Hawaii Custom - Please remove shoes at the door.

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Real Estate Agent with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers HRE# 58089 - RS

please remove shoes at the door

It's a Hawaiian Custom

Here in Hawaii it's customary to remove your shoes before entering someone's home.  It's a tradition that came with the Japanese immigrants, and it totally caught on.  It is considered very rude to leave your shoes on, unless your host tells you "no need".  Hey, most people wear "slippahs" anyway.

Even when I take clients out looking at homes and condos for sale, we are expected to take off our shoes.  Keep this in mind when you're on Maui and want to see some properties with your Realtor.  Wear some shoes that are easy to slip on and off.

When we travel back to the mainland it's always a little shocking to me to see people just walking right into homes with their boots and shoes on.... what's wrong with those people... haha.

barefoot baby

 

 

How about you?  Do you take your shoes off when you get home? 

Do you expect others to do the same?

 

shoes outside the door of a Maui home for sale

 

Many homes will have a place to keep the shoes, right by the door.  You know you're at a good party when there are so many shoes outside, you have to step over them all to get inside.  And don't leave with a better pair than you came with... it happens you know! 

If you're curious about what's for sale on Maui, check out www.eastmaui.com to search the active MLS listings.  No registration required, and you can keep your shoes on.

 Aloha and have fun looking at properties on Maui!   Georgina M Hunter R(S) e-Pro

Remember to call me when buying or selling property on Maui. (808) 283-0635

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Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers

Gita - glad to hear you do it too - seems that a lot of us are on the same wavelength

August 18, 2008 04:45 AM
Rainer
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Jennifer Mallory
Nyack NY Real Estate Broker Associate
Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty

I live outside New York City, and very few people here remove their shoes. I've got two young kids and it grosses me out to think of all the germs picked up in the subway on the floor where my kids get down to play. Yuck! I always ask people to remove their shoes when they come into my house...I think some people find that rude!

August 28, 2008 05:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter
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Jennifer - you can buy signs here to hang by the front door - it's very commonplace.

September 01, 2008 10:12 PM
Rainer
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LYDIA LAMOREUX
ZipRealty

My friends in Austin have adopted that custom...I always wondered why they have a sign by the door similar to your first picture. They both are native Texans, so it puzzled me for a while, but found out soon that they absolutely love Hawaii (Kauai-to be exact) and that's where they had their wedding. Now they have  two rentals in Kauai, a very nice oceanfront condo and a lovely house a little removed from the water.

February 21, 2009 02:15 PM
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter
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Lydia - your friends are very lucky to have 2 homes on Kauai.  I hope you get to visit them over there and practice taking your shoes off.

February 21, 2009 04:42 PM
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter

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