It really is true: people here are very nice. Many will say it reflects the very real Aloha Spirit and that is true. But there are also some very easy-to-understand reasons and that will help you acclimate to local culture in Hawaii and make your transition much easier. Read: "Why Everyone is So Nice in
About Peter Kay
I’ve lived Hawaii since the mid ‘80s when I moved here at the age of 21. I arrived site-unseen in Honolulu with zero contacts and about $5k in savings. I worked from nearly zero and today Hawaii has given me the greatest gifts in the world in all aspects: spiritually, financially, romantically (married since early ‘90s w/ 2 children), and most important, peace. My goal with this site is to share the magic of this Land of Aloha and help others who are on a similar quest.
People move back to the mainland for a few key reasons: financial, family, or cultural. This article deals with the cultural change you need to be prepared for if you're going to live here. Whether these are big issues or little issues is up to you but you need to know what they are regardless.
Ask anyone who moved to Hawaii from the mainland (and the longer they've lived in Hawaii, the better their answer will be) to tell you about what not to do in Hawaii and guaranteed they will at least list the Top 5 Cultural No-Nos on this page. If you're going to live here, following at
You probably already had dreams of what Hawaii offers like gorgeous scenery, sunsets, beaches, pristine tropical waters and perfect weather but are you really prepared for what you have to give up? Aina was born and raised in Hawaii and also lived on the mainland so her perspective is firsthand. Make sure you don't treasure
I asked Aina to write up a piece about cockroaches in Hawaii and I think instead I triggered her deep childhood fears of fighting cockroaches as she was growing up in Hawaii. If you want to relive one's childhood fears about big, scary, flying, seemingly invincible bugs, this one's for you. Enjoy! Read: "Flying Cockroaches
Short answer: heck yes. In recent years, Amazon and their Prime service have eased the pain but make no mistake; it's still a pain yet part of the life of living in Hawaii. Aina gives you a local's view of what it's like in dealing with Hawaii's shipping costs. Read: "No free shipping to Hawaii"