Moving to Hawaii is like starting a fresh, new life. Every dew-nurtured morning
and blazing sunset confirms that I made the
right choice. Moving to this place, aways has its seeds in
emotion. It is like falling in love. It’s not rooted in
earth and practicality, but when the honeymoon is over,
life depends on both. When you find yourself enchanted
this way and thinking of living in Hawaii forever or for
a long time, I encourage you to follow the advice you
would give a young person in love; get to know the the
object of your affection, and consider the personal cost
of indulging yourself.
chose to live here Hawaii for several reasons.
My number one reason for living in here? The
climate. All year long, every day, the air is at 70 to
85 degrees. That’s a perfect temperature for
human beings and a host of animals and plants that we
The beaches here range from white to black. Some
beaches are miles long, others hide in tiny coves.
Long, white waterfalls tumble down precipitous cliffs
and slip quietly into the sea. Yes, I moved to Hawaii
partly because of the beaches. I also came here
because the people here are made of the same "stuff" as
I am and make up a culture friendly to children and
older folks like me.
I have still said little about those nitty-gritty
things that need your attention before you make a
life-changing move to these islands. I came to Oahu as a
student, not a tourist. I had to deal with the
practical stuff before I could do much looking around
at the beauty. The campus of my my school, the University
of Hawai, is beautiful but
definitely not a beach. As a medical student, I was pretty busy. When I
could get away from the campus, the enchantment began. later, decided to live on the island of Kauai.
There are many beautiful islands to choose from. South
to North, they are Hawaii, Maui, Molokai,Oahu and
You will probably first be attracted by the weather or
the beautiful beaches, but I advise you to take stock of
the many things that make you comfortable on the
Mainland. Are there activities that you will miss? You
will have to relearn or even give up some of these
things when you move to Hawaii.: Of course there are a
host of new activities peculiar to this geography,
climate and culture.
Consider, for example: How will your cost of living
compare to what you are used to? Can you afford the
move itself? Hawaii is about as expensive as San
Francisco, or New York. Some things, like heating, are
actually cheaper. Seattle is about 30% cheaper.
Will the beautiful, even climate satisfy your love for
the the change of seasons? Temperatures here are
warm year around. You may miss bundling up on a chilly
fall day or watching the crocus and daffodils push up
through the snow in spring.
How much will you miss your family and your friends?
They may not be able to visit often. When you live in
out here, in the middle of the ocean, will you be able to afford to visit them? They will
probably want to visit you, but can they afford the
Living in the islands is slower than urban mainland living.
( Honolulu is probably an exception). Honolulu is also
the most expensive place to live in Hawaii. Except for
Honolulu, some folks from mainland cities miss the
stimulation and nightlife. I once interviewed a job
applicant who flew to Oahu from New York City. I was
assigned to show him around and interview him. After
about an hour and a half he said he could never live
in Hawaii. ( Actually, what he said was, "I could
never live in a place like this”).He got on a plane
returned to his New York City apartment that very
The there's something we call “Rock Fever”. It's real. Rock fever is a kind of depression experienced by many
who are used to traveling over a wide area. The
islands are not tiny but may seem so, surrounded by so much ocean.. If you
live on Kauai, for example, you will want to visit
Oahu, Maui, Molokai or the big island. You will also
want to visit the mainland from time to time. This
means airfares. Until you know someone on the other islands,, it will
also mean paying for lodging.
You can do a little research and will find that there
are many flights to many mainland cities. The airfares are
comparable to flying across the continental US. You
are, in no sense, marooned on Maui just because you
live there. So, if you want to retire in a beautiful,
gently warm place, living in Hawaii may be right for
you. Take your dream seriously. Visit first ! Live on
Oahu or Molokai for a few months. Visit other islands.
You will feel like a child again. If all this suits
you, make the move and live in Hawaii.Go ahead, think like
a child. But, act like an adult. Can't make such a big move now?
Plan now, and retire in Hawaii when the time is right.
How about the cost of living? You may have
friends or other acquaintances who tell you that
Hawaii is outrageously expensive. They are referring, most likely to a tourist. You won’t be
sleeping and eating in a luxury hotel every day. Real
estate is expensive. Will you need a big, fancy house?
If you retire on the mainland, will you spend as
much as you did when you are working? For most people, the
answer is no. People who have worked in Hawaii all
their lives retire here, too. Like them, you will very
likely simplify your life and cut your expenses.
Now available, here's a page
about the cost of living in Hawaii. I will be updating this page frequently. It is well worth reading. Click here to go to: "Cost of Living in Hawaii".