Relocating to the Big Island of Hawaii (Part 1): Frequently Asked Questions

Have you ever dreamed of “someday” living in Hawaii? More people are turning their dreams into reality right now by relocating to the Big Island of Hawaii. Affordable real estate prices, coupled with plenty of business opportunities, make relocating to Hawaii easier than you might think.


Relocating to the Big Island of Hawaii offers intense beauty and opportunity

Frequently Asked Relocation Questions

Q: Why would I want to live in Hawaii?

A: The Big Island of Hawaii offers something for everyone, regardless of lifestyle choices. While the pace of life here in Hawaii is slower than that of the Mainland, it is typically that need to live a more simple life that draws people to the islands.

The lush tropical setting, expansive ocean views of the blue Pacific, year-round warm climate, and gentle trade winds make for an idyllic backdrop to life at any stage. Combine those features with the affordability currently seen in the housing and property market today, and there you have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for living your Hawaii Life.

Q: What’s the cost of living in Hawaii compared to the Mainland?

A: Several factors ultimately determine what some may deem as “cheap” or “expensive.” Rather than delve into a rambling subjective diatribe on the issue, let’s look at some of the more general facts concerning the true cost of living.

Here in Kona, for example, we have Costco, Lowes, Walmart, Target, as well as other well established national chain stores. You’ll find little difference in prices between these larger “box” stores and those on the Mainland. However, local supermarkets and convenience stores will have noticeably higher prices on everyday items. As the majority of the products found in Hawaii must be literally shipped in, those fuel and carrying costs are passed along to the consumer.

The same holds true for energy costs, specifically gasoline and electricity. Hawaii’s gasoline prices typically mirror those found in the more populated areas of California, or may be a few cents more. Electricity on the other hand is the highest in the nation; not a great selling point, but it’s the truth nonetheless.

However, Hawaii is well on its way to leading the nation in renewable energy sources. Finding a home in Kona without a solar water heater is rare and we’re seeing an explosive increase in single family homes with photovoltaic conversion systems.

For a two city side-by-side cost of living comparison in all the categories you need, such as taxes, housing, food, and other costs, use the Comparison Calculator.

Q: Where is the best place to live on the Big Island of Hawaii?

A: With 10 of the world’s known climate zones existing solely within the confines of the Big Island of Hawaii, it really becomes more of a question of, “In what type of climate do you wish to live?” Due to the large number of micro-climates, changes in elevation, lava zones, and population centers, one can surround themselves in virtually whatever surroundings they so choose. There is also the added benefit of oceanfront living, which takes on a completely different feel from that of inland island living.

The Kona and Kohala Coast areas are perfect for those who enjoy a dry, arid type of environment, but have the benefit of amazing ocean and coastline views. The oceanfront resort areas of the “Kona Gold Coast” are the perfect locations for those who enjoy luxury living, coupled with palm trees and beaches.

If, on the other hand, you enjoy warm tropical rain and lush rainforest, then the Hilo and Puna District is just right. The Ka’u District to the south is defined by its lava fields on the West coast, and its steep and rough terrain on the East side nearing Volcanoes National Forest.

The inland areas of Waimea-Kamuela and the northeastern Hamakua Coast are typified by their rolling green hills and cattle ranches. Here, the nights can be cold enough for a lit fireplace and the occasional frost or hail storm.

All of the other islands in the Hawaiian chain fit into the Big Island of Hawaii, with plenty of room to spare. This diversity affords anyone the choice to live in the exact environment that fits your wants and needs.


Whether Mauka or Makai, the Big Island holds something for everyone

Relocating to the Big Island of Hawaii – Part II Preview

In Relocating to the Big Island of Hawaii – Part II I’ll be answering some of the more specific questions focused on the actual logistical aspects of moving to Hawaii.

  • Shipping Companies for Vehicles and Personal Belongings
  • Transitioning Your Pet
  • Big Island Job Market
  • Buying vs. Renting

Helping people realize their dream of living in Hawaii is my passion. If you are considering relocating to the Big Island of Hawaii, or are in the market for real estate anywhere along the sunny Kona coastline, please contact me anytime for a no obligation “talk story” about why I make Kona home. Let me help you to live your best Hawaii life!

Please feel free to contact me anytime at:

Todd W. Barrett, Realtor(S), ABR
Direct: 808.937.1629

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74 Responses to “Relocating to the Big Island of Hawaii (Part 1): Frequently Asked Questions”

  1. Beth Thoma Robinson R(B)
    April 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    When people comment that the cost of living is so high here, I point out that you won’t need to spend money on suits, shoes, winter coats, snow tires…and you can get wonderful local produce for farmer’s market prices. Where else do people give away avocado and bananas?

