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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.

Hawaii Real estate: is leasehold worth it?

If you're going to buy real estate in Hawaii, you must know the difference between fee simple and leasehold properties. At first glance, leasehold properties seem much cheaper, but is it really worth it? Should you buy one of these lower priced properties?  This video gives you the details. Watch the other home buying videos

Hawaii Real estate: is leasehold worth it?2020-01-13T08:12:49-10:00

What article would you like to see about Living in Hawaii?

We're busy planning out our next season of articles to publish and I've always believed that YOU are the best source of ideas. What is the site missing? What do you want to know about living in Hawaii that we haven't talked about yet? Tell us in the form below. Mahalo! Open this form in

What article would you like to see about Living in Hawaii?2020-02-18T10:01:23-10:00

What’s Hawaii’s Weather Like in February?

February is probably the harshest month as it's the middle of winter. So what's it like? Questions about Hawaii's weather are one of the most popular searches so each month, I drive around in that very month and tell you what it's like from someone that's lived in Hawaii since the 80s.  This playlist on

What’s Hawaii’s Weather Like in February?2020-02-11T07:20:46-10:00

Getting connected in Hawaii with others

Connecting with people and forming a sense of community is probably the most important immaterial thing you can do anywhere and especially Hawaii.  I mention the importance of connecting with people living in Hawaii in my 10 steps to a job in Hawaii article and also in a YouTube video on how to connect with

Getting connected in Hawaii with others2020-02-04T06:28:34-10:00

Hawaii Real estate: leasehold vs. fee simple differences

If you're going to buy real estate in Hawaii, you must know the difference between fee simple and leasehold properties. This video is the first of series on that topic and I give a quick overview. Watch the other home buying videos in this YouTube playlist. Buying a home, whether you’re living in Hawaii or

Hawaii Real estate: leasehold vs. fee simple differences2020-01-28T07:53:51-10:00

What do Hawaii people miss about the mainland?

Hawaii is different - after all, it's why people move here.  And that difference, which we love, implies there are both gains and losses.  We gain the best weather, natural beauty, and an amazing culture.  So what do we lose?  Our local girl Aina is in a great position to share her experience (given that

What do Hawaii people miss about the mainland?2020-01-06T08:02:03-10:00

Live eyewitness video from Hawaii shooting and fire

Watch a video recorded at the scene where this terrible event unfolded Normally I don't talk about current news items but this one has to be an exception for several reasons.  Yesterday (Sunday, Jan 19),  I had a close family member text me that she was under lockdown due to an active shooter.  I immediately

Live eyewitness video from Hawaii shooting and fire2020-01-20T08:48:33-10:00

What’s Hawaii’s Weather Like in January?

Hope your January is off to a good start for the new year! Questions about Hawaii's weather are one of the most popular searches so each month, I drive around in that very month and tell you what it's like from someone that's lived in Hawaii since the 80s.  This playlist on Hawaii's weather holds

What’s Hawaii’s Weather Like in January?2020-01-13T07:02:18-10:00

How is the Ocean experience different from a Lake one?

Surfs Up! by Kirt Edblom is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Image may have been resized or cropped from original. We've got a somewhat unique benefit here in that our local girl Aina lives near a lake on the mainland and when she comes home to Hawaii she's near the ocean. If you've

How is the Ocean experience different from a Lake one?2020-01-07T06:32:51-10:00

It is easier for a 40yr old to move to Hawaii than a young person?

You asked: "Is Hawaii a place where someone can move and spend the rest of their life?" Watch this short YouTube for the answer and check out this Q&A playlist for lots of other answers. On this episode, our local girl Aina whose blog posts you read is my guest in the car and she

It is easier for a 40yr old to move to Hawaii than a young person?2019-12-16T07:01:54-10:00

What is Christmas like in Hawaii?

If you live in a place where you not only dream of a White Christmas but usually get one, you might wonder: What is Christmas like in Hawaii?  In some ways it's really different and in other ways it's really similar. What is Christmas like in Hawaii: surfing on Christmas day Just the other day

What is Christmas like in Hawaii?2019-12-24T06:47:49-10:00

What’s Hawaii’s Weather Like in December?

Questions about Hawaii's weather are one of the most popular searches so each month, I drive around in that very month and tell you what it's like from someone that's lived in Hawaii since the 80s.  This playlist on Hawaii's weather holds each month. Watch this short YouTube for the answer and check out this

What’s Hawaii’s Weather Like in December?2019-12-16T08:24:17-10:00