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Why Should You Move to the Hawaiian Islands??

Here Are 50 Amazing Reasons to Move to Hawaii!

1. Completely Change Your Life! You’re still in the USA, so normal creature comforts that you are accustomed to still exist. But the opportunity to radically change your life and breathe new air so to speak, is right in front of you if you choose it. You can change not only your home location, but your friends, your career, your hobbies, the food you eat, you can increase the exercise you do, lose weight, learn something completely different. There are so many opportunities for people to change their lives from black to rainbow that it deserves a whole chapter in our next book!

2. The Mai Tai’s are KILLER! One of the greatest alcoholic drinks ever made, are made very, very well in Hawaii. I don’t think I ever had a bad mai tai in Hawaii!

3. SHOP Until You DROP! If you’re a shopping fanatic, you’ll be right in your element by moving to Oahu. The island has fantastic shopping opportunities and the other islands are nothing to sneeze at either! Shopping options.

4. Good Private Schools for Kids! There are some very good private schools for kids of all ages in Hawaii. Our president went to one of them! While I wouldn’t recommend anyone bring their kids to Hawaii if they cannot put them in the private school system, if you have the money – you’ll find a number of great choices for schools on Oahu, Maui, and Big Island.

Girl snorkeling in Pacific Ocean, Maui, Hawaii

5. Best on the Planet Snorkeling and Diving! Well, in my own opinion. The warm water, the plentiful reefs, fish, turtles, whales and barracuda make the islands a great place to spend a lot of time in the water. See snorkeling in Hanauma Bay! Photo ©2012 mikefats at Flickr.com.

6. Unsurpassed Natural Beauty! See images here!

7. It is EASY to Find New Friends! Many people are new to the islands and are looking for friends, just like you will be when you arrive. If you make half-an-effort, you can definitely find friends you enjoy spending time with. Hawaii is one of the most social places I’ve ever been – one of the great reasons for moving to Hawaii when you can swing it. There’s something about sharing simple things like surfing, a walk on the beach, a picnic, or a hike through the hills that brings people together naturally. Finding friends, social life in Hawaii.

8. Unmatched Laid-back Lifestyle! At least in the USA, you won’t find anything like the casual approach to work and life as you will in the islands. There is an appreciation of the place by residents that transcends the importance of living. The seriousness of work is pushed to the side as people embrace the wilderness, the stunning beauty of the islands. More about what the lifestyle is like.

9. Bodyboarding or Surfing Big, Perfect Waves is something one never gets used to. It’s a mind-blowing experience every time. Read about my two near-death experiences in big waves!

Bellows Beach Air Force Station on northeast Oahu Island, Hawaii.

Families relax at Bellows Beach on the northeast coast of Oahu near Kailua and the marine base, Kaneohe.

10. Pacific Ocean Blues – the shades of blue of the Hawaiian waters are fascinating. Look at the photo above. The blue at Bellows Beach is really like that!

11. Low Emphasis on Money! Let me explain…  There are people living on the islands that have more money than congress. They have decent homes and houses. The rest of us are not really that concerned with the house we live in or the car we’re driving. There is less emphasis on this sort of thing because there are so many people that just cannot compete, so they don’t try. It’s a great excuse for you to drop out of the rat-race too and downsize what you need. There is something to be said for the “Less is more” and minimalist attitudes. It feels great once you get into it. Save your money for inter-island or trips back to the mainland or abroad! Minimalist living in Hawaii.

kauai-hawaii-clouds12. Long Winding and Endless Trails – leading to remarkable views of the coast and ocean surrounding the islands. There are more than 50 hikes on Oahu alone, you won’t ever get bored, you can do one each weekend.

13. We Wrote a Book – MOVING TO HAWAII! to Help You Move!

14. Living in Hawaii is MAGIC! There is something about living in the Hawaiian islands that is just magical. What is it? Find out here.

15. No Vehicle Needed! If you’re single and you can either land a job in Waikiki or in town, you may not need to own a vehicle at all. The Bus is a great resource to have for getting around and has regular schedules most people find very useful. Can you imagine being able to save on a car payment, gas, insurance, and maintenance of a vehicle? Even if only for a year, you can save $5,000 minimum. I know people that walk all over town and Waikiki. I know people who take bikes and even skateboards. If you want to explore other parts of the island on the weekends, just rent a scooter!

