Where warm, tropical waters meet sparkling sandy shores, natural splendor abounds, and unrivaled beauty unfolds, welcome to Hawaii, a paradise on earth. Located at the heart of the Pacific, the Hawaiian Islands are made up of hundreds of atolls and eight main islands: O’ahu, Lana’i, Moloka’i, Kaua’i, Ni’ihau, Maui, Kaho’olawe, and the Big Island. Hawaii’s abundance of natural wonders has drawn thousands of tourists and prospective residents to its shores. Locals warmly welcome visitors to share in its ohana, or family, its vibrant culture made up of a fusion of different ethnicities, and all that their island paradise has to offer. Swim in warm, tropical waters, touch the heavens on a mountain hike, enjoy a luau, or partake in a surplus of additional recreational activities that will leave you tempted to maximize your stay in the islands. Prospective residents to Hawaii, however, are the envy of the world because people who live in this earthly utopia wake up in the world’s paradise everyday.
Wake up to a beautiful Hawaiian sunrise, feel the warmth of the local community, and indulge in all that paradise has to offer every single day when living in Hawaii. Oahu, the third largest atoll in the Hawaiian island chain, is the home of the state capital of Honolulu and is by far the most populous island. While most residents opt to live near the convenience of Honolulu, the other Hawaiian Islands are equally as vibrant in terms of attractions, landmarks, natural wonders, and real estate, with the exception of Ni’ihau, the “Forbidden Isle” that generally cannot be visited. The islands of Kaua’i, Maui, and the Big Island have lifestyles a bit similar to Oahu in that they bustle with tourist activity. However, the residential populations on the three islands are significantly smaller than on Oahu. For a quieter life on the islands, consider purchasing homes on Lana’i, Moloka’i, and Kaho’olawe, which lack the large tourist industries of its sister islands but still boasts Hawaii’s indescribable natural beauty.
Hawaii’s unique culture, a patchwork quilt made from the multiple ethnicities, languages, and ways of life that come from different corners of the world, is the most vibrant on earth. Hawaiian Creole, known as “pidgin,” is spoken widely among the locals. Its unique dialect was taken from numerous languages, and was used as a method for which the English-speaking locals and the non-English immigrants to communicate with one another during Hawaii’s early years. Pidgin has become an integral part of the local life. The hula is a beautiful form of dance that originated within the Islands that is deeply engraved in Hawaii’s history and culture. Watch as the hands of the dancers sway to soothing Hawaiian music, and listen to the accompaniment of the ukulele, ipu, pu’ili, and the uli’uli. It truly is an unforgettable experience. Hawaii’s melting pot of ethnic diversity is often reflected within its cuisine. For example, Saimin is a noodle and soup dish inspired by multiple elements that come from Hawaii’s many cultural and ethnic influences. Residents and visitors alike indulge in this fine dish unique to Hawaii.