Hawaii is undoubtedly a gorgeous state. The chain of islands attracts thousands of visitors annually from across the globe. Living in paradise may seem to be all rainbows but every rainbow has a cloud. There are some unique challenges to living in the Aloha State. In this article, we will highlight the pros and cons of living in Hawaii.
Pro One: Beach Life
On all of Hawaii’s Islands, you’re surrounded by some of the world’s best beaches. It typically takes only minutes to be near the oceans. Hawaiian beaches come in a diverse, gorgeous rainbow pallet of unique colors – red – green – black –white – yellow. Any day and every day is beach day when you live in Hawaii.
Con One: Unpredictable Natural Disasters
Hawaii’s gorgeous landscape does not come without its strife. The stunning land is known for endless natural disasters. From volcanoes to hurricanes. Tsunamis to tidal waves – Hawaii is not exactly the most secure land mass. Hawaii’s unpredictable weather makes any property investment a risk.
Pro Two: Hawaiian Culture
Hawaiian culture is unique from America’s mainland. Hawaii embraces flexibility, easy breathing, and balance. Even in urban areas, like Honolulu, people are generally more relaxed than Americans living in mainland cities. Some locals refer to the mainlanders insistent need to move, stay busy as “mainland sickness”. Hawaii is a wonderful place to recharge and let go of modern stress.
Con Two: Inconsistent Friends
People are always coming and going to and from Hawaii. Many people view the state as an oasis for spiritual healing and growth; which means once people have recharged they’re headed back to the mainland. For people who build their lives in Hawaii this means goodbye frequent fair wells.
Pro Three: Fresh Fruit Everywhere
Fresh fruit is abundant on the islands. Coconuts – butter avocados – lychee – lilikoʻi – bananas—and oh so much more. Hawaiian’s plentiful fruit makes it easy to have a quick, healthy, organic, snack no matter where you are. Just before sure to wash your produce before digging in, you don’t want to bite into a nasty, sickening slug!
Con Three: Food is Expensive
Fresh fruit may be free in Hawaii but that doesn’t mean all food is. Grocery stores are outlandishly expensive! The price of food is nearly triple the cost compared to San Francisco, California. Hawaii must import the majority of their goods making products costly and difficult to obtain.
Pro Four: Community
Friends may be constantly coming and going, but community is strong. Each island has its own scene. Once settling into your new home, you will find it easy to make friends. From Uncle Robert’s Market on the Big Island to Na Mele O Ko Olina on Oahu, there’s always a local gathering with good vibes.
Con Four: Get Ready for Mold
A sunny, wet, humid climate is ideal for vegetation and life – which includes mold! If you’re living in Hawaii (especially the jungle) it’s important you keep your belongings dry and exposed to sun. Storing slightly damp laundry in your closet is a quick way to destroy your wardrobe.
Pro Five: Amazing Wild Life
Casually spend a Saturday afternoon swimming with spinner dolphins. Wake up early on a Wednesday morning to visit seat turtles bathing in the morning sun. Catch a glimpse of a java finch as you walk to work. Hawaii is home to stunning wild life that will never cease to take your breath away, no matter how long you live on the island.
Con Five: Family Requires a Plane
Besides Alaska and Hawaii, Americans can virtually drive from one end of the country to the other. Unfortunately, Island life means buying a plane ticket any time you want to visit family and friends on the mainland. The inability to jump in your car and drive to your mom or best friend ca be emotionally taxing.
Pro Six: Breathe Easy
According to the American Lung Association, Hawaii has some of the cleanest air in the nation. In fact, Honolulu is considered to be the fifth-cleanest city in America for year-round particle pollution. No wonder it’s so simple to breathe easy.
Hawaii is truly an eternal summer. Initially this can be wonderful, fantastic, but it’s easy for time to escape. Time passes with no real indication. For people who grew up with all four seasons, they may find they miss fall, winter, and spring.
Pro Seven: So Many Activities
There is always something to do in Hawaii. Hawaii is an endless playground. Yogis delight in early morning sessions on the beach while surfers shred. There is usually a dance you can hit up after you’ve spent the morning snorkeling. Hawaiian life wouldn’t be complete with out a mid-afternoon hike followed be a leisurely evening swim. There’s never a reason to be bored in Hawaii, there’s always something to do.
Con Seven: Island Fever
While you may never have a reason to be bored in Hawaii, you may become antsy. Eventually it will sink in — you’re in the middle of the pacific with no real contact to the outside world, besides your phone and computer. This feeling of isolation can make the most grounded people feel a little crazy.
Pro Eight: Local Everything
As mentioned, food in Hawaii is crazy expensive. Luckily, people have turned this problem into somewhat of a positive – local everything. In Hawaii farmers’ markets are abundant. It seems nearly everyone has their own small side business. For people who dig helping local, ecofriendly businesses this is a huge plus.
Con Eight: Permanent Tour Guide
Hawaii is a major vacation destination which means you’re surrounded by tourists. Inevitably, visitors will ask you to show them around. This may be cute, harmless at first. But after your 50th unpaid tour in three months you’ll be sick of playing tour guide.
Pro Nine: Aloha Spirit
It’s difficult to describe aloha, but it is alive and well. This feeling, way of life, is often what keeps people on the island. It only takes a few days to feel welcomed, in-sync with Hawaiian life. Aloha is a community understanding, a shared wavelength — once you’re tapped in there’s no going back.
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