If you’re thinking of moving to Hawaii (who isn’t?), then let me give you a few reasons to consider when thinking of moving to paradise. Whether you move to Oahu, Maui, Kauai or The Big Island of Hawaii, you’ll be surrounded by famous beaches, stunning hotels and resorts, eclectic restaurants featuring an array of ethnic foods, street festivals, parks and hiking trails, and upscale shopping venues. Plus Much More!
The Hawaiian islands are beautiful and captivating and Waikiki Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the world. Steven K Scott
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Hawaii Is Fun! Whether you’re young or starting retirement, Hawaii is a vibrant, energetic, multi-cultural, always-changing community of people from all over the world. I lived in the heart of Waikiki and now live on the island of Maui, and truly love the laid-back, casual, friendly environment. There’s plenty to see and do on all the islands and the weather is fantastic. All the Hawaiian islands host numerous festivals each year, have outstanding beach and hiking trails, and you’ll easily meet new friends.
Good Job Market. It’s easy to get a job, and (yes) you might have to start in the retail or hotel industry. Wages are competitive, and jobs that get tips are coveted. Consider starting with two part-time jobs to get a “feel” for what you want to do. But pick something tourist-related, stay with it, be on-time and in-uniform –and within six months you’ll probably be a manager.
Affordable Housing. I lived in Waikiki for six months (2015/2016) and had a nice, small efficiency apartment minutes from Ala Moana Center. It was $900 a month with all utilities included. A few years earlier, I had a 17th floor condo overlooking Waikiki Beach for $1,200 a month. Now, I have a large apartment on Maui for $1,000 a month. Look Around! Don’t listen to what others say. Hawaii does not have to be expensive. You can find something affordable – but expect it to be small.
No Need For A Car. Oahu has a great bus system, and Maui has a very efficient bus system that covers most of the island. Why pay high monthly parking fees, when you can save the money to rent a car for a day or two when you want to cruise the island. I always take the bus to Hanauma Bay to snorkel on Oahu, and the bus to the airport on both Oahu and Maui. Get a monthly pass and explore Oahu and Maui on the bus. Also, budget $100 – $150 a month for car rentals. You will save money on inspection stickers, license plates, and routine maintenance. Plus, you’ll be much happier.
World Class Medical Care. If you’re retired or nearing retirement, this is a major issue. But Oahu has some of the best medical care facilities in the USA. The Queen’s Medical Center in nearby Honolulu is globally recognized for outstanding facilities and care. Many of the military’s best doctors are located on Oahu, and often retire from the military yet stay on Oahu. If medical care is a concern, you’ll like what you see on Oahu more than the other Hawaiian islands. Maui has excellent medical care, but the islands of Kauai and The Big Island of Hawaii have good, but non-specialized medical care.
Close Community. When you live and work on the islands of Hawaii, you see what tourists don’t see – a dynamic, close-knit community that works and plays together, and loves to meet at the beach or a park for cooking events with family and friends. It’s easy to meet friends and have a social circle of people with similar interests.
The Beaches – Of Course! Yes, you’ll be just minutes from some of the most famous beaches in the world. You can snorkel, swim, learn to surf in small waves, or just lay in a hammock (my personal FAV) and get ready for an incredible sunset. I went to Waikiki Beach every day I lived in Waikiki, and every day was different – different sounds, smells, sights, waves, and sunsets. All the Hawaiian islands have incredible snorkeling and swimming spots – you’ll soon find your favorite.
Excellent Infrastructure. You’ll need some things to exist in Hawaii and each island has everything you will need. There’s several Post Offices on each island, numerous banks, dry cleaners, hair/nail salons, gas stations, convenience stores, and of course – there’s Foodland, Safeway, and several places for groceries. Each island has a Farmer’s Market and Swap Meet. Also, Foodland is opening a mammoth store at Ala Moana Center in mid-2016 on Oahu.
Easy To Volunteer! Join the “aloha spirit” and find a way to volunteer. On Oahu, you’re always needed at the Honolulu Zoo, and the world-renowned Honolulu Marathon is always looking for volunteers. On Maui, volunteer to help with the Humpback Whale activities with several non-profit organizations. Each Hawaiian island has many opportunities and it’s a great way to meet other like-minded people.
Plenty Of Activities! No matter your age, it’s vitally important to stay active in Hawaii. Oahu offers plenty of opportunities to walk, jog or play tennis at Kapiolani Park, swim at Waikiki Beach, hike to Diamondhead, and enjoy new hobbies like photography or bicycling. Maui has some of the best beaches for swimming and snorkeling, Kauai has incredible hikes and walking trails, and The Big Island of Hawaii has a bit of everything. There’s absolutely no reason to sit around your condo – join a Canoe Club or a Yacht Club, where you’ll not only get great exercise, but you’ll immediately be a part of a fun social club.
Father and son tandem surfing – Hawaii Adventure Center
Ready to Move to an island in Hawaii? Try not to get too excited, and make sure to research and visit each island. The islands of Hawaii are unique, with each island having a different “vibe” to it. But remember – there is an island for you!
woman with red surfboard in waikiki oahu
BONUS – Free Hula Shows!
At The Lahaina Cannery Mall on the west side of Maui, there are free hula shows. The Polynesian Dancers perform at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. The Keiki Hula Show (children performing) is at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Maui’s Best Luau!
While visiting Maui or any of the islands of Hawaii. a luau is a must. Learn a few things about a luau before you go, and here’s a list of popular luaus to consider:
One of the most popular and highly-rated luaus is the Old Lahaina Luau on the west side of Maui.
The Feast At Lele is an oceanfront luau at 505 Front Street in Lahaina Town.
The best family luau is the Kaanapali Beach Luau.
Staying in Wailea? Consider the Wailea Marriott Luau and The Grand Wailea Luau.
As an avid travel writer, Maui travel web site developer, and professional photographer living on Mau'i, Steve is always looking for the unknown, out-of-the-ordinary location or restaurant to share with others. He wants you to feel the Hawaiian aloha spirit, with words that inspire you to dream you were there. Join him on a Maui journey!