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Old 05-16-2012, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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I will be relocating next month to Honolulu, working at Ft Shafter. Any recommendations as to nice neighborhoods around there, where the commute won't be terrible? I eventually will ship my car over, so will have rental car until then.

I keep hearing Kalihi is a bad area - what are the boundaries to that area so I know where NOT to look?

Is Liliha/Kapalama a nice area? Will be looking for an apartment or house share.

Thanks for any insights!
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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What is your monthly budget for rent or a purchase?

If you're new to Hawaii, especially Honolulu, I wouldn't look to move to Kalihi, Liliha, or Kapalama. Depending on what your budget is, Salt Lake, Moanalua and Moanalua Valley might be better suited to you. Halawa Heights, Aiea and Aiea Heights are a little bit farther away, but they might interest you as well.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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I, too, am possibly moving to hawaii soon. My husband will be getting a job at Ft. Shatner. We don't want a long commute, but we don't know what are nice areas to live and what aren't. We want to rent, and can afford up to $3000/month (a little bit more if we stretch). We also need room for our children. They only live with us during the summer, so schools aren't an issue, but we need at least 2 bedrooms. My husband is willing to commute but would prefer not to.

What places are good? Where should I stay from? A friend told Ewa is nice, but it's rather far away.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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What is your monthly budget for rent or a purchase?

If you're new to Hawaii, especially Honolulu, I wouldn't look to move to Kalihi, Liliha, or Kapalama. Depending on what your budget is, Salt Lake, Moanalua and Moanalua Valley might be better suited to you. Halawa Heights, Aiea and Aiea Heights are a little bit farther away, but they might interest you as well.
I agree with this (and live in Salt Lake area)


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I, too, am possibly moving to hawaii soon. My husband will be getting a job at Ft. Shatner. We don't want a long commute, but we don't know what are nice areas to live and what aren't. We want to rent, and can afford up to $3000/month (a little bit more if we stretch). We also need room for our children. They only live with us during the summer, so schools aren't an issue, but we need at least 2 bedrooms. My husband is willing to commute but would prefer not to.

What places are good? Where should I stay from? A friend told Ewa is nice, but it's rather far away.
Ewa is nice and has good priced homes but the commute is insane both directions. If there is a stalled vehicle or accident that direction on the H1? Forget about it. There is really only one main artery and a billion /hyperbole people trying to use it.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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I, too, am possibly moving to hawaii soon. My husband will be getting a job at Ft. Shatner. We don't want a long commute, but we don't know what are nice areas to live and what aren't. We want to rent, and can afford up to $3000/month (a little bit more if we stretch). We also need room for our children. They only live with us during the summer, so schools aren't an issue, but we need at least 2 bedrooms. My husband is willing to commute but would prefer not to.

What places are good? Where should I stay from? A friend told Ewa is nice, but it's rather far away.
Welcome!

I think my first post in this thread (post #2) might apply to you and your family. All the areas I listed are close to Ft. Shafter. Commuting to and from Ewa Beach is a pain in the ass.
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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I, too, am possibly moving to hawaii soon. My husband will be getting a job at Ft. Shatner.
Congrats! What time frame are you looking at?

I'll be going first, since my husband won't be able to join me until he can land a job first (he's in hotel management). So right now I'm looking for just a studio or small 1bd room. Bad news is my budget is around $800-$900 so I may have to look at shares.

How is Halawa? seems fairly close to to Ft. Shafter.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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If you mean Halawa across from Aloha Stadium, it's okay. I have some in-laws who live over there.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:16 PM
 
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Welcome!

I think my first post in this thread (post #2) might apply to you and your family. All the areas I listed are close to Ft. Shafter. Commuting to and from Ewa Beach is a pain in the ass.
It all depends- my husband is a contractor and this is one of the opportunities that has come up. It may be with in a month, though.

Is commute really that bad? I'm a DC native myself- it takes some seriously bad traffic to ruffle me.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:19 PM
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Location: Kailua
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I'll be going first, since my husband won't be able to join me until he can land a job first (he's in hotel management).
Your husband may not join you if the criteria is he has to find a job before moving - that is very difficult to do remotely.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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Totally agree with Kaimuki.

To everyone coming here.... please understand, we have what has been rated some of the worst traffic in the nation.

And when it's horrible... guess what? NO WHERE else to go. No surface streets, no nothing. (at least to certain areas)

When was it that the trailer truck hit the overpass H1 Ewa bound? People were sitting in traffic for like 5-6 hours.

I live 6.5 miles from Ward (in Honolulu to Honolulu). At 7pm at night it takes 45 mins. to get there and 45 minutes to get back on weekdays. Not using the freeway.
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