New Hawaii app includes useful travel and safety info

New Hawaii app includes useful travel and safety info

HONOLULU — Important travel information about the Hawaiian Islands is now a lot easier to find for visitors always on the go with the launch of the new GoHawaii mobile app.

Created by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), tourism agency for the State of Hawaii, the GoHawaii app is a one-stop mobile reference guide for travellers wanting fast, accurate and trustworthy information while exploring all that Hawaii offers.

Randy Baldemor, HTA chief operating officer, said the app is the first Hawaii has produced. “The GoHawaii app is a fun way to learn about Hawaii while having travel and safety information that people need to know about and have access to at all times.”

The app offers valuable travel tips for each of the six major Hawaiian Islands: Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and the Island of Hawaii. App users will discover useful information to help them enjoy Hawaii’s wide variety of sites, activities, special events and cultural festivals statewide. A listing of essential Hawaii websites and phone numbers is also provided to direct travellers to other reliable sources for information and assistance.

Helping visitors experience Hawaii safely is a significant aspect of the GoHawaii app, which contains important advice for ocean activities, hiking and weather conditions on each island. “Visitors are outdoors all the time in Hawaii. This app helps keep them safe while they enjoy the beauty of our Islands,” said Baldemor.

A special app feature is the ‘locomoji’ – Hawaii-inspired emojis that can be shared with family and friends. Locomojis include images of a ukulele, aloha shirt, an erupting volcano, shave ice and Spam musubi, among many others.

The GoHawaii app is free and may be downloaded in the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes Store. It is offered in English, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Searider Productions, a career development program in arts and communication at Waianae High School on Oahu, created a video about the new app. To see the video, click here or watch below.