How your Cat Will Travel – Aloha!

 The beautiful green landscapes, white sandy beaches, gorgeous weather, and friendly locals certainly are enough to entice throngs of visitors to Hawaii. How your Cat Will Travel – Aloha! There are endless activities available that give you the opportunity to explore all Hawaii has to offer and after you work up a grand appetite, the meals are just amazing. I imagine many of those visitors would love to remain and become full-fledged residents. Others may make a return trip to stay only after making arrangements to bring back their family. Perhaps family of the furry kind, yes?

The Health Certificate Process

            I am a cat person and being such I am not going to talk about moving dogs and others to Hawaii today.  Nope, I am only interested in moving cats to Hawaii and believe me, this is no easy task. You will be glad to know that in 2003 the present “five days or less program” replaced the need to quarantine pets in Hawaii but if and only if you do the following requirements.

            You must obtain a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 14 days prior to arriving in Hawaii. The health certificate has to be written in English, only the original document will be accepted, and it must bear an original or carbon signature and the legible name, address and telephone number of the vet. The health certificate must also include a complete description of your pet, including age, sex, markings, breed and identifying characteristics. The signing vet must state that your pet was treated to kill all ticks and other external parasites within 14 days prior to arrival with the names and dates of treatment. The vet must certify that the pet is free of any evidence of infectious or contagious disease, and must attest that the information contained in the health certificate is true. Finally, a record of all your cat’s vaccinations must also be included.

            In addition to providing that documentation, you must also have a microchip implanted in your pet and supply the authorities with the microchip number and date of implantation. The microchip must be readable with an AVID scanner.

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            Hawaii is the only state that does have any cases of rabies and they are doing all they can to keep it that way. Your vet will, of course, make sure your cat has had its most current rabies vaccination but the State of Hawaii requires two vaccinations that are at least 30 days apart. Your vet will also need to obtain a sample of blood from your cat for a rabies blood test and have it sent off to Kansas State University for testing. The lab will submit the test results directly to the State of Hawaii. It would serve you well to obtain a copy of the report from your vet for your own records.

            These preliminaries are important if you want to prevent your pet from being placed in quarantine. Keep in mind that pets must arrive by 3:30 pm in order for them to be released directly to you, otherwise they are transferred to the quarantine site and held up to 5 days. Those five days are for the “five days or less” option and will cost you $225.

 

The Travel Arrangements

 

            You will need to make your travel arrangements as far in advance as you can. All airlines are not equal when it comes to safely transporting animals, so definitely spend time researching which ones are the best. For the majority of the airlines that will transport animals, cats are usually able to be brought on board with you as long as you keep them contained. Should that not be the case and your cat has to be placed in the cargo hold, you will need another document from your vet certifying that it can withstand temperatures of 45 degrees.

            There are restrictions on how many cats you can bring on a plane, usually no more than 2 or 3 and not all reservation agents will be familiar with the regulations regarding pets. Make sure to check with the airline you will be flying with so you do not have any last minute surprises. Two good questions to ask are, if your cat does indeed need to be placed in the cargo hold, will you need to arrive early and what are the size limits for the travel crate.

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            When you arrive at the airport and have to pass through security, you will need to take your cat out of its crate and hold him/her in your arms. It has been discovered that people will smuggle drugs using animals and there is the possibility your cat will have to undergo further “tests.” Do not be alarmed if this is the case and try to do your best to keep your pet calm.

            If you are allowed to carry your pet on board with you, your pet will have to remain in its carrier. This might make for cramped conditions and an uncomfortable flight so just keep that in mind and brace yourself in advance.

            Once you have landed you will want to find the Animal Quarantine in Honolulu Airport. Sometimes an agent will meet you at the gate, other times not. You must be certain to not let your cat out while you are in the airport. Once there, supply the necessary documentation and if all goes well, you and kitty will be on your way to your new home.

Like it Never Even Happened

            This will be a stressful trip for you and your cat but it is well worth it to have your loved one with you, especially in beautiful Hawaii. You will be pleased to know that Hawaii does indeed have such strict regulations in place and your pet acquiring rabies will not be something you will need to worry yourself with. So rest, recuperate, and get settled in because Hawaii is waiting to be experienced by you and your beloved cat, its newest residents.

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Kona Beaches

Kona is actually the name of a district on the Big Island of Hawaii in the state of Hawaii. Kona Beaches.  According to the Hawaiian language the word ‘Kona’ means the leeward or the drier side of the island situated just opposite to the windward side, which is termed as “ko’olau”.  So, as the generally accepted terms goes, the ‘Kona’ or the leeward side of the island is protected from the Trade winds that blow from the Northeast. The leeward side of this island consists of the districts of North and South Kona. Kailua is the biggest town in Kona. It has been named as ‘Kailua Kona’ so that it can be distinguished from ‘Kailua on O’ahu’.

History of the place

In ancient times the Kailua Kona area was considered to be the best place to live because of the excellent that is experienced here. Many popular kings incliding the first Kamehameha, had their homes here. Hawaii was first spotted by Captain James Cook, the famous British explorer, from off the coast of Kailua Kona and he landed somewhere near Kealakekua Bay. The missionaries who came in Hawaii built residences and churches and helped in changing the place which was originally a small fishing village, into a small sea port.

The Best Time of The Year To Visit:

Every season has its own charm. The warmth of winter is enjoyable in the Kona beaches and it is this particular time of the year when the whales are to be seen in large numbers. Spring is enchanting as innumerable flowers are in bloom. The summer too, is nice because children get vacation from school and playing in the ocean is far too exciting for them and their parents as well. Last, but not the least – Fall; it is the time that experience bright sunny days with wonderful weather at the ocean and comparatively few visitors. Now, it is up to the visitor to make the choice!

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How To Reach The Place?

The Kailua Kona is about 126 miles away from Hilo, it takes about 3 ½ hour’s drive by the way of Highway 11 (Mamalahoa Highway).

It takes just about 20 minutes from the Kona International Airport and about 1 hour from the Kohala Coast Resorts.

Where To Stay:

There is a large variety of accommodations that is available at the ‘Kona beaches’. The Big Island has lots of fine places available for accommodation including vacation Rentals. The cost of lodging vary greatly too. The big and expensive resorts are to be found along the Gold Coast that is located to the north of the Kona International Airport. Every visitor can make their own choice of accommodation from various hotels, condominium resorts as well as luxury resorts that are available at almost every range of price.

The Food:

The place like Hawaii Kona beaches that are visited by people all around the world it is obvious that cuisine available will satisfy their taste.

Ranging from the moderately expensive dishes to fast food, every one is sure to meet their own choice in Kailua Kona. It is recommended to try Kona Style Fish ‘n Chips on the Ali’i Drive. This particular dish is prepared by using only fresh fish that is caught off the shores of the Big Island.

The Medical Help:

Medical emergencies are the ones that can arise anywhere and anytime. It will not spare someone just because he or she is in a vacation! The Hawaii Kona beaches are well equipped for such unforeseen hazards. Major hospitals are situated in Kealakekua, Honoka’a, Waimea as well as in Hilo. The Urgent Care in Keauhou Shopping Centre is highly recommended for these emergency cases. The organization is open from 9 am to 9 pm, for all 7 days of the week.

Moving About In Between Beaches:

Visitors can choose to use boats to travel from one island to the other, but the sea often gets very rough which makes transport by small boats not considered to be very reliable for the purpose. The “Hele On” bus covers the island and this is far better option the boat.

Parking your car

Parking is very difficult in the Kailua Kona area. It is one of the biggest problems that the visitors have to face. You will not be able to find any free parking near the beaches. You have to park quite far away from the Ali’i Drive and walk up to the beach, or you have to park your vehicle in the paid parking zone.

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Spending Time On The Island:

The island of Hawaii is the place to enjoy nature at its best. The bountiful sights are to be enjoyed during the day. There is no such wild nightlife available here as it is in Honolulu on O’ahu. The places around the Kona beaches get quiet mostly by 10 pm. Most of the activities that are popular here are related to the ocean. The beaches or simply driving around the wonderful natural sights are well enough to spend time. The waters here are clear and the waves are not very big. This means, the place is not ideal for surfing. The active volcano named Kilauea is one of the attractions that the visitors would not like to miss. Visiting the Waipio Valley is also a good option. The two sights that can be recommended as ‘must to see’ are:

The Moku’aikaua Church which is actually the first Christian Church that was built in the Hawaii islands. The original structure was actually large thatched roofed and was destroyed. The modern structure that was built somewhere around 1835 is to be seen now.

The Hulihe’e Palace is another point of attraction that was built by the second Governor of the Island of Hawaii.

 

The Best Beaches:

The best among the beaches in the Hawaii Kona are:

  • Laaloa Beach
  • Makalawena Beach
  • The State Historical Park at Lapakahi
  • Mahana Beach
  • The Spencer Beach Park

 

The Ironman Triathlon

The Ford Ironman Triathlon Championship takes place here. It starts in the Kailua Kona. The race is held in the month of October each year and the best triathelete is crowned. The competition includes swimming for 2.4 miles in the open ocean that starts from a place just left of the Kailua Pier. The swimming is followed by 112 mile bike race, in which the competitors from north of the kona beach to the small village of Hawi and again returns to a new transition spot at the king Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. Finally, a 26.2 mile marathon takes place. The competitors take the same route that they had used for the bike race. They run back to Kailua Kona down the ali’i Drive, where they are cheered by more than 25,000 spectators as they touch the finish line.

 

Health & Beauty?

Gym, health clubs as well as public walking track are the facilities to be availed in order to maintain the visitor’s health. The field of beauty is supplemented by a number of spa centres that provide services like massage or facial.

Swim With The Dolphins:

Swimming with the dolphins in the ocean is perhaps the best thing a visitor would like to do, unless he or she is afraid of these friendly natured residents of the water. Pods of dolphins are to be seen in a place called “Two Steps”. One has to be a good swimmer in order to enjoy swim with the dolphins. It is because these creatures swim in waters that are about 80 feet deep. The dolphins keep moving up and down the coastal areas and they rest in the bay areas. There is no such guarantee of getting the chance to see them regularly, but most of the time visitors are found to be lucky.

The Don’ts

  • Never ask for “Kama`aina rates” from local businessmen.  Visitors think it to some sort of discounted rates in lodging or eating etc. The reality is this is the lower rates that are offered to local people who are not after spending money to have good views from their hotel rooms. The word “kama`aina” actually means ‘child of the land’.
  • If you are planning for camp on the island, places like Whittington Beach in Ka’u is to be avoided as there are reports of some violent incidents long ago.
  • Swimming with the dolphins sounds very interesting. One should be extremely careful while doing it.

The Kona area, being considered to be the best place in the Hawaii Islands is obvious to attract the majority of the tourists. Keeping the various necessities of the visitors in mind the place has developed itself into a bubbling sea port from nothing but a small fishing village. The warmth of the tropics, bounty of nature and availability of modern comforts have rendered the place a high position in the list of world’s favourite holiday destinations.

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Sea Life Park

The Sea Life Park in Hawaii is a marine mammal park, aquarium and bird sanctuary that is located near the Makapu’u Point to the north of the Hanauma Sea Life Park Bay on the island of Oahu. Sea Life Park.  This park was started in the year 1964 and it includes the exhibits that allows the visitors to interact with the marine animals by swimming with the dolphins, rays, sea lions etc. the visitors can enjoy by taking sea safari in the aquarium and feed the sea turtles.

The Exhibits and the facilities:                        

1)      The Hawaiian reef aquarium is actually a 300,000 US gallon tank which is home to more than two thousand reef animals that includes the shark, turtles, stingrays and innumerable schools of tropical fish.

2)      Hawaiian Ocean Theatre is the place for the main show of the park that includes animals like penguins, dolphins as well as sea lions.

3)      The Penguin Habitat is the place which is home to the penguins which are actually the part of the association made for the zoos and aquarium species survival plan for the species of penguins called Humboldt penguin.

4)      The show of the Dolphin cove is actually an open air theatre from where the visitors are able to watch performances by the dolphins.

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5)      Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat enables the visitors to see the monk seals who are native to the place. The visitors can also interact with the trainers.

6)      The Bird Sanctuary is the home for a number of wild marine aves that include birds like shearwaters, iwa, booby as well as the albatross.

The Conservation Program:

The Sea Life Park in Hawaii is very much active in various conservation areas which include the release of grown up green sea turtles that are originally hatched as well as raised in the park. Hundreds of the green sea turtles are released in the wild every year.

Adventures

1)      The Dolphin Swim Adventure: This costs about $194 (approximately) per person. The program includes complimentary admission ticket to the park as well as free transportation from hotels in the Waikiki area. The minimum age for this program is 8 years and no ‘child rate’ is available. The show is held daily at 10.15 am, 11.45 am, 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm.

The program gives a unique chance to swim with the dolphins. The visitor must have swimming ability. You can watch the dolphins swim beside you under the water and can even take pictures while the dolphin is kissing you! You can also grab and get a belly ride from a dolphin. Visitors are allowed to feed the dolphins under the instruction and supervision of the authority.

 

2)      The New Dolphin Royal Swim: This program costs $262 (approximately) per person. Complimentary admission tickets to the park and free transportation from hotels in Waikiki area are available with this program. There is no ‘child rate’ and the minimum age required is 8 years. Children between 8 to 12 years of age need to have an adult participation. The show timings are 9.30 am, 11.00 am, 1.45 pm and 3.15 pm daily.

It is the most extensive interaction that is done with the dolphins. Apart from the interactions done with the regular Dolphin Swim Adventure, there is something else that is more exhilarating activities that include a spectacular behaviour where two dolphins actually push the participant’s feet by lifting the man out of the water and also by giving a thrilling ride across the pool.

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3)      The Dolphin Encounter Program: The cost for each person in this program was $110 (approximately) in 2013. This cost includes the complimentary admission tickets to the park as well as free transport from the hotels in the Waikiki area. Children under the age of 3 years did not need tickets. But it is mandatory for children of ages between 3 to 7 years to have a paid adult accompanier. However the rates have changed for the year 2014, and have gone up to $126 per head and children under 3 years of age will now cost about $53.the time schedule for the program is 9.30 am, 11.00 am, 1.45 pm and 3.15 pm daily.

This program is about learning the intriguing world of the dolphins. The guests watch from a platform that is just waist deep. They get the chance of observing the dolphins while the wonderful creatures perform high energy Tricks. The dolphins kiss, play as well as dance with the participants too! There is something more for the participants who feel comfortable with the animals and are interested in getting closure. The program provides the opportunity to move the platform slightly deeper into the water.

 

4)      The Sea Lion Swim: the cost for this particular program is $105 (approximately) per person. This cost includes admission ticket to the park as well as free transport from the hotels in the Waikiki area. There is no separate rate available for children. The minimum age for participation is 8 years. The children between the ages of 8 to 12 years must be accompanied by a participating adult. The show is held daily at 10.00 as well as 11.30 in the morning.

