Friday, August 27, 2010

Please Remove Your Shoes - Mahalo!

In Hawaii it is customary to remove your shoes before entering a home. Hawaiian homes even display signs gently reminding guests to please remove your shoes before entering.

Although it takes a little getting used to if you grew up in a house where it is acceptable to wear shoes indoors, I’m definitely a fan of this tradition. With less dirt and debris tracked into the home, it is so much easier to keep clean and sanitary.

I would definitely like to make this a custom in our home back in the mainland. Since the no shoes indoors policy will affect everyone visiting our home, I hope friends and family don’t get offended!  Do you have a no shoes policy in your home?

It’s amazing how a lot of my favorite travel souvenirs are often not things, but great ideas, tips, and techniques. Just like the pretty and useful napkin folding technique I learned on another trip.

Hawaiian Ceramic Tile - Please Remove Your Shoes 8 x 8 in.
If you're looking for a Please Remove Your Shoes Mahalo sign for your home, the Hawaiian Ceramic Tile sign is available through Amazon.  I love how this sign reminds me of our time in Hawaii.

Amazon also has a variety of other styles of Please Remove Your Shoes signs.


  1. I grew up in a house where we could wear our shoes in the house so that's the tradition we've adopted. That said, I do think our home would be much much cleaner if we didn't allow outdoor shoes indoors. I also like your thought of adopting traditons while traveling vs things. Thanks for stopping by

  2. It is a great custom to adopt.

    I have an whole blog about removing shoes in homes: Shoes Off at the Door, Please You might like to take a look.

  3. Hi Celestial - Thanks for stopping by! I'll definitely check out your blog. Have a great day! :)