16. Local Hawaii Food! Local food doesn’t just mean Hawaiian food but local Korean, Japanese, Asian fusion, etc. There are so many different great foods to choose from in Hawaii, you could never tire of the choices of cuisine available to you. I tend to eat a lot of mahi-mahi sandwiches, ono (wahoo fish), ahi poke, huli chicken, Korean BBQ, Thai, and of course pizza from some of the amazing pizza shops.

17. Great Workouts! One of the best exercises for your body is climbing stairs, or climbing up steep paths. On Oahu there are many trails through the forest, but even more intense is a climb up the Koko Head stairs which rises about 900 feet into the sky. The views at the top are stunning. Do it a couple of times if you’re really fit! It’s hard to beat stairclimbing outdoors!

18. Where You Are Living Now Cannot Compare to Hawaii! I can’t think of another place in the USA that compares in any way to spending life in Hawaii. I just can’t. I mean, Key West is laid back, sure. But, there is very little natural beauty. No mountains. No volcanos. Boulder, Colorado has mountains. The temperatures there are anything but tropical. There’s no ocean. No dolphins. Few rainbows. Some places in California have the amazing Pacific Ocean and some mountains. They also have tens of millions of people more than Hawaii. Hawaii is an oasis. Come on out for a year, or a lifetime. See what you’ve been missing.

Growing Pot in Hawaii as the Ultimate Job is one of the great reasons to move to Hawaii!

Growing Pot in Hawaii as the Ultimate Job

19. The Ultimate Job – Growing Marijuana in Hawaii is Coming Soon! Coming soon to an island near you, Hawaii has passed new laws in 2015 and legal dispensaries of medical marijuana will most likely open up in the late 2017. The island’s residents are dying for it. More info. And more.

20. More Affordable Than You Think It Is! There is a saying that Hawaii is as expensive as you make it. You could buy $4 Dasani water bottles or just the 90 cent alternative. They all go through the same health checks. You could buy $2 bananas in Waikiki, or get a bunch for $3 at the morning food market. You could dine at Roy’s for $100 per person, or grab something from the mobile food trucks that locals love. You can eat for a fraction of what you would at a nice restaurant. Cost of living in paradise.

21. $140 Inter-Island Flights! This happens occasionally, and it’s taken advantage of by a lot of Hawaii residents that were just waiting for it. Occasionally you might get super lucky and find a special like sixty-dollars for inter-island flights. Hard to beat that, but keep in mind it’s super rare! If you lived in Hawaii you could be taking advantage of the best inter-island travel deals because you’re there and can go almost anytime.

This is a small red sand beach on the island of Maui, in the city of Hana on the far East side of the island.

22. Cozy White, Black, and Pink Sand Beaches! Hawaii’s beaches are almost always clean, well-maintained, and safe for swimmers and snorkelers.

23. See EVERY Beach! All of Hawaii’s beaches are public, and owners of land around them must provide access. Not so in some tropical areas of the world! If you live in the islands you can take your time and see all the beaches your heart desires.

24. Year-round Perfect Weather! If there’s one thing that really makes Hawaii one of the world’s perfect destinations, it’s the picture-perfect weather and temperatures. Sure it rains, but it’s sunny again in a few minutes. The winters are short and the temperatures drop a bit to really cool things off. I can’t think of a location with better weather and temperatures across the world.

25. What Better Place to Work Online? If you’re working at an online business, or have some work you can complete online or on your computer at home – what better place to do it than in Hawaii? This is something I’ve seen people doing for many years. I lived next to a computer programmer in a Hawaii condo in early 2016. He worked from 5 a.m. to around lunch time. Then he was out at the beach surfing Waikiki, Ala Moana, or Diamond Head. Ahh, the perfect life, right?

