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Moving to Hawaii: 2022 Ultimate Guide

Moving to Hawaii: 2022 Ultimate Guide So, you’re thinking about moving to Hawaii?
It’s an exciting idea with obvious allure. Few people don’t want to live in a tropical
paradise where the beaches are plentiful, and the aloha spirit runs deep. And although
this dream can become a reality if you’re ready to dive in, learning about island life
is essential for anyone itching to relocate to Hawaii. So, before you take the plunge,
welcome to our ultimate guide where we will discuss a few PROS and a few CONS of moving
to Hawaii. So, make sure you watch this video till the end to know if you are ready to move
or not. So, without any further ado let’s begin the list. But before we get started,
make sure to smash the subscribe button and hit the bell icon to never miss any interesting
video from us. Having said that, let's get into the video. CON You will be living in what feels like poverty You are anxious to start your life in Hawaii.
However, moving to this paradise comes with a lot of responsibilities.

Moreover, depending
on where you choose to live, the living expenses in Hawaii may be high than where you are moving
from. The “middle class” in Hawaii lives at
what their mainland counterparts would consider poverty levels. Many families have more than
one job, live paycheck to paycheck, have substandard housing conditions, very little expendable
income and at any moment are living on the financial edge.
Put it simply, in Hawaii you need to be earning at least $150k a year to have what on the
mainland can be had for $75k/yr. And if you have a larger family, you’ll need more and
possibly a lot more income. If you’re going to live in Hawaii, you need
to be prepared to live a lifestyle of comparative poverty.

If you can stay here for the long
term you can work your way up, but on day one be prepared to live a vastly downgraded
lifestyle. Unless you’re already a multi-millionaire. That brings us to our next point which is
despite being expensive, entertainment is quite cheap here. PRO Cheap entertainment Many things in Hawaii are expensive: housing,
food, gas, etc.

But there is one area of your budget that you can save a lot of money on
if you live on the islands — entertainment. There are so many outdoor activities here
that are free or cheap, and the wonderful weather makes them all the more enjoyable:
Swimming or bodysurfing at a beach, picnicking or barbecuing at a park, hiking a trail, biking
around town, sightseeing in a state/national park or botanical garden, attending a cultural
festival, and lots more.

All beaches in Hawaii are public and free
to enjoy, and on the weekends it’s common to see extended families relaxing under a
party tent at a beach park, having a barbecue potluck and “talking story.”
As a resident, you can also take advantage of free activities offered to tourists — for
example, there are free Hawaiian cultural classes offered at the Royal Hawaiian Center
and Mana Hawaii in Waikiki, as well as live music, fireworks, and outdoor movies.
If you do find yourself having to pay for something, most places will give you a kama’aina
(resident) discount if you ask and show your Hawaii driver’s license or state ID card. CON Far, Far Away Moving to Hawaii means moving far, far away
from your friends, and family. The island chain is around 2,500 miles from California
which is more than 5 hours by plane. Visiting friends and family is no easy task so rather
than hopping in your car and meeting friends you now have to spend a lot of money and do
some serious planning to make it all happen. This is a deal breaker for many and why most
people who move to Hawaii don't last five years here.

PRO Weather Did we mention how nice the weather is here?
In Honolulu, it’s around 80 degrees (Fahrenheit) every day, all year long. Yes, it does also
rain every day, but it usually lasts for just a few minutes, and then it’s sunny again.
Depending on where you live in Hawaii, you might get more rainfall. But it’s never
really cold outside here, and it’s absolutely amazing. There is also less of a change in
the amount of daylight there is throughout the year (compared to the rest of the U.S.)
because Hawaii is closer to the equator. CON Employment We all know the dream; you'll move to Hawaii
and get a job working on a tour boat or at a bar on the beach. Sounds great, right? And
it can be for some people some of the time.

