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Old 12-02-2010, 07:57 PM
 
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Aloha,

My family & I are moving to Portland, OR next month. We're very excited to move to a new place and get ahead, being Hawai'i can be very expensive. I'm wanting to know where the safest places to locate my family. We have two beautiful toddlers & we want a safe family environment where the education is decent Thank you for your help!
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Old 12-03-2010, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Congratulations on the move! There's a substantial Hawaiian community in the Portland area. A new Hawaiian "plate lunch" place just opened up in a former Burger King in Beaverton, and places like Noho's Hawaiian Cafe have been going strong for years.

The entire Portland area is pretty safe - among the safest large cities in the US. I think there are statistics on things like that on the "other side" of city-data.com (i.e. not the forum).

At the top of the safety/prestige/good schools ladder around here are the southern suburbs on the west side of the river - Lake Oswego and West Linn. The Beaverton School District just west of Portland is very good too. There are great places to live and great schools in the city of Portland itself too. Where will you be working? That will have a big influence on where you will want to live.

Try googling "moving to Portland" - that's part of the standard advice given by one of the regulars in the Portland forum here. Come to think of it, you could post in the Portland forum.

Welcome to Oregon!
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Old 12-03-2010, 05:00 PM
 
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Thank you very much for your repsonse I have a few friends that have gone to college in Oregon & never returned. They tell me it's the best move they ever made.

I'm glad to hear that it is an overrall safe city/state Beaverton is probably where we will be looking to rent. Hawaiian communites are always a plus, something to remind you of home. I'm sure we'll run into people there. Thanks again for your response. Big help!

Mahalo Nui Loa
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:30 PM
 
Location: 'Shangri-La 'mountains west of Wolf Creek, Oregon
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Aloha,

My family & I are moving to Portland, OR next month. We're very excited to move to a new place and get ahead, being Hawai'i can be very expensive. I'm wanting to know where the safest places to locate my family. We have two beautiful toddlers & we want a safe family environment where the education is decent Thank you for your help!

Welcome to Oregon Lola.Bunny

Sorry i don't know about Portland. I live in the mountains west of Wolf Creek.

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Best of Luck to y'all.


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Old 12-08-2010, 11:32 AM
 
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Love to trade. The only other place I've found that would be nice for me to retire is the Big Island (and no, I don't think I would get island fever). Welcome to Portland!
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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There's lots of Hawaiian culture all around the Portland area. Most of the colleges seem to have a Hawaiian club. I know Pacific University (in Forest Grove) has several well-publicized events. One place that looks like a great resource is the Ke Kukui Foundation, located in Vancouver.
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Old 12-10-2010, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Lola, there are plenty of local people in this area, particularly Beaverton. My wife is Hawaiian and moved here 12 years ago from the Big Island for better job opportunities. She is always homesick and would like to move back to Hawaii when she retires, but she's grown to love the Pacific Northwest and would miss it if she left. She loves the seasons, the snow in the mountains, the fact that you can drive far, and the diverse cultural activities. The biggest adjustment was cultural. In general, people on the mainland are a bit harder to get to know, and her "aloha spirit" is sometimes looked at with suspicion. But she's learned to adjust, and has met many good people. She also misses some of the Asian foods we don't have over here. But she's glad she came, because she's had opportunities she never would have had back in Hawaii. I'm glad she came, too, or I wouldn't have met her. :-)
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