My Story, Pt. 8: Epilogue

I’ve now been living here in Honolulu for eight months. During that time, I’ve:

Tried traditional Hawaiian foods: lomi lomi salmon, poi, haupia, kalua pork, lau lau, chicken long rice, and poke


  • Tried less-traditional Hawaiian foods: Spam musubi, Leonard’s malasadas covered in li hing sugar (not as good as the plain sugar ones), nearly all the flavors of Bubbies mochi ice cream, pink guava bread (meh), shave ice covered in green tea powder and azuki beans (to die for), and acai bowls from four different establishments
  • Hiked to the top of Diamond Head Crater
  • Learned to pronounce “Kalaniana’ole Highway”
  • Seen some crazy-looking, giant-pod-bearing trees at the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe
  • Checked out the fledgling standup comedy scene in Chinatown
  • Was introduced to one of the most awesome supermarket/department store chains ever: Don Quijote
  • Been to the most awesome farmer’s market ever: KCC Farmer’s Market
  • Tried sea kayaking for the first time (and spent most of the time capsized)
  • Learned not to go swimming at Waikiki Beach 10 days after a full moon
  • Attended the series premiere of “Hawaii Five-o” on Waikiki Beach (mainly to see Daniel Dae Kim)
  • Surrendered to the hill I live on and bought a little car
  • Hosted 11 houseguests
  • Hiked for four hours through thick mud on the Laie Falls Trail (thanks, Vera!)
  • Taken an introductory hula class
  • Visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
  • Spotted migrating humpback whales from my living room window
  • Rescued numerous geckos from Alice’s clutches
  • Been eaten alive by mosquitos in Waimea Valley
  • Become immune to the sight of flying cockroaches
  • Thoroughly enjoyed wearing “slippers” (flip-flop sandals) all day, every day
  • Experienced my first tsunami warning (and learned to appreciate living on a hill)
  • Visited a gazillion beaches: Waikiki, Ala Moana, Sandy, Wailupe, Hanauma, Kahala, Diamond Head,
  • Kailua, Lanikai, Waimea…
  • Ended my six-year stint as a copyeditor at Yahoo!
  • Launched How To Live In Hawaii

Regarding those last two points: A couple months ago, I decided I needed a change in the type of work I was doing. I wanted to try doing some of my own writing, rather than editing other people’s writing. I’ve always wanted to work for myself, so when I found out that there are people who write blogs for a living, that sounded like exactly what I wanted to do. Soon after that, How To Live In Hawaii was born.

Despite the long list above, there are still many new things I want to experience in Hawaii. I still want to learn to surf, and I’m determined to give kayaking another go (this time in calmer waters!).

When I moved to Hawaii, my friend Nancy gave me ukelele as a farewell gift, which I want to learn to play. And I know I won’t feel like a full-fledged Hawaii resident until I can properly pronounce the name of Hawaii’s famous triggerfish, humuhumunukunukuapua’a. And believe it or not, I haven’t done any island hopping since I moved here, so I’m itching to hop on a plane and continue exploring the rest of the Hawaiian Islands.

So although this concludes my story of coming to Hawaii, my story of living in Hawaii is to be continued…hopefully for a long time!

44 comments

  1. Love the site and your writing. And as much as I miss you, I’m so happy you’re living out your dreams!

  2. Hi,

    Sorry to hear about the Yahoo gig, but you know the old saying, when one door closes, another one opens! I am very happy for you and I know that you will do well.

    Enjoy Paradise & Take care 🙂

    Moe

  3. I really enjoyed reading the long version of how you ended up in Hawaii, Michelle. Have a shave ice for me!

    Take care,

    Marla

      1. Ack! Sorry for the typo in your name–I’ve been sick for the last couple of weeks. Zombie brain.

  4. What a great story, Michele! I’m looking forward to the next chapters.

    1. I’m glad I could give you some encouragement, Laura. Sounds like you are in the exact place (in life) that I was just one year ago. If you have any questions about your upcoming move or about life in Hawaii, don’t hesitate to ask. I hope you end up liking it here as much as I do! Good luck in August — I hope everything goes smoothly for both you and Sebastian!

  5. I just read this from start to finish although I was initially directed to the cat page when I searched “Bringing my pets to Hawaii.” I’m planning on moving to Oahu in late August, cat Sebastian in tow! (He’s all ready…) I really appreciate your story and your advice… I was just out in April and a friend drove me around all the neighborhoods in HNL – I liked Kaimuki the best also! I still have a lot of work to do before August, but really liked this read. Gives me confidence!