    • Bob Carman
      February 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

      Hi Beth,,

      I am Blown Away by your comment ” Where else do people give away avocados and Bananas ,,,,,,,,,,,, WOW ! I love it,,

      • Beth Thoma Robinson, R(B)
        February 27, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

        Hi Bob–I used to be amazed that there were 25 cent “honor stands” with avocados that were selling for $3 each on the Mainland. But once you get here and the avos on your tree ripen, you realize they all go at once!

      • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
        February 27, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

        It’s true Bob, we literally cannot give away all of the avocados and mangoes that ripen every year. Recently my Starfruit tree has been giving 100 at a time. So, I make Starfruit juice…talk about spoiled to live Hawaii

      • Jeff Wilson
        August 27, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

        NOBODY gives away bananas or avocados here.

        • Carrie Nicholson, BIC
          August 28, 2014 at 10:42 am #

          Aloha Mr. Wilson, I have to disagree. I just recently received a shopping bag full of free avocados from a total stranger in the parking lot at the Queen’s Marketplace Waikoloa. I receive both avocados and bananas from neighbors and friends who are overloaded quite frequently. That is one of the best things about living on the Big Island, people live with Aloha.

        • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
          August 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

          Aloha Jeff, I would have to agree with Carrie and respectfully disagree with you as well. I personally give away hundreds of Mangoes, Avocados, and Bananas every year directly from my property to my neighbors, friends, and family. I often pass by home in the Kona area that have boxes marked “FREE” with either Mangoes, Papayas, or Avocados when they are in season.

          As an avid fisherman, I also give away any fish that I cannot personally eat when I am lucky enough to catch. The byproduct of “plenty” is to “give”. That’s why I feel so blessed and privileged to live on the Big Island of Hawaii.

  2. Todd Barrett, R(S)
    April 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Too true Beth! I honestly cannot remember the last time I wore a pair of slacks. On top of that, I grow my own mangoes, avocado, starfruit, breadfruit, bananas, and coconuts. Love my Hawaii Life!

    • James Barham
      March 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      What are your thoughts about living in the Lelani Estates (Puna)? We read there is a lot of rain. Does that mean there are not many sunny days or is this just quickly passing through showers and then sunny again? We love outdoor life and recreation such as the beach/water. I am interested in knowing about the neighborhood there. My wife and I are educators in our 40′s and we will need to continue working. So of coarse this is all contingent on if we get jobs or not. We looked at some homes that seem to meet our needs. Two bedrooms, 2 baths, prefer single level though, but a second floor would be okay if it had nice views. The second bedroom would be preferred as guest quarters like over the garage or small outside cottage. Or can a small cottage (manufactured home) be built on the properties there? Also, the lava and proximity to a volcano. Please tell me more about that. Sorry for so many questions but we are seriously considering selling our home in North Carolina and making the move. Thank you so much for your advice and input.

  3. Susan Zanzonico
    April 30, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    I am just longing for a visit to Hawaii! The lifestyle sounds like a continual vacation of sorts. New Jersey is nice, but definitely not 24/7 paradise. A few of my friends have told me that they just walk out the door and pick a banana for a snack! I wouldn’t miss the slacks and suits either. Aloha!

  4. Todd Barrett, R(S)
    April 30, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Aloha Susan! Life in Hawaii can be a continual vacation, as long as you are ready for a slower, richer style and pace. Please feel free to call or write me with any questions you may have Susan. A hui hou!

    • kimberly Burlingham
      September 10, 2014 at 2:40 am #

      Hello, I know I read a post from a few years ago, do you still live in HAwaii? I have many questions about relocating there.

  5. Erin Ristine
    May 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    We are looking to retire to the Big Island and have not figured out exactly what area we want to relocate to. Any advic would be appreciated. We normally stay at condos in Kona on vacation. Love the area by the Plac of Refuge and Captain Cook as well. There is a little area before Hapuna Beach we love as well.

    • Todd Barrett, R(S)
      May 11, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

      Aloha Erin! Please feel free to contact me directly by clicking the email link next to my picture at the top of this blog post. I’d be more than happy to assist you in your search for retirement home here in paradise. A hui hou!

    • DonevonSmith
      September 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm #


  6. Cassie
    May 11, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    What if I want to rent a home first? Is there a realitor who can help with that search?

    • Todd Barrett, R(S)
      May 14, 2012 at 6:46 am #

      Aloha Cassie! In my third installment of “Relocating to the Big Island of Hawaii” I will be addressing Renting versus Buying first. However, I’d be more than happy to assist you in your search for a rental property while you get acclimated to the Big Island. Please feel free to contact me directly by clicking the email link next to my picture at the top of this blog post. A hui hou!

