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Old 08-20-2011, 04:09 PM
 
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Default Maui, Oahu, or Big Island?

Good morning everyone, I am new to this forum and excited to get started. I have been reading for a long time for various questions about different areas I am interested in moving and I have finally decided to create an account and get my questions answered!

I am a young, 20 something restaurant server looking for change. I am born and raised in the Seattle area. I have a lot of business ideas and am waiting for the right time to settle down and get started on something. I traveled to the big island this month and really fell in love with the laid back atmosphere. I felt safe, loved the hot weather, loved the variety of outdoor activities and found a lot of restaurants I could see myself working in. I stayed in Waikoloa but I am leaning towards moving to Kailua Kona. I would most certainly ship my car and clothes but probably not my furniture. (Well, my lcd tv is coming with me but that's it.) I am looking to move this January

However, I am open to learning about other islands and would really appreciate more advice. I am just going to explain what I am looking for in a new home and if you all could guide me into some areas I might like.

-Hot, dry weather. Basically, I wouldn't want to live in Hilo. Too rainy.
-Low crime.
-High end restaurants or high volume restaurants. If I lived somewhere like Honolulu I would want to live within walking or biking distance of these restaurants. So if you could guide me to a few cross streets or neighborhoods so I can research living expenses.
-The beach. I just have to live within biking distance to a nice sandy beach.

I guess that is it for now. I am very excited to hear everyone's advice!
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Old 08-20-2011, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Basically, the parts of all of the islands that have the large resorts are the places with the hot, dry climates. You found that out when you were on the Big Island. The problem is that in these places and someplace like Honolulu you wouldn't be able to afford to live within walking or biking distance. The island of Oahu has the best bus system, so that opens up more opportunities.

You've been on the Big Island and you liked the laid back atmosphere, which is going to be harder to find on the other islands. I suggest that you stick with the BI. You could probably find someplace liveable in Kailua Kona and a job at a resort. Maybe you could get a scooter for getting around.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Puyallup,Wa. USA
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We chose the Big Island and bought a place in HPP near Keaau. We fly over finally on our one way tickets on Sept 5th. We LOVE the Big Island. But we are basically retiring, so job availability didn't really influence us.

JN
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:44 PM
 
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Thanks you guys! That definitely helps.

I guess I am not too concerned about cost of living because I am not going alone. I plan on having 1-2 roommates while I get settled. We are all servers and shouldn't have a problem paying $700-$1000 per month each. We aern't going to go without a big chunk of change in our bank accounts to cover us while we look for work. We can cut corners on things like internet and cable in the beginning because cell phones are so amazing these days.

My one question is about Maui. I know it has a more high end reputation and from what I hear, the beaches are outstanding. Can anyone give me names of areas that I should look into?
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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I'll be in Maui Sep. 16th-29th...I'll check it out while I'm there. I'm staying with my friend who's a local and works as a server at Four Seasons. And like you I'm trying to find work, stay out there and create a life. I do know that there's 4 Four Seasons out there spread out on 4 different islands and the money is good enough for single guys like us, probably in the $55-65k a year range according to my friend who works there. You may want to check into something like that. Plus they have a nice benefits package and cool perks like free dry cleaning, ect.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:16 PM
 
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Craigerz, that's awesome! I really like hearing things like that. I was thinking about getting a job at Starbucks or Costco part time just for the benefits package but if I could get a restaurant that offers benefits - I am in! Where are you moving from?
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Puna
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Default my experience

I checked out Oahu and both sides of BI. Unlike you, I didn't like the hot, dry yet still humid, desert, some places nearly lifeless feel of the west side. The only area on the west I really liked was the Captain Cook area. We decided on the wet side. I'm also not a fan of feeling hot, so we selected a property at 2,800 feet. It is high enough to feel cool year round but warm enough to grow must of the trees etc we want. And if I want to feel hot I'm 20 minutes away from the heat.

The Big Island is the most affordable and the east side more affordable than the west. Everybody is looking for something a little different based on their preferences. Yes it rains nearly every day on the east side but it also has beautiful weather nearly every day too.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:05 PM
 
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Craigerz, that's awesome! I really like hearing things like that. I was thinking about getting a job at Starbucks or Costco part time just for the benefits package but if I could get a restaurant that offers benefits - I am in! Where are you moving from?
I'm moving from Florida. I've been working in the bar/restaurant/nightclub industry most of my life. I just don't see myself doing anything else (for now) besides maybe dabbling in some real estate here and there and possibly doing some massage. Florida's very seasonal...basically we're busy, real busy, three or four months out of the year and then it's pretty dead for the remaining months. And besides that it's really hot and humid there as well...I'm talking like 90-95% humidity (no joke). And there is a lot of old people. I don't know man...I'm just ready for a change. I want to start learning how to surf and get my dive certification and start doing some stuff I've wanted to do for a long time.

EDIT: My biggest concern when I get over there, provided I do get the job and do make the move...is how all I'm going to manage work, surfing/diving/, and playing Modern Warfare 3 when it drops in Nov.

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Old 08-24-2011, 06:50 AM
 
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I vote for Big Island.

Climate:
Temperatures and humidity tend to be a bit less extreme due to near-constant trade winds from the east. Summer temperature is 80s F during the day and mid 70s at night. Winter day temperatures are usually in the low to mid 80s and 60s at night.
Crime: Average crime rate is less than U.S. average.
There are so many restaurants available there so I think this is best.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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Thank you white margarita! I am leaning toward the big island
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