For most people vacationing in Hawaii, all it takes is one trip to the grocery store or a quick scan of the real estate classifieds to get hit with extreme sticker shock. Yes, not only is it super expensive to live here, but most jobs pay significantly less than their mainland counterparts. So the inevitable
I spent my entire adult life in East Oahu. It has a lot to offer in both natural and urban features. The Ka'iwi Coastline which stretches from Hanauma Bay to Makapuu Point is one of the last unspoiled open areas on the South shore of Oahu anywhere east of Pearl Harbor. We've got fabulous hikes,
Island Fever is the term many use for an insatiable desire to "get off the rock". Personally, I've never had it. In fact, I'd say I have the exact opposite "Island Glue" (my term) which is to say I don't want to go anywhere off the island! That said, while you might not get Island
According to some reports, more people move out rather than move in to Hawaii each year. It's easy to fall in love with Hawaii, but for many it's more of a one-night stand than a long term relationship. Our local girl Aina gives you 3 reasons why it may not be for you. Read: "Top
Hawaii's un-affordability is surely the biggest obstacle for most people that want to live here and trust me, it's a much bigger problem for those are actually living here. It's a big topic with many dimensions so we'd answer one of your questions and with 3 simple ways the locals try to offset one of
I love getting your questions like this one from a subscriber that filled out our content survey form: Are all the locals rude and hateful to people from the lower 48? I've had some negative experiences that have decreased my interest in relocating there. The simple quick answer is "No, not all". It's almost like
Once in a great while you get an accidental gem of an article and this is definitely one of them. It all started with this question from one of our subscribers via our content survey: Is there segregation in Hawaii? So I handed this over to our local girl Aina and her article is more
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