Do you need a car in Hawaii?
I’ve never lived in Hawaii without car, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go on without one. If you’re planning on visiting Hawaii, I would rent a car on a day-to-day on an as-needed basis. If you’re planning on living here, you could get by with a moped but I assure you that won’t last long once you bike through a few rains especially since we get light rains (aka “Mauka Showers”) here in the morning nearly all the time.
The good news is that you can get around without a car. Our local girl Aina shares her stories on how she fared getting around Hawaii without a car.
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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.
I think people moving should definitely learn the language & take part to become part of any community.
I know I’m late as usual.
better late than never!
One tipp for people moving to the Islands: learning how the place names are said is easiest on The Bus, which btw. provides great service (yes, that might be different if you work, I know ;-) ). Met people who lived here 20, 30 years and still didn’t know how to pronounce the name of the town they live in. imho that is quite disrespectful