Can I live in Hawaii? It’s easy now: take the quiz!

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Find out if you can live in Hawaii

We get so many questions from people trying to determine if they can live in Hawaii that we decided to make a quiz about it.  We took our livelong experience in living here and boiled it down to a few key questions. Try it and let us know what you think!



About the Author:

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.


  1. Mia 10/31/2018 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I’m planning to move e to Hawaii with an associates degree in criminal justice. I’m 53 and divorce.

  2. Francis Teumer 10/15/2018 at 7:16 am - Reply

    I answered a3, b1, c3, d2, e4, f5, g3, h2, i2, I hope you understand that… lol. I’m not sure what is the right combination, it’s it just hard with kids?

    • Peter Kay 10/15/2018 at 7:20 am - Reply

      It’s not any one answer. It’s a genuine analysis based on how much change you would have to undergo to live in Hawaii at a reasonable quality of life.

  3. Ronald Wroblewski Jr 06/01/2018 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    If my weekly NET paycheck is between 1800-1900 per week.. that should do it financially, yeah?

    • Peter Kay 06/01/2018 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      well it depends but e.g. if you’re single and renting, yes.

  4. Cassie 05/17/2018 at 7:07 am - Reply

    My husband and I want to move to Maui. We’re mid thirties, Canadian, no children and my husband runs his own IT company. I have a teaching degree but am willing to work anywhere. What kind of red tape would we need to cut through to get there? I know this is the place we belong and can’t wait to meet my new Ohana. Any tips you have would be awesome.

    • Peter Kay 05/17/2018 at 7:57 am - Reply

      You’re really asking an immigration question, not so much a Hawaii question and I’ve not researched what it takes to immigrate.

  5. George 04/28/2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Peter thank you for your very honest assessment and you are right but I wanted to take the quiz. Thank you!

  6. Lily 04/12/2018 at 6:21 am - Reply

    My results say it’s not a good idea for me. I have been preparing myself for this and this quiz just breaks my confidence by a little, I’m not scared of the risk at all I’ve actually got nothing to lose. I’m in the same situation you once where, less than 10k saved up and and no family in Hawaii …. if you can do it , why can’t i ?

    • Peter Kay 04/12/2018 at 6:27 am - Reply

      You absolutely can do it! Just be prepared, like I was, to do whatever it takes and suffer any hardship and you’ll do it!

      • Lily 04/12/2018 at 6:46 am - Reply

        I am willing to do what it takes to live my dream life as you did . You are such an inspiration to me and i really love your videos it provides a lot of useful information although i really would like to know more about the culture before i get there , any suggestions?

        • Peter Kay 04/12/2018 at 8:17 am

          Best thing is to take a short trip here. That’s what I did.

  7. Pamela Green 04/07/2018 at 3:46 am - Reply

    My results said I should stay where I am. I spent the first 10 years of my life in Honolulu. I would like to see how it has changed (but maybe not) I have such wonderful memories of the people there also. I lived there from 57-67. Used to live on Makuakane St. Not to far from Bishop Museum.

    • Peter Kay 04/07/2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

      If you haven’t been here since then you would definitely be in for quite a shock. The land and people are beautiful but the state not so much.

  8. Cindy 03/30/2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    My son and his wife and 2 dogs are moving to Hawaii early September, 2018. We will be paying for a private plane for them, and we would love to share the cost with anyone else that is looking for an awesome way to get to Hawaii! Contact me if you’re interested!

    • Chad 04/14/2018 at 11:29 pm - Reply

      September 2018 may work for me too! Please express interest in discussing further.
      Thank you,

    • Lavona 07/13/2018 at 7:42 am - Reply

      I wish we were ready to pack up that soon! How on earth do you go about getting a private plane?

  9. ross allen 03/11/2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Looking for some good web sites for info about the island of Maui; annual weather, crime stats, cultural info, schools and communities. Your quiz answer suggests to me that I should take a serious look at the possibility of a relocation.

  10. Jordan 02/27/2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    My result asked me what is taking so long? Pack my bags! Thanks Peter, this is exactly the confirmation I needed to make the move :)

    • Peter Kay 02/27/2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      Cool! Make sure you’re on my email list as I will shortly be announcing a solid program to help people move here AND get good jobs.

      • Natacha 04/28/2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

        Hello Peter. I also just did the quiz and it said pack my bags … man, am I so ready! Turning 50 this year. My son is at UH and we already own a small condo in Waikiki. I would love to learn how to find a job. I am looking forward to hearing more from your experience.

