Brief History of How We Came to Hawaii by
a California born and bred gal, originally from southern
California, but most recently from Sacramento, California,
prior to moving to Hawaii with my husband Eddie and our
then 14 year old Pomeranian, T.C.
loved growing up in Southern California having the beaches
near by and the wonderful South CA weather. I remember wearing
flip flops most of the year and rarely ever needing a heavy
jacket. Living in northern California was a different story
all together. We had wonderful springs and summers, but
fall, and especially winter, were way too cold for my taste.
husband and I started vacationing in Hawaii about eight
years prior to moving here, and loved it, so kept coming
back every year; sometimes twice a year. While vacationing,
it dawned on me that not everyone in Hawaii were tourists----some
lucky people actually lived here, so I started asking people
their stories about moving here and started dreaming about
one day doing so myself.
few years ago on the island of Kauai, we decided to meet
with a Realtor and look at some property and homes to explore
availability and pricing, and we were astonished by what
we saw. Very small (800 sq. ft.) fixer upper homes were
selling for over $300,000 and a small (7500 sq. ft.) lot,
with no ocean view, was selling for $210,000. YIKES! Needless
to say, it was a discouraging experience.
yes, one thing that I forgot to mention was that the $210,000
lot had been purchased by the existing owner only five years
prior for something like $10,000! No kidding! It was mind
blowing! Similar appreciations in real estate had happened
on Oahu and Maui as well.
continued to keep tabs on the real estate market on Kauai,
hoping that we might find some way to make it work.....
maybe by buying a vacation rental or something like that.
Then one day, a friend of ours suggested that we check out
The Big Island of Hawaii as he had heard that the prices
were quite a bit more reasonable than the other islands,
and was he ever right. Our internet searches of Big Island
properties got us so excited that we decided to take a long
weekend trip over to check it out in person. If the other
islands had appreciated so dramatically, I figured that
it is only a matter of time for the Big Island to catch
a lot of dicussion and heart rending decision making, we
decided that it made great sense to sell our home in California
and buy a less expensive home on the Big Island, which drastically
reduced our mortgage payment, and start a new life in Hawaii
while we were still young enough to get out and enjoy all
the fantastic things that the island has to offer.
that's exactly what we did. I will not say that it was an
easy move to make, because it wasn't, but I will say that
I have no regrets about making it. My life is dramatically
different than it was on the mainland. I live in the country
and work from my home office which has an amazing view of
the southern Hawaii coast line. My closest neighbors are
about ten acres away from my house instead of ten feet away.
It's peaceful, it's quiet, it's definitely a slower pace
of life, there is much less crime and the weather is wonderful
all year long! I love it! And when I'm not working, I get
to go out and do all of the fun touristy things that other
people just get to do on their vacations. Life in paradise
is pretty darn nice!