The guests of this program get the unique chance to swim with a sea lion in a playful, educational as well as interactive surrounding. During the program the guest gets the opportunity to stroke a sea lion as the sea lion swims under the water. They not only receive a performance from the sea lion, but are awarded with a kiss from this wonderful creature of the ocean! The sea lions are well trained and the guest can even act as a trainer and learn the trick to communicate with the sea lion by using hand signals. The visitors can purchase pictures of the sea lions too.

 

Some Necessary Tips:

  • The dolphin interaction programs are very much popular. It results in selling out of tickets for weeks in advance during the busiest time of the year. If you are willing to visit the park in such busy times like school holidays, Christmas etc. it is recommended that you book your tickets as soon as possible!
  • You do not need any advanced reservations for admission to the park. Admission tickets are always available. But you need to reserve for the above mentioned programs.
  • Most of the visitors rent cars or just drive by themselves to the park. It is about a 30 minutes’ drive from Waikiki, but it may take longer during the period when the traffic flow is at its peak.
  • You can avail the free transport from Waikiki, which is complimentary with the program tickets, or just rent a car to reach the park.
  • The morning interaction programs have the pickup time between 8.30 am and 9.00 am, and the afternoon programs have the pickup time between 11.30 am and 12.00 pm from Waikiki.
  • The time schedules change occasionally, but such changes are mentioned at the time of prior booking.
  • If you are in a cruise ship in Honolulu you need to book tickets for an early afternoon session and the park authorities will arrange for a pick-up at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel.

People come to this place to enjoy the wonders that are offered by the sea. The kids are the ones who are most interested in various adventures. But the elder ones are seen to fall in love with the sea creatures as the get the chance to go really close to these animals.

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MOVING TO HAWAII WITH A DOG

Quarantine law in Hawaii once required that you quarantine your dog in Honolulu for up to 120 days. MOVING TO HAWAII WITH A DOG. This law has been changed and the change is known as the 5-Day or Less Program. Barring some constraints your dog can now be released within an hour of its arrival.

 

In order to qualify for the 5-Day or Less Program, it’s good to know Hawaii’s Animal Quarantine Law. It will save you time, disappointments, and money. In summary, these are the things you need to know based on the aforementioned law.

Vaccination

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During its lifetime, your dog must have been vaccinated twice for rabies. The vaccination must have been more than 30 days apart. The latest vaccination must be done 90 days before your dog’s arrival at Hawaii. Moreover, it must be done not later than the expiration date of the vaccine.

Blood Samples and Test

 

You must forward your dog’s blood samples drawn by your veterinarian, to an approved laboratory for an OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test. The results are valid for 3 years. After these results are received, 120 days must pass before your dog arrives in Hawaii. If your dog arrives before the full 120 days have elapsed, it will be disqualified from the “5-day or Less Program.”

Treatment for Ticks and Pests

 

Your dog must be treated for ticks and pests by a veterinarian, using an approved product such as Fipronil. The treatment must be recorded by the veterinarian in your dog’s health certificate. The treatment must be done within 14 days prior to arrival of the dog in Hawaii. In case there is evidence of infestation upon inspection of your dog at the station, it will be quarantined despite meeting all the other criteria.

Micro-Chip Prior to Arrival

 

Your dog must be micro-chipped prior to arrival. However, if the chip cannot be read, the dog will have to undergo a 120-day quarantine.

Documents

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The original of all documents have to be mailed to the Animal Quarantine Station at least 10 days in advance of your dog’s arrival in Hawaii. Fax and photocopies are not accepted. It is advisable, however, to keep copies for your own record.

Your Agent May Pick Up Your Dog

 

In case you are not traveling with your dog, you may designate someone as your agent to pick it up from the airport for you.  You can go about this in 2 ways:

 

  1. List your agent’s name on the notarized Form AQS-278 Dog and Cat Import Form and on the Shipmaster’s Declaration Form required by the airline.
  2. You may also submit a notarized letter stating that your dog may be released to a specific individual.

 

Moreover, if your dog is not released under the 5-Day or Less Program, it will be quarantined at the main Animal Quarantine Station in Halava Valley. It will cost you $224 if it stays between 0 and 5 days. Fees for additional days will be charged at $18.70 per day.

Animal Inspection Office Hours

 

The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It takes as long as an hour for your dog to be transferred from aboard the plane. So, it is advisable that you schedule its arrival in Honolulu at 3:30 p.m. In case of flight delays, you will not be able to take your dog home on the same day.

Fees

 

Fees are as follows:

 

Direct release of your dog at the airport…. $165.

5-day or Less Program…………………………… $224.

Full 120-day quarantine………………………… .$1,080.

 

Payment of fees can be processed upon arrival, but it is advisable to mail them together with the documents to avoid long waits. MOVING TO HAWAII WITH A DOG. To facilitate processing at the airport, cashiers check or money order may be sent more than 10 days prior to the arrival of your dog. Payment must be made in the exact amount and submitted with Form AQS-278 Dog and Cat Import Form.

For More Information

 

The Direct Airport Release Coordinator at Honolulu, Ms. Kelly Heiman, offered to answer queries and assist with the paper work free of charge. On March 12, 2013, she gave her phone number as (808)-446-1521 and email address: Kelly@westmauianimalclinic.com.

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WHAT IS THE COST OF LIVING IN HAWAII

WHAT IS THE COST OF LIVING IN HAWAII

Prices of Goods and Services

A CNBC report released on July 23, 2013, places Hawaii as the most expensive state in which to live in the USA. For comparison purposes, note the cost of the following basic items in Hawaii:

The average price of a home in Honolulu: $742,166.

The price for a half gallon of milk               : $3.41

The price for a pound of ground beef        : $3.99

The energy cost per month                           : $333.51

Cost of a visit to the doctor                           : $101.80

 

To have a general idea of the cost of living in Hawaii compared to other states, you need to look at the index for the whole of the USA. The usual base used in making comparisons is 100. That is the average for the entire country. Thus, an index higher than 100 means that the cost of living in the state is higher than the average for the USA. And an index lower than 100 means that the cost of living is lower.

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Based on the indices published by “Sperling’s Best Places”, overall the cost of living in Hawaii is 78% higher than the average at 178. Breaking down the index by elements comprising the cost of living, you will note that “Food” is 56% higher, Utilities 59% higher, and Miscellaneous 20% higher.

Cost of Living by Category

Now look at the nitty-gritty of the cost of living in Hawaii in terms of the components shown below.

Housing. It is an important factor in choosing Hawaii as the island state where you want to live. In 2012, if you rent an apartment or a house, it will cost you a minimum of $1,500 a month. If that is too high for you, you can find a studio apartment for around $1,000 a month. But that won’t do, if you have a family.

Buying a new home in Hawaii seems a better option. The prices of homes are still somewhat high, but they have gone down a lot over recent years. So if you are in a financial position where you can buy rather than rent, you will still be able to find a good deal. Currently, some homes go for hundreds of thousands of dollars less than they were a few years back.

 

Another option by which you can lower your housing cost is to search for a home in a less expensive neighborhood

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Utilities. The rent for some homes or apartments may include the price of your water consumption. But everything else will have to be borne by you. The Hawaiian Electric Company (HEC0) charges an average of 30 cents per kilowatthour (KWH). The highest rate is about 34 cents and the cheapest, 20 cents, in Molokai and Oahu, respectively.

 

Thus if you consume 600 KWH a month, your monthly bill will be between $120 to $180 approximately. This amount is not much higher than what people pay in the mainland. To cut the cost of your electric bill, you could consider living in Kailua or Kaneohe, or other such places where the climate is cooler. In that way, you will not need to turn on your air conditioner often during the day.

 

Food. The cost of groceries in Hawaii is very high because almost all the foods in the grocery stores come from the mainland. Moreover, grocers keep the food good and keep large inventories, thus raising their cost further. A gallon of milk in Hawaii will cost you $7, and a cheap loaf of bread, $3.

Cost-Cutting Tips

 

To cut down on your cost of food, you need to be creative in Hawaii.  Here are some tips:

 

  • Watch out for stuff on sale.
  • Buy locally produced foodstuff.
  • Go to the farmer markets for good deals on local produce.
  • Check out other places that usually offer good deals.
  • Grow your own food. Hawaii climate is perfect for planting a vegetable garden and fruit trees like papayas and mangoes.
  • Make your own bread.

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Moving to Hawaii Blog

If you are considering a move to Hawaii, there are many things that you need to consider. Moving to Hawaii Blog. Going to Hawaii certainly is a big draw for those that love the idea of a tropical paradise and you may be finally thinking of giving in and taking the plunge. This is a bigger move than moving from one city to another on the mainland. Even though Hawaii is part of the United States, it is made up of many diverse cultures. Although culture shock can be expected when moving around on the mainland, it won’t be as severe as you are likely to experience on a move to Hawaii.

Hawaii is a series of islands located in the Central Pacific Ocean and the islands offer such a variety of climates that there is sure to be one that can please everyone.

The first thing you need to do if you are contemplating a move to Hawaii is extensive research on several aspects of the Islands. For example, what are the employment opportunities in your chosen career? Although minimum wage is the same as it is on the mainland, the cost of living is much higher. A minimum wage job would not allow someone to even pay bills, so it would take two minimum wage jobs to make ends meet in the cheapest accommodations available. This is not an attempt to discourage you, rather and attempt to inform. Knowledge is power and it is always better to make an informed decision.

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Almost all of the items you will find in the grocery stores in Hawaii have to be shipped in from the mainland. Milk is currently costing 6 dollars a gallon and gasoline is over 4 dollars a gallon.

The biggest job markets in Hawaii are tourism and agriculture, but they are seeing growth in technology and engineering some companies are designing strategies to bring college students back to the islands after going to the mainland for college. Some jobs are beginning to open up in these areas. There are also the jobs associated with tourism, such as airport workers and workers on ships leaving and arriving in port.

Once you have explored the employment options, research all of the islands to discover what they offer in terms of jobs and housing.  Decide what kind of housing you are going be looking for and check the availability and price. Make some phone calls and talk to realtors in the area. They can give you the best leads. You need to know that Hawaii has several things we are not familiar with on the mainland, one of which is lava zones, of which there are 9, indicating the likelihood of a lava flow. This will affect the price of house insurance, as well as rental insurance.

Since Hawaii is a tropical area, you will also want to know that your house will likely have cockroaches regardless of how hard you try to keep it clean. It will probably depend on the area you choose, but you need to consider the possibility. If you are Caucasian, you will be a minority in Hawaii and you will most likely experience prejudice from some. Hawaii is also a community oriented state, so it will be a good idea for you to start getting to know your neighbors and participating in community activities. This will show your neighbors that you want to be a part of the community.

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You need to make plans about personal belongings you want to take, remembering that you cannot just drive a U Haul. Shipment will be extremely expensive, so you may want to consider selling your household furniture and larger items, as well as your car. Considering the expense of shipping these items it would probably be better for you to sell everything and replace items when you get to Hawaii. You also need to consider the expense of air fare and a long flight. If you are planning on taking a pet with you, it is necessary for you to register the pet with Hawaii Animal Quarantine Station, where your pet will be held for a minimum of five days to protect from bringing in rabies.

There are some things you should see personally before you make the move to Hawaii. It would be a really good idea to make a trip there before your move so that you can check out employment, housing and schools first-hand. If you have school age children it will help to meet the teachers and see the schools so that you can determine what school would best fit your child’s needs. If you find a school you like in an area you like, you might want to start looking for housing in that specific area. Good luck on your move.

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Moving to Hawaii From the Mainland

Many people have a dream of moving to a tropical paradise where things seem idyllic and there is warm weather, with beautiful beaches. Moving to Hawaii from the mainland sounds very exciting, but there are a lot of things mainlanders need to know before they consider such a move. There is a lot of research you will want to conduct before making them move. After all, who wants to make a big move like this only to decide it’s not for them. That could really be a bad life experience. The cost of moving to Hawaii from the mainland can be prohibitive, so make sure you do your homework. Remember that, if this move does not work out, you will have the added cost of moving back to the mainland from Hawaii. Moving to Hawaii From the Mainland.

 

Island Visit

The very first step for you to take is to actually visit the islands so that you can see for yourself what you will be getting into. Visit all of the islands and check employment and housing opportunities on each island. Personally check out the schools if you have school aged children who will be moving with you. Check out the grocery stores and products to see the prices you will be paying. You will find that, since most products have to be shipped to Hawaii from the mainland, food and other merchandise will be higher than you are used to paying. Keep notes during your visit about housing and rental prices. After your visit you may even have a job when you move. If not, at least you will have an idea of what kind of budget you will need when you move.

If, after your visit, you decide that this move is the one for you, there are certain steps you will need to take. If you have decided not to take the trip, you need to start out with the following steps:

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Employment

The largest job markets in Hawaii are tourism and agriculture. Tourism affects the hotel business, island tour providers, airport and shipping employees, as well as bars. The job market is also seeing some growth in technology and engineering and some companies have completed strategic planning to find initiatives that will encourage students who have left for school on the mainland to return after graduation.  Of course, there are minimum wage jobs available, but the cost of living is much higher in Hawaii than it is on the mainland. One example is a price tag of $6 for a gallon of milk. With the cost of housing, groceries and gasoline, a minimum wage job will not support you. It would take two minimum wage jobs for someone to be able to live in Hawaii, unless you want to work 80 hours a week.

Moving companies to from to Hawaii from the mainland does not have to be difficult, but you do need to check the business registry in Hawaii to make sure that there is not already a business there with the same name. Research the market so that you can discover how businesses of your type are doing in Hawaii. Find out if these businesses are successful or if they are struggling to stay afloat. You certainly do not want to risk your company going under if the move does not work out as planned.

 

Housing

Find a reputable realtor in Hawaii and work with him on searching for a house or apartment. If you know what island you are going to live on, his job will be easier. Although, you won’t be able to get a house until you know where you are going to work. If you end up going to Hawaii without finding a job first, you will need to budget for hotel stay, food and suitable transportation. Please do not go if you don’t have adequate funds for the stay because you certainly don’t want to be stuck with nowhere to stay.

 

Relocation Costs

The cost of relocating to Hawaii can be very expensive, but you can make it if you budget correctly. You will have to think about your household goods and your car. Shipping them to Hawaii can be very expensive so you will need to decide whether you want to go to the expense of shipping them or you want to sell them and replace the items when you get there. If you decide to ship your items, you will need to be moving containers from Hawaii to the mainland, and you can probably get them from a relocation company that is reputable. Research the companies and check out customer reviews to see what kind of rating they have.

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Moving a Pet from Hawaii to the Mainland

Also, if you have a dog moving from the mainland with you, you will need to register the dog with the Hawaii Quarantine Station. This is simply a step to ensure that the pet does not have rabies, and your pet will stay for five days. If no problem is found, your pet will be safely returned to you. A pet moving company can help you make sure that your pet is kept safe during the move. You can find a good one by researching the Internet.

