Moving to Hawaii

posted 3 years ago in Hawaii
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Maui

I have the same question!

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Definitely considering it one day! Have you moved yet?!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

WARNING: LONG Mahalo for your patience

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Okay, I don’t know what happened to my post!  But we are moving to Maui next year, so PM if you want to know how we are swinging that. I can’t re-type that post

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I lived in Hawaii up until college. The vast majority of my classmates and I went to college on the mainland and have not moved back. The consensus is that while we love the islands and love visiting our family there, Hawaii just doesn’t have a depth or breadth of options career-wise. It’s pretty limiting, both in terms of sheer number of opportunities and in terms of growth potential. (Unless you’re pursuing a career in the tourism/hospitality industry, then it’s awesome!)

By means of example, I have some old classmates who became consultants/in finance/lawyers. While there ARE jobs in Hawaii for those things, once you start off in HI, it becomes much harder to transition to a bigger market. It’s easier to go from an NYC office to a HI office than vice-versa. If someone knows with certainty that they’re going to stay in Hawaii for the rest of their working years, it’s less of an issue.

On top of that, the community (although known to be a melting pot) can be insular in some ways. For example, where you went to high school usually comes up in interviews because people love to “talk story” about the relatives they have who went to that same school, etc. Now I’m not saying locals will never accept a newbie or anything, just that the newbie may feel out of place for awhile and like the new kid at school who needs to find where they fit in.

Cost of living is high (though I’m in NorCal now and think it’s much worse here), traffic is awful, and the public school system is not the greatest — those are things people often complain about.

At the end of the day, I think it’s an awesome place to grow up and it’s an awesome place to retire, but I think that for the in-between, you should think long and hard. There are success stories, of course, but there are also regret stories. I’ve known people who fall in love with Hawaii while on vacation, think moving there will be paradise and solve all their problems, make the move, and then end up moving back to the mainland in a couple months. Once you live and settle down somewhere and have to start working and paying bills, that place gets a whole lot less fun than if you were there on vacation at a nice resort on the beach with a Mai tai in hand and nowhere to be.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’m Canadian, but if I was American, I would move to hawaii in a heartbeat. 

I lived in Mexico for a year, it was fun but I missed my fav foods, culture, etc. A tropical paradise in your own country? Amazing. 

My career would be pretty easy to continue in hawaii though. Good luck to all those who are moving 🙂 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

TheGridMonster:  I can’t remember her name on here, something with an “S”, lives in Hawaii and complained about the same things. Traffic, school system and cost of living. I agree that traffic is awful, but it’s also awful in Atlanta, at least there’s pretty things to look at in Hawaii haha. In Georgia our school system is also awful. The only thing that would take us some time to get used to, would be the cost of living. As soon as FI’s company opens something out there, we are trying for it!

Post # 9
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ksn1219:  I mean, between HI and GA, I’d pick HI too. But there are areas of CA/WA/OR/AZ that I would definitely consider on par with HI in terms of beauty and a laid-back lifestyle and would have better COL/schools/career opps. So it’s good to weigh all options.

And as for traffic, yeah, I’m sure traffic is bad in any urban area, but Hawaii’s pretty consistently ranked as one of THE absolute worst nationwide: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/04/01/worst-cities-traffic-usa-los-angeles/70762026/

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

TheGridMonster:  Oregon is actually where we eventually hope to move because of FI’s company. Both would be a huge change from GA. Even the COL for OR would be a shock to us coming from GA. As for traffic, there’s just no where for it all to go lol. I remember FI was pretty annoyed but any kind of traffic does that to him, so I give up with that! 

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