Honolulu, Hawaii 

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Great to make money in real estate. - 7/14/2019
It a hour or two. Wait a few years become richer by appreciation not pay unless a pro. No time share are good. Get real estate rent it out and sell when you need to and get a lot. Best in 2009 &10 for baseline. Since 2012 fast growth in high end so expect in the millions for best homes and condos. If tourism keeps expanding the economy will grow as the rest of the USA. REIT are here too. Commercial real estate is fine. Hard to do business as government is all dems. No happy high end jobs so many have two as part time is 20 hours not 30 like rest of the country. Live on east and windward sides but near is better. Horrible traffic from west and north. Get ready for culture shock with food. Milk $6-8 gal. So it is three times more. No exports so shipping charges twice as much one way. Cars low mileage as no where to drive more than 20 miles a day. Electric cars are able to charge and park for free many places. No Hydrogen. If a hurricane hits just call us Puerto Rico 2. Lots of great Read More

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Rich, Retired, or Tourist OK... - 10/8/2018
If you think you’re moving to “paradise,” don’t be fooled. (Unless you consider paradise to be a dirty, homeless-saturated, overpriced hub of bad service, bad food, horrible tippers (Asians & Australians don’t seem to understand the importance of gratuity), traffic jams, and two seasons (one miserably hot and humid, the other less miserably hot and humid), “paradise.”

It’s great to come vacation in Hawaii, don’t get me wrong, but the majority of people who were born and raised here have no clue as to how good life can actually be. For the most part, they watched their parents slave away and are now following in their footsteps, working multiple jobs, paying extremely high food and rent prices, and barely scraping by. For them, paying $600 for a studio all to themselves and actually making enough money as a teacher is a far away mystical dream that only happens in the magical place called “the mainland,” where they’re scared to go, for fear the “haole’s“ will wreak Read More

Before you move here consider this: - 2/5/2016
I have lived here, on and off, since 2008. Here are the pros and cons as I see them.
Pros: Mostly very good weather, sunny all the time. Friendly laid back atmosphere. Easy to get around the city without a car. Safe, very little violent crime.

Cons:
Very high cost of living. People routinely have friends or relatives on the mainland ship them basics, like soap or clothing rather than be overcharged here. High rents plus low salaries, you can do the math.

Traffic, terrible. The people here are very anti-mass transit and have done everything they could to stop the much needed rail project. All they succeeded in doing was making it much more expensive.

Jobs, awful. If you are non-Asian think twice before relocating here. You will find it very hard to even get interviewed unless you know someone or have an Asian surname. The attitude is to hire a local first, even if they are unqualified, which mostly they are. Don't even think about Read More

1988 comparing to present - 1/26/2015
I used to live in Honolulu (in Waikiki)for half a year in 1988. Everything was so cheap except in Waikiki where they usually had the high prices at the "tourist" stores. The rent there was wonderful - two bedrooms at $900 monthly and now it should be over $1,500 or so, I guess. I've heard that the prices there now are high. Remember, years ago it was cheap and now, it is no longer. Many different people really didn't bother me because I was at that time a very open-minded guy who is a white guy. I really enjoyed meeting so many different people, including locals. I felt that we all were as same as human begins, so nothing happened to me there. Many Japanese tourists made me sick because many stores and restaurants always cut the line and let them stand up in lines behind us, including Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos, whites, and even locals. That was the most thing I hated commonly. I have been deaf since I was born. I went to fast food restaurants, especially McDonald's and Read More

1988 comparing to present - 1/26/2015
I used to live in Honolulu (in Waikiki)for half a year in 1988. Everything was so cheap except in Waikiki where they usually had the high prices at the "tourist" stores. The rent there was wonderful - two bedrooms at $900 monthly and now it should be over $1,500 or so, I guess. I've heard that the prices there now are high. Remember, years ago it was cheap and now, it is no longer. Many different people really didn't bother me because I was at that time a very open-minded guy who is a white guy. I really enjoyed meeting so many different people, including locals. I felt that we all were as same as human begins, so nothing happened to me there. Many Japanese tourists made me sick because many stores and restaurants always cut the line and let them stand up in lines behind us, including Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos, whites, and even locals. That was the most thing I hated commonly. I have been deaf since I was born. I went to fast food restaurants, especially McDonald's and Read More

Be prepared - 4/8/2014
Honolulu is a great place to visit, but a difficult place to move.
First the obstacles:
You absolutely must have a job arranged before relocating (good advice for many places, but essential here) because if you don't you will run into the worst aspect of life here: they will not hire haoles or strangers. There is a strong, not-so-subtle racism against non-locals. Unless you are a local, and they will know when they see your resume, you will be passed over for a local, regardless of your qualifications. I have lived all over the country (NY, DC, LA, Seattle, Albuquerque, SF, etc) and have never faced this kind of discrimination over not being "from Here" anywhere except Hawaii. So unless you are fine with working in a hotel or a restaurant for peanuts (and the minimum wage is $7.25 which is not enough to survive in expensive HI) you better have your own gig, or a rock-solid job offer before you move here.
This attitude can extend into friendships as well, it will Read More

Pros and Cons of Living in "Paradise" - 2/11/2014
I have lived in Honolulu for nearly 2 years. While some categorize it as paradise, I beg to differ. Honolulu does have a host of problems, most notable expensive cost of living. Milk usually costs $5 per gallon, and other food commodities can be just as expensive. I am originally from California, and the equivalent house I would have gotten here was nearly twice the price! Decent housing runs at nearly $500,000 and up, and renting a decent house is over $2,000 per month. Worst of all, very few houses actually have air conditioning. Considering the fact the temperatures usually hover around 80 degrees year round, you would think that they would be a necessity. You have to go clear to the other side of O'ahu to get decent priced housing, and then you get the traffic. Traffic is so bad that some portions take 10 minutes for a 1/4 mile. Daily commutes that should take 15 minutes become an hour because of slow drivers and ridiculously low speed limits on freeways. Now, the weather (for me) Read More
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A Nice Place To Live. - 9/2/2013
I think that (Honolulu), Hawaii is a nice place to live- because of the natural beauty of the islands, and because of the "Aloha Spirit" of the people- who call these islands their home. There is no nicer climate in the U.S., in which to live, and there are no people more accepting of racial or ethnic diversity, than the "Kama-aina" of Hawaii. There is no-place in the U.S., where I would rather Read More

A Nice Place To Live. - 9/2/2013
I think that (Honolulu), Hawaii is a nice place to live- because of the natural beauty of the islands, and because of the "Aloha Spirit" of the people- who call these islands their home. There is no nicer climate in the U.S., in which to live, and there are no people more accepting of racial or ethnic diversity, than the "Kama-aina" of Hawaii. There is no-place in the U.S., where I would rather Read More

A Nice Place To Live. - 9/2/2013
I think that (Honolulu), Hawaii is a nice place to live- because of the natural beauty of the islands, and because of the "Aloha Spirit" of the people- who call these islands their home. There is no nicer climate in the U.S., in which to live, and there are no people more accepting of racial or ethnic diversity, than the "Kama-aina" of Hawaii. There is no-place in the U.S., where I would rather Read More


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