Many people fall in love with the Hawaiian lifestyle while others have trouble with the change of pace. Here are some tips to help you make a better informed decision:
Island time: Hawaii has a considerably slower paced lifestyle, so if you're the type of person that loves the hustle and bustle a good option might be to live or work in town.
Active lifestyle: There are so many free and low cost activities for you to take advantage of. These include: hiking, cycling, swimming, canoeing, snorkling, diving, spear fishing, boar hunting, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, Cross Fit, all types of yoga, you name it. Best part is, everything is close by.
Cost of living: There is definitely a price to pay for living in paradise, trying to prevent sticker shock here! The good part is, the taxes very low.
Traffic: It has been said that Oahu is up there at the top of places with the worst traffic. If anything try to pick a place close to work and plan around traffic times.
Seclusion: You will probably go a bit longer seeing your friends and family living on the mainland, but they'll probably be thrilled to come visit you.
Demographic: The aloha spirit is noticeable and most people are kind and willing to lend a hand here. Side note: we have a large and growing homeless population.
Come see for yourself: A good way to find out if Hawaii is a good fit is to come and visit. Stay somewhere similar to where you would like to live, many people own vacation rentals so check Craigslist or airbnb.com Also I suggest booking a tour with this local tour company if you're on Oahu to get a feel for what we truly have to offer. Visit www.theoahuexperience.com