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Old 11-14-2018, 05:33 PM
 
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Hello,

My family is considering a move to Honolulu for my husband’s career. Basically, there are not many jobs for him in Orlando, so he would be commuting to Minneapolis/Philadelphia/Atlanta every week (if he took a job in one of those cities) or we could all move to Honolulu and see him more regularly. Our family is not interested in leaving Florida for somewhere cold and less fun, so we are seriously considering relocating to Honolulu over him commuting out of state. We have been to Maui and Kauai and really loved both islands. But that was vacation. Am I crazy to think of uprooting our settled lives in Florida to bring my 4 year old daughter to be raised in Honolulu? Is it a good place to raise children? Is it so very different from living on the mainland? I basically operate in a bubble as it is, with my daily schedule, so I am not worried about feeling isolated/island fever. Just...is it safe, how are the schools, can I afford life in general? We would be living on his executive salary, yet to be determined. Any advice from people who have moved children to Honolulu is appreciated. Sorry I don’t have more specific questions, I am just beginning my research. Links to appropriate older posts also appreciated. Thank you in advance!
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Old 11-14-2018, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Kailua
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Am I crazy to think of uprooting our settled lives in Florida to bring my 4 year old daughter to be raised in Honolulu?
Yes

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Is it a good place to raise children?
No - unless you are prepared to send your daughter to private school and raise her on the most remote islands in the world.
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Old 11-14-2018, 06:16 PM
 
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Haha! Loved that answer LOL. So, some people say it’s an amazing place to raise children. Less materialism, more simple pleasures, more time in the great outdoors, exposure to a different culture and diversity, etc....? My daughter would attend Punahou and would be starting at kindergarten, so I assume she would make friends at that age and get a good education...My mind is just spinning with the realization that I have no clue what it would be like to actually live in Honolulu - and yet we will have to make a decision very soon because this opportunity came up so recently and interrupted the commuting plan we had for the job search. To be able to live as a family is a big pro for Honolulu.
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:44 PM
 
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So, some people say it’s an amazing place to raise children.
Like who?

Here are some gems:

The continuing shocking state of Hawaii Public Schools

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Less materialism, more simple pleasures
Who said that? Honolulu is a major US metropolitan area. You won't find a lack of materialism here - nor will you find a lot of simple pleasures sitting bumper to bumper in some of the worst traffic in the United States - where oddly you won't find relief even on Saturday.
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Vegas
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Why not? Being able to live in Honolulu is an opportunity very few people ever achieve. Finances will be stretched further than you're used to, but, it's Hawaii. Doesn't get much better than that.
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:47 PM
 
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Why not? Being able to live in Honolulu is an opportunity very few people ever achieve. Finances will be stretched further than you're used to, but, it's Hawaii. Doesn't get much better than that.
Says the person who does not even live in Hawaii.....

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Old 11-14-2018, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Vegas
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Says the person who does not even live in Hawaii.....

Shucks whtviper, didn't realize that was a requirement to have an opinion on Hawaii!
I'm trying to get all my ducks in a row to move out there as well. Stoked.
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:58 PM
 
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Like who?

Here are some gems:

The continuing shocking state of Hawaii Public Schools



Who said that? Honolulu is a major US metropolitan area. You won't find a lack of materialism here - nor will you find a lot of simple pleasures sitting bumper to bumper in some of the worst traffic in the United States - where oddly you won't find relief even on Saturday.
The CEO of the company who would be hiring him said he thinks it’s the greatest place in the world to raise kids - he moved from California when his oldest (a teenager) was a baby. Then had 2 more kids on island. They go to private school. I guess I need to understand comparatively to other cities...I can’t imagine materialism worse than Dallas where I spent 12 years, nor traffic worse than the I-4 corridor in Orlando. It’s all relative.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:38 PM
 
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nor traffic worse than the I-4 corridor in Orlando. It’s all relative.
How about relative to other cities - I don't see Orlando traffic making any national lists -

This Forbes article suggest Honolulu is the worst in the US:

https://www.forbes.com/pictures/ehmk.../#1a20b7892325

This one 15th:

https://www.moneycrashers.com/worst-...-commute-time/

Orlando did not make the cut.....
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Julie, I suggest that you spend a whole bunch of time reading through the many threads here about what it's like to live in Hawaii. And what it's like for kids here. It's not all simple pleasures and beach time. A lot of people visit once or twice and decide to move here without knowing about the realities of living in "paradise". Then when we burst their bubbles by explaining what it is like to live here (those of us who actually do), they say we're being negative or we're trying to scare newcomers away.

Your daughter is young enough that she may have a good time, and Punahou is a good school. How are you going to deal with her being so far away from family?

You should look at the price of housing. The median price for a single family house on Oahu is over $800,000. I don't know what your budget is, but you may be looking at a fixer-upper.

Yes, traffic is all relative, but how much of paradise will your husband enjoy if he's driving two-three hours a day in rush hour traffic?
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