26. If You’re Retiring and Have Money, There is NOWHERE ELSE Better to Be! If you have enough saved for retirement, I don’t think there’s a place on the planet that will keep you happier than one of the islands in Hawaii. You can have everything you want, and then travel to get away when you need to, in order to avoid “island fever.” Have the best of all worlds, and retire right here in this Pacific paradise. One of the best reasons to move to Hawaii is retirement!

27. Clean and Refreshing Air to Breathe!  I’ve lived a few places now, and I haven’t found better air quality than in the Hawaiian Islands. Sure there are places the air isn’t so good 100% of the time, like VOG (Volcanic fog) on the Big Island, or fumes from traffic in Waikiki, but outside of these places there are a whole lot of locations with air as good as it gets. Come get yourself some!

28. These 5 Smells! These are some of my favorite things to smell in the islands!

29. Happy People! There are more happy people in Hawaii than anywhere in the USA. At least some surveys have said that. Hawaii breeds smiling, happy people. Sure there is racism, people barely earning a living that are struggling to survive, but overall I think there are more people happy and grateful for what they have in Hawaii than people elsewhere. Come out and see for yourself. Let me know what you think.

Kauai Canyon30. No Snakes! The Hawaiian Islands are empty of dangerous snakes. There is one little completely harmless snake, the Brahminy Blind snake, but not only can it not see well above ground, but it couldn’t bite if it tried – the mouth is much too small.

31. Aloha Shirts and Muumuu Dresses! Want an excuse to dress down and wear something cool and comfortable instead of a long-sleeved shirt and tie or stiff suit? Somebody was really thinking in Hawaii because Aloha casual dress is OK for just about anything.

32. Choose a Hermit Lifestyle, or Fun Filled Nightlife! Hawaii has something for everyone. It is perfectly feasible to move to the islands and lock yourself away in your own private haven for reading books, practicing yoga, working on a farm for room and board, and dropping out of society. It is also just as easy to move to Oahu and party every night in Waikiki. Up to you!

33. Rainbows! A couple times a week, you will probably see rainbows while living in the United States most rainbow-packed state! Depending where you live, you might see a rainbow almost daily. I lived over past Lahaina, and I worked there in the small town. I saw rainbows daily near the West Maui Mountains in Lahaina. It’s an amazing, and magical place to live! OK, you know what a rainbow is… but What’s a MOONBOW?

34. Outdoor Adventures! Water skiing, jet skiing, para-sailing, para-gliding, hang-gliding, kite-surfing, boating, yachting, snorkeling, diving, swimming, bodyboarding, surfing, bodysurfing, free-diving, spear-fishing, shore fishing, fishing from cliffs, hiking, road running, ultra-running, hashing, biking, beach volleyball, kayaking, triathlons, biathlons, hunting, motorbike riding, off-roading (trucks), archery, dancing, sunning, finding shells, booze cruises, etc!

Golfing Princeville, Kauai Island, Hawaii

Golfing on Kauai Island. ©2014 Ankarino at Flickr.

35. Endless GOLF Until You DROP! There are few places in the world, no wait. There isn’t a place in this big world that even touch the number of pristine, perfectly laid out golf courses we have in Hawaii. Check out our HUGE Golf Section here.


36. Spectacular Sea Life! Whales just off the coast, or a short boat ride away. Eels in just six feet deep water off Maui. Reef fish, octopus, and sea-turtles all within reach! Exploring Hawaii’s amazing sea-life is one thing you might get accustomed to doing when you have some free time.

37. Once You’re Living in Hawaii, It’s So Much Easier to Move to Another Island! What some people do is start out with a move to Oahu and use it as a jumping off point to explore the other islands. Some decide Oahu isn’t exactly what they were looking for, and move to one of the other islands – usually Maui or Big Island.

Big waves are something to keep an eye out for, but staph infections in the water in Waikiki - is another!

Big waves are something to keep an eye out for!

38. Where Else Are You Going to Learn Big-Wave Surfing? New Jersey?!!

39. Stress Free Weekdays! After the workday is over your group might get together at a karaoke place, a restaurant, a beach, or just sit around the office and chill out a bit, drinking a beer and eating snacks or dinner. Pau hana! Is the little after work celebration that you all made it through another day. It’s a cool tradition, and some people take it to extremes, but usually there is a small group from each business that hangs out a bit after the workday and blows off some steam. This is part of a great tradition.