        • Peter Kay 04/28/2018 at 2:49 pm

          Make sure you sign up for the newsletter as I use that to announce the jobs program that is coming up. Also, follow the link on the editors pick on finding a job.

  11. alma cortes 02/06/2018 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    It just a casual question descriving oneself thru the answer

    • Peter Kay 02/06/2018 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      Yes and I designed the questions based on Hawaii’s impact on Lifestyle

  12. Patrick Richard 08/03/2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    I think this “quiz” fingerprints (simply, albeit) what kind of a person you are. I might have added : would you sit in a coffeehouse all day and work under the internet occasionally just looking out onto the sea?). I am concerned about having enough income — as a veteran and a pension-veteran, that’s my only. I have heard veteran’s expenses are a bit relieved in Hawaii because the islands are conducive to vets.
    I have a lovely new wife from Guatemala and we live here very cheaply. But are courageous, and she is finalizing her immigration papers as my wife, and is a very hard worker (with 4 degrees in computer programming as well as native-Spanish speaker). I’d like to buy a tiny house there (on any island) and just live…live…as long as there’s a small grocery story within a bus-distance or walking distance, we can do anything.

  13. Darlene 07/11/2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    I too was a little taken aback when I saw my results, I even tried changing my answers and no matter what got same response, it’s difficult to understand how those few questions could depict whether it still be good or bad I think it depends on the person and actually two of the questions did not have a response that fit my situation I’m single with an adult child in college. I’m not bringing furniture do my stuff good in two suitcases. What does it matter that I don’t own a home…just thoughts. I’m considering Kauai because of a job offer.

    • Peter Kay 07/11/2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Like I’ve mentioned to all the other similar comments, it’s impossible to write a simple quiz that is perfectly accurate for everyone in all cases and we could be wrong. However, the questions were written towards whether you could, as the survey says, live in Hawaii [for the long term], not just love Hawaii. No one question is weighed above the others. It’s a combination of all the questions. The quiz questions came from someone who moved here with nothing in the mid-80s and still lives here to this very day and has seen scores of people arrive here with dreams in their eyes only to leave after a relatively short while and in some cases financially devastated.

  14. Todd Anderson 06/19/2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Not really feeling the whole quiz thing. No matter what answers I put in (even lies) it says I wouldn’t be happy in Hawaii.

    I’ve done some experimenting with answers and it seems if you have elementary school age children Hawaii doesn’t want you. Is that it? Lol. Not sure what difference it makes how much stuff I have accumulated so far in life if I plan on selling it all before we retire anyway. Oh well. lol

    No matter, my wife and I are moving to Maui in under 10 yrs. We decided this a long time ago after honeymooning there.

    • Peter Kay 06/19/2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      LOL thanks Todd for participating! Like the quiz says, “we could be wrong” and I’m sure you can understand that a handful of questions can’t possibly be 100% accurate to every possible situation. That said, the questions are based on the reality that people face when moving here. The quiz is designed to weigh in on how big the lifestyle change will be with the bigger the change, the higher the risk. Many people mistake their love of Hawaii with how well they will adjust after living here and those are two very different things. I know of many, many people that absolutely love it here but then after a short while must leave. That said, I ran through the quiz myself and got the correct result. Glad to hear you’re going to move here anyways!

  15. Fred 06/15/2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I transferred here from Chicago 7 months ago and have adjusted well. The cost of living is very similar, thank god for preparation my moved went flawlessly, car shipment, etc. Good luck to all considering this awesome transition.

    • Peter Kay 06/15/2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      Awesome! You will miss the food, guaranteed. No stuffed pizza, Italian beef, or good Greek restaurants but also no insane winters.

  16. Greg 06/06/2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    What happened to Vern Lovic who used to host Aim for Awesome?

    • Peter Kay 06/06/2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      I purchased the site from him. We stay in touch and I consider him an honorable colleague.

  17. john labenz there is a perrod above between names 05/31/2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    i didn”t get an email

  18. Dave 05/31/2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Thanks for the quiz. It sure would be helpful to understand why “Hawaii would be a very bad idea” for me based on my answers. Anything is negotiable but I’m left not knowing where to start. Maybe you could update the form when you have time? Cheers.

    • Peter Kay 05/31/2017 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Tell me what your answers were and I’ll tell you what’s missing. Number your answers A1, A2, etc so I can comment appropriately.

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