 

Moving from Hawaii to Mainland Tips

Moving back to the mainland from Hawaii can be very stressful, especially if your dreams of living in Hawaii have been crushed. Again, you need to decide where you will be moving and whether or not employment in your career field is available. Find a good real estate agency to help you find housing. If you need a company to help moving from Hawaii to the mainland, Matson is a mover you might want to look into. Moving from Hawaii to the mainland with a pet only requires a health certificate no more than 10 days old and proof of a rabies vaccination. There are reputable pet movers that can make sure that your pet arrives at the destination safely. If you are moving furniture from Hawaii to the mainland, you will follow the same steps you took to move your furniture to Hawaii. Hire a reputable moving company that will ensure that your furniture arrives safely on the mainland. Again, you will have to decide if you are going to ship your car or sell it before you move.

Summary

Make your move a pleasant one, whether you are moving from the mainland to Hawaii or from Hawaii back to the Mainland. Do your research and figure out your budget limits. No matter how much planning you do, you need to expect and prepare for setbacks. If you are prepared for them, you will have a plan B to fall back on and you won’t feel so much shock. If Hawaii is your dream, think about the possibilities. Promise yourself that you are going to stay no matter what. Don’t run back to the mainland in a reflex action at the first setback. Work through it and make it work if you really want to stay. Some who moved to Hawaii, then returned to the mainland when things got difficult regret their decision to leave Hawaii.

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5 Star Hotels in Hawaii

A large variety if accommodation is available in the Hawaii islands, which includes hotels, vacation rentals, condominium resorts as well as luxury resorts. The cost of lodging varies greatly, depending on the type of accommodation that you choose. It is obvious that the cost for luxury hotels and resorts will be pretty high. 5 Star Hotels in Hawaii.

There are people who come to this place in search of the beauty that nature has to offer, but in such a way that they are not forced to deprive themselves from the comforts of the modern life in the process. The 5 star hotels are the best to maintain the fine balance of living a fully equipped comfortable life and nature’s lap.

Among many of the 5 star hotels that are in the Hawaii Islands, some are being discussed here.

The Wailea Beach Villas

The Wailea Beach Villas is a Classic luxury type hotel that was built in the year 2006 and was remodelled in 2011. It is located on the island of Maui, which itself is a magical place. The Wailea Beach Villas is awarded with the distinction of Maui’s best hotels that have the most exclusive beachfront. The hotel is situated in between the championship golf courses, some world class spas and some celebrity chef restaurants of Maui. The wailea Beach Villas also have a private sanctuary that is secured behind the gates. If you are staying at the Wailea Beach Villas, you are going to enjoy extensive tropical oasis of waterfalls and beautiful garden blooming with flowers and at the same time the quiet paths that lead to the most wonderful Wailea beach.

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This hotel is obviously meant for those who are privileged and at the same time highly pampered. The hotel consists of 98 suites that are designed exquisitely and similarly furnished. The multimillion dollar villas are there to allow the guests in having a luxurious lifestyle while they are on a vacation. The ultra luxurious pent house suites and villas are of great size, almost up to 3,100 square feet and they feature a great room that have an open floor plan which is comprised of a living room, gourmet kitchen dining area and is also embellished with a coffee bar. The entertainment becomes perfect with the privet lanai along with Viking barbecue grill. Every luxurious bedroom consists of an opulent master or semi private bath which is serviced two times a day by the personal housekeeping attendant.

The Wailea Beach Villas is so perfect at what it provides that the readers of magazine named Conde` Nast Traveler chose to include this hotel in their magazine’s Gold list for the year 2013 to be one of the best places to stay in the whole world. Not only this, the Wailea Beach Villas is among the top 20 Resorts in the Hawaii Islands and at the same time one of the Top 100 hotels in the United States of America.

The St. Regis Princeville

The St. Regis Princeville resort was formerly known in the name of the Princeville Resort. It is situated majestically at the top of Kauai’s cliffs that is lush like emerald. It is a Classic luxury type hotel that was build in the year 1985 and was remodelled in the year 2009. This indicates that the hotel’s structure is a bit vintage type along with modern amenities that was provided when it was remodelled. The hotel holds it court over the crystal clear waters, bright silvery sands along with the golden sunsets. Together these make a palatial landmark made of exclusive marbles along with glass that is set against the mind stunning Nomolokama Mountains. While staying in this hotel you will discover yourself amidst the vibrant tropical colours. You are also sure to find wonderful inspiration for your body as well as soul in the golf courses that is absolutely world class. The adventures of the rainforest and sea, the culture of the Hawaiian Islands, fine dining and the exclusive spa which are the signature marks of the St. Regis Princeville that waits to welcome you with grace.

The features that make the hotel exceptionally luxurious include 252 rooms that are extremely lavish, with elegant details that define this island’s native sophistication. You can enjoy the scenes of spectacular sunrises through the huge windows and get yourself indulged in original art, oversized bath tub as well as liquid crystal shower.

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is another Classic luxury type of hotel that was built in the year 1990 and was remodelled in 2006. It is a luxurious resort with 602 rooms and is recognised by some of the most respected publications dealing with travel, to be one of the beat resorts of the world. This hotel is elegant and the same time very casual, which enables it to capture the classic and timeless essence of the Hawaii Islands.

The open air walkways those open to the courtyards and lush gardens blooming with tropical flowers makes a wonderful blend with the nature. The architecture of the hotel is a reminiscent of Hawaii ages back to the period of 1920’s and 1930’s that has successfully created a romantic aroma of the place. You can spend your time by enjoying golf on the championship golf course. You can recharge your body at the spa or take a swim in the pools. Dining at the award winning restaurants is sure to satisfy your taste buds. You can choose between having adventures that are packed with actions or you can relax blissfully or just play on the sandy beaches while your kids can enjoy themselves at the Camp Hyatt. Whatever you do, you are sure to find a small piece of paradise here.

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The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua

The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua is also a Classic luxury hotel that was built in 1992 and remodelled in 2008. The hotel features 463 guest rooms which include 107 single and double bedroom residential suites, six restaurants, a recently modified spa and two championship golf courses.

The stay in this hotel will undoubtedly provide you with the warmth and pampering that you are want.

The Turtle Bay Resort

The Turtle Bay Resort is another wonderful place that will make your stay extraordinarily enjoyable. The resort has near about 5 miles of beachfront that includes the extremely beautiful Kawela Bay as well as the Turtle Bay. The resort is only 45 minutes away from the highly energetic Honolulu. The guests staying here the tranquillity of nature of the lifestyle of the North Shore and at the same time the spectacular views of the ocean. The most popular destinations of Hawaii, like the Polynesian Cultural Centre, is just a minute’s distance from the hotel. The unique position of the hotel results in offering all the 375 luxury guest rooms, 26 suites as well as 42 cottages in the beach with unparallel views of the mighty Pacific Ocean.

 The Turtle Bay Resort has two beautifully landscaped pools, tennis courts, two championship golf courses, horseback riding, a surfing school, mountain bike and hiking trails, world class dining as well as shopping facilities.

Besides the hotels that are mentioned here, you can get information about more 5 star hotels in Hawaii islands as you search for them on the internet.

The Modern Honolulu

The Modern Honolulu Hotel is a new one, built in the year 2010. This hotel provides its guests with a refreshingly new as well as laid back experience. The understated elegance and service has already earned the acclamation for its design and service in 2010 itself. 5 Star Hotels in Hawaii.

The Modern Honolulu Hotel has 353 guestrooms which are very stylish and are highlighted by spectacular views of the ocean and the glittering skyline of the city. Some of the guestrooms have private terrace.  This hotel is the home to Iron Chef Morimoto’s new restaurant ‘Morimoto Waikiki’. You can enjoy eating in the room or can dine out at the Morimoto Waikiki. The hotel has arrangements for lending iPad to the guests. You can take short walk to the famous Waikiki beach where various adventures will welcome you. You can also spend some time at the Ala Moana Centre and enjoy shopping.

Andaz Maui at Wailea

The Andaz Maui hotel at Wailea is a classic luxury type hotel that was built in the year 2013. It escapes to the breathtaking shores of the Hawaii Island that are kissed by the sun. The Andaz Maui hotel is located in the community of luxury resorts on the shores of Maui which is crescent shaped. You are sure to experience high level services, wonderful guestrooms and residential type villas. In addition to these there are world class restaurants where the culture, style and ambience of the tropical island of Hawaii is reflected. The golf courses are well manicured, availability of excellent shops, restaurants, outdoor adventures and water sports will satisfy you during your stay here.

Hilton Hawaiian Village

The Hilton Hawaiian Village is a place that is in Waikiki Beach Resort, located in the widest stretch of beach in Waikiki. Just imagine about the waterfalls, lush tropical gardens, wonderful wildlife and the artwork that you will find in this hotel. There are over 20 restaurants where you can dine. All types of water sport and outdoor activities that attract the guests are available in the Andaz Maui hotel. The services provided by the hotel will make your vacation a memorable one.

The Royal Hawaiian

Of all the hotels in the Hawaii, the Pink Palace of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel has been the icon of romance and luxury for more than 75 years. The Pink Palace was built in the year 1927. It is the dream destination for honeymooners or anyone who wants elegance of the olden days. All of the 528 rooms and suites are absolutely unique and possess the extraordinary combination of old world luxury and modern comforts. Each room of the Royal Tower comes with a lanai that provides private vantage point on the extensive ocean.

The hotel is a historic building where you will find elegant furnishing which include Queen Anne style writing table and four poster bed. The chefs of the Royal Hawaiian hotel devote equal attention to preparation and presentation of the food in such a way that every meal is turned into a memorable experience. A fine dining destination of the hotel, known as the Surf Room showcases continental classics as well as contemporary Hawaiian cuisines for which the basic inspiration is drawn from the daily bounty of the ocean and the ingredients that are grown locally.

You can find many other hotels in Hawaii because of its tourism sector. However, the above mentioned hotels have been long established on these islands and are really good at what they do.

 

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Living In Hawaii | Pros and Cons of Hawaii

Any person who has seen the pictures of the Hawaii islands or has been to this place is sure to be enamoured with the features that are very much like paradise. The overall life in the island is peaceful as compared to the noisy and congested city. Hawaii is an amazing place for living if you are ready to enjoy different world cultures, ocean activities, warm weather, exploring ecosystems that are unique and lastly love being surrounded by wonderful scenery. Living In Hawaii | Pros and Cons of Hawaii.

Tips to live a smooth life in Hawaii

  • You must learn how to pronounce Hawaiian street names.
  • Most of the locals speak in a different version of English which is known as Pidgin and it will take you a while to get used to the language.
  • The Hawaii Islands do not have Daylight Saving Time.
  • The place has a smoking law which was created on November 16th, 2006. The law states that you are not allowed to smoke in places 20 feet from any public doorway, open ventilation of a building, or any partially closed spaces (like overhangs or roofs).
  • You can smoke in places less than 20 feet from a doorway if the business of the place is closed.
  • If you are addicted to concerts or events of similar types, keep in mind that your favourite events or concerts will be available here very rarely.
  • Keeping pets is something that’s difficult and expensive.

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Pros:

  • The ocean: The ocean is to be seen everywhere you go. Various ocean activities like scuba, surf, spearfish, snorkel, water ski awaits the people living here. The ocean water is warm (about 75 degrees) all the year round, which make the place full of enjoyment round the calendar. The best beaches are to be found on the north shore at the Sunset beach and Waimea. These beaches have really giant waves during the winter. If you want to go to a beach without giant waves, the Kailua or the Lanikai beach can be the right choice. The white sand of the beaches is wonderful too.
  • The mountains are beautiful and best to hike: the Koolau mountain range is truly beautiful. There are some other places where you can hike, amongst them Kailua is the best.
  • The Aloha: It is hard to describe the Aloha, but it is actually the lifestyle, kindness as well as the friendliness of the people residing in Hawaii, which is absolutely incredible.
  • Comfort: It is the tropical paradise, but it is America too! This simply means that you are able to avail almost all comforts that you may need.
  • The food in the Hawaii islands is really good. The availability of fresh fish and other sea food is something that is extremely attractive.
  • The absence of insanely cold winters or natural calamities like tornadoes or earthquakes makes the place safe to live.
  • The few crimes those are seen to happen here are far less violent than those of the mainland.
  • The bus system is excellent in Oahu. If you take the bus to travel to different places it will help you to cut down your costs on gas.

Cons

The slow pace of life: Sometimes the pace of life seems to be a little too slow and it becomes a big problem for those who are from the mainland.

The bureaucracy: The government in the Hawaii Island seems to be really slow in its activities.

Oahu is really small: Oahu is a really small place. You will get bored easily if you do not try to actively seek activity.

Higher shipping cost: Oahu is an island and so, shipping things to this place is costlier than the mainland.

The rain: Being a tropical place the amount of rainfall is always high. Sometimes it starts to rain just for few minutes on a very sunny day, while there are sunny breaks between the heavy downpours.

Slow traffic: The traffic is really bad into as well as out of the town especially at the beginning and the ending of the workday.

Distance from the mainland: The place being too far from the mainland needs long plane ride to get to the mainland.

Limited freshwater: Being an island, the availability of freshwater is limited. You cannot afford to waste it.

Limited jobs: The place is not the ideal place with matters related to jobs. Job opportunities are not very good as a small island do not get the chance to develop much business other than tourism.

Limited housing market: More people desire to live in Hawaii which in turn pushes the prices high up. If you have a budget that is limited it is surely going to be hard for you to find a home that will fit in everything that you want.

High cost of living: The cost of living in the Hawaii islands is really very expensive as compared to the other 49 states of the USA. It can be compared to that of the costs in cities like San Francisco or New York City San Francisco.

Consumer items cost more: As almost all consumer items are shipped from the mainland, it adds to the cost of those items. Milk costs about $6 per gallon and gas costs $4.24 per gallon.

Limited scope for live entertainment: If you live in Hawaii, it is going to take long time before a band of your choice come to the place for their shows. There is no good news for sports fans.

The insects: The warm tropical climate is paradise for insects. Termites and cockroaches are the major problems, leaving all the other insects that thrive here.

Other hazards that accompany the tropical climate: The wind which always blow in the salty sea air results in having rust, mould, mildew, dry rot and oxidation problems.

The poisonous toads: The Hawaii Island is the place where a poisonous toad called Bufo lives. This toad is extremely poisonous and is a real threat for dogs. Yearly, up to 50 dogs die because of these toads.

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These are few of the important pros and cons, obviously depending upon your lifestyle some other things might become a disadvantage and/or advantage for you – but that’s for you to find out. Let’s have a look at some other important aspects of life in Hawaii.

Population

Different studies show that the population of Hawaii has seen a huge increase in its population. But it has been steady from 2000 – 2010 and according to US Census Bureau the population increase was at 12.3%. The increase in population is mostly attributed to the migration of different people towards the islands. The Bureau also disclosed the figures of year 2013 standing at 1,374,810 making it the 40th largest population of the country. The projections show that the population will increase to 1.42 million by 2015 and by 2020 to reach 1.48 million people. This would be an increase of 7.2% from the current population of the island.

