Best climate in the country! - 4/30/2008
After living in nine other states, I have concluded that the climate in Kaneohe is, by far, the best in the country. It's never too hot or too cold, and in fact we have neither air conditioning nor heating of any sort, depending on the local trade winds to maintain a comfortable house temperature and humidity.
We get just enough rainfall to keep our grass green, and enough sunlight so that 100% of our hot-water needs are met through our roof solar water-heating system. At home, everyone wears a minimum of clothing, usually no more than shorts and t-shirt, year-round. My wife and I find it humorous that a really cold day in Kaneohe is in the mid-60s, and our neighbors bundle up in jackets or sweaters.
The humidity stays fairly constant at around 55%, due to the trade winds. I find it rather strange that when we lived in New Orleans, the humidity was always a mucky 90-100%, while here - surrounded by thousands of miles of ocean - the humidity is always pleasant. No complaints, of course!
We live across the street from Kaneohe Bay (and thus the Pacific Ocean), and even the water temperature doesn't vary by more than a few degrees during the year. We often spend Christmas and New Years Day out on our boat, swimming in nothing more than our normal swim suits.
It has been a most pleasant 17 years living here in Paradise, and we don't plan to move anywhere else. About my only complaint is that no one ever feels sorry for us when we don't get to take a vacation![read more...]
Lovely yet Not Affordable - 1/29/2006
I was born and raised here. I left about 6 years ago; things were expensive then, but not really bad ie: You could buy a house for around 300K. Checking out the prices now, a 2 bedroom ordinary house costs over 600K. Groceries are more expensive than on the mainland US since most products are shipped or flown in. If it weren't so expensive, I'd move back in a heartbeat. Besides the cost of living there the weather is fabulous: warm summers and really mild winters, rain once in a while. But when it rains, it pours expecially on the windward side of the island.[read more...]