I received a note from a teenager thinking about moving to Hawaii. I answered him by email but I wanted to post it here for everyone’s benefit…
On Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 1:15 PM, <email@example.com> wrote:
location: originally SF, now Minneapolis
Comment: First off I want to say that it\’s REALLY cool you are in Thailand right now, sounds like you’re having a blast, I imagine!
okay then, my scenario/question is this: I’m 19 years old, and have recently expressed a desire to move to Hawaii. everything about it seems up my alley, the diversity, being a minority (I share that trait with you, I suppose :), and the the weather/seclusion.
my thing is, I am just wanting to ask advice on how to maneuver it in this economy…now I’m not trying to burden you, but everyone else in my life is really unsupported, and I guess I just want to hear one person tell me it can be done, and how.
I’m planning on saving up 6000-6500 for the period to find a job. I have NO problem working in the tourist industry (kind’ve what I want I’d say), although as time goes by, I’ll probably do IT.
so my question is…can I expect 10/hr working in the hospitality industry as a wage? also…am I being realistic wanting to move to Hawaii? and how long do you think it’d take to find employment in the tourist industry while out there in Oahu (or possibly, the big island)?
>Now – here I have no clue… as I’ve not been in the same position as you. Probably 10/hour is not out of the question… you can always hold out until you find one for 10.Yes, you’re realistic about moving to Hawaii with all you’ve told me here – seems like you have the right attitude. You just need to plan out a few things – like Craigslist.org to find a room and maybe mountain bike, other stuff. Use contacts you find on craigs or twitter to give you a lot more information about living there. Check out google maps – see the layout of Waikiki or wherever you want to live.
any answers would be helpful, and I’m grateful for any help I can get. I know food is expensive and so is housing…but then again, I’m from Northern California :)
thanks for your time,
Want to Move to Hawaii?
I’ve been saving for a while and I plan on moving in september. The high costs terrify me but this has been my goal since graduating High School but if I’m going to do it 20 is a good age. My family thinks I’m nuts for going alone but this was just the re assurance I needed. So thank you(:
Hi I’m so happy to have come across this.. In the midst of being frustrated with where I’m living, kinda just googled in whatever cause I so badlyy need get away too. I’m originally from Boston & just moved to atlanta ..don’t like it very much, just turned 20 a few days ago & don’t want to go to college in a place I hate ..always was interested in Hawaii. But thanks to both for I guess, asking & answering & good luck to both! Hopefully one day we can meet in Hawaii (=
yes, you motivated me quite a bit, and now my goal is more clear. thank you very much for that :)