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Old 09-09-2010, 02:38 PM
 
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We are moving to Oahu at the end of the month, and need an affordable place. We have the option of a house in Waianae or a studio in Makiki Honolulu. We have two kids so are worried about safety in Waianae, but worried about space in Makiki. What would you do? My husband does have the option of working from home, or going to an office space in Honolulu.
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:01 PM
 
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You need to also be concerned with the quality of the schools by location if your children are of school age.
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Pāhoa, HI & Manhattan Beach, CA
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We are moving to Oahu at the end of the month, and need an affordable place. We have the option of a house in Waianae or a studio in Makiki Honolulu. We have two kids so are worried about safety in Waianae, but worried about space in Makiki. What would you do? My husband does have the option of working from home, or going to an office space in Honolulu.
A house in Wai'anae or a studio in Makiki with two kids? If I couldn't find any better affordable housing options than those, I'd probably move to the mainland.
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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How about you look for some middle ground and get a 1 br. or 2 br. place in kalihi for close to the same price. Waianae is a tough area and if you are a newcomer to the islands and ignorant of local customs, slang, ideologies i would not recommend starting there... you may be crusin for a bruisin...both literally and figuratively. Waianae is also pretty far from town. School system is close to the bottom in Hawaii. There has to be some alternative instead of a studio in Makiki. Makiki is nice i lived there for awhile and is very close to a lot of things, good public transportation. The makiki park is nice, the weather is great. But yeah, no idea how a family of 4 could live in a studio.
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:16 PM
 
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Thanks for the answers! I am homeschooling my children, so that is not a problem. We lived in Kailua for 8 years in a studio out the back of someones house but I just got over it because there was no space so we moved to the Big Island to a very nice big house on an acre. The kids love it, but we need to move over to Oahu again because my asthma is bad over here.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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Ever thought of Molokai? Kauai? Sometimes we get vog in Oahu too (nowhere near as bad as big island but it does make it over).
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:23 PM
 
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I had thought of Kauai but I am thinking that it is the rain that is triggering it off, and I know how wet Kauai is. I have looked at Molokai, but there were barely any listings to choose from.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:25 PM
 
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Kalihi does seem affordable, but I have heard bad things about the area. Is it that bad?
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Pāhoa, HI & Manhattan Beach, CA
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Kalihi does seem affordable, but I have heard bad things about the area. Is it that bad?
Kalihi is a place that most folks try to move from, not to. You might want to check out Waipahu, Pearl City, and Ewa Beach for affordable housing options on O'ahu....
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:15 PM
 
Location: PORT ANGELES, WA
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Have you checked out Mililani? Great neighborhoods there.
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