    * 12.Ynaku:
    Never ever take lava rocks home from Volcano

    Or not get um stuck in the soles of your shoes!

    * 13.carokun:
    they are called "aloha" shirts and not "hawaiian" shirts.

    VH07V Shirts? 8)


  15. jknakas1:

    Man, so funny because it's so true!!


  16. World Wide Ed:

    Right, knockers!? :)