40. Even MORE Stress Free Weekends! Picnics in Waimanolo or at Ala Moana Beach Park is the norm on Oahu on the weekend. Usually a mix of family, friends, and co-workers get together and drop in on each other’s picnics. Good food, beer, and pupus!

41. Hawaiian Music! Did you ever hear of the Ka’au Crater Boys – Kawika? Click the link to hear one of their amazing songs. These are some of my favorite Hawaiian singers and maybe something you haven’t heard before.

42. Hawaiian Luaus! Given the choice between a night on Broadway in NYC, or sitting down on the ground at a luau in my Aloha shirt and slippahs, I’ll take the luau any day. Luaus are just great fun, whether you live in the islands or are just visiting.

North Shore Oahu sunset... yeah! ©2013 puuikibeach at flickr.com

North Shore Oahu sunset… yeah! ©2013 puuikibeach at flickr.com

43. Mind-blowing Sunsets! I think people just naturally start taking a lot more sunset photos while living in Hawaii. I mean, you might not even own a camera, but then after a few mind-rattling sunsets, you go buy one like everyone else and shoot ’em!

44. You Will Never Know What It’s Like Until You Live Here! That’s the truth, there is nothing like it, so nothing you could compare it with. If you can afford it without much problem, I strongly advise you to pack your bags and come over for a year and see what you think. Explore the other islands – Kauai, Maui, Big Island, and even Lanai and Molokai. See what might fit your lifestyle the best. There is an island for everyone. Hopefully for you too!

Man in Hammock, Big Island, Hawaii45. Nature’s Fan! The near constant tradewinds blowing across Hawaii keeps us all cool enough that most of the time we don’t even need the air conditioner. Well, once you get used to the heat anyway. You can’t go from Minnesota or Vermont to Hawaii and be in your element right away. Give yourself a year, your blood thins a bit. After ten years of living on-island, you might never turn on the air conditioner at all. Photo ©2014 Redjef25 at Flickr.

46. Slippahs 24-7! Chances are, depending where you work, you can wear your sandals (flip-flops; slippahs) all day and night.

47. The Diverse Land Areas! Each island has a number of different terrains and ecosystems. There are places it rains often, and places that are dry. There are places that are often sunny, others that are often cloudy. There are hills on one part of the island, and it’s flat in another. There are ocean cliffs and mountain peaks. There is forest and desert. Hawaii’s land is quite diverse.

48. Hawaii Residents Love It! Nearly all of our respondents at our Hawaii Residents Survey revealed that they loved living on the islands. By far the thing cited most often as reason for wanting to continue to live in Hawaii was the weather. The weather really appeals to people!

Surfer Catching Wave on Surfboard - Hawaii

Addiction in the making! ©2012 Davco9200 at flickr.

49. See and Do Things You’ve Never Imagined! There is so much to see, that you won’t see it all in a year. Unless you had a jam-packed year of just visiting attractions, beaches, special places in the islands, I don’t think you could do it in a year. There is so much to see and spend time doing. Blowholes, sea caves, toilet bowls, rocky cliffs, cliff-diving, hiking to mountain peaks on all the islands, seeing barracuda up close as you snorkel or dive. There is SO MUCH to see and experience! It’s worth moving to Hawaii just for this reason.

50. The 50th and BEST REASON to Move to Hawaii? BRUDDAH IZ LIVED HERE!

Come on, you know Bruddah Iz – Somewhere Over a Rainbow? That guy!

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Oh, and here are 12 Reasons YOU SHOULD NOT Move to Hawaii!


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  1. Easton Memmott 07/31/2018 at 5:22 am - Reply

    The first reason to move to Hawaii really hit me hard; it will completely change your life. I want a fresh and completely new start. My life has been miserable and I am ready to leave it behind. I will be sure to move to Hawaii as soon as I possibly can so I can be happy again.

