Advice for Hawaiian Transplants

When we first moved to the island, people were quick to offer us two pieces of advice:

  1. Don’t do everything on Oahu (where we live) all at once.
  2. Make an effort to visit the other Hawaiian islands.

For those of you that don’t know, Oahu is not a very large island. It takes about 30 minutes to travel from the south side to the north side if traffic is good. So, when people say “Don’t do everything all at once,” what they’re really suggesting is that you take your time discovering the island and its various activities and attractions. Some folks visit all of the main tourist attractions or see the main sights within the first six months of living here, and then afterwards they find themselves asking, “What are we doing to do now?” I don’t think I would run into this problem, however, as finding hidden gems is a guilty pleasure of mine. As far as I’m concerned there is always a new hike, new trail, and/or new area to be explored. Luckily, we’ve been so busy with baby-related things since we arrived on island that there are so many things left for us to see, do, and explore!

And, since the other Hawaiian islands are relatively easy to visit, it’s highly recommended that you visit them while living on Oahu. In my mind, I think of Oahu as the economic and tourist hub of Hawaii; it’s the most densely populated, it has the primary Hawaiian airport and shopping opportunities, and it has some of the most noteworthy or famous attractions, like Waikiki Beach and the North Shore. It may not, however, be the Hawaii that comes to mind when you think of the islands. (Truth be told, when I found out we’d be living in Hawaii, images of Gidget and Moondoggie from “Gidget Goes Hawaiian” came to mind. So far, Oahu in 2013 is quite different than the one referenced in the movie when it debuted in 1961.) I’m curious about the other islands and what their overall vibe and atmosphere is like. Will they be more relaxed and tranquil? Will they feel more neighborly and familial?

The only other island I’ve been to was the Big Island back in college. I took a marine biology trip there and lived on a boat in the ocean off the southeast shore for a week. It will be good to take the advice offered by those I know, and make plans to visit some of the other Hawaiian islands.

Image credit: Jet Set With Mary

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