Aloha, I’m Peter Kay and thanks for being here!
I’ve been living in Hawaii most of my life, since the mid 80’s. After all these years, I still get up every morning and pinch myself that I am and have been “living the dream” since my early 20s. I found this website, just like you did, and discovered that Vern wanted to sell it. He’s been living in Thailand since about 2004 and what struck me about his website is that it’s pretty much what I would have written myself. I liked the site so much I bought it!
My goal is to continue what Vern started. I love Hawaii so much and have decades of experience to share with you all. I’ve been running a small business since the 80’s here and have gone through many economic ups and downs and still here to write about it. Feel free to connect professionally with me via LinkedIn.
My story is pretty simple and somewhat typical. I came to Hawaii on a vacation and instantly fell in love the moment I got off the plane at the airport. Six months later, I packed my car and drove cross-country from the Midwest and flew to Honolulu, where I didn’t know a single soul, much less have a job.
I was a software engineer, one of the first crop of new ones specializing in “micro-computers” like the Apple ][ and IBM PC. It was only after I arrived in the islands that I discovered there were no jobs for guys like me! So I struggled along for several years, getting odd jobs and doing whatever it took to survive.
Over those years, I made lots of friends and started my first business with other partners after living here for 2 years and since then I’ve never looked back.
I like to believe I’ve invested my time wisely in Hawaii. I’ve worked really, really hard, got to know the culture, it’s people, the politics (I ran a bunch of campaigns) and served my community by being on many boards. I don’t know how else to say this: I just love this place!
I love the outdoors (you have to if you live here!) and have done a lot of hiking, surfing, and other island adventures. I particularly love bodysurfing (yes, that’s me on the right side column). I would love to hear suggestions on how we can make this site better than it already is!
Aloha, I’m Vern!
I decided back in 2006 to make this website because, like many people that visit one of the islands, I was infatuated with the place since arriving at Honolulu International Airport. I knew I was in a magical world. When I stepped out of the plane I was numb. I was overcome with a reality that had escaped me for the eighteen years I spent in the frigid cold winters of Pennsylvania. I didn’t understand why everyone in the world didn’t pack their things and move to the Hawaiian islands pronto!
On this website I’ve written some helpful articles for tourists and those of you considering moving to and living in the Hawaiian Islands. Sometimes you’ll share my viewpoint and other times you won’t. I encourage you to leave comments either way. If you’re looking for my bio, it’s here – Bio.
On a personal level, I love exercise, photography, video, and doing my best to keep my family healthy, safe, and prosperous.
If you are in Hawaii or moving there soon, and you want to write about your experience – contact me. I’d like to feature some of you who want to write about your experience.
If you take nice photos of Hawaii and don’t mind if I put them at this site (with credit to you, of course) – contact me, I’d love to look through them.
If you take good video and know how to upload them to YouTube, and don’t mind me using them for this site – with credit – contact me.
Enjoy the articles you find here, and leave as many comments as you can stand writing. If you have any questions at all, just send me your note via this form.
Aloha and best of life to you!
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