  6. I just stumbled on your blog when doing a ‘doing business in Hawaii/job-related’ search and ended up reading the ‘long version’ of how you ended up here. It was a pleasant read! I am a returning local who grew up here and moved to California during high school. I lived in SoCal for about 20+ years and am on ‘extended vacation’. [I’ve been here for a year and a half now, but all my stuff (car & 20 yrs worth of stuff) is still in LA & San Diego]. I always wondered how people with no prior social contacts end up here, especially with it being so expensive! I have lots of family here so it’s a softer transition for me. I’m glad to see you’re ‘making it’ here! I read a lot of your other posts just now and I must say there is a lot of useful information on here that even a returning local like myself should know but ashamedly don’t! Lol!

    By the way, you almost got the spelling of the triggerfish right! it’s spelled humuhumunukunukuapua’a. I must confess, that after all these years, I finally learned how to say it…this year! (I pretty much just gave up on the word after reading the first 4 syllables.) Lol!

    I look forward to hearing more of your adventures!

    Aloha,

    1. Aloha, Bryan: Thanks for taking the time to read the “long version” of my story! And thanks for correcting me on the triggerfish spelling (d’oh!). I’ll fix that right now.

  7. I also just finished the long version of your story and enjoyed it very much. My wife and I will be concluding our four year dream of moving to Hawaii (Oahu) on April 5th. So many of your stories rang true with me. About half way through the craigslist scam story I knew where it was going and felt so bad, I’m glad that worked out. Sites like this one have kept the dream alive for all these years and for that I would like to say thank you. Our move has taken this long because we had over 20 years of stuff to get rid of and a house and some rental property to sell first. The stuff is gone but the houses are still here, but we are coming anyway. Another reason for the wait was our two small dogs (bichons). Luckily our vet here on the east coast is a godsend and has made sure we are on track to get direct release at the airport. If you have a facebook account send a friend (I’m the only shawn critzer on there) request since we love meeting new Hawaii friends. Thanks again for the site, mahalo.

    1. Hi, Shawn:

      Congratulations to you and your wife on making your 4-year dream come true! I hope the move and flight with the doggies goes smoothly — it sounds like your vet has you well-prepared, so you should be fine. Good luck on April 5th!

      Aloha,

  8. Hi,

    Thanks for the great story! It was a great read. It has been quite a courageous adventure that you are on. Most of us can only dream of the journey you’ve been on.

    I’m looking forward to your follow-up story on “The Life and Times of Michele’s Hawaiian dream” soon.

    Cheers! I guess that should be Aloha!

    Anthony

    P.S. A good tip to find out who you are really talking to over the Internet is to do a reverse IP check on the email messages you receive from them. It is probably a good practice to do that for someone you are talking to for the first time. Safety first.

  9. Aloha,
    First I want to honor your courage to follow your dream and to thank you for this website. I lived in Ewa Beach in the mid-60′s (I’m dating myself) as an Air Force brat. I remember when we left 3 yrs later looking out the plane window and saying,”I’ll be back soon”. Planned to come back for college but met the love of my life in Idaho. Long story short,
    didn’t get back for 38 yrs! Have come back for vacation every year since 2006.Each time the pull to come back has gotten stronger.Just reurned from 2 wks. at Kauai northshore and the call to relocate permenantly is unbearable.I’m
    beginning to think I’m obsessed! Thanks to the excellent info on your site I know I can make my dream a reality.Timeframe is in the next 2 yrs.I just have this feeling this is home for me.I look forward to “giving back” to these beautiful islands that have given me so much joy. Keep up the good work.
    Ahui ho,
    Barb

    1. Hi, Barb:

      Thanks for sharing your story, and for your words of support! It’s readers like you that keep me writing!

      Aloha,

      1. Math never was my strong suit. It was 28 yrs before I got back.No reply needed. Just wanted to set the record straight

  10. Aloha,
    Thanks for sharing your dream-come-true story with us. Its very interesting and useful for us to read about your experience. I also dream to move to Hawaii. Unfortunately now I find myself on the opposite side of the planet. Besides I must wait to make some money and eventually win a Green card first…Anyway, please keep us updated and hopefully I’ll meet you someday there.
    Cheers

    1. Hi, Milena:

      Don’t lose hope — it took me 20 years to get here, but I finally made it. Here’s an article I wrote a while back about the different ways foreign nationals can live in Hawaii.

