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View Poll Results: What Island would you live on?
Kauai 23 17.04%
Maui 24 17.78%
Oahu 43 31.85%
Hawaii 45 33.33%
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Unread 04-11-2008, 03:49 PM
 
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Default What Hawaiian Island would you live on?

Out of the four major Islands of Hawaii what one would you live on?
Kauai
Oahu
Maui
Hawaii
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Unread 04-11-2008, 05:24 PM
 
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Kauai, "for Newlyweds or the Nearly Dead" they say kidding why Kauai?
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Unread 04-11-2008, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Florida
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If I had all the money in the world, Maui I hear is off the charts.

But alas, being one of the small business owners of the world with the emphasis on the small part , I could be down for Hilo area on the big island
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Unread 04-11-2008, 05:48 PM
 
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Maui has a little bit of fast and slow, Costco in 1996 made the shift in consumer spending in the right direction and the local stores slowly followed.
Sadly on all Islands is a thing called "hoo-wee" meaning (spelling) take care of the inner circle first before hiring and outsider.
Hilo is big and has big weather too
I picked Oahu for more women and the hub of the Island
Most visited; Maui
Highest Population Oahu
Quietest Kauai
Never been to Hilo
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Unread 04-11-2008, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Big Island of Hawaii
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Oahu and the Big Island...
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Unread 04-11-2008, 07:05 PM
 
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Oahu and the Big Island...
What's the attraction to Hawaii?
Kauai has it's beauty, but its to slow for me and not enough work.

Maui comes in 2nd because I lived there for 12 years but it has many photo ops for me and the water sports activity is big.

Hawaii is still a mystery to me, got to go and read more here on this forum

On Oahu I've only had short experience with but the activity is wonderful to me and the traffic is nothing coming from LA CA


Thanks

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Unread 04-11-2008, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Kauai
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Default Kauai

Kauai is "slow" or "quiet" everyone says; I guess I like "slow and quiet". There's a little cafe in Kapa'a that has jazz every now and then (once a week? or thereabouts); I don't care if they close up at 10 p.m. Around here (east coast college town), the live music doesn't start until then and I'm falling asleep by 11! So that (and the occasional concert at the Community College or school play) is enough 'night life' for me. My hubby is a fantastic cook, usually better than most restaurants, so I don't care that much for going out. Maybe for sushi or something really hard to make, once in a great while.

It's beautiful. I love Koke'e park, up in the hills away from it all. I yearn to hike and/or kayak major portions of the Na Pali coast, before I'm too old to do it. I found a great school, a perfect swim team for my son and some very nice people there, and what seems like it will be a great career opportunity. Only time will tell. Finding the job - apparently the only one on the island in my field, and *exactly* what I have always wanted to do - seemed like a huge "sign" from the heavens that I was meant to be there. (So big that it has me seriously questioning my general lack of "faith" or "belief". It could be a coincidence... or not. Hmmmmm.....)

It feels like home to me. Oahu feels like the big city and suburbs, something I left 25 years ago and have never missed. I could live on the Big Island, I like the Hilo area pretty much and also up by Waimea, but I just never clicked with it the way I did with Kauai (I suspect I will vacation on the B.I. occasionally, and maybe Maui as well. And go Christmas shopping in Honolulu!). I haven't been to Maui recently, my visits of years ago left me a bit cold. It is beautiful but I didn't get that "homey" feeling that I get on Kauai. I guess for me it's just kind of a personal thing, hard to put in words.

OK, here's one for you. I think of Kauai as a "pickup truck" kind of place. What kind of car would symbolize life on the other islands?
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Unread 04-11-2008, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Big Island of Hawaii
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I enjoy Maui as a place to visit, but I've never considered living there. I love Kauai--it's amazingly beautiful and I hope to spend more time there someday, but I don't think I'd want to live there full time unless I make my millions soon! If I lived there, I think I would need plenty of room in the budget for travel.

The Big Island can be pretty amazing...if you can take time to make friends and learn how to adapt to living here (same for any other island, I suppose!). There is still a ruggedness to this island that appeals to me, but I have access to everything I need, with an exception or two when it comes to my favorite clothing stores. There is a simplicity to life here that I appreciate.

It might sound simplistic, but one thing that appeals to me about this island is just that it is big! A trip to Kona feels like a real adventure...the drive from Hilo to Puako or Hawi is a real "road trip". The change in topography from the Kohala coast/Waimea to Hilo is stunning to observe....

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Unread 04-11-2008, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Big Island of Hawaii
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OK, here's one for you. I think of Kauai as a "pickup truck" kind of place. What kind of car would symbolize life on the other islands?
Hmm...tough one for the Big Island...might have to break it down by district!
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Unread 04-11-2008, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Oahu is out of the question with all it's congestion and seemingly crazy populations (I think of Diamond Head when I say this. Standing at the top and looking at the snaking overly packed section of houses going up that hill? Ahh!)

And Maui wouldn't be for me either despite it's beauty. Movie stars and vacationing families can keep an eye on it.

Kauai, would be the 'mistress' island, somewhere to escape for a bit of untamed beauty and relaxation.

The Big Island is where I would call home. It's got a bit of everything but still holds on to some of that small town charm. You still get tourists, but not the obnoxious ones as much. lol Finding work however if you don't have a trade might be an issue. But running one of those artsy type stores with 'genuine' hawaiian/asian crafts would be nice. Whales on the shoreline, Volcanoes in the interior. The Big Island. Anyday.
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