Moving to Hawaii – What you should know before you leave

Moving to Hawaii is for many a dream come true. Hawaii is home to stunning crystal clear waters, breathtaking sunsets, lush rainforests, amazing waterfalls, miles of gorgeous coastlines and beaches, active volcanoes, sea turtles, dolphins, and warm welcoming people. Everything is perfect on the islands, but there might be a few things that you didn’t know. Here is a list of things you should know if you are considering moving to Hawaii.

Get used to Island time

If you are considering moving to Hawaii you need to get used to Island time. In Hawaii, everything moves nice and slow. It is not abnormal that people living on an island run ten minutes behind real-time. As much as this can be nice and relaxing it can also be very frustrating if you like me like to be on time. Relax and aloha.

The traffic can be brutal

Alright, so if you think for a second that moving to Hawaii will provide an escape from traffic, well think again. Traffic in Hawaii can, in fact, be quite brutal, both in busy urban Honolulu and in less populated parts of the island like the North Shore. Two-lane roads are very common in Hawaii and they become easily filled with cars especially in the morning and afternoon.

The weather is always pleasant

The weather is one of the reasons why many dream about moving to Hawaii and for a good reason. Since Hawaii is positioned near the equator, the average temperature bounces between 75 and 80 year-round. Moving to Hawaii will give you a feeling of endless summers.

Paradise is expensive

It is no secret that the cost of living in Hawaii is high. That goes for housing, but it also applies to the food in the grocery stores. In fact, it is Approximately 30% more expensive! The reason why is because almost everything has to be shipped or flown to the islands. Another reason why Hawaii is expensive is that they have a high state tax. Hawaii’s income tax rates are actually among the highest in the country, which is why some call it “paradise taxes”. If you want to live in paradise well then you need to pay the paradise taxes.

Island fever is a thing

Island Fever is the phenomenon of feeling claustrophobic from the close proximity of each shoreline and feeling disconnected from the outside world. This is a pretty common thing to feel when you are living in Hawaii, seeing that we’re out in the middle of the biggest ocean in the world! Be ready for some island fever if you are moving to Hawaii.

The Island dress code is casual

Due to the warm climates, the dress code in Hawaii is casual. You probably won’t get much use out of a scarf or a formal gown if you are moving to Hawaii. Even official business is often conducted in Hawaiian shirts. It’s a diverse state, but Hawaiians prefer comfortable clothing. Swimsuits and flip-flops will be your most worn items in your closet. It is great most of the time, but prepare to miss dressing up and wear layered clothing from time to time.

Island-hopping is your getaway

Whatever Hawaiian island you choose to be moving to, you can always hop to the other islands quickly and easily for a fun getaway. If you move to Hawaii it’s a good idea to explore all the islands whenever you have time. Every island has something different to offer and island hopping is a great way to not feel totally trapped in the middle of the ocean.

Humidity can be a bitch

Let’s be honest. Humidity can be a total bitch. Especially for us girls. It messes up our hair and it leaves you sweaty as soon as you leave the house, but the humidity is actually not all bad. The dampness in the air can also moisture your skin and make it less dry. Honolulu has an average of 63% humidity during the year so if you are moving to Hawaii be ready to be very moisturized.

People come and go

Hawaii is one big revolving door when it comes to people coming and going. People are extremely adventures, openminded and you will meet new friends all the time, but some will also be leaving you. If you are considering moving to Hawaii you should get ready for a lot of going away parties and pen friends. People come to Hawaii for an adventure and then they will return back to “reality”.  If you move to Hawaii you will soon be a pro at goodbyes.

Sunsets and Sunrises daily

When people imagine the stunning hues of a sunrise or sunset, the first place they picture is probably the Hawaii islands. Hawaii is home to some of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen. Expect your Instagram to fill up with beautiful sunsets and sunrises that will make your mainland-dwelling friends envy your island life!

Staycation in paradise

The term “Staycation” was something I became way more aware of when I decided to move to Hawaii. It is no secret that it can be expensive to travel to other destinations from Hawaii and even though you live in a touristy location you actually still get the need to vacation. A staycation is a perfect getaway from your daily life on the islands — and it costs much less money and time than a regular vacation. Staying at a fancy hotel for a day or two is a great way to recharge!

Cockroaches will be your nightmare

I am sorry to say this, but no matter how clean your place is, you might have a run-in with a cockroach or two! It’s just one of the facts of living in Hawaii. If you’re particularly squeamish about roaches moving to Hawaii might require a second thought or at least an attitude adjustment. Be prepared to meet a few cockroaches.

Be ready for an active lifestyle

Hawaii is an ideal place for a healthy lifestyle and the islands have endless opportunities for a physically active lifestyle which most people here take advantage of. People who live in Hawaii tend to enjoy staying active whether that is through hiking, surfing, free diving, running, swimming or something else. So be prepared to be invited out on a few hikes if you decide to move to Hawaii.

You are surrounded by beautiful nature

There’s so much beauty in Hawaii! There is always something beautiful on the horizon. Moving to Hawaii will have you surrounded by rumbling volcanoes, sugar-sand beaches, lush jungle, breathtaking waterfalls, and precipitous cliffs. There is so much to explore and your weekends will most likely be an adventure.

Sun guilt is a thing

You can’t help feeling guilty staying in your PJ’s all day binge on Netflix when the sun is shining bright outside. That’s a fact! Hawaii is all about the sun and an active lifestyle, so you can’t help feeling guilty when having a lazy day. Believe me, you will sometimes be missing snuggling somewhere under a big quilt!

Swimsuit ready all year round

In Hawaii you can’t really hide under a bulky sweater to cover up that holiday weight you gained. If you move to Hawaii you have to be hairless, toned, and ready for beachwear at a moment’s notice when you live in Hawaii. A big problem when you like me loves a good burger here and there! Luckily, Hawaii is all about active living which will help you stay fit and beach-ready at all times!

Hawaii is paradise, but with that being said nothing is perfect. I hope you enjoyed this list!

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