Ethnicity of people is spread over people coming from different places and belonging to different races of the world. According to the figures of 2010 among the people living in Hawaii consisted Whites (24.7%), Asians (36.8%), Blacks (1.6%), Native Hawaiians and other islanders (10.0%), Other races (1.2%) and 23.6% Multiracial. Among all the ethnicities, Asians are the fastest growing population of the islands.

Crime Rate in Hawaii

The index crime rate of Hawaii hit the record low figures in the year 2011. In total 47,340 Index Crimes were reported in the state of Hawaii which translates into the rate of 3,443 crimes per 100,000 resident population. The violent index crime rate was at 3.8% making it one of the quite safe states in the US whereas the only major crime in Hawaii has always been related to Property making it one of the five states with most property related crimes.

Mortgage Rates and Rents in Hawaii

The mortgage rate differs from lender to lender. For 30 year FRM it is 4.53% (National: 4.51%), 15 year FRM it is 3.54% (National: 3.5%), 5/1 year ARM it is 3.29% (National: 3.15%). Obviously, these figures keep fluctuating every now and then but they are good enough to give a decent picture of the mortgage rates.

Moving on to rents, you might have heard that living in Hawaii is not really cheap and it is indeed true nowadays. Rents are normally quite high in the islands but they still differ from one place to another but Honolulu seems to take the lead. If you’re considering to living in Hawaii you should have at-least $1500-$2500 in mind for rent. You may find an apartment in Oahu for $1000-$1200 so it depends upon the place and the locality itself. Whatever you choose rents take a bigger part of your salary check than other items in Hawaii. On average, 3-bedroom apartment could cost you around $4000 in rent. Therefore, it’s an important factor that should be kept in mind before moving to Hawaii.

Fresh Vegetables and Fruits

Hawaii is home to many fresh grown vegetables and fruits which are obviously great for your health. Obviously some of them are seasonal while others are available year-round. Cabbage, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Ginger, Green beans, Scallions/Green onions, Lettuce, Herbs, Limes, Luau (Taro Leaf), Mushrooms, Bananas, Ohi’a’ai (mountain apples), Mangoes, Melons, Lychees, Hearts of palm, Corn, Celery, Carrots , Avocados, Tomatoes, Taro, Oranges, Radishes, Onions, Papayas, Pineapples, Rambutans, Starfruit, Squash, Tangerines, Sweet peppers, Sweet potatoes, Zucchini Blossoms and Zucchini are produced in Hawaii. Now that’s quite a lot of vegetables and fruits even used for daily purposes that is available in its pure form to enjoy.

Hawaiian Cuisine

Hawaiian Cuisine is quite diverse and a combination of different foods brought by different cultures coming from various backgrounds particularly of American, Japanese, Filipinos, Chinese, Polynesian, Koreans and Portuguese regions. Some popular Hawaiian dishes include Lomi Salmon, Poi, Tuna Poke, Kimchi, Oven Kalua Pork, Chicken Char Siu, Chicken and Port Adobo, Hawaiian Bread.

Obviously, the islands is also to some really delicious drinks. Here are some of them; Mai Tai, Pina Colada, Blue Hawaii, Lava Flow, Lava Pit, Lava, Hawaiian Margarita, Haupia, Kona Coffee-Tini, Clipper-Tini, Chi and Mac Nut Martini.

Popular Events

Hawaii is not that calm when it comes to different events and is home to some of the prominent and popular events of the world. Let’s have a look at them:

  • Hyundai Tournament of Champions – The event occurs in early January almost every year in Kapalua, Maui. It’s a great event for golf lovers. This prestigious event is held among the previous champions. Now that would be certainly interesting to watch.
  • Sony Open in Hawaii – Organized in early to mid-January at Waialae Country Club – Honolulu, Oahu this event attracts around 144 of the greatest world champions. Since 1999, the event has raised as much as $8 million for different non-profit organizations and is regarded one of the biggest charity event.
  • Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival – Organized at Waimea – The Big Island in early February is quite a popular event for over 18 year olds that celebrates the blooming of the area’s historic cherry trees with a “hanami” or “cherry blossom” event.
  • Honolulu Festival – Occurs every year in early March in Honolulu, Oahu and promotes the blend of different cultures that include Pacific, Asian and Hawaiian cultures of the islands.
  • Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament – A very popular event happening for more than 50 years that is organized at Kona Coast, the Big Island in mid-August every year. The tournament is also known as the “Grandfather of All Big Game Fishing Tournaments” and attracts some of the best anglers in the world.
  • Ironman World Championship – Organized at Kailua-Kona, the Big Island in the month of October every year it is one of the most popular event in the world and Hawaii for triathlete enthusiasts. The event is really exciting with around 1,800 triathletes coming to compete from different parts of the world. The part where an average Joe gets to compete with the best ones is what makes this event quite unique and attractive.

These are some of the top events that occur on the islands every year but that’s not it. Some other well-known events that are organized throughout the year include:

  • Kauai Orchid & Art Festival (in end March at Hanapepe, Kauai)
  • Celebration of the Arts (in early April at Kapalua, Maui)
  • Merrie Monarch Festival (in early April at the Big Island)
  • East Maui Taro Festival (in late April at Hana, Maui)
  • King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade (in early June at Honolulu, Oahu)
  • King Kamehameha Day Celebration (in early June at North Kohala, the Big Island)
  • Makawao Parade & Rodeo (in early July at Makawao, Maui)
  • Bayfest (in mid-July at Oahu)
  • Heiva I Kauai Iaorana Tahiti (in early August at Kapaa, Kauai)
  • Queen Lili’uokalani Outrigger Canoe Race (in early September at Kailua-Kona, the Big Island)
  • Okinawan Festival (in early September at Kapiolani Park, Waikiki – Oahu)
  • Aloha Festivals Floral Parade (in late September at Honolulu, Oahu)
  • Maui Marathon (in late September at Kahului to Ka‘anapali, Maui)
  • Maui Fair (in early October at Maui)
  • Molokai Hoe Canoe Race (in mid-October at Molokai/Waikiki, Oahu)
  • Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival (in early November at Waikoloa Beach Resort, the Big Island)
  • Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (in mid-November to mid-December at North Shore, Oahu)
  • Honolulu Marathon (on 2nd Sunday in December at Honolulu, Oahu)
  • ASP World Tour – Pipeline Masters (in early December at North Shore, Oahu)
  • Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Memorial (beginning December to end February at Waimea Bay, North Shore, Oahu)
  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration (New Year’s Eve at Honolulu, Oahu)

Education in Hawaii

Hawaii some pretty good private as well as public schools in different areas. The four largest private schools include Punahou School, ʻIolani School, Mid-Pacific Institute and Kamehameha Schools. United States’ second and Hawaii’s first Buddhist school was opened back in 2003, Pacific Buddhist Academy whereas the Kanu O Ka Aina New Century Charter School is the first native controlled public charter school.

For tertiary education many students enrol into University of Hawaii which is the largest university of the state. Some private universities are also found which include Hawaii Pacific University, Brigham Young University–Hawaii, Wayland Baptist University and Chaminade University of Honolulu. A large number of students also move to other states for tertiary education or even to different countries.

Conclusion

All in all, like every other thing in the world Hawaii is no different and obviously while it has some of the greatest things to enjoy from cuisines to events to drinks and the fresh fruits and vegetable – it also has some downsides. Therefore, depending upon how you want to spend your life and your lifestyle for some people it can be a great destination for vacations while for others it might even become their new home. It takes time to adapt to Hawaii and its culture but many people who do so don’t like the idea of leaving the island to move to any other state or country.

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Best Jobs in Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii, is a dream destination for many, but not all get to actually live that dream. The actual translation of “Honolulu” is “Sheltered Bay”. Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii, and is the largest city in the islands. In 1959, Hawaii officially became a state and the tourist boom was officially on the road in Hawaii, where tourism is now the principal industry.

Those who are considering a move to Honolulu need to know something about the job market there and the best jobs that might be available. You also must be aware of the fact that Honolulu is the most expensive city in the United States. It is estimated that it would take two minimum wage jobs to  just barely make it if you lived in Honolulu. Not to be discouraged, though, because you can make it happen if you really want to. Just do your homework, checking on job opportunities and find the dream job that will take you to the beautiful island city of Honolulu.

When the work day is over, the beaches and scuba diving, snorkeling and surfing are just minutes away for your enjoyment.

Past Occupations

At one time, European fishermen came to Hawaii where whaling was the big occupation on the islands. Fishing was the staple for native Hawaiians about a hundred years ago. Coffee plantations have been on the island for over 100 years. The foundation of Hawaiian life was farming, with planters and farmers being at the core of Hawaii’s political arena. Owning land put one in the aristocracy and farmers had status and political power.

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Agriculture

Sugar cane and papaya plantations were and still are agricultural jobs on the islands. Bananas, coconuts, macadamia nuts and orchids are big industries on the island. Also located on the Big Island is the largest cattle ranch in the United States, as well as one of the largest in the world. If you are into farming or ranching, this might be a good area for you to look into. Coffee is still a big producer in Hawaii. The first coffee mill is still in operation and is currently in need of a gardener. Seed crops, especially seed corn, are now Hawaii’s most farmed product. Several places are looking for agricultural development interns in Honolulu. These are great entry level positions for those interested in the agricultural industry.

Tourism

The tourism industry opens up jobs in several areas, including the food industry, with jobs as  servers, cooks, waiters/waitresses, and bartenders.

Hotels need bellhops and reservations clerks, as well as cleaning crews. They also need drivers for limo services to shuttle guests to and from the airport.

Tourist guides and tour bus drivers are always needed, but one would have to become very familiar with the island for these jobs.

Spas and resorts hire people for massages and waitressing. Pedicurists and manicurists can also find employment in these areas.

Landscaping

Homeowners and businesses are always hiring landscapers and gardeners to keep their yards looking beautiful. Along with landscaping, there are current openings for tree trimmers and irrigation technicians. Companies need plant nursery workers and the Dole plantation is actually looking for a Landscape supervisor.

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Nanny

Nanny positions are available in several places in Honolulu, and these positions usually offer live-in positions, with meals provided.

Airports

Airports hire reservation clerks, baggage handlers, pilots and stewards/stewardesses. Airport security personnel are always needed, as well as air traffic controllers. Taxi drivers and drivers for limo services offered at the airport, or airport shuttle drivers who take passengers from gate to gate are also employment options.

Several of the jobs mentioned in the previous paragraphs include some of the top ten growing jobs in Honolulu. Other jobs listed in the top 10 include:

  • Educators
  • Musicians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Financial Managers

Fast Growth Industries

There are more than twenty companies associated with Archeology because of Hawaii’s rich history. The Hawaiian government also hires anthropologists and archeologists to trace DNA paths throughout the islands.

There are also employment opportunities in aquaculture, which is the production of food in water, without making use of any soil. According to reports, there are more aquaculture jobs in Honolulu than in any other state.

The education field needs teachers, aides and administrators, as well as researchers and curriculum developers.

Transportation is another important growing industry, with goods being shipped from the mainland or other places into Hawaii. Ship workers are needed, as well as truck drivers and semi drivers to deliver goods.

Jobs in the engineering and research fields are growing in Hawaii, and there is a need for technicians and engineers.

Careers in Honolulu

37% of careers in Honolulu are the management, professional and related occupations. Sales and office occupation compose 29% of the work force and about 69% of workers work for different companies. Government workers compose about 20% of Honolulu’s work force. 7% of the population is self-employed. If you own a business and want to move it to Honolulu, make sure you do your research by checking the business registry to ensure that there is not already a business of the same name. You also will want to be sure your business is one that can be successful in Honolulu.

Of course, doctors and dentists are always needed and they need receptionists and nurses and dental technicians.

There are also positions for day care and summer camp workers to help with children. These places need teachers and teacher’s aides, as well as camp counselors.

Leading Industries

The leading industries in Honolulu include Educational industrious, along with health care and social service industries. After these come arts, entertainment and recreation. Tourists love to go to luaus and bars with entertainment.

Conclusion

Honolulu is on the glorious and tropical Hawaiian Islands, but please do not let your desire to live in a tropical paradise blind you to some stark realities. In other words, check employment opportunities carefully before you actually make the move. A good idea might be to visit Honolulu personally and spend a week doing research on jobs and available housing. Housing is very expensive in Honolulu, but the wages are not really that different from wages on the mainland. While an individual can live in certain areas on the mainland with just a minimum wage, that will not be easy in Honolulu. If you are going to make the move, first lay a solid foundation because you do not want to go there, only to have to return to the mainland in disappointment. The purpose of this article is not to discourage people, merely to give some good common sense advice, no matter where you plan to move.

There are some great job opportunities in Honolulu and places are hiring good people. There is currently a push by places like IT and other industries that are launching campaigns to draw college graduates from the mainland, and also to bring back Hawaiians who left for jobs on the mainland. Industries are on the economic up rise in Honolulu, and there are certainly job opportunities in some high paying fields. There are even colleges that will train workers for certain industries. Go find your dream job now.

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Kamaaina, Hawaii Where Any Job Can be a Dream Job

When you are getting ready to make a move to a new place, it is always important to know something about your soon to be new home. If you are moving from the mainland to Hawaii, it might be even more important to learn some facts about the Big Island. The history of the word, “Kamaaina” is very interesting. The actual translation is “Child of the land”, and is used to refer to those who live on the island. Descendants of the early missionaries wanted a name to call themselves that would distinguish them from others as island natives. The term Kamaaina only referred to people of families who arrived on the island before 1880. The literal translation of the word is, “I am a child of that which feeds me.” Another interesting fact is that, in Hawaii, store owners give discounts to people who are “Kamaaina”.

Education

Job opportunities in Kamaaina will vary, of course, at any given time. Currently, Kamaaina Kids, which started out as a summer camp, is now a daycare/preschool provider and they are looking for teachers and teacher’s aides, as well as program coordinators. Local schools need teachers, administrators and aides. There are also colleges looking for professors to teach certain courses. Libraries need staff members, and other members of this field include museum curators and staff, and archivists. Colleges offer opportunities for professors and tutors, as well.

Technical and Innovative Research

The largest category of employment types on the island has been in the food service category. However, in recent months, according to a report by David G Watumull, opportunities in innovation industries are flourishing. Research and development in these companies are increasing and these innovation companies are using strategic planning to devise ways to draw Hawaiians who left for jobs on the mainland back to the Big Island. Technology and life science employment opportunities are actually drawing people back to the island from the mainland.

Government Jobs

Government jobs are also available on the islands and you can visit government job opportunities websites on the Internet. On these sites, you will be able to search available jobs and apply online.

Tourist Industry

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The tourist industry is understandably huge in Hawaii, causing the need for tourist guides and hotel personnel. Travel companies plan and set up trips for tourists on the islands. Food service, of course, plays an important role in the tourist trade.

Office and Administrative Support

Jobs in this type of market include communication equipment operators, clerks, secretaries, tellers and emergency dispatchers.

