Last Updated: 2/26/2019
There’s a reason the hashtag #LuckWeLiveHI has over 750k posts on Instagram. Living in Hawaii is an experience like no other, and we at Royal Hawaiian Movers get to enjoy it every day.
When you live in a place where the Aloha Spirit is the law, you want to share it with everyone you encounter. If you’re thinking about moving to the ‘Aloha State,’ we want to share with you the top ten reasons we love it here. (Is now a good time to mention that you’ll see rainbows just about every day, including on your license plate and your driver’s license?!)
So, just in case you need a little push to move to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, here are ten reasons why we think you should come on out and become part of the ohana.
Reason #1: Two Words: Island Hopping
First of all, you’ll have six major inhabited islands to choose as your home – the Big Island, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Lanai and Molokai. But thanks to frequent inter-island flights, you’ll have easy access to all of the others, each of which has its own character. Hop a Mokulele Airlines flight to enjoy Kauai’s small-town charm and iconic waterfalls. Or jump on Hawaiian Airlines to jet over to Honolulu for a world-class food and wine experience in its burgeoning culinary scene. Or pop over to Molokai to explore its rich history and deep connection to Hawaiian culture.
That’s not to mention the hundreds of uninhabited smaller islands which you can visit by boat. Once you live in Hawaii, its islands are just waiting for you to explore.
Reason #2: Adventure for Every Type of Adventurer
Many people don’t realize just how diverse the geography of the Hawaiian Islands can be, opening the door for just about every type of outdoor adventure.
Of course, it’s a watersports paradise, with opportunities for swimming, world-class surfing and windsurfing, snorkeling with honu (turtles), scuba diving with hammerhead sharks and Hawaiian outrigger canoeing.
The Hawaiian islands also offer opportunities to hike through tropical rainforests, like Kalalau Valley in Kauai and the Mokuleia Forest Reserve on Oahu. You can even stroll through pine forests in Maui’s Makawao Forest Reserve.
If beachcombing is more your style, you’ll have over 750 miles of shoreline to enjoy.
And if retail therapy is all the adventure you can handle, you’ll find plenty of that in Waikiki, especially the famous Ala Moana Center, the seventh-largest shopping center in the United States.
No matter what kind of adventure you want to get yourself into, you’ll find it in the Hawaiian islands.
Reason #3: Playing Tourist Can Be Fun
When you talk to people about moving to Hawaii, you’ll probably hear someone say, “Living in Hawaii isn’t the same as being a tourist in Hawaii.”
They’re right–but consider what a huge advantage it is to have access to the tourist lifestyle whenever you want it.
With activities, restaurants, bars and excursions designed to host around 9 million tourists a year, you can “play tourist” any day of the week and have a blast. From sailing to ziplining to helicopter tours and tasting excursions, there’s always something to do. Even if you want to just kick back and enjoy a few mai tais while watching one of Hawaii’s favorite sunsets, you’ll find plent of establishments who are happy to offer you a front-row seat to the view. In other words, you’ll never run out of things to do!
Don’t forget to ask about kama’aina discounts! If you’ve got a Hawaii driver’s license, many places will offer you 10%, 15% or even 20% off your bill, making it a little more affordable to enjoy those things that probably you drew you to Hawaii in the first place.
Reason #4: Leave Seasons Behind (But Only If You Want To)
When many people think of Hawaii, they think of wearing aloha shirts, shorts and flip flops year round. Depending on where you choose to make your home, that wardrobe can be your reality.
However, if you love a little seasonality, you’re in luck. Did you know that you’ll find 10 of the world’s 14 climate zones within the Hawaiian islands? The Big Island is the only one that’s home to all 10 of them. However, you can find seasonal weather in many places in Hawaii, if that’s what you crave.
Evening temperatures in Maui’s Kula neighborhood can get down to the 40s, giving you that feeling of a crisp New England fall. Kohala Mountain Road on the Big Island can also off you that little seasonal nip. Additionally, you’ll find that Hawaii gets more rain in the winter, although that’s not the kind of season change most people crave!
So as you choose your home in Hawaii, look for the kind of weather you’ll want to enjoy. Keep in mind that at least some form of changing seasons can be found, as can those famously year-round warm and sunny temperatures.
Reason #5: Enjoy Life at Island Speed
When you drive on Hawaii’s 55-mile-per-hour highways past all the conveniences of home, like Target, Walmart and Costco, you might think for a second that you’re on the Mainland.
But real Hawaii life moves at its own pace. Visit a local farmer’s market, spend some time on Oahu’s North Shore or take the ferry to quiet Lanai. Or grab a couple of beach chairs and spend the day gazing out from the shoreline. In Hawaii, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy the laid-back attitudes and “island time” speeds that remind you that you’re on an island in the Pacific.
If you want to get the most out of your time in Hawaii, your best bet is to take the advice of a popular local bumper sticker: “Slow down. This isn’t the Mainland.”
