This great question came from another one of our subscribers via our content survey: How to be respectful and accepted by native Hawaiians? No matter where you go in the world, it's always a good idea to respect the local culture and Hawaii is no different. I can understand though how this might take a
Our local girl Aina has been going to college on the mainland for a few years now so she's developed a pretty interesting perspective on differences between Hawaii and mainland life which is why we're so lucky to have here on the team. Being raised in Hawaii around the water and a very short walk
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?
Many Hawaiian Islanders have what I call a "passive schadenfreude" which is to say we take pleasure in knowing we live in the greatest place on earth while others don't. It's kinda like a local version of the the social media "I'm-here-having-this-great-time-and-you're-not" photo game that people play. Our local girl Aina wrote up 3 of the
Snorkeling is one of those relatively simple, safe, and really fun things to do and every island has its snorkeling treasures. On Oahu of course it's Hanauma Bay and I have so many wonderful memories of taking my little girls there nearly every weekend. They've all grown up now and they still go with their
Yes, of course Hawaii has the best weather in the world. OK, we got that. But what does that really mean? How does that affect your daily life? We put together this article to give you some day-in-the-life practical reasons why we just can't get enough of Hawaii's perfect weather. Read: "Why we love the
If you've never been to Hawaii there's a good chance you've been led to believe that Honolulu is either too "touristy" or crowded or expensive. Well, while it is touristy, crowded, and expensive, so are the other islands. Don't get me wrong, each island has remote areas with wide open spaces that are neither touristy nor
Whatever your time zone, in the winter months you're one hour closer to Hawaii and that's because we don't follow daylight savings time. Why is that? Our local girl Aina spells it out and it's pretty interesting. Read: "Does Hawaii have Daylight Savings Time?" now
You will experience a lot of change in your grocery shopping patterns in Hawaii and it won't just be a result of the high price shock. The climate and culture puts forth many changes and our local girl Aina has put out a few differences you might be interested in reading about. Read: "How
I remember discovering plate lunches after I first moved here in the 80s and immediately started gaining weight after partaking. These plate lunches seemed to be designed for big construction workers that needed thousands of calories to do their job, not a computer deskworker like me. But regardless, if you really want a true taste
One of the most frequent questions I get is about what it costs to move to Hawaii. So in addition to our free tool that gives you an instant estimate of the cost to move to Hawaii, I wrote up an in-depth page on what you can do to reduce your moving costs by thousands