Food Service

                Jobs in the food service industry include bartenders, waitresses, cooks, servers and counter personnel. Everybody needs to eat and with the usual job turnaround in the food service industry, there should always be employment opportunities there.

Sales

A lot of real estate moves in Hawaii, and there are jobs in real estate as brokers and agents. Sales and promotion are also possible employment opportunities. There are retail sales people, advertising and promotion jobs, and more.

Transportation and Material Moving

In the airline industry there are needs for pilots, stewardesses, airport personnel, security and baggage handlers. With the great tourist industry, there is a need for bus drivers, not only for public transportation in the cities, but for transporting tourists to their desired tour locations. Semi drivers work on the island, as well as ship engineers and employees to working at the shipping docks.

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Animation Careers

The Hawaii Film Office provides a list of animation and production studios for prospective animators. There are also several four year colleges that offer degrees in animation.

Improving Job Market

Information Technology job opportunities have been increasing over the last couple of years. These job opportunities are expected to triple by 2014, which is just around the corner. Jobs in the health industry are also on the rise, with expectations that the increase in employment opportunities will continue into 2018. Employment opportunities in the shipping industry are also on a steady increase.

Green Jobs

                There are 779 Green training programs currently available in Hawaii. These programs are offered by 33 different providers. Green jobs include jobs in agriculture, manufacturing and research and development. These jobs are designed to help keep the environment safe by preserving what is left and attempting to restore what has been destroyed.

Kamaaina Careers

                Kamaaina Careers was founded in 1998, with the purpose of helping Hawaiian employers find and recruit employees. Their main objective is to recruit from colleges and universities on the mainland and to lure former Hawaiian residents back to fill job positions.

Telecommute Jobs

With this technological world in which we live, there are always opportunities to work from the comfort of your own home. When you search for jobs of this type, be sure to fully research sites. Places that ask you for money are ones you should probably avoid. There are many legitimate work- at- home opportunities that do not charge you for job leads. Many businesses are discovering that it is cheaper for them to hire people who work for them online. Online job opportunities include administrative support, data entry, medical transcription, research and writing. There is no end to the types of legitimate jobs that you can do from home. If someone promises you will get rich, stay away from them because most of these jobs will not bring you wealth.

Business Owners

                If you own your own business and want to move it to Kamaaian, check first with the registry of businesses to see if there is a business of the same name already there.

If you are planning a move, one of the first steps you should probably take is to contact a job recruiter for the islands. Their job is specifically to recruit workers for employers on the islands. You may have to pay a fee for some of these recruiters, but many times, the employer pays a fee to find you. That means the service is free to you, the job seeker. Hawaii is definitely a dream place to live and work, but the key is to find a job that you will love. Maybe you want to live in Hawaii and are willing to just take any job that will pay your bills.

However, as you have learned in this article, there are so many different industries in Hawaii actively seeking employees. Many jobs will only pay minimum wage to ten dollars and hour. Even though the wages are not as high, housing is high, especially compared to the mainland. Just think about getting off work and being able to relax at the beach or go surfing or scuba diving.

Get on the Internet and begin your search for your dream job in Hawaii. Do not make decisions without carefully researching every angle. Hopefully, you will have a job before you make your move. You should also look into the housing situation to see if you can at least have a good idea of the housing market and how much you can expect to spend for the type of housing you want. You need to consider the expense of shipping your household and personal items, as well as your vehicle.

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Safe and sound: how to ship your car right to Hawaii.

10 Top Universities and Colleges in Hawaii hillo Safe and sound: how to ship your car right to Hawaii.Shipping cars all the way to Hawaii – an exotic fairy island located pretty far from shore may not look so easy at first, but don’t worry about the whole situation. Shipping goods that include also popular transportation vehicles has become very simple, leaving only few steps to follow in order to unravel the solution to your needs. So here what’s necessary to consider when thinking about how your car will get carried away on the seas.

Search the Best Sitter for Your Car

A trip on the sea can be very unpredictable even for humans not taking into account objects that are highly exposed to damage, so it is advised to look for the best shipping company to safely transport, and deliver, your values. For that, a bit of a research will only do better to your needs. If finding a company near your current location is raising difficulties then some online help is worth giving a try. It’s even better because you can easily take a glance at available reviews which are extremely effective in balancing your opinions. Compare prices and services then decide which company fulfils your goals. There are many businesses which have specialized services on car shipping to Hawaii, offering a wide range of available ‘harbours’ like Honolulu, Hilo, Kahului, Kaunakakai and the list goes on.

Search for Valuable Services

Make sure you know what you’re paying for. Read carefully all the information as some companies include extra costs for several services. It is highly recommended having a phone conversation with a customer service agent to establish terms of your contract. Generally, vehicles are transported individually inside special containers, protecting them from external factors that could damage parts of the car so remember to mention this to you contractors. Take a final safety measure by selecting a Marine Shipping Insurance as most of the companies don’t take responsibility for any damage. Usually trusted companies that specialize in shipping cars to or out of Hawaii offer this extra service in time of signing the contract making sure clients are deeply welcomed with their services.

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Take Care of Final Preparations

In order to finish the process in a proper way, there are several details you should pay attention to before transferring car to the shipping company. Most of the times a complete cargo can take 3 to 4 weeks to reach destination, so be aware about that. Next, if your car is currently on lease, you have to contact leasing company to let them know you’re shipping the car. When transferring the car you have to leave the keys, vehicle registration and title and owner’s authorization plus an ID photo. Along with these you have to make sure you transfer your car in working conditions and only with less than half of fuel in your tank. These are general requirements from companies involved with car shipping, if wisely paying attention to those details you will certain have no problems in shipping your car to Hawaii. It’s only just few clicks away.

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The Price of Paradise – Is The Cost Of Living In Hawaii Worth The Stay?

According to CNN Money © researchers calculated the cost of living on the mainland vs. living in paradise – Honolulu, HI and what they found was this:

If your annual salary is $10,000 living in Northern California, you can expect it to be $14,828 in Honolulu, HI doing the same type of job. The price differences you can expect are as follows:

Groceries                   48%more

Housing                    91%more

Utilities                      47%more

Transportation        17%more

Health Care              7%more

While I have never been to Hawaii, I can imagine the beauty of it must be breathtaking! Would I move there if the opportunity presented itself? My answer in a flash is, “Absolutely Yes!” To have the opportunity to see the cultural diversity in this Polynesian Paradise, beauty everywhere you go as far as the eye can see, to experience the Hawaiian traditions first-hand, and see how they are used in everyday living Hawaiian Style, to smell the exotic scents and view the flora and fauna in Hawaii’s unique ecosystem, to feel the Aloha Spirit expressed by the community and its residents, and having so many more options on what to do with my free time… all of this plus so much more makes the opportunity an inviting and welcome change for many.

Similarly, in 1997 I moved from my home in Northern California to Valdez, AK. The climates are worlds apart and opposing to one another in every way you can imagine, but the cost of living is relatively the same, as is the actual event! It only took me four months to decide that living in Alaska was not for me. Hawaii on the other hand… now that is a different story all together!

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One of my best friends in high school moved to Hawaii just after graduation and although she did return to her native home of Southern California, it was always easy to tell she had left her heart in Hawaii, and its steady beat would one day draw her back there to reunite with her Aloha Spirit, where she will likely draw her final living breath! I experienced the Polynesian Paradise way of life vicariously through her, I suppose. I recall the sparkle in her eyes, and the energy, as she would talk about her life there… it was a passion that ran deep in her veins.

From her I realized quickly that Hawaii is an amazing place to live if you enjoy experiencing cultural diversity, exploring unique ecosystems, love the ocean and the beach; with all the amazing activities that come in the package, and simply being surrounded by all the exotic beauty everywhere you go!

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Once you make the decision to move to Hawaii, there are many things you will have to consider, and it is up to you to design the best strategy for you! Some of the things you will have to consider are:

Will you keep the automobile you have now, or sell it and get one when you get to Hawaii.

Will you keep your furniture or sell it?

If you do decide to keep these things listed above, how will you get them to Hawaii? How will you decide to have them shipped over? Do you have a backup plan?

Start investing in an emergency fund… Always Plan Ahead!!!

Of course, the same realities exist no matter where you choose to live, like finding a job, if you do not already have one waiting for you there (job transfer moved you there), going to work every day, running errands, cleaning the house, doing the laundry… all of those things are necessary everyday tasks no matter where you are! I would much rather wait at a stoplight with a Hawaiian point of view than one of concrete and asphalt as far as the eye can see, where the only waves you might see are the ones coming up out of the ground, from all the stored up heat taken prisoner by the asphalt or concrete throughout the day.

Is the Price of Paradise worth the expenses, considering all you are getting in return? I believe that it is and that said I would summarize my overall conclusion to this: Can anyone really put a price on a better quality of life? Life is or the living… so go and live

Resources:

http://www.alohafriends.com/movetohawaii.html

http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/cost-of-living/

 

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Safe and sound: how to ship your car right to Hawaii.

Shipping cars all the way to Hawaii – an exotic fairy island located pretty far from shore may not look so easy at first, but don’t worry about the whole situation. Shipping goods that include also popular transportation vehicles has become very simple, leaving only few steps to follow in order to unravel the solution to your needs. So here what’s necessary to consider when thinking about how your car will get carried away on the seas.

Search the Best Sitter for Your Car

A trip on the sea can be very unpredictable even for humans not taking into account objects that are highly exposed to damage, so it is advised to look for the best shipping company to safely transport, and deliver, your values. For that, a bit of a research will only do better to your needs. If finding a company near your current location is raising difficulties then some online help is worth giving a try. It’s even better because you can easily take a glance at available reviews which are extremely effective in balancing your opinions. Compare prices and services then decide which company fulfils your goals. There are many businesses which have specialized services on car shipping to Hawaii, offering a wide range of available ‘harbours’ like Honolulu, Hilo, Kahului, Kaunakakai and the list goes on.

Search for Valuable Services

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Make sure you know what you’re paying for. Read carefully all the information as some companies include extra costs for several services. It is highly recommended having a phone conversation with a customer service agent to establish terms of your contract. Generally, vehicles are transported individually inside special containers, protecting them from external factors that could damage parts of the car so remember to mention this to you contractors. Take a final safety measure by selecting a Marine Shipping Insurance as most of the companies don’t take responsibility for any damage. Usually trusted companies that specialize in shipping cars to or out of Hawaii offer this extra service in time of signing the contract making sure clients are deeply welcomed with their services.

specialty enclosed auto transport Safe and sound: how to ship your car right to Hawaii.

Take Care of Final Preparations

In order to finish the process in a proper way, there are several details you should pay attention to before transferring car to the shipping company. Most of the times a complete cargo can take 3 to 4 weeks to reach destination, so be aware about that. Next, if your car is currently on lease, you have to contact leasing company to let them know you’re shipping the car. When transferring the car you have to leave the keys, vehicle registration and title and owner’s authorization plus an ID photo. Along with these you have to make sure you transfer your car in working conditions and only with less than half of fuel in your tank. These are general requirements from companies involved with car shipping, if wisely paying attention to those details you will certain have no problems in shipping your car to Hawaii. It’s only just few clicks away.

 

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Play and Work Jobs Big Island Hawaii Style

Hawaii has long been a tourist hotspot for people for all over the world. Some, though, seem to have it all, as they are permanent tourists, working during the day and playing during their off work hours. Can’t you just imagine working 9-5, then heading off to the beach for some snorkeling or scuba diving? If you are thinking about moving to Big Island Hawaii, but do not know where to start with your job search, let me give you a few quick pointers.

If you already own a business and are considering transferring your corporate headquarters to Hawaii, you will first want to check the national business registry to make sure that there is not already a business of the same name located there. Of course, you will want to check out real estate and local business rules and laws. Before you make any definitive move, cover all of your bases and have some sort of contingency plan for unexpected barriers. Always go into a move like this with plans that can be set into motion when something unexpected happens.

 

For those who are considering a move to the Big Island Hawaii for the simpler life style, you can start out your job search much the same as you would do here on the mainland. The first thing you might consider is to check with your current employer to see if there is a partner company on the Big Island where they could transfer you. Places like Walmart and Lowes, etc., do business there, and you might be able to get a company transfer. If this is not an option, you can check places like Indeed.com or Craigslist, which are always free to use. There are also online job search sites that can help you in your job search.

The cost of living is higher, of course, so you need to consider this when you are thinking of a move to the Big Island. Although the cost of living is higher, the wages are not higher, as Hawaii is slowly recovering from an economic slump. The job market in Hawaii is mainly tourist driven, and everything is more expensive because it literally has to be shipped in from the mainland. The shipping and offloading costs are, of course, sent on to the consumer.

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Any move to a new place requires much the same planning, but a move to the beautiful Big Island Hawaii is a much bigger and more involved deal. Let us say that you have your job set up and waiting for you. Check with local real estate agents to find your dream home and you can choose from Hawaii’s diverse weather environments. All of your personal belongings will have to be shipped to your new residence, so there will be no do-it-yourself moving. Find your dream job, grab your scuba gear and your surfboard and head off to a life of “retirement” while you work.Living in Hawaii For the Summer 2 Play and Work Jobs Big Island Hawaii Style

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INEXPENSIVE LIVING IN HAWAII – IS IT POSSIBLE?

Important Facts

According to CNN Money © researchers calculated the cost of living on the mainland vs. living in paradise – Honolulu, HI and what they found was this:

If your annual salary is $10,000 living in Northern California, you can expect it to be $14,828 in Honolulu, HI doing the same type of job. The price differences you can expect are as follows:

                       Groceries                    48%more

                       Housing                      91%more

                       Utilities                       47%more

                       Transportation          17%more

                       Health Care               7%more

 

Hawaii, The Place To Be

While I have never been to Hawaii, I can imagine the beauty of it must be breathtaking! Would I move there if the opportunity presented itself? My answer in a flash is, “Absolutely Yes!” To have the opportunity to see the cultural diversity in this Polynesian Paradise, beauty everywhere you go as far as the eye can see, to experience the Hawaiian traditions first-hand, and see how they are used in everyday living Hawaiian Style, to smell the exotic scents and view the flora and fauna in Hawaii’s unique ecosystem, to feel the Aloha Spirit expressed by the community and its residents, and having so many more options on what to do with my free time… all of this plus so much more makes the opportunity an inviting and welcome change for many.

Similarly, in 1997 I moved from my home in Northern California to Valdez, AK. The climates are worlds apart and opposing to one another in every way you can imagine, but the cost of living is relatively the same, as is the actual event! It only took me four months to decide that living in Alaska was not for me. Hawaii on the other hand… now that is a different story all together!

One of my best friends in high school moved to Hawaii just after graduation and although she did return to her native home of Southern California, it was always easy to tell she had left her heart in Hawaii, and its steady beat would one day draw her back there to reunite with her Aloha Spirit, where she will likely draw her final living breath! I experienced the Polynesian Paradise way of life vicariously through her, I suppose. I recall the sparkle in her eyes, and the energy, as she would talk about her life there… it was a passion that ran deep in her veins.

hawaii homes INEXPENSIVE LIVING IN HAWAII   IS IT POSSIBLE?