      I wish you the best in making your dream come true someday!

      Aloha,

  11. Hi
    What a great read. It seems that this site was meant to be for many of those contemplating the move to Hawaii. I too, would love to move to Hawaii. My main concern is as you mentioned,finding a job that will pay enough for me to live decently due to the cost of living.
    Im a nurse in women’s health for 16 years and believe I can find a job out there but I am sure the pay would be lower than what I make here in my hometown. (Chicago).

    ANy other caveats of information that you can share would be awesome.

    Mahalo.
    Joann

    1. Hi, Joann:

      According to the Hawaii Dept. of Labor, the average annual salary in 2010 for registered nurses on Oahu was $84,810 (and $95,980 for experienced RNs).

      Here are a couple of articles in which I discuss the major caveats of moving to and living in Hawaii:

      http://www.howtoliveinhawaii.com/842/is-living-in-hawaii-right-for-you/

      http://www.howtoliveinhawaii.com/2419/30-reasons-why-you-might-not-like-living-in-hawaii/

      For me, personally, the two hardest things about living in Hawaii are a) the aforementioned “earning a decent living,” and b) being far away from old friends and family, and developing a new social circle in Hawaii (I’m pretty introverted and not socially outgoing, so this might not be as great a challenge for other people).

      Aloha,

      1. Michele! That’s good to know! I appreciate your response and this site. Totally well worth having it. KEEP ON BLOGGING GIRL! 🙂
        Many thanks!

        Joann

  12. I love your site! We made our 1st trip to Hawaii in November and we now have a plan to move there as well. It will take a lot of planning and if we can find jobs there we’ll be there sooner rather then later!

    Is flying the only option to bring your pets over? When the time comes we were hoping to maybe cruise our pets over. We currently have a bulldog (and cant imagine life without one) and they have really bad respiratory issues and cant do the lower levels of oxygen in the cargo areas of planes (we’ve heard of some dying while in transport 🙁 ) …any ideas?

    again, love the site!

    1. Hi, Alexa:

      Alaska Airlines allows cats and dogs to fly to Hawaii in the cabin area of the plane. However, the cat/dog must be small enough to fit under the seat, which I doubt is the case with your bulldog (unless it’s not full grown yet). According to Alaska Airlines’ rules, a soft-sided carrier can’t be larger than 9.5″H x 12″W x 17″D.

      Cunard is the only commercial cruise line I know of that allows pets on board, but only on transatlantic crossings. The next best option I know of is to book a flight with Dogtravel Company, which allows your dog to sit right next to you in the seat of a plane. The cost is very expensive, though: At least $3,500 per passenger (you and your dog count as 2 passengers).

      Here’s my article about all of this, with links to Dogtravel Company and other service providers. I wish I had another (less expensive) option for you — I really feel for you and other pet owners with snub-nosed dogs and pets. If you find any other alternatives in your research, please let me know and I will add them to my site.

      Good luck and aloha

  13. Hi,
    This was such an interesting blog about your experience living in Hawaii! Well I am currently a new York State certified teacher who’s interested in obtaining a position as a teacher in Hawaii. I know the DOE is recruiting teachers for special education in Hawaii. I am 32 years old and I enjoy the social life but having the quietness when need be. A lot of the schools want to know what areas would I be interested in working. After a little research, I often hear that Honolulu, on the Big Island of Oahu, is doable as far as enjoying a nightlife because of Waikiki area. Is that true? I guess if I do get a teaching job in Hawaii, i am aware of the salary range. They start recruiting in April. However, I am concerned of the cost-of-living and moving my belongings and my car from New York all the way to Hawaii. Also, our concern would be finding a rental, after reading your story it was quite interesting! I have never been to Hawaii before for vacation or anything, do you suggest I should go there first or just really try to make this move? I am just really looking for a new experience and even thoughI never been there before do you think I can do this? Thanks so much for any suggestions or advice!

    1. Hi, Nicole:

      If you enjoy nightlife, you’d probably want to live in Honolulu. I think Honolulu is also the easiest transition from life on the mainland to life in Hawaii. Honolulu has all the amenities and jobs and cultural attractions you’d expect from a large city. It’s pretty much Hawaii’s only “big city.” I live in Honolulu and I love it. It’s a very large, sprawling city, so you can decide if you’d rather live in its urban center or in one of the outerlying suburban areas.

