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Planning a Hawaiian Vacation? What to Know About the State's Alcohol Laws July 23, 2019

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Planning a Hawaiian Vacation? What to Know About the State's Alcohol Laws, Honolulu, Hawaii

Whether your tropical cocktail of choice is a mai tai or a piña colada, you’re probably planning on enjoying at least a few during your next Hawaiian vacation. Before stocking up on liquor and reserving a beach cabana or catamaran rental, it’s wise to review the state’s alcohol laws. Since no one wants to call a bail bondsman while on vacation, here are a few laws to keep in mind so that you can stay in relaxation mode and out of trouble.

What Tourists Should Know About Drinking in Hawaii

1. Boating Laws

Various island cruises serve alcohol to passengers over 21. If you enjoy drinking offshore, booking one of these is the best option to safely enjoy this experience. However, if you plan on renting a boat, leave the liquor at the hotel. In Hawaii, it’s illegal to operate a water vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The state considers individuals with a blood alcohol content of at least 0.08% to be impaired. This limit applies to motorists over 21 who are driving ashore, as well. If you’re caught boating or driving under the influence, you’ll be arrested, even if you’re a tourist, and need to contact a bail bondsman to get out of jail.

2. Beach Laws

Consuming alcohol on the beach in Hawaii is prohibited. Even sandy areas just outside of Waikiki’s most luxurious hotels and restaurants are off-limits as long as there’s a drink in your hand. Some tourists try to get around these laws by pouring their alcohol in discreet containers. However, it’s best to avoid this sneaky tactic as you could owe up to $1,000 in open container violation fines. Additionally, swimming and drinking is incredibly dangerous, especially since many beaches aren’t monitored by lifeguards.

3. Driving Laws

bail bondsmanIn Hawaii, it’s illegal to consume or possess an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. This applies to both drivers and passengers, regardless if they’re over the legal drinking age. You’ll be arrested if caught with an open container in the vehicle’s cab. The only exception applies to hired vehicles, like party buses and limousines, that are registered with the state.


If you or someone in your party ends up behind bars while vacationing in Hawaii, turn to 24 Hour Bail Bonds Oahu. Based in Honolulu, their bail bondsmen serve clients on Oahu and Kauai and help residents and tourists alike. With prompt response times, affordable arrangements, and easy payment plans, these professionals will make stressful situations more manageable. Learn more about their services online, or call (808) 699-8760 to contact a bail bondsman.

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