From her I realized quickly that Hawaii is an amazing place to live if you enjoy experiencing cultural diversity, exploring unique ecosystems, love the ocean and the beach; with all the amazing activities that come in the package, and simply being surrounded by all the exotic beauty everywhere you go

Be Prepared

Once you make the decision to move to Hawaii, there are many things you will have to consider, and it is up to you to design the best strategy for you! Some of the things you will have to consider are:

Will you keep the automobile you have now, or sell it and get one when you get to Hawaii.

Will you keep your furniture or sell it?

If you do decide to keep these things listed above, how will you get them to Hawaii? How will you decide to have them shipped over? Do you have a backup plan?

Living in Maui Hawaii cost INEXPENSIVE LIVING IN HAWAII   IS IT POSSIBLE?

Start investing in an emergency fund… Always Plan Ahead!!!

Of course, the same realities exist no matter where you choose to live, like finding a job, if you do not already have one waiting for you there (job transfer moved you there), going to work every day, running errands, cleaning the house, doing the laundry… all of those things are necessary everyday tasks no matter where you are! I would much rather wait at a stoplight with a Hawaiian point of view than one of concrete and asphalt as far as the eye can see, where the only waves you might see are the ones coming up out of the ground, from all the stored up heat taken prisoner by the asphalt or concrete throughout the day.

Conclusion:

Is the Price of Paradise worth the expenses, considering all you are getting in return? I believe that it is and that said I would summarize my overall conclusion to this: Can anyone really put a price on a better quality of life? Life is or the living… so go and live.

Resources:

http://www.alohafriends.com/movetohawaii.html

http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/cost-of-living/

 

 

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Relocating to Hawaii

There is no better time to think about relocating yourself or your family to the beautiful island of Hawaii. The views all year around are lush and colorful, and a simple description cannot possibly do it justice. It truly is something you need to experience for yourself. The first question people generally ask is, how do I decide where I want to live?

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One great option is to look at beach side locations. It will cost a little more to live the on the beach, but you will wake up every morning to a picture that will take your breath away. The sounds of waves crashing onto the shore are relaxing any time of day or night. The quality of life you will inevitably experience cannot be match in any other place.

If beach front property is not necessarily your vibe, than you might want to look in the well-established family neighborhoods. The price point will not be as high of an investment, and you can sit back relax and distress from the move. You may not have a beach side view, but your garden can be your own small piece of paradise. With such beautiful weather, it is absolutely conducive to thriving and flourishing luxurious gardens. Whether you go out to the garden in the morning to have your cup of coffee or settle in for the evening to end the day with a smooth glass of wine; either way, a lush garden will lift your spirits and soothe your soul.

Still undecided? You might like a more central location near all of the fantastic amenities. Apartment or condominium living is not for everyone, but if you do not necessarily need a tons of small it can work for you.  However, apartments and condos both have their positive parts and down falls, as well. Number one is location, location, location. You can walk to stores, shops, and vendors every day and simply take in the culture. You can walk or bicycle to work which saves you a considerable amount of money and is environment friendly. You can even have a small but grand patio or indoor garden. You could get really creative and have a window garden also. A garden so small may not sound like much, but just taking in the beauty of flowers and plants is excellent for your health and wellbeing.

Activities

What can’t you do in Hawaii? The possibilities are seemingly endless. Of course surfing, knee boarding, swimming, jogging, and long walks are always a first thought; but even the day to day activities during the week can make living in a place as amazing as Hawaii a brilliant plan. Picture this, it is a long day at work, you look up at the clock and it is only eleven o’clock and you have the- stuck in a cubicle blues. Start planning a picnic at the local park, grab something quick for food, invite a friend or coworker and chat over a glass of chamomile tea and a  meal that is meant to be eaten slowly and methodically such a fine cheese, a baguette, large black olives, and a bundle of fresh asparagus. Living in Hawaii is really about living your personal best life. It is about slowing down and taking in all the beauty that this world offers. Life does still have to go on even though you are in amongst terrific surroundings, but learning how to live your life a little bit differently will certainly provide you a much happier life.

Take Advantage

Start thinking about your everyday chores or to do list and think about how these activities could be enhanced by living in Hawaii. One of the most common chores is goes to the grocery store to buy food for your family. In Hawaii, you could take in the culture by visiting an outdoor market, with the freshest fruits and vegetable from local farmers. Imagine turning over a piece of fruit or vegetable and it does not say shipped from Mexico. Knowing that there are not the additives and preservatives that large chain stores use to make the fruit last much longer that it is meant to, in order to increase their sales and ship all over the world. Buying locally supports your community and teaches of the island culture. There is nothing better than buying the freshest of food and knowing you are putting only the best into your mouth and your families.

A Fact about Hawaii

Fruits and vegetable that are grown in tropical Hawaiian soil are more robust in flavor and color and are above the quality of fruits and vegetables in grown in say Mexico.

Fruits grown in Hawaii

Hawaii grown fruits and vegetable are grown both by individuals and in mass amounts; they are of the highest quality due to being grown in the tropical environment. This means that the color of the product is brighter and deeper than comparable products. The flavor is much more intense and enjoyable. Pineapples are one of the most well-known fruits grown in this region.  Pineapples are extremely sweet and well balanced resulting from the combination of soil content and the tropical temperatures. The consumer can both eat the sweet fruit and harvest the crown to grow another pineapple. Mango trees grow very well in Hawaii also. The mango tree needs to be pruned as it can get as big as sixty five feet tall and the roots grow down to about twenty feet. One the tree is mature, it literally can produce large quantities of mangos for centuries. Papaya trees do well in this region also; however, as the tree ages it will begin to produce less.

Taro, a vegetable, is honored as a cultural aspect, by not only eating the vegetable but also others parts such as the leaves are used and the corns consumed at meals. Taro can be produced in irrigated fields of wet beds, taro grow great in both.  The purple sweet potato prefers the volcanic mountain soil and was introduced to Hawaii about two hundred years ago.  It is a lesser known fact that avocados are grown in this region and are some of the world’s most flavorful and creamy tasting vegetables.

Native Plants

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The Koa tree is a native fast growing tree and generally seen as a part of landscaping. The yellow, white, and cream flowers bloom during the winter. The Koa tree is utilized to make traditional island canoe hulls, to make weapons, and canoe paddles. The Hawaiian culture is very ceremonial and this wood is also honored in creating poles. The wood is also strong enough to manufacture short island made surfboards. The bark has medicinal value and can be used to treat a wide range of ailments from minor sores and bruises, all the way to broken bones. The bark is a known contributor in red dye. Holei plant is also a quick starter with other value also. The Holei plant is used to make traditional island canoes, to contribute to the production of yellow dyes; the nuts are eaten. The combination of the Holei plants’ bark and the trees leaves can be steamed for a sweat bath- when used properly.

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The Ultimate Island Getaway: A Guide to the Best Places to Live in Hawaii

neckerisland gallery bali hi hi resize The Ultimate Island Getaway: A Guide to the Best Places to Live in HawaiiWe have all visited this place in our dreams; a tropical island where we can stroll down sandy beaches during the day, crystal clear blue water lapping around our ankles, and by night we can watch the sun set while sipping juice from a coconut laying on a hammock stretched beneath two palm trees. Well the good news is that places like these really do exist! It’s just a matter of knowing where to look, and the island chain of Hawaii is certainly a great place to start.

Hawaii is the most recent of our 50 U.S. states, with gorgeous beaches, tropical jungles, towering mountains, and exotic wildlife. All over Hawaii, tourists and native residents alike can experience this beauty and partake in a plethora of activities such as diving, surfing, fishing, and kayaking.

 

To many of us, living anywhere in this beautiful paradise would be a dream come true, but for those who are slightly more picky about their island getaway, here is a guide to the best places to live in Hawaii.

Keep in mind, these locations are listed in no particularly ranked order.

Waikoloa Village – Enjoy the Scenic View

Located on the west side of the main island of Hawaii, this small village of less than 5,000 people. From this small town, there is a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape, including the Kohala Mountains, and the beautiful Kohala Coast. The median household income is about $70,000, with a property crime rate of 1.7 percent. The average household or condo cost in Waikoloa Village was about $360,000.

Kailua – A Buzzing Beach Community

Kailua is located in the Honolulu county of Hawaii, along the scenic Oahu coast. This coastal region is famous for its soft white sand and crystal clear waters. This relaxing environment is combined with a bustling shorefront main street of designer shops and popular restaurants featuring delicious cuisine. The area has a median household income just above $85,000, with a crime rate of about 1 percent. It is on the larger side, with a population over 33,000. One of the main attractions here is the beach front, where visitors and natives alike can enjoy countless seaside activities, such as fishing, kayaking, or surfing. Kailua is fairly expensive, with the average listing price for houses being around the $2,000,000 mark.

Laie – For Those Looking to Relax, Reflect, and Unwind

Located on the North Shore, this small town is a wonderful place to relax and unwind. It is home to the famous Laie Point, a cliff which juts out over the North Shore and provides a breathtaking view of the ocean and sunset. The town has a population of just over 5,000, and a slightly lower average household income of $48,000. The crime rate is below 1 percent. The median cost for house or condo in Laie is about $670,000.

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Kalaoa – Breathtaking Beauty Awaits

With a median household income above $60,000 and a crime rate of about 1 percent, Kalaoa has a small population of about 7,000. The town is located on the western coast of the main island of Hawaii, Kalaoa is home to beautiful points of interest including Keahole Point, and the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. Kalaoa schools spend about $300 more per student than the average of the rest of the United States. The median home cost in Kalaoa is about $450,000.

Maunawili – Come Take a Walk in Maunawili

Maunawili is located in Honolulu county of Hawaii, with a very small population of about 4,800. The median household income is just below $70,000, with a crime rate of approximately 1 percent. Residents can enjoy experiences such as a hike through the jungle along the Maunawili Falls Trail. The cost of an average house or condo in this area is $850,000.

Captain Cook – A Legendary Location Since 1779

Named after the English explorer, James Cook, this quaint village is located in Hawaii County, with a population of little more than 3,000. The average household income falls around $60,000, and the average listing price for homes is about $750,000. This town is full of beautiful homes, and an even more stunning view along the coast.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the best places to live in Hawaii. Keep in mind that Hawaii is a tropical island, and residents just about everywhere experience the combined privilege of living in a paradise while experiencing all the rights and freedoms of a citizen of the United States of America. Some of the other wonderful locations in Hawaii not mentioned here but worth looking in to include Ahuimanu, Heeia, Hickam Housing, Waihee-Waiehu, Mokuleia, and Kahaluu-Keauhou.

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The Benefits of Living in Hawaii For the Summer

Living in Hawaii For the Summer beach The Benefits of Living in Hawaii For the SummerWhen the summertime comes, people are often off from both work and school and are looking to spend the three months someplace new and exciting.  One very special place to spend the summer would be the beautiful state of Hawaii. Summertime is supposed to be about spending their free time in the sunshine, and living in Hawaii for the summer can offer people the best time they have ever spent away from their hometown.


A Location with the Best Weather

Living in Hawaii for the summer means spending time on one of the locations on the planet that has some of the best weather. For people who spend the summer in this island paradise, they will get to experience warm sunny days that never end, which will mean they can do thing that they might not get to do at home like exploring the great outdoors or even go down to the beach for a picnic lunch. Hawaii is known to be one of the most amazing places on earth no matter what time of year people visit, but in the summer, the weather can make it even more special.

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A More Relaxed Place to Live
Some people live in major cities, and the pace in a city can be rather fast because people have places to go and waste no time getting there. However, for people who live in Hawaii for the summer, life is going to be very different because the fast pace of the city does not exist on in Hawaii. For the residents of Hawaii, life is not something to be rushed, and people tend to be very relaxed and laid back.  For people who live in a city, going from a fast paced life to a life that barely moves is going to be quite an adjustment to make, but in a few days, people will be acting just like the natives and taking life as it comes.

 

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Traffic Problems In Hawaii Do Not Exist

For some people, traffic is a really big problem where they live, and getting stuck in traffic day after day can be very unnerving and even a source of stress for the residents of the big city. However, escaping the big city, and its traffic jams, can be exactly what people need to relax and get away from it all. For people who are living in Hawaii for the summer, the lack of traffic may be a bit of a surprise, but after a week or two, the lack of traffic will be something that the summer residents are going to love.

The Sales Tax is Low in Hawaii
For people living in Hawaii for the summer, another surprise they will be in for is the fact that the sales tax is very low. In some of the biggest states that live on the continental United States, the average sales tax rate is around eight to eight and a half percent. When people go to Hawaii, they will soon discover that the sales tax rate is very low, around four percent. Going on vacation for the summer can be expensive, but going to Hawaii and spending money there will not be as high as spending money in other locations.
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A Choice of Different Islands
For people who spend the summer in Hawaii, they do get their choice of where they want to live.  Hawaii does have many islands to choose from, and the choices are simple because some of the islands are bigger than others. If people who are living in Hawaii for the summer, they can decide to live on a big island that has a lot of people or a much smaller island that hardly gets any tourists at all.

Living in Hawaii For the Summer activities The Benefits of Living in Hawaii For the SummerPlenty of Outdoor Activities
Hawaii has many different outdoor activities for people to do that cannot be found anywhere else. Big city life is full of buildings, concrete, and asphalt, so going to spend the summer in Hawaii is going to be quite a shock because the city people are going to be faced with beaches, waterfalls, jungles, forests, and more trees than they have ever seen in their lifetime. Some of the best outdoor activities in Hawaii can include things like surfing, snorkeling, hiking, fishing, and the list goes on and on.  People who live in a city can have all of the outdoor activity fun they want and more when they spend the summer in Hawaii.
When the summer comes, people are going to have their choice of where to spend those three months. Living in Hawaii for the summer can be a dream come true for people who live in the city because the island paradise has a lot to offer like perfect weather, plenty of activities to do, a choice of islands to live on, and a more relaxed laid back lifestyle that cannot be found anywhere else.

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Where’s HAWAII’s Location

HAWAII STATE

 

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U.S. State of Hawaii is an island group in Polynesia in the central Pacific Ocean that joined the USA in august 1959. The latitude of Hawaii State is 18° 55′ N to 28° 27′ N and the longitude is 154° 48′ W to 178° 22′ W. The time-zone is Hawaii: UTC – 10 (no DST).

Mokuʻāina o Hawaiʻi, also called ‘The Aloha State’ or ‘Paradise’, is the only U.S. state not located in North America; it is an archipelago and completely surrounded by water and does not share a border with another U.S. state. Hawaii State was a sovereign kingdom, an independent republic and U.S. annexed territory before it became part of the Union in 1959. The capital and largest city is Honolulu on the island of O‘ahu and the population is around 1.4 million inhabitants.