      But DEFINITELY visit first! Moving all the way from New York to Hawaii is a huge investment of time, energy, and moving expenses, so you want to be absolutely sure that you’d be reasonably happy living here. I recommend reading my article on living in Hawaii for a week to test out island life. This will also give you a chance to check out what the rental market is like here, and what the cost of living is like. You will go home with a much better idea of what it takes to live here, and if it’s right for you.

      If you do decide to move, you might consider storing many of your belongings in New York and moving with very little to Hawaii. I have heard of other people doing that, because they wanted to make sure they were going to stay in Hawaii for a while before moving all of their stuff over. A lot of people find that you just don’t need as much “stuff” here, anyway — for one thing, homes tend to be smaller here, so they aren’t able to hold as much furniture and other belongings.

      Hope this helps!

  14. Hi,
    I think the most challenging thing for me would be the expense of moving my items and what to do with shipping my car over. But that makes a lot of sense about storing items in NY too! Is it worth having a car in Hawaii? Also, is there a lot of theft or overall high crime in Honolulu since its a major city? I was told that I should have several thousand dollars in the bank before I decide to move there…just to cover any emergencies or living costs while transitioning.
    will need to save up some money to visit first!

    Hey if I make a trip to Honolulu this summer it would be great to meet up with you if you are around! Thanks so much for your help! :0)

    1. Hi, Nicole:

      Yes, Honolulu has a high burglary/theft rate (although it has a lower violent crime rate compared to other major U.S. cities). So you definitely want to buy renter’s insurance, and use common sense (lock your doors, don’t leave items laying around in your car that are visible through the windows).

      Yes, I think it’s worth having a car in Honolulu. I went without a car for my first 3 months here, but I live on a pretty steep hill, and I got tired of carrying bags of groceries all the way up the hill. I also got tired of not being able to buy groceries in bulk (i.e., Costco) and waiting for the bus all the time. I bought a small car and am so glad I did. It has added so much convenience to my life and saves me a lot of time. Plus I’ve been able to see so much more of Oahu! Without a car, I think you’d have a much harder time seeing everything that this island has to offer. You *could* do it by bus, but it would take a lot more planning and time. A car allows you to take spontaneous trips whenever you feel like it.

      On the other hand, if you’re really strapped for money, or if selling your car on the mainland would give you the money you need to get started in Honolulu (see below), then it could be worth going without a car, at least when you first move here. Then after you get a job and are able to save up some money, you could buy a car here.

      If you’re moving here without a job, having a nest-egg saved up is crucial for getting you through your first few months of living here. Save up at least 3 months of living expenses (estimate that food will cost 30% more than what you’re paying on the mainland).

      Good luck with your plans — once you visit, you’ll have a much better idea if living in Hawaii is right for you.

      Aloha,

  15. Hi again,
    Do you know of any reputable online sites or resources that you would recommend to help with the transitioning of moving to Hawaii? Like a moving company, car container, or airline carrier that offers great (or better) deals to fly from NY to Hawaii? As far as finding rentals…I did see your listing in your blog (ie. Craigslist). Maybe if i look for rentals now and plan to see them when i visit so i know it’s legit?? I am just so concerned about the $$$ situation. I just need to save up a lot if money.

    -Nicole

    1. Hi, Nicole:

      These 2 articles contain info about reputable companies to use for shipping your car and household items:
      http://www.howtoliveinhawaii.com/4230/shipping-cars-to-hawaii/
      http://www.howtoliveinhawaii.com/4231/shipping-household-goods-to-hawaii/

      I’m not too familiar with flying from New York to Honolulu, but I do know that Hawaiian Airlines flies nonstop from JFK to Honolulu. Or you could fly on JetBlue from NY to Oakland, CA and then fly on Hawaiian Airlines from Oakland to Honolulu. Both of those airlines usually have very competitive prices. Hawaiian Airlines has sales every now and then, so make sure you sign up on their homepage for their “Low Fares emails.”

      You’ve got the right idea: Concentrate on saving up money, visit when you can, and check out some rentals while you’re visiting. It’s not absolutely crucial that you line up rental housing before you move — you can always move here, store all your stuff, and stay at an inexpensive hotel or short-term vacation rental until you find a long-term rental.

      Aloha,

  16. Your story is really inspirational and I am so glad my wife and I found your site. I was looking for something the other day and Google popped up your site, it was a lucky find on our part. After 10 years of having ‘the dream,’ I too am finally making the move this coming December. We’ll be moving to the island of Kauai and like you, I was able to convince my employer to allow me to work remotely (even though my employer is based in South Carolina where I currently reside). I also have a Hawaii related travel blog I started back in 2002 that provides me some income, and I may end up doing that full time one day. Fortunately I’m a web developer, so I can work remotely from anywhere.