  2. Minro 06/08/2018 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Racism— it’s not just “white” on others. I grew up in Hispanic neighborhoods in the southwest and black neighborhoods on the east coast on the mainland and then moved to Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii when I was 11, in the early ‘80’s, and dealt with racism. I was one of five white kids in junior high. In ALL locations, my family was told to “go home”… ok, where is our home?—we (white/mixed ethnic Europeans) have been displaced ourselves for so many more reasons than annexing…get it??????!!!! .I QUICKLY got sick of it (racism) at 12 yrs old and got into a huge fight. The other girl and me had detention together and I said I was sorry and she and her friends were civil in later years. I found that older local guys (yikes) loved to flirt with (little) me and that local girls left me alone if I held my head and was nonchalant. And my best friend was filipino. I lived on the mainland again for 20 years and then moved back to Hawaii in 2015 (for my teen true love who is local) and had ptsd for a good 9 months before it settled. My brother was set up and sent to prison. TRAUMA. Many more experiences which I saw others go through. Racism is global and calling anyone haole, spic, jap, chink, white trash, nigger etc and being segregated and hated on for any of the same reasons HURTS. White people today are not responsible for OTHER white peoples’ mistakes past or present, anymore than a person with a darker skin tone is responsible for anyone of the same tone’s actions or words or for our mostly Caucasian government mistakes. Racism hurts ALL WAYS. Truth in love

    • Peter Kay 06/08/2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing this painful experience and I hope you’ve found peace with your true love.

  3. Peter 12/06/2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    It’s all nice but I’ve checked and it gets dark at 6pm even in summer, I don’t think I could take it, I’m used to sun setting at 9pm in summer.

    • Peter Kay 12/06/2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      Where did you get that from? We get 13 hours of daylight in summer and 11 hrs of daylight in Winter. Midwest by comparison gets 15 hrs daylight in summer and 9 hrs of daylight in Winter. It just depends what your preference is. If your sun sets at 9pm in summer it sets at 4pm in Winter.

      • Peter 12/07/2017 at 7:54 pm - Reply

        This is the source and it is accurate, even in June it sets at 7pm:

        In Spain for instance sun sets at 10pm in June and in December it sets at 6pm:

        Sunset at 6 is ok if you plan on going to sleep at 8pm and get up at 5am but doubt many people do that …although maybe they do in Hawaii, having read on your other list of “12 reasons why not to move to hawaii” how terrible traffic is over there.

        • Peter Kay 12/07/2017 at 10:58 pm

          Yes this is more accurate. Spain gets 14 hrs of daylight in summer and 10 in winter.

    • Brad 04/12/2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      We don’t observe daylight savings time in Hawai’i. Winter sunset is 5:30, summer is 6:45 to 7:15.

  4. Tammy McMurray 07/16/2016 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Hey, is there any advise on how to get inexpensive flights. Me and my kids want to relocate to Hawaii–And so we are looking at ways we can move without it breaking us

    • Peter Kay 07/16/2016 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      No magic way other than tracking flights through Google, etc but if you’re thinking of relocating and expensive airfare is going to “break” you, Hawaii will probably be far too expensive if you want to maintain your current lifestyle.

  5. Harry Llewellyn 04/25/2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Me and my fiance absolutely love this site and this article. It has been our dream for years to move out to Hawaii, but after recent events it’s probably not in the cards for us. If anyone could take a moment and read our story it would be greatly appreciated. If you feel compelled, please feel free to pass it along to anyone who might be interested. Aloha.


    • Peter Kay 04/25/2016 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      We wish you the very best in your life and future!

