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Old 09-18-2007, 03:46 PM
 
Location: WA
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Hi

I just found out that in February my husband and I will be moving from Seattle to (probably) Hawaii or San Diego. I want to know the pros and cons of each. We're military (navy) so the cost of living isn't that much of an issue. I'm a media artist (animation/illustration) and I know that San Diego may be a better bet for me work-wise, but what does Hawaii have to offer an artist? Also we are in our mid-twenties, laid-back with no kids, and are originally southerners from Louisiana. I'm just trying to figure out what place would be the best for us. I know for sure that I'll probably be happy in either place weather-wise; I HATE Seattle weather (too cold and gray). We would be stationed in Hawaii or San Diego, Calif. for 3 years. I'd appreciate any comments/advice that would help us decide which place would suit us the best. Thanks!
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:00 PM
 
Location: The Bay State
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Not sure about the job market for you, but the basic issue with Hawaii is that while it's beautiful and exotic, it's still a tiny bunch of islands in the middle of the ocean that's a l-o-o-o-o-o-n-g way from anything else. You won't be taking too many weekend road trips . . .

That being said, being military is probably the best way to live in HI for a couple of years, since that makes it much more affordable. Plus, it's already half-way to Japan, China, Australia, etc for more exotic travel.

I guess if I were in your shoes (i.e., young, no kids), I'd go for HI, unless you had some really pressing ties to the mainland.
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:07 PM
 
Location: WA
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Thanks, I'm leaning towards HI as well but want to make an educated decision. Ties to the mainland: family, but 3 years is doable, and work. My excuse for work is that I could do freelance work online if I have to. My dreams for the film industry would be put on hold. But then I ask myself, what other time will I be able to experience Hawaii without having to pay like a tourist? Tough one.
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:26 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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Young? No kids?

Heck yeah, Hawaii.

Ken
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:34 PM
 
Location: WA
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lol I'm starting to see a pattern. SD seems to have a lot to offer as well though,hum..
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Hawai'i
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San Diego has a lot to offer as far as terrible traffic, smog and you will very seldom see a sun rise there but you have seaworld, a ton of dining oh and bunches and bunches of people there.

I would say while your on the government dime experience Hawaii.
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Old 09-18-2007, 06:42 PM
 
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We're military and moved from SD to Hawaii. We loved SD but we're really enjoying Hawaii (we've been here a little over 1 year). I wouldn't want to live here forever, but we are making the most of our 3 years here. And yes, since you are military, you can take advantage of the commissaries, etc and cost of living won't be too much of a shock. Since you don't have kids, you can "vacation" on other islands rather easily. The weather is great!!
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Old 09-24-2007, 02:05 PM
 
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Hi, I'm from SD born and raise, also military i thought i'd NEVER want to leave SD but after vacationing in HAWAII now I can't wait to move there. It was the best experience EVER. everyone is alot nicer there and you wont have to deal with this crazy traffic! it really is crazy ! i would suggest going to HAWAII ! take advantage after all it's only 3 years ! hope you deciede and make the right choice !
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:48 PM
 
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Hubby and I are stationed in Hawaii and we love it, sooooo I will say HAWAII.
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:54 PM
 
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Obviously, you know SD is very close to Mexico and heavily Hispanic while Hawaii has it's roots deep in Asian pacific areas.As someone who lived in SoCal for a bit, I'd say go with Hawaii.
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