    I wish we lived on the West Coast so we could take the “short” plane ride over a few times to get everything in order before we arrive, but we’ve decided to go this December for 2-3 weeks and stay with a friend while we get everything in order housing and cars wise. Originally we were going to ship a car over, but decided it would be easier to just sell both cars and buy used on island. We’re also going to ship a lot of items via mail instead of using a container – the costs are just too high for legit shipping (we almost got scammed by a non-legit shipper). It’s a daunting task packing everything and trying to purge the rest at home. We’ve got a garage sale this weekend, but I suspect we’ll end up donating a lot of things just to be done with it all. Cleaning the house alone has been a chore; who knew you could fit so much “stuff” in a house in just 5 years time. When you described your initial moving in day I thought to myself, I could definitely see myself feeling like that – I know we’re going to be overwhelmed with emotions at first (I’ll have to remember that saying about the elephant). After living in a 2200+ sq ft home, the smaller 600-800sq ft we’ll be able to afford on Kauai will seem quite small and probably will be a lot less ‘modern’ that what I’m used to. But I know in my heart that Kauai is where I belong – it’s a feeling on those of us who “get it” realize. My parents came to my wife and I’s wedding on Kauai last year, but they certainly didn’t see Hawaii the way I do. Fortunately my wife does ‘get it’ and we’re looking forward to making Hawaii our new home late this year. Mahalo for your inspirational blog and site.

    Aloha,

    1. Hi, John:

      I just took a look at your site, and all I can say is WOW. What a gorgeous site, and chock-full of info and useful products — I can appreciate all the hours of work you’ve put into it. My story may be inspirational to you, but your site/business is inspirational to me!

      Your moving decisions are very similiar to mine — sell the cars, donate most of the “stuff,” mail the rest. I have no regrets doing it that way, and I doubt you will either. It keeps things as simple as possible.

      Kauai is heaven on earth — not that I need to tell you that! You are so right when you say that you either “get it” or you don’t. My parents don’t get it either. But that’s OK. Actually, it’s a good thing, because if everyone “got it,” then Hawaii would be bursting at the seams with people!

      Good luck to you with your move later this year — it sounds like you’ve got a good plan in place.

      Aloha,

  17. Hi,

    I’m planning on moving there between September to about this time next year. I have done a lot of networking with people who have lived there as well as internet searching. This is how I found your site. I LOVE IT! I am so happy you followed your dream. I to have the same ambition. I will be going to Oahu in August and hope to follow suit with moving shortly after. I have two children and a fixed income and hope to have the funds in six months.

    I thank you so much for writing your journey. You are a huge inspiration to me. I go on your site everyday with new ideas that I have. I seem to find what I am looking for almost all the time. I currently live in Washington and the weather is not for me. I was thinking of California. But I know in my heart Island life is for me.

    I have a lot of people in my life telling me I shouldn’t go. It seems everyone’s regret for me moving is the cost of living and “island fever.” My children are nervous but not afraid; we are excited for our journey. Well I must say I will only live in a house so I can plant a garden, I do this already. And as far as “island fever,” HA, I live in Washington. Its gray skies and rain for about 8 months. So I already don’t go outside. Then people tell me life is so much slower than the city. I couldn’t be happier for that. I don’t even own a house clock. I have an alarm and when it goes off I know it’s important. Otherwise when I’m at home it is all about my family and the joy of my living environment.

    Sorry for the run down on my situation. I just got so excited reading your wonderful journey and all the post.

    Thank you again for sharing,
    Nicole

    1. Hi, Nicole:

      Thank you so much for letting me know what you think of my site! I’m glad I could inspire you, and I think it’s wonderful that you’re taking action to make your own dream come true.

      I’m sorry that a lot of people in your life are not that supportive of your move to Hawaii. I’m sure they’re just worried about you, or don’t want you to move so far away from them. But I’m glad you are sticking to your guns and doing what you feel is right for you and your family. Life is about taking chances sometimes — when I moved, I knew there was a chance I wouldn’t like living in Hawaii, but I figured it was better for me to give it a try then to always regret never having taken the chance.