    • Rev.Kymm Blair 06/09/2016 at 8:36 am - Reply

      hello, I want to absolutely THANK YOU. my hubby is waiting to hear IF he got a job there working for the new monorail, so Ive done a lil looking into people’s comments I read one last night, it was so bad a d neg. It scared to maybe NOT want to move or have second thoughts but your article turned me right back to being excited to go, only thing that’s bothers me at this point is getting my cats there I keep reading how hawiian people are not real animal lovers, I myself saved a bat I hit w my car wen I grew up in northern cali. my parents moved us from Santa Clara to lake camanche, outside of Sacramento, not a burb, it’s over an hour away, I grew up on water skis parasailing, boating, Etc. and a horse, I grew up on 43 acres absolutely loved it!! I NEVER wore shoes accept to school, they callused so I cud walk hot tar, rocks, through fields everything barefoot, I lived a casual TomBoy life that I miss SO much and you described everything I wish for now, I went on vacation there three years ago in honolulu, Cried wen I had to leave other than missed hubby. I worked dor Kaiser in my adult years again LOVED IT! greatest company I ever worked for and want to maybe go back, if hubby gets job w ur new light rail. im ‘on a plane, I’ve been told so many things have protective coating put on cars cuz my father in law paid it OFF for me wen the economy Took a huge hit in 08, so NO WAY can I get rid of it, we lost dad to pancreatic cancer cpl years ago. so it very sentimental to me, the company said they have a moving package they offer to new hires for obvious reasons, so I will take full advantage of that, BUT.. I JUST BOUGHT A BEAUTIFUL 2011 avalanche that I also just got attached to, other than my vehicles in a junkie fot cars ill admit, but we going to sell all our other vehicles etc. want to start over, new furniture so we can downsize except guest room/ btw im purchasing ur book soon as I submit this to you, but I have a huge fear of bugs geckos,? no big deal, but read about how cetipedes can get as big as snakes and can bite he said living in Hawii at some point in your life there one will roll over one while ur sleeping n get bit. id die, cuz im not a snake person so reading that Hawaii doesn’thave them is so amazing to me, walking barefoot in north cali. was to b alert 24/7 I was VERY fortunate, But as a young teen was bit by a black widow that put me in an E.r. w my tongue swelled to block my airway. so im not scared of black widows I just not fond of spiders, geckos I wud prolly feed one if it were cute enough, but id train my cats not to get them. I had a parakeet I trained them to ignore their natural intinct to want to kill it, they getting old, no real desire to chase anything. except something that may walk across their foot or something, but long story short I had a stroke and my cat got me through that, time during having it, they all curled up around my head n slept around me, so I’m in love w them had them for 8 years and CANNOT part w them, realtors told me we won’t b able to get a rental even for cpl months wen we move there, just till we buy a house. because of my pets and even some associations have strict rules to qty. size etc. they have Never NOT used their litter box they r good girls, and yes im I’m aware and am preparing them for their shots etc. so they won’t get quarantined. for 4 months. they’ve never been exposed to anything to get Rabies, but I totally understand! there’s no rabies been documented there ever? which is crazy since there are bats there aren’t there? idk just rambling so talking to someone / w positive outlook, please tell me about these “centipedes that live in damp places in your home, nesting under carpets, usually near kitchens” this fella was so neg. I just don’t know if he was trying to keep population down or what, he talked about the tsunamis that Hawaii gets allot of! & people die cuz they looking at sea life stuck on sand beach cuz waster pulls out first, unaware of huge waves coming back that are like 4-6 story waves return drowning all those “unaware people”.. I noticed and agreed w u about friendly people, I sropped and chatted w so many people it was amazing how nice n laid back it is there!! Mn. folks stay away.lol
      ok long enough gotra fo pur hase book now,

      warm regards, aloha

      • Peter Kay 06/09/2016 at 8:15 pm - Reply

        Wow! Great story! Love it! Thanks for making such a rich comment!

  6. patrick hayes 10/28/2015 at 6:06 am - Reply

    It seems you are not keen on public schools in Hawaii, at least based on your writings. What is it that makes them unattractive in your opinion?

    • Jack Twist 12/27/2015 at 5:15 am - Reply

      Hawaii is ranked dead last in public education when compared to the other states. The DOE in Hawaii is so terrible that I would not advise anyone to raise kids there unless private schooling can be afforded.

      • Vern Lovic 12/27/2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

        Did you work as a teacher in Hawaii, or did you have kids going to school there?

  7. Bob and Vickie O!grady 08/10/2015 at 6:22 am - Reply

    give more hints planning move maybe 2016 from mainland if God willing

  8. Brenden Leary 08/07/2015 at 7:27 am - Reply


    You have an amazing voice my friend. You sound like a very happy soul. My grandparents told me that they would move to Maui if I moved there first in that they are ensured I am serious about living there. I will definitely look into moving to Maui and learn more about the culture that resides there. I hope to meet you one day.

