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Things You Must Know Before You Relocate to Hawaii

Updated on May 28, 2017
Artwork by Cubworld (Jacob Kongaika)
Artwork by Cubworld (Jacob Kongaika)
Photography by Elayne Kongaika Taken near Pounder's Beach, Laie, Hawaii
Photography by Elayne Kongaika Taken near Pounder's Beach, Laie, Hawaii

So, you are moving to Hawaii. Lucky you! Beautiful scenery, temperate weather, and beaches! Living in Paradise has some perks, and also some extra costs. You will be better prepared and assimilate faster into the community if you are aware of a few things.

Hawaii is a group of islands in the middle of the huge Pacific Ocean. It is the 50th state to join the United States. The more that you learn about the history of Hawaii, the better you can understand those around you. If you show a love and respect for the culture and especially the land ('aina), you will have a much more positive experience.

Try to learn a few basic Hawaiian words and their meanings. The population is so diverse, but for the most part they speak in English and pidgin (a mixture of dialects). Most of the people who live in Hawaii share the aloha spirit, but you may find that a few are quite resentful of the way Hawaii became a state. Most of all, do not be judgmental and try to learn all you can from the people.

You will find that because the weather is fairly good all year round, the insects love it too. In order to avoid infestations by termites, cockroaches, mosquitoes and other creatures, you will need to spray or put out baits on a regular basis. It is better to control them than to get rid of them.

The moist salty air is perfect for rusting just about everything. Vehicles and appliances seem to suffer the most. There is rust spray available that you can use to slow down the process. Also, mold and mildew can form quite easily especially in places where it is warm and moist like the kitchen and bathrooms. It takes extra effort to keep this under control unless you have an air conditioner going all the time. This can be harmful to your health if the mold is allowed to grow.

Also, food items seem to go bad quicker unless they are stored well inside of plastic air-tight containers. You can also keep many things in the refrigerator or freezer that you may not have in the mainland.

When there is no breeze, it can become quite hot and humid. Be sure to purchase enough fans or air conditioners to make your family comfortable. With the use of electricity comes a higher bill also, so think about cost-effective appliances.

Traffic on the island of Oahu can become very frustrating, especially close to Honolulu. Also, there is only one main road going to the North Shore of Oahu, so it can also be totally cut off if there is an accident or an electricity pole falls down on the road.

It is wonderful to have sandy beaches and palm trees close by. But, as I said, living in Paradise does come with a cost. In fact, prices in Hawaii are some of the highest in the nation. The cost of gasoline, groceries and clothes can be quite expensive. There are Walmarts, Costco and Sam's Clubs where you can get the best deals. The cost of housing can be two or three times as much as on the mainland. It is also usually smaller than what most people on the mainland are used to.

Funny though, even with all the pros and cons of Hawaii, people who have lived in and loved the islands of Hawaii do not want to leave, or hope to move back soon. We have been living here for almost twenty years now and really love it. I have learned many lessons the hard way, so I thought writing this hub may help someone that is moving here have an easier time.

There is so much to see and do in Hawaii. Hiking, swimming, golfing, cruising and gardening are just a few things that can be done almost year round. Because of this, you probably will not want for visiting family and friends from the mainland while you live in Hawaii.


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    Elayne 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    It would be fun to get together and compare notes on our experiences. Thanks for your interest.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

    Loved this and we are only planning a visit, not a move from England.

    great advice. I have lived on an island off the west coast of Africa for 20 years so many things you mention are familiar to me. You are spot on about prices. So much has to be imported, l guess.

    Love from England.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks cbeadlee for your contribution to my article. Hope you continue to have great experiences in Kauai. It is so beautiful and peaceful, right?

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    cbeadlee 6 years ago


    My wife and I have recently moved to Kauai and have loved it thus far. Food is expensive, but not bad if your willing to adjust your menu and maybe pick some fruit from a wild banana or mango tree here and there. we have been here almost 2 weeks and its amazing. My wife Emilie was the big reason why we moved. Her hard work landed her a teaching job, thus giving us the financial security to make the plunge into the Pacific Ocean. I would encourage anyone thinking about moving to follow our blog and see if the move is for you. We post pictures of everything from the beach, to her classroom. It’s personalized to our life, but we invite you to come and get a taste of our new back yard.


    Cory and Emilie

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I'm still trying too PWalker281. That is great that you took the Hawaiian language. It is a beautiful language and similar to other Polynesian languages. I speak Tongan since my husband and I lived there for several years. I only know a bit of Hawaiian, but keep trying. thanks for commenting.

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    PWalker281 7 years ago

    Great hub, Elayne. I learned most of the stuff you talk about by trial and error. Am still learning! The one thing I DID do is take a class in the Hawaiian language for 3 semesters at Windward School for Adults; otherwise, I'd still be struggling with the street names :-)

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    You are so right peggypat. Gotta remember the upside always and thanks for pointing that out. Come and live in Hawaii.

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    Peggy Patrick Medberry 7 years ago from Los Angeles

    Very nice hub, my husband and I have visited Hawaii about 7 times and we dream of living there. we know the down side.. but Hawaii is the only place that I dream about day and night. I know there are problems, insects, mold, etc.. but aren't there problems everywhere? Earthquakes, tornadoes, insects, mold, traffic etc.. The only difference seems that you would be experiencing it all in Paradise...! As opposed to a crowded smoggy, city.. I'm just sayin...

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yes, the Ala Moana hotel is still here. Hope you get a chance to come back and visit soon awsydney. Aloha!

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    awsydney 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Great info on this hub. I was in Honolulu as a teenager in the early 80s for vacation. I wish I could go back again. I had fond memories of the markets, Ala Moana hotel (if it's still there. Thanks for sharing!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I wish you would LianaK. It would be so nice to live close together again.

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    LianaK 7 years ago

    Wonderful hub and very practical information for moving to the Islands. Something I would love to do someday :). Thanks for the wonderful hub.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I agree that Hawaii is worth it Rose West. Thanks for your comments. It really is beautiful here.

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    Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

    Great checklist... yes paradise isn't always paradise - there's still bugs and mold! I didn't realize that until I moved here. But it really is worth it, because Hawaii is such a gorgeous place to live!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    @msorensson hope I did not scare you away. Hope you choose to come here.

    @Hello, hello Experience is a great teacher.

    @Pamela99 I hope you can visit and see the incredible beauty that is here. I love the mountains, the ocean and of course the flowers.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    I loved this hub as you gave a lot of practical information about living in paradise. I would love to visit as I have never been there. Great hub.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for an interesting and realistic hub. Usually it is always described as the palm swaying, hula music, paradise.

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    msorensson 7 years ago

    Yes, it is Paradise :-)

    You did a great job for someone thinking of moving there.