I did that, some 30+ years ago. Said I’m done with this mainland business and want the island life. How has it changed me over the years.
Yes, Oahu has some of the worse traffic than any of the other islands, but I would gladly take Hawaii traffic over LA traffic anyway. At least I can see the sunshine, not covered in a smog-filled estuary of pollution, high-rise towers and noise.
Yes, we have construction. But it’s always working to make life better for the locals and the tourists that travel the island seeking out that perfect wave, banana or maybe just to get to work. Once you get to where you’re going, you tend to forget about the congestion you were just in for an hour because now you’re on a beach, in a pool or simply in an office building gazing out onto palm trees, blue sky and ocean and the incomparable sunshine.
Prices are high. Yup. They are. But not if you use, buy and eat what we naturally provide. Want an apple? You will probably have to pay more for it than a pineapple. So eat the pineapple, and while you’re at it, throw in a little local chicken crusted with macadamia nuts and a papaya salad on sweet bread; all baked, raised or grown less than 20 miles from where you’re eating it.
Crowds. Well yeah, if you want to be in downtown Honolulu or Waikiki all the time. But just outside the hustle of downtown is Mililani and coastal towns like Haleiwa, Kailua or Kahuku are smaller village of less than 1000 residents with quaint beachfront shops, restaurants and bars. It’s peaceful just outside the noise, crowds and traffic and when you get there, you realize how special you are to be able to enjoy this beautiful piece of the world.
So buy a house! Why not? Yes, home prices are a little higher than many places in the country but not all. You can buy beachfront home on the Leeward side of the island for less than a studio apartments in San Francisco. That’s saying something! It all comes down to your own affordability and what you’re willing to give up to get more of what you really want and what really matters.
So do it., Just do it. Settle down here on the island, change your watch to island time or just throw it away. You’re here now. Enjoy it. It’s better than so many other places in the world for sure.
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