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Waipio’o Valley by Andy Gippetti is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Image may have been resized or cropped from originalHere is a note from Janice, she is considering moving to the Big Island of Hawaii from Los Angeles.

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Hello Vern,

I just found your site while doing one of my many searches about moving to Hawaii. Your website is great! I recently went to the Big Island-Puna – Pahoa and I have not been the same since I’ve been back to LA. I’ve been doing nonstop research on moving there and I just applied for a job with Hawaiian Airlines.

Can I ask you why you moved from Maui to Honolulu? I’ve never been to Maui but heard it was a bit stuffy with wealthy people and very expensive.

I’ve been to Hawaii 3 times. I worked on “Baywatch Hawaii” for 6 weeks in 2000 on Oahu. I went to Kona for a weekend during that time, Oahu for a week in 2009, then recently went to Big Island again, and I’ve been trying to figure out a way to live there since I left. Have looked at property online, have a realtor friend of a friend to contact (Haven’t yet because I guess it’s better to rent) and now I’m crossing fingers I get this job.

Opening lines of communication as I need all the support I can get. I’m not happy living in LA and haven’t been for some time. I want to start over somewhere else with quality of life, caring people and beauty of nature. I did have island fever when I was there in 2000 but I’m in a different place in my life right now.

Again, please I stumbled upon your site. Thanks for sharing.



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Hi Janice,

Hawaii really grabs some of us when we first visit. You sound star-struck. lol. The islands did that to me as well. We’ll likely be heading back in a couple of years.

I was originally on Oahu for over 4 years. I returned in 2002 and stayed on Oahu and then moved to Maui. So, I never moved from Maui to Oahu.

I really enjoyed Maui. My wife at the time, and myself, had combined income that made it quite a nice place to be. I think it is probably true that there are many people with money on the island of Maui, and yet there were few that I’d call snobby. Someone who has a few, or tens of millions of dollars in the bank, act differently than those that are living paycheck to paycheck. I think those with a lot of money tend to spend time with others that are similar to them. In general I found Maui to be really a pleasant place to live. I had no problem with racism, localism, or island fever. There is a lot to do if you like the outdoors, and there are many lovely people on the island. We’re looking forward to returning.

Ok, best of life and luck to you. I do hope you are able to get a suitable job and move to the islands.


Peter Kay