One of our newsletter subscribers sent in a question: Coming from an area that is 30 minutes from mountains and 30 minutes from a small city, would Oahu be the ideal location to live? Which is one we felt particularly well-qualified to answer. Our local girl Aina gives her perspective as to why that's true.
One of our newsletter subscribers asked us: What are the best hiking tips for Oahu hikes? And because our local girl Aina literally grew up hiking on Oahu, she decided to answer. So if you want a the perspective of a local, this one's for you. Read: "Top 5 Oahu Hiking Tips" now What?
Why you might think locals in Hawaii are rude to you reason #1: They aren’t as cheerful as the people who picked you up at the airport. The personal hotel chauffeur service that picked you up at the airport were probably the happiest, cheerful people. They brought leis for you and your visiting family members,
The native Hawaiian community is an exclusive group of locals that are one to be respectful of. It’s important not to cross boundaries or risk discomfort and unpleasant interactions. How to be accepted by native Hawaiians #1: clean up after yourself and have respect for the land Respecting the land (Aina,) is a core part
Segregation in Hawaii: Local Language Local language is a quality of Hawaiian culture that contributes to segregation in the islands. It’s easy to see who is a local based on the language and slang they use. For example, familial terms like “cousin” and “aunty” can describe close friends instead of actual blood-related relatives. Locals use
Why Oahu is the ideal Hawaiian Island Reason #1: Mountains Everywhere I have many reasons why I believe Oahu is the ideal Hawaiian island. All neighborhoods and suburban clusters on O’ahu are within a close range of mountains. The two mountain ranges on O’ahu are the Ko’olaus and the Waianae ranges. The Waianae is on
Ways people envy living in Hawaii #1 - Best place to return to from a trip People envy living in Hawaii when you get to return to warm weather that’s welcoming and relaxing. For example, if you were to travel somewhere warm and tropical-like in December then return to a cold home, it would be
The rumors are true - grocery shopping in Hawaii will shock you. You'll want to buy different things and you’ll notice a change in your grocery costs when you move to the islands. I remember this when I was grocery shopping at home, after not having been home for a year, and was shocked by
For those wondering what's island life like: it's plate lunches in Hawaii! What are plate lunches in Hawaii? Plate lunches are essentially what they sound like. They’re a serving of lunch, usually with some meat, rice, and side dish. They’re really common at local restaurants and their intended purpose is as a to-go meal for
What about the Weather in Hawaii? If it isn’t obvious already, the weather in Hawaii really is gorgeous. Because of our position near the equator, the average temperature bounces between 75 and 80 year-round. Summer times are moderate when compared to desert environments. The heat in the islands is a humid heat, not an arid
One of Hawaii's most amazing features that you will never "see" is the strong sense of spirit that pervades this place. Here are some components that make up the spiritual side of Hawaii that we love so much. The spiritual side of Hawaii is in the Aloha Spirit The phrase aloha spirit can describe the
If you ask a local about the things we like about Honolulu, we'll list really simple things like our Asian food and aloha fridays. Nothing beats spam musubis for lunch! Aloha Fridays Fridays are revered in Hawaii. Everyone is so excited that it’s Friday, we named it aloha Friday. “Aloha” means love or welcome in