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About Peter Kay

I’ve lived Hawaii since the mid ‘80s when I moved here at the age of 21. I arrived site-unseen in Honolulu with zero contacts and about $5k in savings. I worked from nearly zero and today Hawaii has given me the greatest gifts in the world in all aspects: spiritually, financially, romantically (married since early ‘90s w/ 2 children), and most important, peace. My goal with this site is to share the magic of this Land of Aloha and help others who are on a similar quest.

We’re changing our site name – now officially LivingInHawaii.com!

We were "aimforawesome.com" on day one. Today, there's no question what this site is all about and our new name precisely reflects it: we are LivingInHawaii.com. The previous site name will continue to work (forever) so there should be zero disruption. Over the coming weeks, we will be following Google best practices to change the

We’re changing our site name – now officially LivingInHawaii.com!2019-08-29T06:22:35-10:00

Breakfast in Hawaii and our favorites on Oahu

Breakfast foods are my personal favorite and there's just something really endearing about that first meal of the day coupled with a hot cup of strong coffee.  So now the only question is: where do you go?  Our local girl Aina wrote up a collection of her favorite breakfast places on Oahu and she also

Breakfast in Hawaii and our favorites on Oahu2019-06-03T07:44:13-10:00

Where can you live off the grid in Hawaii?

You asked: "How to live off-grid in Hawaii?" Watch this short YouTube for the answer and check out this Q&A playlist for lots of other answers. Got a question I haven’t already answered? Send me yours in this form and I might answer it on YouTube! Loading...

Where can you live off the grid in Hawaii?2019-08-05T07:52:37-10:00

How to ruin your Hawaii visit with sunburn

When I first came to Hawaii, I went surfing without sunscreen on my backside and the result was 2nd degree burns on the backs of my legs and then 2 days in the hotel room, unable to walk.  You can almost always identify visitors by their burned red skin. For many,  Hawaii is the first

How to ruin your Hawaii visit with sunburn2019-06-03T07:40:09-10:00

How to transition 3 young kids to Hawaii?

You asked: "How can I provide an easy transition for my three young kids (13-11-9)?" Watch this short YouTube for the answer and check out this Q&A playlist for lots of other answers. Got a question I haven’t already answered? Send me yours in this form and I might answer it on YouTube! Loading...

How to transition 3 young kids to Hawaii?2019-08-05T07:52:54-10:00

How to Drive with Aloha when in Hawaii

You can tell a lot about a society's cultural values by how people drive and if you've traveled to different parts of the world (or the USA for that matter) you can see a huge difference between, say, New York City and Reno, Nevada. Hawaii also has it's own driving style and if you come

How to Drive with Aloha when in Hawaii2019-06-03T08:18:25-10:00

What’s the difference between living in Kailua-Kona or Hilo?

You asked: "Difference between living in Kailua-Kona or Hilo?" Watch this short YouTube for the answer and check out this Q&A playlist for lots of other answers. Got a question I haven’t already answered? Send me yours in this form and I might answer it on YouTube! Loading...

What’s the difference between living in Kailua-Kona or Hilo?2019-08-05T07:53:16-10:00

Advice for single female moving to Hawaii

You asked: "My intention is to move to Hawaii in three years once my daughter graduates college. Single female making average income. Do you have any advice or tips that I can begin now to help ensure a successful move? I’ve already started downsizing my belongings, and I’m getting my finances in order, but is

Advice for single female moving to Hawaii2019-08-05T07:53:39-10:00

Fireworks on Oahu: illegal but still popular

With Independence Day (July 4) coming up, visitors not familiar with Hawaii's culture and history might not quite understand whether fireworks are illegal or not.  On one hand, they are illegal.  On the other hand, by what one sees and hears at night, those laws don't seem to be observed.  While July 4 is the

Fireworks on Oahu: illegal but still popular2019-06-03T08:22:10-10:00

Do people in Hawaii really need to work multiple jobs?

You asked: Do people really need to work multiple middle class ($50k-$70k/year) jobs to support a family? Watch this short YouTube for the answer and check out this Q&A playlist for lots of other answers. Got a question I haven’t already answered? Send me yours in this form and I might answer it on YouTube!

Do people in Hawaii really need to work multiple jobs?2019-08-05T07:53:56-10:00

New things to do on the Makapuu Lighthouse Hike

The Makapuu Lighthouse hike is one of the most popular activities on Oahu and with good reason.  It's so easy to do, well-paved, good parking, and breathtaking views. If you haven't done it yet, it's another one of those must-do kind of things.  Now if you've already done the hike, we're going to give you

New things to do on the Makapuu Lighthouse Hike2019-04-08T07:37:19-10:00