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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

    i didn”t get an email

  8. 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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