    Me ka aloha pumehana

  9. Olive 07/08/2015 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    I am a kid living in California, but not on the coast. I’m stuck in the central valley. I learned how to surf when I was around 6, and its my favorite thing in the world. My dad surfs also so we try to go every 2 weeks or so since we are about 3 hours from Santa Cruz. I have been trying to convince my parents to move for about 2 years now, and its always “been a possibility” but my parents always give me lists of reasons why we couldn’t. My Dad would love to, but he just doesn’t really think about it realistically. I’m one of those people that kinda just thinks that life is short and you have to make the most of it, and I’m not looking to waste 18 years of it in the central valley. I’m trying to write a persuasive essay about why we should move, but I cant really think of any other than the obvious. I actually am open to moving anywhere where you can surf, but my top pick is definitely Hawaii. Some of my parents main concerns about Hawaii are the costs and the locals being racist towards white people (my family being blond haired and blued eyed). Is the racism that bad? Also what are some convincing reasons for parents. Also is it safe there?
    Thanks so much.

    • Vern Lovic 07/14/2015 at 2:56 am - Reply

      Hi Olive,

      Honestly, and you’re not going to like this, stick around where you are and graduate from high school first. Stay around your friends, the area you know and feel comfortable in. Your parents are right to be concerned about the racism. Not that it’s bad for adults, but I think for kids it is MUCH worse. Why don’t you find some kids in Hawaii and ask them? Use twitter, facebook, whatever, wherever kids are – instagram? I don’t know. I do think they’ll tell you that there is a ton of racism and the real problem for your family moving is that YOU won’t be happy, you may not fit in quickly to one of the groups…

      So, I’d recommend against it actually. Sorry. I would NOT bring my daughter there. I have considered it over a couple of years, she is 5 now. I think better to stay in Thailand, or maybe we might go to another country in Asia. Much better environment for her.



      • jamie 02/11/2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

        HI Olive,

        Yes, you are young and you should listen to your parents (especially now as you are young), but never let anyone tell you that you have to restrict yourself.

        Keep believing in your dreams, EVERYTHING is possible!

        See you in Hawaii, friend <3

  10. Bliss 06/03/2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    What about JOBS? On the mainland, it is a challenge today, hail the USA….the mainland is hectic and changed so much I don’t recognize this country anymore. Perhaps Hawaii is different and more friendly, as friendliness seems to have vanished on the mainland. And now the TPP is going in, more jobs gone, no matter what they say. We need work to move to Hawaii, love your input!

  11. Ching 04/23/2015 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Hi Vern, my husband and I are looking for a nice quiet place to live in Hawaii. We have toured around Kauai, and we are thinking of checking out Maui as well. We are looking for 2-3 acres with lots of bamboo and fruit trees. We like the convenience of shopping centers, but want to stay far enough away from the crowd. We enjoy the view of beach, but we are not beach bums. Any suggestions where we should look in Maui?

  12. James 04/08/2015 at 10:58 am - Reply

    I am a disabled vet who suffers from the cold and wet in Washington state. I only have my disability allowance, which is not much. Are there resources VA etc that would help me to live even simply in Hawaii?

  13. Lori 04/02/2015 at 6:49 am - Reply

    HI Vern, I found your comments to be very insightful and helpful.
    We are wanting to come and explore all of Maui and understand the island
    completely as we are hoping to purchase there this summer. Can you suggest a great relator for us?

  14. Lee 02/18/2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

    We are thinking of relocating to Hawaii…thinking very strongly that is. My wife is the executive director at her place of business and has 2 semesters left in school to have her Cpa. Me, well, I would just have to look for work. We plan on searching for a house that has solar power, several fruit trees, etc etc..we will grow our own vegetables, make milk from coconuts and live as self sufficient as possible. Do you have any tips as far as making the move, safest areas, great schools for 3 kids? I know there are negatives but then again where are there not negatives? We live in MS and can think of way more negative than positive. Thanks in advance!

    • Vern Lovic 02/18/2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Lee,

      Sounds like you’re probably going. Best of luck to you! There are hundreds of articles here, indexed at the home page. You could start there. I also have a book on the topic – you can read it for free by signing up to join the newsletter. Aloha!

