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Date: 10/9/11 5:19 PM

I job possibility came may way in Hawaii. I live in Ohio. It would be simple to just apply and see what happens rather spending time asking about life in Hawaii and relocating. However, I prefer to get lots of info before I decide to commit to a full-blown job application effort. If I am going to pursue, I want to do so seriously and not to just see what happens.

I started looking into the obvious questions about housing, cost-of-living, challenge moving pets, etc. I am also coming across interesting opinions from non-natives living in Hawaii. I am hoping some Hawaii-resident PR-rs can give some additional insight.

Thank you.

Patty

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Date: 10/9/11 6:57 PM

A lifetime ago, at the very last minute and more on a whim, a friend's daughter applied to teach ESL at a school in Hawaii run by the Church of Latter Day Saints. And, got accepted!!

The LDS have quite a network so it was easy for her to find an apt etc. One word of caution: the now widowed mom spends quite a chunk of the winter with her daughter in Hawaii....

ETA: This was SE Michigan to Hawaii. Everyone in the family loves it.
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Date: 10/9/11 8:18 PM

I think as long as you kept and liked your lucky found a head of time, and pre-arranged job there and for sure got it finalized in print on paper with a payout clause to you, to help you out later to cover expenses (like moving and such) in case it was not there when you got there, kind of job there, you would be all right. If not maybe hard to find something else quick that would ever pay the same and pay for your whole move at all. It is expensive there, more so or the same as the most expensive places in the rest of the country.

It's be awhile since I've been there, but at least back then, I don't think you could bring any pets there, from the mainland onto an island, (at least not dogs) just anytime, at free will at all. Instead I think they used to have to go and be held there at your expense, under watch and quarantine and for a long period, even 6 months maybe, before given back and released with you, so check that part out first, if it's important to you to bring your own dog.

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Date: 10/10/11 10:16 AM

It's Hawaii. Unless is family concerns or other ties you might have I would just go for it. Again it's Hawaii. Who would not want to live in Hawaii

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Date: 10/10/11 10:49 AM

Good side - it's Hawaii like Sewwolf says.

Bad side - tropics are damp, things get soggy, cars rust, when you walk off the plane the smell hits you in the face - it's the verdure decaying - took me only awhile to get used to that in Okinawa. Rains a lot, and it costs a lot to ship things to Hawaii, as opposed to the continental US. Also the cost of living is very high. There is also a feeling that too many mainlanders move there, but that's the way it goes.

If someone told me I had to move to Hawaii, I would be out the door instantly.HEY - that's where the absolute best ukuleles are made.

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Date: 10/10/11 11:40 AM

And I say that with all the bravo I don't have. I've never lived further the 10 miles from where I was born. Never really had wanderlust. Maybe when I was a lot younger. Not sure how old you are but me I would hate to have to learn a new area all over again. Even with beaches and scenery to die for.

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Date: 10/10/11 12:18 PM

I have a genetic predilection to wanderlust (no one in our family has stayed in the same state for more than a generation, and most have moved a lot), and I decided against it. I was looking into it, and yeah, on one hand Hawaii, on the other it's a long, expensive flight to go absolutely anywhere else. Trips to another state three hours away to see a band with a friend aren't possible. A weekend trip to visit my family isn't possible- and it's bad enough on day 3-4, without jet lag (and I *like* my family- it's just too much togetherness), so I could only imagine if it was for a week.

It would probably be cool for a year- but they don't call it island fever for nothing.

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Date: 10/10/11 12:46 PM

When the opportunity comes, you just have to weigh all the factors that are important to you and see how it comes out.

My parents spent the 1st 10 or so years of their marriage in Mt. McKinley Natl Park (now Denali NP) which was a far haul from east central PA, especially given transportation in the 1040s and 50s.

You might want to ask yourself if you think you might regret not going. I'm 62 and in hindsight, each move and each trip have proven out the right thing for me/us to have have undertaken. Not everyone feels that way. It is a risk...

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Date: 10/10/11 1:00 PM

I believe there are new quarantine rules for pets, you may be able
To expedite quarantine by getting paperwork done with your vet before you move, then it only takes a week or so instead of months.

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Date: 10/18/11 9:06 PM

You may have already decided by this time but I have friends living on different islands who love it but also describe replacing appliances and even sofa beds every 3-5 years because of rust issues. But they live near the beach. If you live in a valley area, apparently there can be a lot more giant spiders and insects than if you live higher up where breezes keep the air moving. So choice of where to live is important.

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