Where is Hawaii 1 Wheres HAWAIIs LocationHawaii State is made up entirely of hundreds of islands spread over 2400 km. The eight main islands are:

  • Maui – The Valley Isle
  • Kaho‘olawe – The Target Isle
  • Lãna‘i – The Pineapple Isle
  • Moloka‘i – The Friendly Isle
  • O‘ahu – The Gathering Place
  • Kaua‘i – The Garden Isle
  • Ni‘ihau – The Forbidden Isle
  • The island of Hawai‘i – The Big Island

The official languages in the U.S. state of Hawaii are English and Hawaiian.

 

DISCOVERY

It is a matter of debate whether the Spanish discovered the Hawaiian islands two centuries before James Cook landed there in 1778. However the arrival of this British explorer is documented as the first contact of Hawaii with European explorers. The islands were named Sandwich Islands, in honour of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was the sponsor of James Cook. His spelling of Hawaii was Owyhee and this name lives on in Owyhee County in Idaho. During his second visit in 1779, James Cook and four members of his crew were killed in a conflict with the native population of the Big Island.  

Where is Hawaii map relative to pacific ocean Wheres HAWAIIs LocationAfter the publication of several books about the voyages of James Cook and his visit to the Hawaiian Islands, they became very popular with explorers, traders and whalers. The British Union Flag in the upper left corner of the Hawaiian Flag testifies of the early British influence. Diseases like measles, smallpox and influenza were introduced by the visitors to the once-isolated Hawaiian islands and this had a devastating effect on the population. At the moment the major ethnic groups are Asian, White and Native Hawaiian. The U.S. President Barack Obama and singer Bette Midler were both born in Hawaii.

TOURISM

The natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands with the tropical climate, beautiful beaches and active volcanoes have made them a favourite tourist destination and an important contributor to the Hawaii economy. Millions of tourists visit the islands every year for the hula and the luau. Hawaii is especially popular with surfers, vulcanologists and biologists.  

PEARL HARBOR

Pearl Harbor on the island of O‘ahu will always be remembered in American history. The Unites States was brought into World War II when the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor became the target of a surprise attack by Japan. More than 2000 servicemen lost their lives and many airplanes and warships were destroyed. On 8 December 1941 President Roosevelt declared war on Japan.

HAWAII ISLAND

Where is Hawaii Wheres HAWAIIs LocationThe island of Hawaii, also called the Big Island, to avoid confusion between Hawaii State and Hawaii Island, is the largest island of the archipelago and the USA. At 10.430 km² it is larger than all the other Hawaiian islands combined. It is a county with a population of 185.079 and Hilo is the county seat and largest city. The coordinates of Big Island are N19 53.934 W155 34.956.

King Kamehameha was born on Hawaii Island and during his reign he united the Hawaiian islands under his rule and named the island group and his kingdom after his native island.

Big Island is especially famous for its five volcanoes, of which two are still active. The island is also prone to earthquakes and tsunamis.

The economy is primarily based on tourism. Because of the climate flowers, tropical vegetables and fruits, coffee and macadamia are grown. It is famous for its orchids and is also called ‘The Orchid Isle’.

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Ways of Living Off the Grid in Hawaii

What Off-Grid Means

Living Off the Grid in Hawaii people Ways of Living Off the Grid in HawaiiGoing “off-grid” has become a common alternative for people looking to reduce their carbon footprint and their dependence on fossil fuels. ­“The grid” refers to the power grid, the network that delivers electric power to consumers. Going off the grid means being disconnected from public utilities and creating your own energy. You can choose to be partly off the grid by providing your own electric power.

People who live off the grid in Hawaii are generating their own electric power and therefore not getting it from the country’s power lines. Thus, with a more economical power system they are able to save on electric bills. But people who are living off the grid can also be self-sufficient in other ways, too.  They may be getting water from their own well and be providing heating for their home using a woodstove.

Living Off the Grid in Hawaii cabin Ways of Living Off the Grid in HawaiiOff-Grid Systems

Living off the grid in Hawaii, you need to know certain basics of off-grid power generation systems. These systems rely on sun, wind, and water streams. The solar system relies on the sun and therefore operates only during the day (when the sun is shining and not blocked by heavy clouds). The wind system relies on capturing the wind to run its turbines. In the same way, the micro hydro system relies on water streams.

Off-grid power generation systems in Hawaii are mainly of the solar, micro hydro, and wind types. Because not every home has enough wind or water stream source, the solar type is more popular. Although the Big Island has an abundance of sun, wind, and water, it is East Hawaii that has the best water stream source. Thus, you will find off-grid users in East Hawaii usually having both solar and micro hydro systems. Consequently, rain or shine, they have full off-grid power generation capability.

When you’re shopping for a wind turbine or solar electric panels, you need some extra equipment. You’ll need a battery bank for storage or a diesel or gas generator to provide you backup power. In contrast, with a grid-tied system you use the electric grid for storage and backup. Additionally, you also need an inverter to convert DC (direct current) power to AC (alternating current) power that is required to run your household appliances.

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The Benefits of Living Off the Grid in Hawaii

Grid-tied systems are usually cheaper and simpler to operate. However, an off-grid system will allow you to be completely independent of the grid. Should there be a blackout because of some fault in the grid, you will not be affected and you will continue to have power of your own.

For the past 10 years, a couple, friends of us, who live in Hamakua Coast of Hawaii have been able to save $250-$300 a month by generating their own power. They sometimes can generate more power than they need, and they channel the excess to heat their hot water tank or to charge their electric vehicles. Moreover, aside from having no utility bills, they also feel good about their reduced carbon footprint.

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In conclusion, people living off the grid in Hawaii do so for a number of reasons: to reduce cost of power consumption, to be partly or fully independent of public utilities, and to ultimately benefit the environment by reducing their carbon footprint.

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12 Best Places to Live in Hawaii

The following 12 best places to live in Hawaii are based on the following criteria as of 2011:

 

  • Median household income,
  • Educational attainment, and
  • Property crime rates

 

Source: Yahoo!, J.C. Grant, Yahoo! Voices, Contributor Network. May 30, 2011.

 

1. Kailua

Population: 34,141

Distance to Honolulu: 13 miles SW

 

Kailua is a beach town that features boutiques and popular restaurants for casual dining. Although it is not large, Kailua attracts shoppers from around the island. Kailua beach is a favorite of residents and tourists because of its turquoise water and fine white sand.

 

2. Maunawili

Population: 4,807

Distance to Honolulu: 9 miles SW

 

Maunawili is a rural area that has no commercial establishments. It takes only minutes to reach by car or bus from Kailua. Its main attraction is the Maunawili Demonstration Trail that traverses Maunawili Valley. A golf course and agricultural research station are also located in this valley.

3. Wailea-Makena

Population: 6,589

Distance to Kahului: 18 miles N

 

Wailea-Makena’s main attraction is Wailea Beach that is popular among residents and visitors. It has a cystal clear water and sandy bottom. Visitors to the beach rave about its extraordinary beauty.

4. Ahuimanu

Population: 8,953

Distance to Honolulu: 14 miles SSW

 

Ahuimanu is largely a residential area with a small mall located across  the highway from Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. It is mostly inland with a view of Kaneohe Bay.

 

5. Heeia

Population: 4,287

Distance to Honolulu: 13 miles SSW

 

Heeia is almost entirely developed with residential buildings and apartments. Although parts of the town lies along Kaneohe Bay, there is no access to the bay because the area adjacent to the shore is private property.

6. Waikoloa Village

Population: 5,802

Distance to Hilo: 70 miles ESE

 

Waikoloa Village is a resort suitable for the family with plenty of amenities for the enjoyment of children and adults. It features a man-made lagoon and dolphins that provide entertainment to visitors.

7. Paia

Population: 3,212

Distance to Wailuku: 10 miles E

 

Paia is called the “World Capital of Windsurfing” because of the many internationally known windsurfing spots in the town. It is a resort  that features amenities, such as restaurants, surf shops, and art galleries that cater to tourists.

8. Waimea

Population: 9,162

Distance to Hilo: 55 miles SE

 

Waimea is located inland from the Kohala Coast, and is known as “paniolo” or Hawaiian cowboy. It is a historic town features rolling, green pastures for cattle, and ranches. It is home to Kahua Ranch, a sheep and cattle ranch, where you can explore the scenic landscapes of the town.

9. Laie

Population: 5,626

Distance to Honolulu: 33 miles S

 

Laie is known for its communities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, and as the site of the Laie Hawaii Temple, a Mormon temple. The town has significant impact on Hawaiian culture. It houses The Polynesian Cultural Center, which attracts millions of visitors annually.

10. Mililani

Population: 29,532

Distance to Honolulu: 17 miles SE

 

Mililani is situated at the island of O’ahu. It consists of two places: Mililani Town, and Mililani Mauka. Town Center of Mililani is a large landmark in the town with an area of 450,000 square foot. It is home to more than 90 stores, restaurants, and business establishments.

11. Holualoa

Population: 8,808

Distance to Hilo: 88 miles E

 

Holualoa is a little village and art enclave in the heart of Kona coffee country. The Kona coffee is exclusively grown in north and south Kona. There is about 600 coffee farms in the area and many of them are open to those who want to tour the farms.

12. Waimalu

Population: 30,409

Distance to Honolulu: 11 miles SE

 

Waimalu features commercial establishments, one of which is the Waimalu Plaza Shopping Center. It houses popular restaurants, supermarkets, and a variety of stores and services. Waimalu Shopping Center is another major landmark  in the town.

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Living in Hawaii The Big Island

A Few Facts About Hawaii

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Hawaii is sometimes referred to as The Big Island. People who live here are usually the type who want to live a more simple life, free from the hustle and bustle of life in cities found in Mainland USA. It is a tropical island with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, lovely beaches, and with mild temperatures that are relatively uniform throughout the year. 

 

For most part of the island, there are only two seasons: summer between May and October, and winter between October and April. The temperatures are about 74 to 80 degrees during the day, with the warmest months in August and September, and the coolest in February and March.  Humidity is moderate and the difference in temperature between night and day is only around 2 degrees.

Where to Stay

 

Living in Hawaii The Big Island map Living in Hawaii The Big Island The places where you can stay in Hawaii depend on your preferences and financial status. You can pick the Kona and Kohala Coast areas that have a dry and arid environment, but give you the benefit of ocean and coastline views. 

You will find “Kona Gold Coast” resort areas the perfect location to be Living in Hawaii The Big Island where you can bask in the luxury of beaches dotted with palm trees.

 

If you prefer a place with a warm tropical and lush rainforest, you can stay at the Hilo and Puna District. Or you can stay at the Ka’u district which features lava fields on the West coast, and steep and rough terrain on the East side near Volcanoes National Forest. 

 

If you are looking for a place where you can enjoy the cold night air, the inland areas of Walmea-Kamuela and the northeastern Hamakua Coast are the right spots for you. There, you will find rolling green hills and cattle ranches. The Big Island is diverse and has plenty of room to spare, and you can have a choice of the type of environment that suits your desires and needs.

Cutting Down on Living Expenses

 Living in Hawaii The Big Island Kohala coast at the Living in Hawaii The Big Island

With a little browsing online, you will readily come to know that Hawaii The Big Island is the most expensive state in the USA. The comparison is based on the cost of basic goods and services in the island. This is quite understandable since almost all the goods that you find in the island are shipped from outside. Shipping and related costs of these goods are naturally passed on to consumers.

 

Since the cost of living in the island is non-negotiable, people who want to live in the island have to adjust to the situation.  You can look for more affordable locations for your housing, grow your own fruits and vegetables, install solar panels, and shop in markets where you can get stuff at farmer’s prices. In this way, you will be able to cut down on your living expenses.

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The Real Living Expenses in Hawaii

Why Living Expenses in Hawaii are High?

 

Living in Kona Hawaii shop The Real Living Expenses in HawaiiAbout 90% of grocery stuff in Hawaii come from mainland USA. As expected, the cost of shipping all the stuff to the island comes as an added cost that is passed on to consumers. On grocery stuff alone, it is no surprise that Hawaii is the most expensive state in the USA. Comparatively, a family in Hawaii pays 66% more than one on the mainland.

The Cost of Eating Out

 

If you are in the habit of eating out, you can find places in the island where prices are affordable. However, pick places outside the tourist belt. In budget restaurants you can have a dish consisting of rice, one or two types of meat, and macaroni salad all at the price of less than $10. Since the servings are large, the dish is enough for two. At the same budget restaurants, you can have a meal for $5 to $7.

 

For fine dining, the cost is comparable to that on the mainland. A dinner for two at a fine-dining restaurant can range from $35 to $100 per person. It depends on what you order of course. For example, ribeye steak with lobster tails and foie gras will cost you $94. Chefs in Hawaii present the food in an attractive manner and they let its flavors be something that you will relish.

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Prices of Basic Goods and Services

 

To give you an idea of prices of the 5 basic goods and services in Hawaii, such as housing, milk, beef, energy cost, and medical expenses, a CNBC report released on July 15, 2013, gave the following data:

 

  • $742,166 is the average for a home in Honolulu
  • $3.41 for a half gallon of milk
  • $3.99 for a pound of ground beef
  • $333.51 monthly energy cost
  • $101.80 for a visit to the doctor.

 

From the above, it is easy to see why Hawaii is known to be the most expensive state to live in the USA.

 

Cutting Down on Living Expenses

 

However, popular warehouse stores on the mainland, such as Costco and Wal-Mart, are also present in Hawaii, and residents can cut down on their living expenses by getting their groceries in bulk from these stores. Another way to cut costs is to shop at various farmer’s markets in Hawaii. These markets are held weekly and farmers offer a variety of fruits and vegetables at prices that are much lower than at grocery stores.

 

As regards housing, you can scout around for affordable ones, especially those with solar panels, with the help of a real estate agent. Moreover, because the climate in Hawaii is perfect for planting everything from papayas, bananas, and vegetables, you can grow your own food. Thus you can also lower your Living Expenses in Hawaii by supplementing your groceries with food from your garden.

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Living in Hawaii Cheap – How to

We all know it well that Hawaii is not an inexpensive place to live permanently. The cost of the posh and the lavish lifestyle may prove heavier than its enjoyment. Below are few ways by which you can make living in Hawaii cheap.

 

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While some big cities such as Honululu and Oahu can be very expensive. There are some areas in Hawaii which you can opt for living so that you can bring your daily costs down. Some places in Hawaii which are quiet inexpensive to live – Hilo, Kau and Puna. The average home cost in these places is 25% less than the main cities like Oahu, Honululu or Kauai.

Living in Hawaii Cheap How to 11 Living in Hawaii Cheap   How to The homes available here may rent you around $500 a month. However, you may not find adequate resources for your living and may not experience a very lavish lifestyle here as these places are still under development and are largely occupied by forests. You need to perform certain activities to compensate the cost of living and meet your daily requirements.