  15. Kenneth Rogers 02/12/2015 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Hey Vern,
    Great website and tips, I am an IT guy as well and planning to make the move to paradise, any tips on jobs? I am also an ex stand up comic and hope there are a couple of clubs there to stay sharp in.
    Anyway thanks for the info
    Mitch Rogers

  16. Patti Morrow 01/28/2015 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Wow! You really nailed it! I absolutely love Hawaii. As a travel writer, I seldom visit the same place more than once because there are so many other places to, but Hawaii is the exception.

  17. Vern 01/27/2015 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Here’s something funny that happens when I post about the GOOD THINGS about living in Hawaii, coming to visit, etc. Locals get all bent out of shape and list 10 things that are really a problem about living in the islands. Already, two people wrote to tell me that I’m painting too rosy a picture of the place. WHY? They want to keep Hawaii for their own.

    The title of the article says it all – these are all POSITIVES about living in the most amazing state in the USA. We all understand there are negatives. I won’t be posting them here in the comments.


    • teddy ted 11/28/2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      hi VERN ,,,,its TED,,,,from ,PUERTO RICO,,,,Don’t know if you remember me.. but im still planning to move to HAWAII,with my mom,,,, im an airport an hotel worker,,,,hope there”s openings available for me,,i could get use to the island since I live on one for about 15 years know,,,im also into cycling an other sport…would love to move..GOD WILLING,maybe soon I will take a trip alone so I could see where to live with mom,,, an hopefully work near,,give out resumes to start my process….keep in touch buddy,,,,,talk to you soon,,an maybe meet you in person…..the TEDDY BEAR

  18. Why Move to Hawaii? | Hawaii Pulse 01/27/2015 at 4:35 pm - Reply

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  19. Aukai Pono 01/27/2015 at 6:52 am - Reply

    As someone who lived in Hawaii for 50 years, I can’t believe how unbelievably naive this article is. It glosses over so many topics and ignores the most relevant ones such as the extremely high cost of living, poor wages and extremely high housing costs. A better suggestion is to visit Hawaii but not live there!

    • Vern 01/27/2015 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Naive? The article is what it is – reasons TO MOVE TO Hawaii. I have mentioned PLENTY of negatives about moving to the islands in dozens of articles before. I’m sure people don’t read this and think to themselves, MY GOD! IT’s the most perfect place to ever exist on the earth! Move along now… nothing to see here… lol.

    • Brad 04/12/2018 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      I’m glad someone said this. Kudos to you. No one should move here on a lark. Many who do this end up homeless within one year. Homelessness is a huge problem here on O’ahu. Yes, there are plenty of jobs, but the salaries are no good, with the high cost of rent or mortgage, & day to day living. Too many people in Honolulu make for choking traffic with nowhere to park. Outer islands get traffic now too. If I was wealthy, & could live anywhere, it would be Moloka’i island. Moloka’i is the most Hawaiian of all da islands. No traffic, few tourists, slow lifestyle, impossible beauty & romance. Few jobs in Moloka’i though. There are three classes there: Independently wealthy, those who eek out a living doing whatever, & the rest on welfare &/or homeless. My best advice for those of you seeking better weather & opportunity… Try Florida, Hawai’i is full already.

  20. Jon 01/26/2015 at 3:11 am - Reply

    Great post Brudda Vern! Ill say 98% of the list I can vouch for except the mai tai and the marijuana one. Both I never tried before so I don’t know about them and cant vouch anything about them. If we could mix Hawaiis lifestyle into the lifestyle in Thailand, I would truly say I was in heaven!

    • Vern 01/26/2015 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      Yeah, there are some amazing things about Thailand too for sure Jon! In some ways, Hawaii cannot compare to Thailand – right? But, I think there are more ways that Thailand can, in no way, compare to Hawaii! Both great places though!

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    • Brad 04/12/2018 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Hawaii, Thailand, Philippines & Queensland, Australia. I have lived in these places. I like them all, but when I feel homesick, I always return to my beautiful Hawaii nei.

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