Cultures, Hawaii, home, travel, Uncategorized

Moving from the US Mainland to Hawaii

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So, you are moving to Hawaii. Lucky you! Beautiful scenery, temperate weather, and beaches! Living in Paradise has some perks, and also some extra costs. You will be better prepared and assimilate faster into the community if you are aware of a few things.

Hawaii is a group of islands in the middle of the huge Pacific Ocean. It is the 50th state to join the United States. The more that you learn about the history of Hawaii, the better you can understand those around you. If you show a love and respect for the culture and especially the land (‘aina), you will have a much more positive experience.

Try to learn a few basic Hawaiian words and their meanings. The population is so diverse, but for the most part they speak in English and pidgin (a mixture of dialects). Most of the people who live in Hawaii share the aloha spirit, but you may find that a few are quite resentful of the way Hawaii became a state. Most of all, do not be judgmental and try to learn all you can from the people.

You will find that because the weather is fairly good all year round, the insects love it too. In order to avoid infestations by termites, cockroaches, mosquitos and other creatures, you will need to spray or put out baits on a regular basis. It is better to control them than to get rid of them.

The moist salty air is perfect for rusting just about everything. Vehicles and appliances seem to suffer the most. There is rust spray available that you can use to slow down the process. Also, mold and mildew can form quite easily especially in places where it is warm and moist like the kitchen and bathrooms. It takes extra effort to keep this under control unless you have an air conditioner going all the time. This can be harmful to your health if the mold is allowed to grow.

Also, food items seem to go bad quicker unless they are stored well inside of plastic air-tight containers. You can also keep many things in the refrigerator or freezer that you may not have in the mainland.

When there is no breeze, it can become quite hot and humid. Be sure to purchase enough fans or air conditioners to make your family comfortable. With the use of electricity comes a higher bill also, so think about cost-effective appliances.

Traffic on the island of Oahu can become very frustrating, especially close to Honolulu. Also, there is only one main road going to the North Shore of Oahu, so it can also be totally cut off if there is an accident or an electricity pole falls down on the road.

It is wonderful to have sandy beaches and palm trees close by. But, as I said, living in Paradise does come with a cost. In fact, prices in Hawaii are some of the highest in the nation. The cost of gasoline, groceries and clothes can be quite expensive. There are Walmarts, Costco and Sam’s Clubs where you can get the best deals. The cost of housing can be two or three times as much as on the mainland. It is also usually smaller than what most people on the mainland are used to.

Funny though, even with all the pros and cons of Hawaii, people who have lived in and loved the islands of Hawaii do not want to leave, or hope to move back soon. We have been living here for almost twenty years now and really love it. I have learned many lessons the hard way, so I thought writing this hub may help someone that is moving here have an easier time.

There is so much to see and do in Hawaii. Hiking, swimming, golfing, cruising and gardening are just a few things that can be done almost year round. Because of this, you probably will not want for visiting family and friends from the mainland while you live in Hawaii.

Cultures, holidays, travel, Uncategorized

Take a Day Cruise in Hawaii

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There are a few day cruises you can take when you are on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Perhaps you live on the island and just want a short getaway from the hectic pace of work and traffic. Or you may be visiting from another island or the US mainland. Visitors from all over the world come to Hawaii and take a day cruise on Oahu.

My husband and I went on the Navatek Dinner Cruise for our 35th anniversary. The Navatek is a state-of-the-art vessel that has received awards for ship design. It has been hailed as being the most comfortable and most stable ride in all of Hawaii according to Forbes Magazine.

We boarded the ship early evening and had a buffet of delicious tropical foods they call the surf ‘n turf in the Blue Hawaii Room.

Afterward you could either enjoy the live entertainment, walk up on the deck and enjoy the sunset, or just watch the Honolulu lights on the shore.

If you are fortunate, you may be able to spot a whale or some dolphins. The cruise is very affordable, takes about two hours and travels down past Diamond Head to see where some of the rich and famous of Hawaii live around the Kahala coastline.

For a more cozy and personal experience, you can take a morning or afternoon cruise on a catamaran. You will be able to see any sealife right up close including dolphins and sea turtles. The cruise lasts about two hours long and snacks are available as well as a full-service bar. The cruise starts near Waikiki Beach at the Kewalo Basin. There is room for about thirty people.

There are other day cruises available, but by far the most exciting during whale season in Hawaii is the Star of Honolulu Whale Watch Cruise.

Whales like to come to Hawaii during the months of December through May. The cruise offers naturalist experts who share their knowledge about the beautiful mammals. You can also hear the underwater whale songs on a hydrophone.

During the off season when the whales are traveling elsewhere, the cruise offers other activities like ukulele playing, hula dancing, and lei making. The cruise takes between two hours and two and a half hours.

For more information about the day cruises from Oahu, see hawaiidiscount.com or allhawaiitours.com