Travel Vaccines and Advice for Hawaii
Hawaii, “the Aloha State”, is known for being a perfect vacation spot.
Because of its unique geography, Hawaii has something for everyone. Most of its main lands are arid, semi-arid, or tropical, while its mountainous areas have an Alpine climate.
Do I Need Vaccines for Hawaii?
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Hawaii. The PHAC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Hawaii: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
See the bullets below to learn more about some of these key immunizations:
- Hepatitis A –
Food & Water –
Recommended for most travellers
- Hepatitis B –
Blood & Body Fluids –
Accelerated schedule available
- Rabies –
Saliva of Infected Animals –
Vaccine recommended for long-term travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.
- Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) –
Various Vectors –
Given to anyone unvaccinated and/or born after 1957. One time adult booster recommended.
- TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis) –
Wounds & Airborne –
Only one adult booster of pertussis required.
- Chickenpox –
Direct Contact & Airborne –
Given to those unvaccinated that did not have chickenpox.
- Shingles –
Direct Contact –
Vaccine can still be given if you have had shingles.
- Pneumonia –
Two vaccines given seperately. All 65+ or immunocompromised should receive both.
- Influenza –
Vaccine components change annually.
- Meningitis –
Airborne & Direct Contact –
Given to anyone unvaccinated or at an increased risk, especially students.
- Polio –
Food & Water –
Considered a routine vaccination for most travel itineraries. Single adult booster recommended.
See the tables below for more information:
Recommended Travel Vaccinations for Hawaii
|VACCINE||HOW DISEASE SPREADS||DETAILS|
|Hepatitis A||Food & Water||Recommended for most travellers|
|Hepatitis B||Blood & Body Fluids||Accelerated schedule available|
|Rabies||Saliva of Infected Animals||Vaccine recommended for long-term travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.|
Routine Vaccinations for Hawaii
|VACCINE||HOW DISEASE SPREADS||DETAILS|
|Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR)||Various Vectors||Given to anyone unvaccinated and/or born after 1957. One time adult booster recommended.|
|TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis)||Wounds & Airborne||Only one adult booster of pertussis required.|
|Chickenpox||Direct Contact & Airborne||Given to those unvaccinated that did not have chickenpox.|
|Shingles||Direct Contact||Vaccine can still be given if you have had shingles.|
|Pneumonia||Airborne||Two vaccines given seperately. All 65+ or immunocompromised should receive both.|
|Influenza||Airborne||Vaccine components change annually.|
|Meningitis||Airborne & Direct Contact||Given to anyone unvaccinated or at an increased risk, especially students.|
|Polio||Food & Water||Considered a routine vaccination for most travel itineraries. Single adult booster recommended.|
Dengue outbreaks do occur in Hawaii. Mosquito repellent is recommended for a trip to the islands.
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Do I Need a Passport or Visa for Hawaii?
All Canadians travelling by air are required to have a passport which is valid for the duration of the stay and a valid NEXUS card. This also applies to children. A $5.50 border crossing fee is usually included in the price of airfare. Canadians generally do not require a visa.
Visit the Canadian Travel and Tourism website for more information on entry and exit requirements.
What is the Climate Like in Hawaii?
Hawaii has a stable tropical climate all year round.
The state has two main seasons, kau, which is the warm season, and ho’olio, which is the cooler season. The warm season is from May to October while the cooler season is from November to April. The cooler season is not usually actually cold. When the sun is lower in the South, there are more winds, and it is more likely to have rain and clouds.
June, July, and August are the driest months for the islands. Winter does get more rain and cloud cover. But, they are still quite intermittent and sunshine is frequent.
Average highs for Hawaii are in the high-20’s. Temperatures rarely enter the 30’s or drop below the 20’s.
How Safe is Hawaii?
Hawaii is a safe travel destination. The main thing to be careful about while there is nature.
Protect yourself from the hot and harmful run rays. Use sunblock, sunglasses, a hat and well-chosen clothing. Always check with park rangers and wear appropriate footwear when hiking in the wilderness.
Follow the advice of signs at beaches in particular – if you are advised not to swim, listen. Don’t leave valuables unattended and watch yourself against petty street crime. Be careful not to swim or wade in freshwater or touch plants or animals. Some creatures carry bacterial diseases the could lead to harm.
Explore the “Jurassic” Island of Kauai
If you’re a fan of nature and of dinosaur movies, touring and exploring Hawaii’s beautiful island of Kauai may be a memorable experience.
The island served as “Isla Nublar” and many other locations in scenes for several of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic series. With a little research, fans can enjoy visiting some of the many unique spots used. Some highlights include the Na Pali Coast and the Limahuli Garden. Certain spots can be seen by tour, while others can be experienced through a variety of ways such as hiking or a helicopter ride.
Even if you’re not a fan of the movie series, Kauai is absolutely still worth a visit. Visitors can experience helicopter tours, sailing, snorkeling, Zodiac tours, hiking, and more.
What Should I Pack for Hawaii?
Think ahead on what to pack by perusing these suggestions:
- Swim Gear – Be sure to bring a swimsuit, snorkel or other swimming equipment with you on your trip.
- Comfortable Shoes – With so many hiking, walking and tour options, having good footwear is a must.
- Insect Repellant – Mosquitoes are present on Hawaii. Make sure you have some repellent with you for protection during your trip.
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Canadian Embassy in Hawaii
Canadian consular services can help travellers with many issues they may face including passport services. There are no consular services in Hawaii. For any consular needs, contact the Australian consulate in Honolulu:
Australian Consulate in Hawaii
1000 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel.: (808) 529–8100
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