Idyllic Hawaii has been a favourite spot amongst tourists for many years.
The US state is made up of an archipelago of islands including six main permanently inhabited islands: Hawai’i, Maui, O’ahu, Kaua’i, Moloka’i, and Lana’i.
It’s the only state located outside of North America, and its tropical climate is one major draw for tourists as the islands enjoy warm weather all year round.
Hawaii's natural beauty combines beautiful beaches, dramatic landscapes, dormant volcanoes, colourful coral reefs and bright blue seas. It’s no wonder the state has become synonymous with paradise.
However, concerns have been mounting over tensions between the US and North Korea and what it means for the islands in Hawaii.
Some military experts fear that Pyongyang is developing ballistic missiles that could reach as far as Hawaii.
We found out everything tourists need to know about visiting the island state.
Is it safe?
Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency have insisted that a nuclear attack is very unlikely, but have prepared a public education campaign.
From November 2017, the first working day of the month will include a test “attack warning” siren with TV and radio announcements providing more information.
On Saturday January 13 2018, an employee mistakenly sent out a text alert warning of a ballistic missile and urging residents to take shelter.
The instructions are to get inside and pay attention to news outlets.
The agency’s administrator Vern Miyagi, however, wants to clearly reassure tourists: “Hawaii is still safe”.
Other safety concerns
The island of Oahu has seen a spate of handbag-snatching incidents. These often involve passengers of slow-moving cars taking bags off pedestrians.
The Honolulu police advise carrying bags on the shoulder furthest from the road.
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