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What You Need To Know About Hawaii, Alcohol, And Oral Health

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If you are visiting Hawaii and intend to spend a night at the beach with your bottle of favorite alcoholic drink, you must familiarize yourself with the state’s laws and regulations on alcohol. You don’t want to waste the night in jail or paying a fine instead of a relaxing vacation, right?


Alcohol and Hawaiian Laws

If you are 20 years old, alcoholic beverages are a no-no for you. In Hawaii, the legal drinking age is at 21 years old. Buying, possessing and consuming alcohol below the stipulated legal age call for a mandatory license suspension, revocation, or denial which can last for at least 180 days.

If you are 21 years old, clap! Welcome to a fun night with a beer in hand! However, your intoxicating night out may have to be cut short to 2 a.m. as alcohol sales end at that time.

Supermarkets and convenience stores sell alcoholic beverages until 11 p.m., while bars and restaurants go until 2 a.m. There are places with cabaret licenses which extend alcohol serving until 4 a.m. Still, if 2 a.m. is too early to halt the alcohol party, Maui County allows alcohol beverages to be sold 24 hours a day.

Drinking alcohol on beaches is prohibited. It is also illegal to drive under the influence of alcoholic beverages. When your blood alcohol concentration reaches 0.08 percent or higher, drop the idea of driving. First DUI case is fined at 150 to 1,000 US dollars with 50 dollars surcharges. Offenders are also obliged to complete an alcohol and drug abuse program. Your license will also be revoked for a year and possible community service of up to 72 hours.

For a second DUI offense within five years after the first instance, the fine jumps to 500 to 1,500 US dollars with 50 US dollars in surcharges. Offenders will also be imprisoned for five to 30 days or serve 240 hours of community service, along with 2-year license revocation.

Third DUI offense within five years of the first two offense is fined at 500 to 2,500 US dollars with 50 US dollars in surcharges. A ten-day to one-month imprisonment and license revocation for two years will be given to offenders.

But aside from it being watched by the state’s regulations and laws, drinking alcohol is also under the watchful eyes of dental professionals.


Alcohol and Oral Health

Alcohol is not only intoxicating but also damaging to oral health. Alcohol can reduce the mouth’s moisture and lead to dry mouth.

When the mouth is dry, it means it lacks enough saliva flow to sweep away food particles from the mouth and fight off bacteria which can lead to dental plaque. Dry mouth also causes bad breath and permits volatile sulfur compounds like methyl mercaptan and hydrogen sulfide to grow.

Also, when alcohol consumption become too much for the body, it can lead to gastrointestinal distress or vomiting. A vomit contains gastric acids which can lead to dental erosion.

Drinking alcohol also increases the likelihood of oral-related problems like gum disease and cancer as drinking alcohol, especially when excessive, reduces the body’s natural ability to utilize antioxidants.

So, instead of having an unwarranted conflict with the law and develop diseases, push the alcohol away and go for healthier drinks.

5 Historical Sites In Hawaii That Will Bring You Back In Time

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Hawaii is beaming with bountiful natural wonders, flavorful cuisine, and luxurious beauty of its culture and tradition. The Paradise of the Pacific also teems with historic sites, testaments of its role in one of the deadliest conflict in human history – the Second World War – and its roots as a monarchy.

We list down five national historic landmarks in the Aloha State you should visit at least once in your lifetime.


United States Naval Base, Pearl Harbor

A surprise attack by the Naval Air Service of Imperial Japan on December 7, 1941, led to a lagoon on the island of Oahu to be recognized in world history.

The Pearl Harbor, acquired by the Naval fleet of the United States through the Reciprocity Treaty of 1975, was the site of the surprise military strike of Japan which prompted the United States to enter the Second World War.

The United States Naval Base in Pearl Harbor was designated as a national historic landmark on January 29, 1964.


Old Sugar Mill of Koloa

Sugarcane planting was one of the driving force of Hawaii’s economy. The industry was also credited with the Aloha State’s rapid population growth and cultural diversity because of the immigration of people to work on sugarcane plantations.

The Old Sugar Mill of Koloa is regarded as the first large-scale commercial sugarcane plantation in Hawaii. It was founded in Koloa, the island of Kauai in 1835 by William Ladd, Peter A. Brinsmade, and William Hooper.

On December 29, 1962, the sugarcane plantation was designated as a national historic landmark.


‘Iolani Palace

Before being taken over by the United States in 1898, Hawaii was ruled by a monarchy and was recognized as the Kingdom of Hawaii beginning 1795.

Under the rule of Kamehameha III, the third and longest reigning king of the kingdom, the ‘Iolani Palace became the royal residence of the monarchy until the overthrowing of Queen Lili’uokalani in 1893.

The palace is the only structure in the United States which served as an official residence of a reigning monarch. It is also one of the two palaces in the country with the Hulihe’e Palace being the other one.

The ‘Iolani Palace was designated as a national historic landmark on December 29, 1962. It is presently open to the public as a museum managed by non-government organization Friends of ‘Iolani Palace.


Ka Lae or South Point

Known as the southernmost point in the United States, the Ka Lae is also recognized as one of the earliest settlement sites in Hawaii. Strong winds and ocean currents characterize the area. It is also one of the most famous fishing spots on the island where red snappers and giant trevally are abundant.

On December 29, 1962, the Ka Lae was designated as a national historic landmark under the name South Point Complex.


Washington Palace

Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Washington Palace was the site of the arrest of Queen Lili’uokalani, the first queen and final monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, when she was overthrown.

The palace also served as the private residence of the Queen until her death on November 11, 1917. Following her death, the palace was used as a residence of 12 territorial and state governors of Hawaii, not including John Owen Dominis, the consort of the Queen and the Governor of Oahu from 1868 until his death in 1891.

The Washington Palace was designated as a national historic landmark on March 29, 2007.