15 Things I Love About Living In Hawaii

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1. That a bikini can and often does replace a bra.

2. That fast food is grabbing some poke and chop sticks at the grocery store (Foodland Farms in Lahaina is my fave poke)

3. Shower time for the kids is taken at the beach park after swimming in the ocean (every once in a while they take a shower at home. Just kidding. Sort of, seriously in the summer when we live at the beach, the beach shower is our shower)

4. People let you in when you are driving. Almost to a fault, they will totally do the opposite of the “rules” and wait to let you in. It rocks…and sometimes it doesn’t, like when I am behind the car that’s being so nice as to stop at a green light to let a car go….just to be nice..

5. To go along with number 4, I love that they don’t rush you at a check out line. They ask how you are and really want to know. They talk story with you and it doesn’t matter if they have a line of people behind you. This is cool, unless, you are in line behind the people talking story, then it can be frustrating.  BUT it makes you stop, chill and take solace in knowing that it isn’t your fault that you HAD to take longer to run that errand. It slows you down, which can be really really nice.

6. That my doctor suggested exercise to battle any postpartum after I had my daughter…her words “Just throw on clothes and go! No one in Hawaii cares what you are wearing” And that, folks is why I moved to Hawaii…people just simply don’t care what the hell you are wearing! Ah, I feel so free!

7. That my neighbors drop off huge bags of mangoes at our door steps {mahalo auntie!}

8. That I am actually used to the smell of plumeria in my nose…it’s just the smell of Hawaii! I used to ooh and ahh over it when I’d deplane on a trip to Hawaii but now, it’s just how it is. Love that!

9. We do have seasons…whale watching season and jet ski/parasailing season. Who said we don’t have seasons?!

10. That we live in slippahs (otherwise known as flip flops). I have a rainbow of slippahs and love that NONE have heels! Hallelujah!

11. Our traffic is because of people pulling over to take a picture of either a whale, the sunset or themselves perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean (be careful folks!)

12. I LOVE that I have views of both Lanai and Molokai from my desk at home while I work. Love that!

13. I love that people watch out for other people’s keiki. Children are celebrated here and not seen as burdens, we let them have good fun and everyone watches out for them. Everyone is an Auntie or Uncle.

14. That they have unmanned stands on the side of the road selling fruits or bundles of flowers and they trust that you will leave money in the box that’s either sitting on the table or hung on a fence…and I choose to believe that everyone does leave some money or a token of appreciation.

15. I love that time stands still during sunsets in Maui. People stop talking, stop walking, stop driving (see number 11) and actually get up from their dinner tables at restaurants to go and watch the sunset. It’s like a nice big collective inhale and exhale taken by everyone and the exact same time. ahhhhh….


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  1. Mahalo for that!

    IT makes me want to move home in a big way. Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t feel the same way, YET.

    Stay local, stay aloha!

  2. We are seriously considering moving to Hawaii next year. We want to live a slower life in a warmer setting that focuses on community and the environment. My husband will have to fly back to the mainland one weekend a month. We also have four children so we would like a neighborhood that is safe and is surrounded by nature. What area would you suggest starting to research? Thanks

  3. I love Hawaii. I lived there two years and I agree with your list. I hope to move back one day!

  4. melinaka says:

    ah, miss being in hawai’i. will someday move. my hubby was born and raised there, well on kailua, oahu anyways. love your post

  5. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! I had tears in my eyes reading your description of the collective “Ahh!” at sunsets. I was in Maui with my husband in 2009 and experienced such a thing on a beach in Kihei. Everyone gathered to watch it and it was a beautiful experience – very spiritual and uplifting. I can’t wait to go back to Maui and boy would I love to live there! Mahalo for sharing this post.

  6. Thank you for writing this. There is so much fear and negativity out there and it’s so nice to see this perspective from a little more love!