      There is NO way I could live in Washington — the weather would be far too depressing for me. Weather was a big reason I moved to Hawaii, and it really has made a difference in my mood. Just make sure you don’t move to a very rainy part of Hawaii, like Hilo (on the Big Island), which has weather that is a lot like Washington (warmer, but usually overcast and rainy). Generally, the western (leeward) side of all the islands is sunny and dry, while the eastern (windward) side is cloudier and rainy.

      Good luck with your visit in August, and your move thereafter! I’m excited for you and your kids!

      Aloha,

  18. Aloha

    We started planning our move to Hawaii about a year ago while planning my 50th birthday adventure with my best friend of 45 years. I was stunned by the reasonable rates for condos while looking for a vacation spot on Kauai. I was surprized when my husband, a native Texan, said he would leave his beloved Texas for Hawaii. So we started remodeling our home to get it ready to sell. I did lots of research about the move from transporting the cars to bringing our babies, two American Bobtail cats. Our move date is August 1st, the date our babies can make the move. I am so glad I found your site, it has given me more useful information than any other one place. It should make our move much more enjoyable. We decided to have a mid-life adventure instead of a mid-life crisis. Most of our friends think were nuts, the rest think we wont follow through with the move. We were going to go to Kauai, but have since found out my husband has a childhood friend on Maui, so that’s where were headed. Neither of us have been to Maui, but like my husband says “I haven’t been to heaven yet either, but I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love it!” Thanks for your inspiration and wisdom.

    1. Hi, Candy:

      I love what your husband had to say about moving to Maui — Texans have a great way of wording things! — and I think he’s right. I’m so glad my site has been helpful to you in planning your “mid-life adventure.” I wish you, your husband, and your two American Bobtails all the best in your upcoming move!

      Aloha,

  19. Hola or Aloha,

    I’m a Mexican born in California that is crazy in love and obssesed with Hawaii since I was a little girl. I’ve never been but just know it’s my destiny to live there. My husband is from Acapulco Beach in Mexico so he is all for moving to Hawaii. My kids Carlos (10) and Frida (5) LOVE the idea and we are always talking about when we move and our activities etc. We just know that will happen and one of things we are doing now to get us to our goal is we started an in-home fitness business that can be worked with locals or vistually. I’ve lost 80 lbs and have 60 more to go and my transformation is allowing me to help others. My husband is an out of shape soccer player so we as a family are helping other get fit while working on our own tranformations physically and financialy.

    1. Hi, Elizabeth:

      Congratulations on your 80 pounds lost! There are people here in Hawaii that can use your help and experience. Hawaii is a funny place — there are very fit people who live here, the kind who train for the Honolulu Marathon and Iron Man and such; and then there are very overweight/diabetic people who eat too much of the wrong foods due to poverty (junk food costs less here, unfortunately), cultural traditions, and lack of education.

      I admire you and your husband’s resolve to improve your health and financial situation. I wish you continued success with both of those goals, as well as your goal to move to Hawaii! I’ve been to Acapulco, and I know your husband would feel right at home here as well.

      Aloha,

  20. Aloha,

    Mahalo! for sharing your moving experience with the world! My husband and I and our 13 year old are planning to move to Oahu in a couple years. My father has lived in Hawaii for the past 37 years (22 yrs on Kauai and 15 on Oahu). We visited him for the first time in July (2012). I’ve always wanted to live somewhere warm (born/raised/live in Minnesota), it’s getting more and more difficult to endure the winters. Previous to visiting Oahu, we were planning on moving to South Beach but when we got to Oahu, we knew that was the place for us and huge bonus, we already have a family member there!

    Your blog will definitely be my moving guide!

    Grace and peace,
    Cassandra

    1. Having a family member already established on Oahu *is* a huge bonus. Between South Beach and Oahu, I think you’re making the right choice! 😉 Good luck with the move in two years!

      Aloha,

  21. Loved the stories and comments ! I moved to Oahu after my husband passed. I have a 17 year old who was 14 when we moved here and now he doesn’t want to even visit the main land. I love the island it’s people and everything about it!

    1. I think Hawaii is an especially good place for those looking to make a fresh start, or at a time in your life when you’re “in transition” — such as starting retirement, starting college, after a divorce or death, etc. It’s a great place to heal emotionally, or just get a new perspective on life. I’m glad it turned out to be a good move for you, too.

  22. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing your story! It’s exactly what I needed to read 🙂 I currently live in NYC, and have visited Hawaii 3 times (my aunt lives there). I LOVE Hawaii and currently doing my research before moving there. You blog was a real help!

    Thanks!

    Ann

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