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Old 01-27-2014, 11:50 PM
 
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I did a search and the latest thread I could find similar to this was in 2007. I think I have heard about all of the negatives. Tell me your list of favorite reasons you love calling Hawaii home, specifically in Oahu.
Mahalo!
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Kailua
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I'd vote for the weather.

As I write this, 750pm Jan 27. HNL 70 degrees. Chicago -7.

Although ironically, I feel a bit chilly.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:14 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area/Honolulu
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1. In general I feel a little more relaxed on Oahu. Hawaii has been number 1 on this Gallup poll The Happiest (And Unhappiest) States In The U.S. for years and usually scores first or second in 5 of the 6 categories and above average in the other category (basic access).

But it's not the paradise that some might think. Most people still go through the same routine that they would in other places like going to work or school and driving in traffic.

2. Being Asian, I feel more comfortable on Oahu because I'm part of the majority race. I've lived in two of the most heavily Asian places in the continental U.S. (L.A. and the Bay Area) and Hawaii is the most Asian-friendly place in my opinion. Being Asian, especially Japanese or Chinese, actually can be pretty helpful at times. Being Asian in other states isn't necessarily bad, but it's rarely an advantage.

3. The weather. But I prefer California weather during the late spring to early fall months. I like cooler temperatures, so Hawaii's 75-90 degree and humid daily summer weather is uncomfortable.
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, Oahu
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  • I can wear shorts a t-shirt and slippers every day of the year.
  • I can surf almost every day in board-shorts instead of a wetsuit...and the waves are GOOD.
  • Living in town is great, everything is close and it's only a few miles to be completely away in the rainforest or at a non-populated beach.
  • I have met people with some of the warmest accepting inclusive hearts.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:55 PM
 
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Nice input guys. I look forward to moving due to the weather. I am in North Alabama and it's 12 degrees here. Most of the state is in a state of emergency. Over 1200 students/staff stuck overnight at school. Some warm weather would be ideal and year round at that. 70 sounds really nice
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Kailua
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8:29 pm. 73 degrees. Brrrrrrr.
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Aotearoa
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Being Asian, especially Japanese or Chinese, actually can be pretty helpful at times. Being Asian in other states isn't necessarily bad, but it's rarely an advantage.
I'm curious, what are the benefits of being Asian in Hawaii? I haven't exactly ever had the feeling of white privilege before...perhaps it is there and I just haven't noticed it because I'm so I used to it.
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Being Asian in Hawaii is accepted and preferred in many cases. The checkout person smiles more at you, is more helpful, other folks smile more, it's just assumed "you're from around here", etc. etc. If you are haole, even if you're local haole, you're not going to get that automatic level of superficial acceptance.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:01 AM
 
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The beaches, times infinity. Which couldn't fully be enjoyed without the weather being so wonderful! I love the landscape without the people, check out Manana Trail. But the beach, the water, the sun. We miss that. Driving in Atlanta makes me miss the aloha spirit of Hawaii.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:04 PM
 
Location: SF Bay & Diamond Head
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Eye Candy. I mean the Beaches.
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