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Tipping in Hawaii: The Hawaii Tipping Guide

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Tipping in Hawaii is a standard practice, but knowing how much to tip can be confusing. This Hawaii tipping guide will help you know how much to tip for great service.

Tipping in Hawaii

Tipping in Hawaii may be a standard practice, but knowing exactly how much to tip can be confusing. Though it’s not on the mainland, the islands follow similar tipping practices to those of bigger tourist cities like New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and others. Keep in mind that servers earn less than minimum wage, as tips are factored into the wage, so it is considerate to tip at least 15 percent for great service. It is common for servers not to receive tips included on a credit card, so try to leave cash whenever possible.

Though tipping might vary slightly between different spots on the islands, there are general guidelines that you can use to help ensure a stress-free vacation. This Hawaii tipping guide will help you navigate when/where you can leave a little extra for great service.


Hawaii Tipping Guide

Cafe Server: If there is a tip jar by the cash register, it’s a nice gesture to leave a couple of coins or round up to the nearest $5.

Restaurant Server: It is considerate to leave 15 to 20 percent, depending on the service. Servers sometimes don’t receive tips included on a credit card, so always try to tip in cash whenever possible.

Bartender: It’s standard to leave $1 per drink.

Tour Guides: Base the amount you tip on the length of the tour. For example, tip $5 per person for a 1- to 2-hour group tour; $10 per person for a 2- to 4-hour group tour; and $20 per person for a 4-hour to full-day group tour. A personal tour is up to your discretion, but 20 percent of the price is a good starting point.

Taxis: A good rule of thumb is to tip 15 percent of the final bill for a smooth and courteous ride. You can also let the driver “keep the change,” if that’s easier.

Airport Shuttle: It’s not necessary to tip your driver, but feel free to give $2 per bag if they help with your luggage.

Doorman: Tip $1 when a doorman helps hail a cab.

Bellhop: It is considerate to tip $2 per bag, depending on size.

Housecleaning: Leave $2 to $5 per day for a well-maintained room during your stay.

Concierge: A tip is not expected, but feel free to show your appreciation with $1 or $2 for a special recommendation or hard-to-get reservation.

Stylist: Don’t hesitate to tip 20 percent of the final bill if you’re happy with your new look.

Spa Service Provider: A tip of up to 15 percent for exceptional service is appreciated.

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