Moving to Hawaii? Use Twitter.

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I posted about moving to Hawaii a couple times because it’s something that many people all over the world have thought about doing. I was lucky enough to have been sent there in the Air Force and everything was all taken care of for me. Then when I moved back the second time I shipped two cars and well, it was a lot more involved than the first time.

I wanted to share a bit of what I learned about moving to Hawaii so readers could evaluate for themselves whether it’s something they think they could do – or not.

Since joining Twitter I’ve been in contact with some great people living in Hawaii and I’ve even found people there that I lost contact with through email and other means. Twitter is a great way to connect with people in Hawaii before you move there – so you can ask them a lot of questions you’re having about the move. Keep in mind, some locals are not that enthused about you bringing yourself to Hawaii to live – Oahu is seen as a bit crowded with a million people there already. The other islands are not so crowded and the locals there would like to keep them that way.

That said, it’s still your right to move to Hawaii if you want – like anywhere in the USA.

So, join Twitter and do some searches on “Hawaii” and “Hawaiian” and find people that live there. Tell them you’re considering moving to Hawaii and see what kind of advice you get – pro and con. There are lots of pros and cons about living in Hawaii and I’ve written about those here too.

Again, if you have any questions of me about living in Hawaii feel free to ask them in the comments section. Read the comments of other readers at those two posts I linked to and there’s a lot of good information there too.


Peter Kay

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(Boy surfing in Hawaii photo: CC license from Randy Son of Robert at Flickr)



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. Jenn 10/01/2009 at 10:13 am - Reply

    I am so glad that I googled I want to move to Hawaii and stumbled on your website. I recently went to Oahu and Maui for the first time last week and I absolutely loved it! I’ve lived in NY all my life and never felt like I wanted to live anywhere else. Ever since coming back all I had was Hawaii on the mind. I’ve been researching about jobs, living arrangements, etc. I’m just a scared knowing about the standard of living, job market..etc but I know that if I don’t do this I might regret it when I get older. Thank you again for your site…reading it makes me a bit more comfortable about doing this.

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