For the vast majority, things will be very
different. First off, getting that simple job likely won't happen since jobs here can
be hard to get (and likely impossible if you're not already living here). Even if you get
that easy beach job it probably doesn't pay well, not well enough at least. So, plan on
getting a second job, maybe even a third. So, what about a job that uses your fancy
college education? It may not exist here and if it does the ratio of qualified people to
available job openings probably isn't in your favor.

So, what do you do? You start very
low on the employment totem pole (washing dishes, cleaning hotel rooms, whatever you
can get) and maybe can work your way up. There's nothing wrong with those jobs and maybe that
isn't bad for someone in their twenties, but do you really want to start all over in your
thirties or forties. PRO Cultural diversity Hawaii is one of the most culturally diverse
states in the U.S. and has been for a long time.
Besides the tourists who visit from all over the world, the immigrants who are currently
moving to Hawaii come from a wide variety of countries, including the Philippines, China,
Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Tonga, Samoa, Guam, and Micronesia.

And then there are kama’aina, the long-time
residents whose ancestors came to Hawaii generations ago, and are an amalgam of native Hawaiian,
Chinese, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Japanese, Okinawan, Korean, Filipino, and mainland American
cultures. CON If you are not local, you will never be If you didn't grow up here and have parents
of somewhat Hawaiian/Asian descent, you're a haole. It's not just racial, usually. However,
most haoles fit right in, make friends that are locals, and even got elected governor
or mayor. Some people in Hawaii are much more friendly than the mainland, but others might
seem much less so.

It's like anywhere. If you go to a bad neighborhood on the mainland,
you might get bad looks or feel unsafe, and that is way less common here. It's not about
your skin color, it's about your attitude and the respect you show to others. Never forget that you are going to a visitor
on an island that was overtaken by a foreign country, America. So be aware that you need
to show respect, be polite, and don't treat Hawaii like you own it just because you bought
a house here. You aren't "Hawai'ian" if you live here.

You're Hawai'ian if you have Hawai'ian
blood. But still, for the most part, people are very
nice here, especially on the freeway. Everyone will let you cut in front of them if you give
a friendly shaka. Most people put on a happy face. There is definitely a sense in which
people are happier in Hawaii, but some people are more wary of newcomers. They know that
there is a high likelihood that new people will move away quickly, so they don't get
too excited when someone says they just moved here. PRO Food You Won’t Find Anywhere Else As home to the nation’s largest share of
multi-ethnic Americans, Hawaii is a true melting pot of
culture. This is nowhere more evident than in its food. In addition to the traditional food that originates
in native Hawaiian culture, you’ll also find strong influences from China, Portugal,
Japan, and the Philippines. As workers from these countries came to find employment on
Hawaii’s plantations, they brought many of their culinary traditions with them. CON Slow shipping When you purchase things online you can expect
to pay an arm and a leg in shipping fees almost everywhere.

We know what you're thinking here,
you'll grab an Amazon Prime #ad membership and save big with free shipping! Well, that's
a good start but you need to understand that Amazon Prime in Hawaii is a different animal
than it is on the mainland. There is no "free 2-day shipping" in Hawaii. Instead, you get
free standard shipping on many items. Many, but not all. There is a huge list of items
Amazon won't ship to Hawaii for any price, much less free.
When you do get free shipping, you can expect to wait, and wait, and wait some more. It
stinks, but most other online shops will just rip you off on shipping and take just as long
to get here. So, get used to waiting. PRO The Aloha Spirit When you land in Hawaii, you might feel something
different in the air.

Even if you don’t feel it right away, chances are you’ll encounter
it during your stay. We’re talking about the Aloha Spirit, which is “the breath of
life and love that we share with each other,” according to Danny Kalekini, Hawaii’s ambassador
of aloha. When you arrive, we hope you feel the aloha
spirit. It’s a guiding philosophy and a practice that creates a beautifully deep connection
to the land of Hawaii and all its people. You might experience it when exchanging a
smile, viewing the most vivid rainbow to ever grace the sky or watching a beach at sunrise.
You might also feel it in a tug in your heart when you board the plane to leave. It’s
a feeling that makes many people head to Hawaii—and stay.

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