Hawaii has always been a very special place to me. Not only because it is a slice of paradise, but also because this is the first ever State of the United States that I visited.
That first visit was many years ago and my last visit was in 1997. I had the chance to lead the life just like a local resident in Oahu because I stayed there for four weeks. It was the best experience ever because I was able to do what locals do. Doing the touristy activities on my visit in 1997 was no longer in my agenda, as I have done that in past visits. Visiting the other islands such as Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kauai was no longer in my itinerary as I’ve visited them already on prior visits.
I’m a city girl, and staying in Honolulu which is the business and trade capital and is in the island of Oahu was the most logical thing for me to do. I had the chance to roam around the island. I remember being in awe at the homes in Hawaii Kai having stayed there with family for a week. It helped a lot that I have a lot of relatives living in the island, one of whom was an Oahu real estate agent at that time. He actually gave me a good idea how competitive and expensive the real estate market is in Oahu. Add to that, former high school friends (who left me in the Philippines to migrate to Hawaii), and that spells weekend fun in Waikiki in the four weekends that I was there.
Now you know why I was bold enough to spend four weeks of my vacation days in the island. I knew that there was absolutely no day that I was left alone on my own. I was with great company. This is something that I would have never done if Florida was on my itinerary. It’s tough enough having to deal with navigating around unfamiliar streets and parkways when you’re traveling, how much more if you’re alone every single day?
Would I ever consider moving to Hawaii for good? No, I don’t think so. I would like to make Hawaii just my paradise, where errands, house chores are not my norm. It’s a place where relaxation rules. I’d like to keep it that way. Besides, knowing how expensive real estate properties are and the high cost of living in Hawaii, I don’t think I will ever dabble in house hunting ever over there… period. New York is my home… Wall Street is here. It is where I will be, because I should “live where my bread is buttered.” Need I say more?