Reason #6: Food You Won’t Find Anywhere Else
As home to the nation’s largest share of multi-ethnic Americans, Hawaii is a true melting pot of culture. This is nowhere more evident than in its food.
In addition to the traditional food that originates in native Hawaiian culture, you’ll also find strong influences from China, Portugal, Japan and the Philippines. As workers from these countries came to find employment on Hawaii’s plantations, they brought many of their culinary traditions with them.
As a result, you’ll find plenty of unique dishes that originated in Hawaii, including:
- Lomi lomi salmon – A traditional side dish you’ll see at luaus with diced salmon, tomatoes and onions
- Saimin – A noodle and broth soup with Chinese, Japanese and Filipino influences
- Spam musubi – Or, really, Spam everything. You’ll find Spam atop of rectangle of sushi rice, Spam on nachos, Spam with over-easy eggs–if you can imagine it, we Hawaiians have done it all with Spam.
- The plate lunch – This meal finds its origins in the Japanese bento box. It consists of one scoop of rice, one scoop of macaroni salad, plus one kind of meat. Add another kind of meat to make it a mixed plate!
- Malasadas – Brought to Hawaii by the Portuguese (who also brought us the ukulele), these fried dough balls, dipped in sugar, are a great start to a day in Hawaii, especially when paired with a strong cup of local coffee.
Once you make Hawaii your home, an adventurous spirit will be your best friend. Some of the tastiest and cheapest meals you’ll find on the island will be in those “hole in the wall” places favored by locals. You never know what you’ll find at these gems!
Reason #7: Breathtaking Beaches…in Every Color
Hawaii is famous for its picture-perfect white sand beaches, lined with palm trees. With over 400 named beaches in the islands, each with its own unique features, you’re sure to find one to fall in love with.
Did you also know that you can find red sand beaches and black sand beaches in Hawaii? Although you’ll find examples throughout the islands, some of the most famous include the black sand beach at Punaluu on the Big Island and Kaihalulu (Red Sand) Beach on Maui. While Punaluu gets its color from the basalt that makes up its sand as a result of older lava flows, Kaihalulu owes its color to iron deposits in the surrounding geography.
Whether white, black or red is your color, we know you’ll find a beach to your liking. Don’t forget to snag a couple of beach chairs at Costco when you arrive!
Reason #8: Rich History that Lives on in Tradition
You may know that the United States overthrew the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1893, for which President Bill Clinton officially issued a legislative apology in 1993.
Although the monarchy is long gone, the Hawaii culture and traditions live on.
Some of them exist in cultural centers and museums, like the Iolani Palace on Oahu, the only royal palace in the United States. Others exist in cultural traditions, like hula dancing, which is still taught by kumu (teachers) who preside over halau (schools) where students study traditional art.
If you’d like to learn more about the culture and history of the Hawaiian people, you’ll have plenty of opportunities in Hawaii.
one great place to start is with a visit to Iolani Palace to learn the history of the Hawaiian Monarchy. You can also explore activities which celebrate Hawaiian culture such as the Festivals of Aloha, Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i Leo Ki’eki’e Falsetto Contest and the Hawaiian Island Festival. Finally, take the time to read about the 1600 years of human history on Hawaii, so you can get a fuller picture of these beautiful islands.
Reason #9: The Aloha Spirit
When you land in Hawaii, you might feel something different in the air. Even if you don’t feel it right away, chances are you’ll encounter it during your stay. We’re talking about the Aloha Spirit, which is “the breath of life and love that we share with each other,” according to Danny Kalekini, Hawaii’s ambassador of aloha.
When you visit Hawaii, we want you to experience the things we’re known for like luaus and flower leis, but more than that, we want you to enjoy the aloha. It’s a guiding philosophy and a practice that creates a beautifully deep connection to the land of Hawaii and all its people.
You might experience it when exchanging a smile, viewing the most vivid rainbow to ever grace the sky or walking a beach at sunrise. You might also feel it in a tug in your heart when you board the plane to leave. It’s a feeling that makes many people want to make their home in Hawaii.
Reason #10: Unforgettable Experiences on a Daily Basis
Where else in the world can you swim with turtles in the morning and go spotting humpback whales in the afternoon? Or look at an active volcano like Kilauea and camper through an old tunnel created by lava flow, also called a lava flow? Or even better, strap on a scuba tank and swim right through an underwater lava tube as you pass by a banded angelfish, one of the 20% of the fish population which can be found nowhere else?
In our opinion, all you have to do is stand under a clear night sky in Hawaii and look up to know you’re someplace special. With almost zero light pollution, you’ll see things you’ve never seen before.
And, when you move to Hawaii, you’ll see all these sights as part of the natural course of your days and nights.
So What Are You Waiting For?
These ten things–and more–just waiting for you in the Hawaiian islands. Plus, when you arrive, you’ll probably find ten more of your own that make you want to embrace the spirit of the hashtag: #LuckyWeLiveHi
If you’re ready to pack your bags and need some assistance moving your belongings, we can help. Reach out and we’ll get you on the way to making the Aloha State yours.