Places to Live in Hawaii

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Moving to Hawaii is something many fantasize about. This dream can definitely come true if you plan ahead and do a little research. There is no doubt that Hawaii is a paradise but visiting is very different from living there. The important thing to remember is that you should get to really know any area to which you may move. There are many types of neighborhoods that you may find attractive.

City

  • Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu. If you need the excitement and amenities of a big city, Honolulu might be the place for you. Almost a third of the entire population of the Hawaiian Islands lives in Honolulu, making it a bustling place. There is an abundance of cultural opportunities and plenty of entertainment options such as nightclubs, restaurants and shopping malls. Honolulu offers attractions such as museums, monuments, a zoo, an aquarium, and the symphony. There are quite a few colleges and universities in Honolulu, including the University of Hawaii, the largest public university in Hawaii. Forbes has called Honolulu one of the safest places to live in America because it is not as prone to natural disasters as other regions of the United States.

Suburbs

  • Mililani Town near Honolulu? is a suburb that was voted one of the best places to live by Money magazine in 2005. It continues to be a family-friendly suburb with the amenities a family might need, including a Costco and Walmart as well as many restaurants, churches and recreational opportunities. This is a planned community and is equipped with several schools. There are upper-middle class neighborhoods and upscale neighborhoods as well.

Country

  • If country living is what you are looking for, the Upcountry in Maui might be the perfect place to live. The Upcountry is located on the high elevations in Maui. There are ranches, farms and fields where taro and sweet potato thrive on the volcanic soil. This region is responsible for much of Hawaii's produce. The small town of Makawao is home to the Hawaiian cowboy, the paniolo and is also a thriving art town. There is a yearly Fourth of July parade and rodeo with traditional competitions like barrel racing and bronco riding.

Beach

  • Most people immediately picture the beach when someone mentions Hawaii. If this is what you envision for living in Hawaii, Maui might be perfect for you. Living in Maui, you'll find pristine beaches, world-class water sports, awe-inspiring volcanoes and a rich, traditional culture. The beaches on the North Shore are wide with white sand. Be aware that the surf can rise dramatically and be very dangerous, with waves reaching 25 feet. It's an ideal place to enjoy the beach and shallow water and then enjoy the ocean sports in the afternoon, taking advantage of the trade winds. Maui is home to two volcanoes, Haleakala and Mauna Kahalawai, which offer opportunities to explore and marvel at the sights.

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