  7. This is probably in my top 10 most favorite blogs. This is what made my wife and I fall in love with this place. I have never been to a more friendly place in my life. We currently live in Kauai and have loved every minute of it. We have been here for 3 months now and cant imagine being anywhere else. We started our own blog to document our trip. Its going to be a great way to remember all the great things we see and do!

    Check out our adventure:


    Cory & Emilie

  8. You’ve just motivated me even more. Mahalo!

  9. LOVE this post. I’m just poking around your blog after finding you on Twitter. I’ve been living on Oahu for over two years now and I LOVE it here. Hawaii stole my heart when I came for a visit with my mom a few years ago and I knew it was home. Just wanted to say Ua maika’i ko kaua hui ‘ana! (Yes I googled that… I’m not that settled in ;D)

    • @Stephenie Zamora, Oh wow. Stephenie! On “Hawaii stole my heart when I came for a visit with my mom a few years ago, and I knew it was home”: I SO ENVY YOU. :)

  10. Thanks for giving me a glimpse into what it is like to live in Hawaii. How fortunate you are!

  11. Great list! I definitely identified with #4 – people drive the same way here on Oahu. I love the aloha of it all but people giving away their right-of-way gets confusing sometimes! :)
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Surfing at Queens Surf Beach in Waikiki =-.

  12. So true. In preparing for my leave of Oahu my girlfriends took me out for a night out. We were at the Moana Surfrider enjoying the sunset. It was magical to see everyone get up to take photos of the beautiful colors of the sky. I will miss that.
    I’m putting together a bucket list, have anything suggestions of what should be included?
    .-= Restless Mama´s last blog ..Yellow Tape =-.

  13. Sounds like heaven. That’s why I keep returning year after year :)
    .-= Carmen Brodeur´s last blog ..Desert Mountain AZ Real Estate Sales – August 2010 =-.

  14. Well, I know where I want to live now. LOL Sounds AMAZING!

  15. I wish I could visit! Sounds wonderful and if I were not afraid of flying or being on a cruise ship I probably would get out there! I love the idea of “nice” people.
    .-= Brandy´s last blog ..Who is this Brandy Ellen Anyways! =-.

  16. I so miss being there!

    Thank you for taking me back1
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Frugal Friday – How Dead Batteries Can Give You Extra Time =-.

  17. 15 Things I Love About Living In Hawaii – http://theohanamama.com/2010/09/some-thi

  18. oh.. 15 not 10. I AM drinking a redbull.. lol

  19. Can I just say I heart number 4. When we first got here I was all “WTH are these people doing? Dont they know how to drive??”. Then I realize its a part of life here, take your time and go with the flow. I swear I love all of your 10 reasons too. I hope we get to stay longer! Oh, and we have a new later date of when we will be leaving this Island. woo!

  20. Ohhh I wanna live in Hawaii
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..PreggiePops Review & Giveaway =-.

  21. This is my lifelong dream — to move to Hawaii someday even if only for a year or two

  22. OK this totally makes me want to move to Hawaii!
    .-= Marianna´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: First Day of Soccer =-.

  23. Truth be told Karen, I’ve never ordered either of those but I do think it’s cool that they have it at McDonalds :)

    Nope it’s not in the happy meals…those are the same ol good happy meals :)

  24. I love everything you listed about Hawaii but Spam at McDonald’s. I wouldn’t order that. Does it come in the Happy Meals? :)

  25. SO jealous of you right now! I’ll just have to live vicariously.

  26. Oh, that makes me just want to be there this very minute! I can picture everything – love your descriptions! It really takes me back to my vacations there. It’s been 2 years since I’ve been in Maui and I can’t wait to take the kiddos there in Dec. Maui is my favorite island!
    .-= Jennifer @ Kiddie Blanket´s last blog ..New designs for our toddler blankets =-.

  27. I can’t wait to visit Hawaii one day. You make it sound so wonderful!
    .-= Kasey @ All Things Mamma´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Safety First =-.

  28. Take me away Hawaii!
    .-= Nicole ´s last blog ..My Dream =-.


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