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Old 01-17-2010, 11:10 PM
 
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I am a highschool student at the moment and was going to go straight to college. With money in mind, i really do not want to go into so much debt at such a young age. So i thought i would move to hawaii for a little and experience a little before i start my career for the rest of my life. But as reality of this dream sinks in, i start to get scared.

Would it be possible to move to hilo with nothing and be able to survive. I do have enough money to support myself for at the least, a month. But would i beable to find a job and survive in even a little shack just off of lets say a minimum wage job such as working at a store or something? Could i survive there? is it worth it? Is my dream possible? I am very nervous to do this, but i feel it is what i want really bad, and possible my last chance to live a nice life before i get tangled up in all these money issues and problems that go along with college and starting a career. Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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I am a highschool student at the moment and was going to go straight to college. With money in mind, i really do not want to go into so much debt at such a young age. So i thought i would move to hawaii for a little and experience a little before i start my career for the rest of my life. But as reality of this dream sinks in, i start to get scared.

Would it be possible to move to hilo with nothing and be able to survive. I do have enough money to support myself for at the least, a month. But would i beable to find a job and survive in even a little shack just off of lets say a minimum wage job such as working at a store or something? Could i survive there? is it worth it? Is my dream possible? I am very nervous to do this, but i feel it is what i want really bad, and possible my last chance to live a nice life before i get tangled up in all these money issues and problems that go along with college and starting a career. Thanks!
No. Even shacks cost $400 a month on up. No one is hiring. Hilo is the biggest town on the island with about 40k people and the local paper has something like 10-15 jobs listed on any one day. Some of the "jobs" have been listed for weeks. That should tell you something.

Even minimum wage jobs go to locals, first. Go to college on the mainland, then after the economy gets better, look into moving here as an adventure.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Try WWOOFing. That's Willing Workers On Organic Farms and if you google WWOOF Hawaii you should find a link. You get a place to stay and one meal a day in exchange for doing several hours of farmwork each day. The accommodations/hours/meals are all different depending on which farm you are on but if you don't like the farm you are on, you will be able to move to another one. Bring enough money to get a plane ticket home if it doesn't work out and take a year off to look around before going into debt to go to college. You will also need some money for additional food and stuff, but by not having to pay for rent, you will save a bundle right there. Each farm is different, too, so look around at them carefully. Some folks have had a great experience doing WWOOFing and others have had a horrible experience so check them carefully.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Big Island- Hawaii, AK, WA where the whales are!
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Second the WWOOfing.. I know people over here that have college eductions, had/have business and they are hurting. Follow your dream but have a reality in it also. College these days is pretty much a given if you want to go to corportate america. But a creative mind will take you further if applied. If your not ready then don't go. If you don't go the chances of you returning to the system and college will dimish. Your young go for you gut if logic is also played into it.
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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People tend to hire who they know and who shows up. Not too many jobs in the paper, so it is asking around.
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Was in Western New York but now in Hilo Hawaii
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People tend to hire who they know and who shows up. Not too many jobs in the paper, so it is asking around.
Moving to Hilo is as easy as 1 2 3

1) reach to your back pocket

2) pull out your check book

3) write checks to the people that will move you.

Just that simple.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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Moving to Hilo is as easy as 1 2 3

1) reach to your back pocket

2) pull out your check book

3) write checks to the people that will move you.

Just that simple.
You got it friend!

Moving here is the easy part. Living here is the tough part.

Still, I love it here....
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