I picked Hawaii because I love the beach and the city life. I lived in Oahu for three years and I miss many things about the Island such as the wonderful mountains of the Pali Hwy, the ride to the North Shore, Waikiki's festive night lights, the restaurants, the trade winds and, believe it or not, even the level of humidity. After awhile it doesn't bother you anymore. Everywhere there are fragrant plumeria trees and flaming hibiscus bushes to delight the eye. You can save on the cost of shoes in Hawaii, because most people wear flip flops or at most sandals over there. As for attire, I wore mumus because they are comfortable and colorful. They come in casual or formal and they can be expensive, depending on the material they are made of. Contrary to what someone might think, summers are way hotter than winters in Hawaii, and there is a lot of difference in the amount of rain you get, depending on whether you live in the center of the island, where there are hills and mountains, or the east shore. I always felt sorry for the tourists who visited Waikiki for any one week in the months of February and early March, because it rains a lot, no matter where you are and you can't go to the beach. I love the Hilton Village in downtown Waikiki, that was my favorite hangout. The cost of living is extremely high in Hawaii. Also, after awhile you might start feeling caged in, because it only takes four hour to tour the perimeter of Oahu by car, but if you only go there to visit, or if you have the financial means to indulge, and flying roaches (affectionately referred to as the Hawaii state bird) don't bother you, then I would highly recommend it.