How to Tip in Hawaii

Hawaii tourism is a service industry that relies heavily on tips, so we asked 10 locals working in each position how they tip each other and then averaged their answers.

Tipping is not enforced by law and you don’t have to tip, but it is expected and if you’d like to participate in the local culture you can reference this guide.

Restaurant Servers
Many servers get paid $10.10 per hour and rely on tips as their main source of income.

$1-2 per drink or 18-22% of the total bill.
Bartenders also rely heavily on tips, and you’ll notice the quality of service and even the strength of the drinks increase with tips.

Tour Guides
10-20% of the total or $10-20 per person.
Tour guides get paid hourly but still do greatly rely on tips. If it’s a tour guide and a driver working as a team, they always split tips.

$3-5 depending on how much they help you carry. $5 - $10 if they help you move an entire family’s luggage. An easy general rule is $1 per bag.
Bellhops get paid an hourly rate but greatly appreciate tips and expects them if they help you carry luggage.

$5 to bring a car up would be nice.
Valet get an hourly rate but also rely on tips.

Hotel Housekeeping
$5 - $20
Hotel housekeepers get paid normal hourly wages and do not rely heavily on tips. That being said, if you really trash your hotel room or feel that they are doing an exceptional job, then it’s nice to tip but not expected.

Tattoo Artist
15-20% of total price.

Surf Instructor
Usually turns out to be $15-20.

Beach Boys
$5 to dig a hole, put up an umbrella, and to look pretty.

Shuttle Drivers
Between $2-5
Shuttle drivers get paid an hourly, and hope for tips but don’t necessarily rely on them.

Taxi Drivers
For a 10 min ride around $3, for a 20-30 min ride from $5-10.
It depends on how long your ride is, the condition of the car, and the professionalism of the driver.

Uber / Lyft Drivers
You can tip on their app, and tipping is appreciated and is expected now.

Boat Captain
They’ll split it with their crew.

10-20%, depending on the experience.
If it’s satisfactory, 10% is fine. If you feel it was really good and you could tell an extra effort was taken to make sure it was exactly what you wanted, then 20%.

10% is a courtesy tip for doing a satisfactory job, and 15-20% if an extra effort was made and you’re satisfied.
Hairdressers get paid a normal hourly but do hope for tips.

Tandem Skydive Instructor
In Hawaii they expect $25.

$10-100 per song. The bigger the tip, the faster your song might get played.
DJs don’t want requests, they want to play their own prepared set. If you do request a song make sure you tip and it might get played.

A Tip for You
Some bars and restaurants already include the tip in your bill’s total, so make sure you aren’t tipping twice!