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1. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

what are your thoughts? anybody here living there or have lived there in the past?

I need to move away from the east coast as I've been here far too long. I've been thinking about hawaii lately, and as it turns out one of my friends from New Zealand was born there and will be moving back in a few months. I'm seriously thinking about joining him later this year.

any pros or cons you can think of would be great.

oh I'd be on oahu to be exact

2. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 7y

You're 27, go for it!

You might be stir crazy after a year, but then again, you're young, if you have the opportunity, why not? It is beautiful there, if you don't mind heat and humidity...you just might stay there forever.

LadyMacWilly

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Hey Paul,

You may want to contact bgl as he has been living in Hawaii for several years. Hopefully, he'll find this thread too.

4. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting Ladymacwil

You're 27, go for it!

You might be stir crazy after a year, but then again, you're young, if you have the opportunity, why not? It is beautiful there, if you don't mind heat and humidity...you just might stay there forever.

LadyMacWilly

thanks for the reply

haha I'm certain that 26 summers of disgustingly hot and humid summers in Philly have prepared me for the worst.

but going stir crazy is exactly what I am worried about. but then again I'm going stir crazy here.

5. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Isadora, thanks, and yes I did find this thread! Obviously!

My wife and I moved from San Diego to the Big Island in late 1995. My idea. My wife was 100% against it (caused a bit of friction I guess you could say - different story. But she likes it here now. I LOVE it here). Our daughter, now 31, went to UHH (University of Hawaii Hilo) for a few years, and now lives in Vancouver, WA, but she talks about moving back to the Big Island one day.

Lots of pros and cons - and it all depends on whom you ask. We know a number of people who moved here, and then after a few years moved back to the Mainland, usually because the wife wanted to be closer to children or grandchildren. For someone younger, that's obviously not an issue.

Lots of issues here, and I'll be happy to answer specific questions. Some of the things you brought up:

Weather - I have lived in quite a few places, including south Florida and San Diego. This is the most pleasant climate I have ever lived in. If you're used to the summer humidity on the East Coast, then Hawaii will be just perfect. The tradewinds here provide for a natural breeze, and even though we obviously do have humidity, it's not the kind of stifling humidity that you experience during the summer on the East coast. The highest temperature EVER recorded in Honolulu was 95F. A typical summer afternoon is around 90-92F. Very stable and predictable.

"Island fever" or "Rock fever". Oahu might be somewhat different than the Big Island, since it's a much smaller island, but I have never experienced this myself. Nor have I EVER met anyone here who "suffered" from this. If you feel confined, you can always get on the next plane to the Mainland.

One thing with Honolulu/Oahu - it's a very expensive place. One of the most expensive in the country (real estate/rent I mean). I'm on the Hilo side of the Big Island, and since this is the rainy side of the island, real estate prices are not as high here as they are on the other (Kona) side of the island. I happen to love the climate & rain & environment here, and I know I'm here to stay. For good. Food is generally also a bit more expensive in Hawaii since a lot of it has to be shipped over here.

Feel free to ask away...

6. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

After my post above I went out for an 8 mile morning run, and that's always when I do my best thinking!:) It occurred to me that my "you can always get on the next plane" comment could be interpreted as a snide remark. What I meant was simply that anyone who feels confined can plan a trip to the Mainland for a change of scenery. And then obviously come back to paradise!

7. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I lived on Oahu for a year back in 1970, and although I did get island fever, and had to move back (to New Jersey of all places), I would do it all again in a heart beat! Oahu is such a cool place, the people so friendly, the food so ono (yes, SAIMIN!!!), the N. Shore beaches so great - one of my best experiences.

As stated previously, the downside is the prices! One can even overcome island fever if they're wealthy enough, but most of us can only afford one or two trips out of state a year.

GO FOR IT!!!

8. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting bgl

After my post above I went out for an 8 mile morning run, and that's always when I do my best thinking!:) It occurred to me that my "you can always get on the next plane" comment could be interpreted as a snide remark. What I meant was simply that anyone who feels confined can plan a trip to the Mainland for a change of scenery. And then obviously come back to paradise!

:) nice. that right there is why I'm thinking the pros outweigh the cons. I've found that I really don't want much out of life except to live in a nice area and to find a nice woman. I really don't care about owning things. After OZ and NZ I really miss being able to walk to the beach and just take it all in.

I do have one question... how much money would you recommend I save up before I attempt the move? I would have no job at first and would be living with one other roommate in a two bdrm apartment (possibly around student housing). think I could get by on $750-800ish a month? (keeping a tight-budget that is)

I'm sure I'll definitely have more questions for you as the year progresses... I'm still weighing my options and seeing how things play out as I save.

9. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

I assume the $750-$800 includes part of the rent? Any idea how much that might be? Rent in Honolulu can be expensive, even though student housing is probably more reasonable. That amount would obviously be key. And as far as how much you should save before coming here, well, as much as possible! Coming here without a job can be risky, so it really boils down to a) what field are you in? and b) what do you think the chances are of finding a job in your field? And if those chances are remote, what's your back-up plan to make some money? Not knowing any of that, I'd say you should probably have enough money to be able to support yourself for at least 6 months. Without having any income here. That would give you enough time to figure out if Hawaii is the place for you.

I'm a firm believer in taking risks every now and then. Some risks are greater than others. And the potential rewards are then usually also greater. And a person who takes no risks is a person who will never live life to the fullest. And it sounds to me like you're ready for a change. The only question is when and how. Up to you to figure things out and make it happen!

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