In 2001, My family and I left the Philippines and reside in Hawaii. It is different compared to the lifestyle where I grew up (from suburban city to country living). Hawaii is known for tropical weather and with that being said there is no such thing of snow here. The reason we moved here in the US is because most of our family members lives on Oahu (My Mothers side). We have been living here for more than a decade now. This little Island is where I settled down and found my soul mate, blessed with a little boy with God's grace. I believe that everything happens for a reason. God's purpose is to perceive where I truly belong. Philippines will always be my first home. It is the place where I learned the true value of unconditional love, morals, and discipline which I will pass to our children.
Hawaii is definitely is one of the most beautiful places to live on earth. To come here is a dream for most people out there. I see many tourists from around the world come to Hawaii, and I'm always curious about how they feel about our little Island.
But what is it really like living in Hawaii? (Pros and Cons)
1. Perfect Weather-
On 365 days a year we have, most of the days are sunny. The weather here is typically 80-degrees at day and 70-degrees at night with a slight breeze which we all enjoy when visiting or living here in Hawaii.
2. Welcome to Hawaii-
Hawaii is known for it's peaceful, serene nature full of love. If you come here you need to respect and understand the culture regardless of who you are or where you came from. Using words like Aloha (Welcome and farewell ) and
Mahalo (Thank you).
3. Laid back Lifestyle-
When I came here, I'm startled by the simplicity of the people. where slippers (flip flops ) are shoes, t-shirts and board shorts for daily wear. Were beaches are walking distances away from our home. You will meet a lot of amazing and kind-hearted individuals everyone is Ohana (family) here.
4. Traffic Jam-
Every where you go, traffic is an issue. you will experience being stuck in traffic, from freeway going to north or south. Road work on a rush hour (what more can I say? NYC or LAX) Prepare yourself with lots of patience. Here's a scenario, Imagine driving on a two lane road with road work, and tourists crossing the street. Cars stopped for them from time to time which causes the traffic (Imagine that). If you're driving going to the famous North Shore, it's better if you leave your house 40-minutes early prior to your time to get anywhere.
5. High Cost Living-
Other than living in New York, California, and Washington DC. You really get what you pay for. The Pacific Ocean that encompass Hawaii. A plantation style single family home with a not so picture perfect exterior and interior that's really needing major renovations will cost about $700k at median. That's why you really cannot judge the book by it's cover. If you want to survive here, you need to make at least $50-70,000 per year to live. Where milk cost $6 dollars a gallon. Can't even barely walk out at a supermarket spending $150 excluding food wise, and the list goes on.
6. Limited things to do-
Who doesn't love the ocean? I know Mainland people wishing to come here. But for us it's different, The phenomenon is called ISLAND FEVER were oceans are everywhere. Hawaii is all about nature, beach, and the spirit of aloha.
-On a positive note.
The Aloha Spirit here is beyond compare. Hawaii is not just known for it's crystal clear ocean, astonishing sky, environment-friendly, high peak mountains but it also represents the spirit of being genuine, caring, compassionate and OHANA (FAMILY) Lucky to be living here.