 

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Things you can do to bring down the daily cost of living in Hawaii

Hawaii is known to be a state with lowest stress rate. However, living in Hawaii permanently without a source of income or a big bank balance can put your nerves under stress. With proper planning and strategy one can stay in Hawaii for a long period. Some of the methods to bring down your daily cost of living in Hawaii are to practice Gardening and fishing. These two things will help you growing your own food rather than being dependent on outside resources which cost you at least $10 a day per head. Finding a low cost entertainment will also help you saving your hard earned money. You can explore National Park, Pearl Harbor or the museum with your children and friends that will keep you entertained as well as save you from heavy loaded expenses in nightclubs and bars.

Hawaii shines its sunlight all day long, enjoy the sun and save electricity. Use less fuel for transportation. Come here for living only when you can afford to buy a home. If you believe that you will be able to stay on rent then you should have a continuous flow of income in order to sustain here. If you hold a position in military then you can avail discounts on several items and places.

 

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Cheap yet descent places to enjoy in Hawaii

While night life can be very costly, yet there are certain places in Hawaii which are cheap and yet give you a nice atmosphere to enjoy your weekends. You may not find night clubs in places other than the big cities so some other ways of enjoyment in small towns are – Spending your weekends laying down on Sandy beaches, fishing, diving, visit museums and National Park. Below is a list of cheap and enjoyable places in Hawaii

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-          Polynesia Cultural Center, Bishop’s Museum, Sea Life Park

-          Hawaii International Film Festival, Coffee Festival, State Fair, Bayfest Hawaii, Farm Fair

-          Triple Crown Surf, Swimming, Honolulu City Light’s Parade etc…

Living in Hawaii is certainly expensive in cities like Honolulu, Oahu, Kauai and others but with proper planning and budgeting you can calmly spend rest of the life in the land of Alohas.

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Living in Hawaii Blog

MovIng to Hawaii Advice and Tips life Living in Hawaii BlogAll you want to know about the beautiful land of Hawaii and scope of living here is well described in Living in Hawaii blog. Hawaii has been regarded as a very beautiful island but at the same time it is one of the most expensive in the US. This is majorly because everything in Hawaii is shipped from the mainland from – cars; furniture’s, foodstuffs, Electronics, to Cosmetics and all other essential things that are not native to Hawaii. The people of Hawaii spend their living mostly on tourism and agriculture.

living in Hawaii Pros cons Living in Hawaii BlogMost people here have chosen to open a tourist industry or a related field such as hotels and restaurants. As we all know, Hawaii is a favorite tourist spot especially for cities like Honolulu and Oahu, the tourism industry is growing at a rapid rate in the country unlike any other.

 

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If one ever thinks to live on this island after getting attached to its scenic beauty, then one must know the outcomes of the expenditures on the land as well. The land, rent, home, utility rates are high enough to lose all your life-time saved money. One can survive here only if he has a continuous flow of money and a land of his own. Native Hawaiians stay here on the basis of presence of farms in the vicinity of their home. The land helps them to grow their own vegetables and milk their own cow. They find this more suitable as buying all these from the market will sufficiently loosen their pockets to a large extent. What to tell about just food? Gas, Transportation, Oil, and other basic utilities are sky rocketing.

Living in Kona Hawaii shop Living in Hawaii BlogIf you ask about living in Hawaii then it’s a recommendation that come here to live a lavish lifestyle and experience the true beauty of nature’s serenity for a vacation or for a short stay, for two years or so and then eventually returning to the mainland will be a good idea. It is not only the cost of living here but there are other factors too which doesn’t allow you to stay you long on this island. Native of Hawaiians have proven to be racist time and again for the whites. They do welcome them happily as a tourist but if you plan to settle here, then they will nearly throw you out from the land. I would say they may be right on their part as there are low job opportunities in the land and they fear that you might take away their job and hence food! One other major factor for staying away from this land is ‘the island fever’ – the Hawaii is a limited land and soon you may end up exploring all the lands and nothing new. This may lead to island fever and you may soon decide to move out from the land. The Hawaiian state is also prone to earthquakes and volcanoes.

Living in Hawaii – Pros and Cons 5 Living in Hawaii BlogStill if you know you can cope with these major problems and give more weightage to your enjoyment and lavish lifestyle then Hawaiian Island will suffice all your need in one go. Come here to enjoy parties, beaches, luxuries, and tasty food. The land is called the land of happiness – Aloha! So come here only when you are relieved from all the other stresses of life.

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Living in Kona Hawaii

Living in Kona Hawaii beach Living in Kona HawaiiThe ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii, the Kona is a part of the Hawaii County. Kona is one of the favorite places for tourists and is well known for activities such as fishing, sunset and coffee. The legendary place is the youngest part of Hawaii and is also called as the ‘’leeward’’ Hawaii. The county is divided into North Kona and South Kona district.

 

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The city of Kona Hawaii is seated upon the silent volcano – Mauna Kea. The island is a favorite tourist spot because nature carved out its best when he thought to make this island. The speechless beauty of water and beaches, bays and the people makes the place literally a paradise on earth.

Few major attractions of Kona are – Hulihe’e Palace, Mauna Kea Summit, Manini’owali beach, Big Island Club, Humdinger Sport fishing, Hualalai Golf Course and H.N Greenwell Store Museum.

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Cost of Living in Kona Hawaii

As everywhere in Hawaii, the cost of living in Kona is really very expensive. Everything starting from groceries, electricity, schools, home, rent, internet access and every such thing you can think of is highly priced, all because everything is imported from the mainland.  The home value index was estimated as $316,900 in 2012. Cost of an average one time meal is about $10. The gas prices and the electricity rates have also gone up in past two years.

 

Luxury and Night life in Kona Hawaii

People come to Hawaii to experience a luxurious life. Those who come here either have a good job in hand or have a great bank balance. Kona is exposed to a rich nightlife. The favorite places in Kona where you can enjoy a crazy nightlife are KBXtreme, Don’s Mai Tai Bar, Sunflower Karaoke Bar & Grill, Kimagure Café and so many others in the list. Most eclectic assembly of human beings will be seen in Kona Hawaiian night clubs.

The beauty of the beaches and the bays are beyond explanation. One of the best beaches in Kona Hawaii is Hapuna which is a sandy beach measuring approximately 200 feet wide.

 

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Kona has a temperate climate throughout the year measuring about 25- 30°C the year round. The air is not very moist and the sunshine allows one to play on the beaches and the bays. The winter months are the best in Kona. Clear skies with beautiful stars are seen in the night. Kona is a great historic place and the National Parks are worth looking. The Coffee festival of Kona Hawaii is a major attraction to this spot. Kona is also a center which hosts popular sports like swimming and marathon and is of course famous for Ironman World Championship.

 

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Should one live permanently in Kona Hawaii?

Kona is no doubt one of the best places to experience rich lifestyle. You can spend your life here after retirement and enjoy the rest of your life when you’ve got a good bank balance. Kona is not a place for the poor as lifestyle of Kona is very lavish and posh. The place is however prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. However, if you can afford spending here an average of $6,000 a month per head then the style of the place may suit you and you may be fit for existence at Kona Hawaii.

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Living in Hilo Hawaii

Hilo is another beautiful county of Hawaii; the town is seated on Hilo Bay and two shielded volcanoes Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea which are declared as dormant volcanoes. Rains are showered almost 5-6 days a week.

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The town of Hilo is a major educational center of Hawaii. Hilo is known for possessing major universities, astronomical centers and other economic institutions of Hawaii. The major institution established in Hilo includes University of Hawaii, Hawaii Community College, Waiakea Primary and Secondary Schools.

It is the oldest city of Hawaii and consists of some of the major historical epics of Hawaii such as Haili Church, Sugar Plantations which opened gateways for many job opportunities, Palace theatre and many more.

The town has amazing sceneries including spectacular waterfalls, tropical gardens and a vibrant mixed Asian and Polynesian culture. Hilo Hawaii is also known as the only center for hosting competitions and festivals like Merrie Monarch Hula Festival (Held in the Easter Week – a festival for the lovers) and Hula Food Competitions , Royal Order King Kamehameha Competition , County Fair , Hawaiian music and dance performances and Hilo Powhow.

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  • The county is comparatively a very small area and is not very congested as compared to other counties of Hawaii like Honolulu, Oahu and even Maui. The population of Hilo is merely 43,263 according to the 2012 census.
  • The county is substantially cheaper than Honolulu or Oahu in every aspect.
  • It is a good center for getting education for your children. The school fees are also less as compared to Honolulu and better access to universities and colleges.
  • Bus fares merely range from $5 to $10 and $1 for students and senior citizens.
  • Buying a house may seem a bad idea as the place is quite prone to earthquake and volcanic eruptions. Choosing to pay for rent is a better idea as rents for home is comparatively cheaper here in comparison to Honolulu or Oahu.
  • Hilo Hawaii is filled with gift shops, cloth stores and exotic restaurants. The town is used for celebrations and festivals. Native people of Hawaii drive to Hilo to spend their holidays and enjoy the festivals.

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  • Like other cities of Hawaii, almost every item is imported in Hilo. So cost of items such as groceries, gas, utilities and other stuffs are at a hike.
  • Very low job opportunities and the county have a very low and a poor economy.
  • The beaches are rough, tourists don’t visit here much and the county is lacking way behind in technology.
  • Racial discrimination is a nuisance at Hilo. Native Hilo people literally hate whites.
  • The island is not suited for people who are allergic to dust, rain and insects as the island lies close to jungles and the county is not developed yet to get rid of these.

So, in totality Hilo Hawaii may not be a very attractive place for tourists but surely is a good and a cheap place to reside and permanently settle in Hawaii.

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Living in Oahu Hawaii

Oahu is also called as the “Land of Gathering” in Hawaii. It is the third largest of among the Hawaiian group of islands (roughly about 597.7 sq. m). The Oahu Island comprises in itself the heart of Hawaii – Honolulu where maximum population of Hawaii has taken shelter. The island looks somewhat diamond in shape in an aerial view and nature was of course in his best mood while carving the island.

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Oahu is a culturally vibrant place. People already settled here experience a rich lifestyle and comfortable living. One may gather a rich experience of most lavish lifestyle by plundering the beauty of beaches, lush mountains and calm water. Oahu is open to all sea activities like fishing, kayaking, surfing, boating, watching and many more.

With the recent explosion of tourists flying into this island, the tourism industry has expanded too many folds. People earn their livelihood here by doing jobs such as farming, fishing, and exporting sandalwood and exotic fruits.

Should one prefer living in Oahu Hawaii?                                

Living in Oahu Hawaii Paddle Surf 300x165 Living in Oahu HawaiiLarge population of Hawaii lives in Oahu and the major reason for this is close proximity to the main land. It is the most developed place in Hawaii compared to other cities. The schools, homes, buildings, hospitals, markets are well established in Oahu. The rest of the state is still under a development process. The school and the universities are established only in Oahu, so if you are planning to shift to Hawaii with your children then there is no better place than Oahu in Hawaii, especially at the epicenter – Honolulu. But, this place has recently been overcrowded due to flourishing outsiders and the homes, streets and even the roads are jammed most of the times. Due to unavailability of many jobs in Oahu, a man may face difficulty living here. So a continuous source of income is a must for living here.

Interesting places in Oahu to enjoy and rejuvenate your mind are – Happy trails Hawaii, Bellows Field Beach Park, Pearl Harbor, Lanikai Beach, Kailua Beach, Lolani Palace, Bishop’s Museum and several other places in East of Oahu.

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Unlike other cities of Hawaii, Oahu which also includes Honolulu is the most Posh and expensive city of Hawaii. Nothing is cheap here – from utilities, to groceries, to electricity, food, drink, nightclubs, internet connection, telephone connections and all other things. If someone plans to stay at Oahu, say if it is East Oahu then the person should have an average income of around $8500 per month at least to sustain living and fulfill his basic needs. Having a farm of his own may somewhat help him out to deal with his daily expenses as grocery items have risen high above the standard level in past few years. If you are a kind of person who loves to enjoy nights on beaches and clubs then your income should be no less than at least $11,000 as the food and party costs in restaurants and even beaches are at a hike.

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Living in Maui Hawaii

Maui is selected as the most exotic place by newlyweds and by other tourists because of its unparalleled beauty and marvelous lifestyle. There are many other reasons for why Maui is referred to as the ‘’best destination’’ in the tourism industry. The second largest county of the Hawaiian Islands gives an opportunity to explore nature at its best. The island is also called as the ‘’Magic isle’’ and it truly puts spell on you by hypnotizing you with its beauty.

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Attractions in Maui Hawaii

Maui is a dream place for an active traveller. One may not completely explore the diversity of activities in a single trip. Living in Maui is not completed without experiencing the Luau. Maui offers you with excellent Luaus. A fine dining experience can be gathered in Old Lahaina Lau, Maui – Feast at Lele and Wailele Polynesian Luau in The Westin Maui Resort and Spa. The incredible Maui Beaches, Haleakala National Park, Whale watching are few of the most delightful experiences and attractions of Maui.

 

Lifestyle of Maui

Maui culture is blended with cultures of Asia, America and the native Polynesian culture. The clothing style in Maui is funky in nature. Suits and formals are never worn by people here; people usually are comfortable in beach dresses and semi- casual dresses. The sports that are a favorite amongst Maui’s are Snorkeling, Surfing, Windsurfing and Kite boarding. The biggest tourist spots in Maui are Hana highway, Lahaina and Haleakaka National Park. Hotels and rental cottages are available throughout Maui.

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Cost of Living in Maui

Maui is a cheaper place as compared to Honolulu or Oahu.

  • Cost of homes in Maui – the average cost of homes in Maui ranges from $432,200 to $623,000 which is must smaller amount compared to Oahu and Honolulu.
  • Cost of rents in Maui – Rents can be much cheaper in Maui than the cost of homes. Rents for home with wooden furnishings and pretty designs can range from $738 to $1123. Majority of the people in Maui prefer to live on rented homes.
  • Unemployment rate in Maui is 6.1% which is little more than the total average unemployment rate in Hawaii which is about 5.7%. Majority people who aLiving in Maui Hawaii turtle beach Living in Maui Hawaiire employed here are associated with industries such as Agriculture, fishing, farming and tourism. Many persons in Maui are engaged in the private sector and employed in restaurants and other tourist activities.
  • Number of grocery stores available in this county is 4% less than those available in Oahu and Honolulu.
  • The gas prices are sky rocketing but since the island is very small, one may not need purchase huge gallons of gasses every time.
  • The expense over entertainment in Maui is relatively less as compared to Metropolitan cities. Beach and hiking is absolutely free in Maui. The drinks and foodstuffs at a restaurant may cost you around $4 to $15.Living in hawaii cost of living 3 150x150 Living in Maui Hawaii
  • Lesser accessibility to hospitals and schools as compared to Honolulu and Oahu. The number of hospitals and schools in Maui is 11% and 24% less respectively as compared to Oahu and Honolulu.
  • Maui is prone to earthquakes much lesser than other regions of Hawaii.
  • Maui is not so overpopulated yet as compared to other states of Hawaii.
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