Sunset, Hale'iwa Beach North Shore Oahu
Sunset, Hale’iwa Beach North Shore Oahu

You can’t make people like living in Hawaii.  That’s something that I’m learning the hard way.

Here’s the deal:  I’m finding that either you love this place and decide you never want to leave or that you want to move to Hawaii someday.  OR….you just don’t like it.

The people who end up not liking living in Hawaii are more common than I would have thought.  These are people who get “Island Fever” quick.  These are the people who live here but treat the Islands like a vacation.  People who go to a beach once and have the “been there, done that” attitude.  They seem to think that they’re bored of the Islands already and that there’s little to do.

This is why it is so important to visit Hawaii and spend some time on the Islands.  I think that you need to stay on the Islands at least 30 days before you make a decision to move to Hawaii.  You don’t have to do 30 days all at the same time but I think that a few vacations or visits to Hawaii will let you know if you’re truly meant to live on the Islands.

Moving to Hawaii is a big deal.  I never knew that I liked Hawaii until I was here for about a month.  I’ve always wanted to live in Hawaii for a while but never thought that I would actually want to live here for the rest of my life.  Now, I’ve decided that I don’t want to leave.

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Think Twice About Moving to Hawaii if…

  • You’re easily bored and you don’t like doing things more than once.
  • You want to spend all your time at backyard barbecues and don’t appreciate nature.
  • You don’t like to shop around for deals. Even if it’s just the cheapest donut or sushi in the area.
  • You don’t like the ocean.
  • You don’t like sea turtles, migrating humpback whales.
  • The idea of paddleboarding or snorkeling amongst a pod of dolphins doesn’t impress you.
  • Hiking ancient trails to Hawaiian ruins and sacred sites sounds boring.
  • You like to shovel snow every winter.
  • You like raking leaves every autumn.
  • You’re against wild chickens in your backyard.
  • You don’t like picking and searching for sea shells and sea glass on the weekends.
  • You hate perfect weather.
  • You don’t like rainbows.
  • You hate great views of gorgeous, mountainous, tropical and ocean landscapes.
  • You hate gorgeous sunsets.
  • You can’t stand a rich and proud culture and learning about the history of the Islands.
  • You don’t like many, many, many beautiful beach bodies in bikinis or board shorts.
  • You really want Dunkin’ Donuts. There is NOT one on Oahu.  (Still can’t fathom that)
  • You can’t minimalize. If you need the best and the most at all times the you’ll go broke and be miserable.
  • You are against trying new things.
  • You don’t like the military. (Oahu has a huge military population).
Haiku Stairs  Courtesy of
Haiku Stairs
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I guess this is going to come as a little bit of a rant again, but I just don’t understand it.  I’m not saying that everyone will fall in love with living in Hawaii.  There are people who want to move to Hawaii and live the “vacation” life the whole time, but as soon as having to actually work and live in Hawaii…it becomes a burden.  The cost of living is high.  You won’t be lounging on a beach every day, all day.

There’s a price to pay to live in paradise.  The question is whether you’re willing to pay that price and whether you truly want to move to Hawaii or you’re just in love with the idea of living in Hawaii.

So, please, take your time! Visit Hawaii and all of the Islands of the state because one may be more suitable to your likes and preferences than the others.  Don’t rush into it.  You want to make sure that you’re happy and have made the right choice.