(Closed) If you could move to Hawaii…

posted 6 years ago in Hawaii
  • poll: Which island would you pick?
    Kauai : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Oahu : (15 votes)
    41 %
    Maui : (14 votes)
    38 %
    The Big Island : (6 votes)
    16 %
    Molokai : (0 votes)
    Lanai : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1767 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’ve never actually been to Hawaii, but I voted Oahu because if I was moving to Hawaii, it’s because the Marine Corps told us to and that’s where the base is, lol.

    Post # 4
    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’ve been to Hawaii several times and have visited



    and the Big Island

    I *LOVE* Maui. It is absolutely beautiful and not nearly as crowded as Oahu. The beaches are fantastic and not too crowded, there are great little towns all along the coast and headed up towards the crater.

    I’m not sure how it would be to live there though and if there would be enough to keep you busy. Oahu has more of a “big city” feel with shopping malls, etc but it is SO crowded. If you get to waikiki beach after 10am there is no way you will get a spot to lay out. 

    But, it’s so easy to hop between islands on inter-island flights I’m sure you could hop over to Oahu if there’s something you can’t get on Maui.

    Post # 5
    337 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I voted Oahu and this was a REALLY tough answer for me. I was born on the Big Island and I’ve live on both the Big Island and Oahu and have visited the others. The others are FANTASTIC to visit, but are a much,much slower pace of life. If that’s what you’re looking for then by all means that’s what I would do. 

    Oahu has a bit of everything. I would NEVER live in Honolulu, I would probably live further out. My family lives about 20 minutes outside of downtown and it’s great. There’s more to see and do, and you have access to more shopping, more “city” things while getting the island life as well. I think it’s the best of both worlds. 

    I want to move back and miss it like crazy. Sadly, I think we’re stuck in Boston for life because this is where my FI’s family and our jobs are 🙁

    Post # 6
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I just responded to your other post! 🙂

    I voted O’ahu and agree with @mrs_g.mck:  that O’ahu has a bit of everything. You can have the conveniences of having a city nearby without necessarily living in the city. When I visited Hawaii before moving here, I really wanted to live in Kaneohe, about 30 minutes from Hawaii. A number of my coworkers live there and love it – it’s an easy and beautiful commute to Honolulu.

    Best of luck in your decision making!

    Post # 7
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I would pick Oahu, because it would be too much of a shell shock to move to one of the less popular islands. I would miss the chain stores I’ve grown accustom to.

    Post # 8
    81 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    It really depends because each island is different and beautiful. Oahu is very busy. Lots of traffic, buildings everywhere, lots of people (it’s the city) but depending on what area you live you can have the best of both worlds. There are areas that are country. The Big Island is great if you’re an outdorsy type of person. You could be playng in the snow in the morning on Mauna Kea, then be surfing in the afternoon. Maui and Kauai are beautiful! Kauai has a more country feel to it, Maui has a little more “city life” than Kauai (but not big city like Oahu).

    Post # 9
    1348 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’ve never been but my SO LOVES Maui.

    Post # 10
    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I live on Oahu.  I’ve lived several places before moving to Paradise and falling in love with the most wonderful man.  It has its ups and downs,  Life in paradise is still life.  You have Laundry, traffic, work, arguments, – you know life stuff that ppl don’t see when on vacation.  But it also has its adavantages.  The culture, the people of hawaii are beautiful and the only thing I can say to those who want to move there – embrace all that Hawaii is and Live Aloha.  

    Post # 11
    699 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’d pick Oahu for the same reason others have–still get the “big city”, but it’s small enough that you can head out to the North Shore, etc. Mother-In-Law lives in Honolulu, but on the way out to Hawaii Kai, so a little distance away from “downtown”. We are always happy to go house sit for her when she takes a long vacation…

    Can I get a weekend home on Kauai, though? 😉

    Post # 12
    351 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We actually just got back about a month ago and are making plans to semi-retire on the Big Island in 10 years.  We loved it, particularly the Kona area.  We love to be outdoors and the Big Island has a little bit of everything, but still has enough modern amenities and shopping that it would still be easy to lead a “normal” life.  

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