  7. Despina
    May 18, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    my main concern is education and health care (i have two young boys, one of whom has cerebral palsy) so this is my ONE stresspoint on making a decision to jump. i’m thinking Kona (as far as the Big Island goes) is the best option, but i’ve only just begun my research.

    • Todd Barrett, R(S)
      May 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      Aloha Despina! I can understand your concerns for your boys, I have three sons myself. Thank you for coming to Hawaii Life to being your research into moving to the Big Island of Hawaii. Please feel free to contact me directly by clicking the email link next to my picture at the top of this blog post. A hui hou!

  8. Spencer
    September 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Todd, i was wondering if you could recommend a good site to investigate the cost of renting a house? The houses that are within my budget seem to be run-down shacks ($200,000). Maybe renting is the way to go with a limited budget.

    • Todd Barrett, R(S)
      September 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

      Aloha Spencer! Thanks for contacting me concerning your relocation to the Big Island. I’ll be sending you a Custom Home Search email within the hour. Please feel free to call or write me anytime. I look forward to assisting you and your family in your move to paradise!

  9. Bruce Curry
    November 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    I’m here at the Kona Shareton on a little Vacay. I’m close to retirement and live in Camarillo, CA in Ventura county southern California. I was wondering what renting would be like out here. Can you send me some info.

    • Todd Barrett, R(S)
      November 10, 2012 at 9:58 am #

      Aloha Bruce! Thank you for reading my post and your comment. I’ve sent you information by email and look forward to hearing from you.

  10. Kay Creighton
    January 31, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    HI Todd,

    I am interviewing w/ a company where the job would be based in Waikoloa Village. What areas/locations do you recommend that near and within commuting distance from Waikoloa? I would be looking to rent until deciding if to buy. (Affordability is relative I know so am just wondering what commuting distances would be close enough to not spend a lot of time in the car).

    Thank you.


    • Todd Barrett, R(S)
      February 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      Aloha Kay! Thank you for reading the post. Of course Waikoloa Village homes would be the closest area with little to no commuting at all. After that, you have the homes located on the North end of Kailua-Kona, approximately 20 minutes from Waikoloa. What type of residence are you seeking Kay? Single family home, condo? Please feel free to contact me directly at 808.937.1629. Mahalo nui loa!

  11. Robert Mattos
    March 3, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Hello Mr. Barret, i really enjoy how you answer all questions sir, My mother, our dog and myself will be moving to the Big Island Hilo side, April 10th 2013, we have everything ready but a place to rent that allows a dog, close to Hilo, Keauu (Kurtistown) area, can you please help?….thank you.

    • Todd Barrett, R(S)
      March 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

      Aloha Robert! Thank you for your comment. I’ve tried to making Moving or Relocating to Hawaii as easy as possible for those who are considering coming to paradise. I’ve sent you a private reply concerning your questions via email. Mahalo!

  12. Jeannine Weinstein
    March 7, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Hi Todd,
    I noticed a post above from a woman who has a child with cerebral palsy. My husband and I are toying with the idea of relocating to the big island. We have three children. Our oldest is 10 and has multiple disabilites. What kinds of services and resources are available for children like her? We live in New York and she attends a special school that our school district pays for. Any information you have or if you could point me in the right direction it would be most appreciated.

    • Karen Fishman
      April 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      Hi Jeannine,

      I’m investigating Hawaii for relocation as well and also have a child with multiple disabilities.

      I saw your post and wondered if you received a response to your question or had gathered any further information.

      Thank You,

      Karen Fishman

  13. Kelly weaver
    March 26, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    I am applying for a job at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. Where would be the best place to live if we wanted warmth and sun and closer proximity to the school? We have 2 children ages 10 and 8.


  14. iamlost
    March 29, 2013 at 5:06 am #

    Affordable living? For who, THE RICH? I just checked out Hilo (perfect climate for me with humidity since I tend to dehydrate quickly!) and saw figures followed by the ‘M’ which I’m assuming stands for Million? Let me ask where SINGLE people looking for a SINGLE 1 bedroom home or studio apartment move to on Big Island where it’s affordable for THEM?

  15. jill sherry
    May 5, 2013 at 3:00 am #

    thinking of relocating to the big island, can you tell me about the tennis life, it is must for me!!!
    I sure they have public courts, but do they have tennis clubs???

    Thank-you Jill

    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      May 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      Tennis is a HUGE sport here on the Kona Gold Coast. There are leagues, several large public facilities, private facilities, tournaments, even a condominium complex with a state-of-the-art surface and four courts just for those who live in that specific gated community.

      Please feel free to write or call with any further questions that you may have concerning the Big Island, tennis, or Hawaii in general. A hui hou!

  16. DonevonSmith
    August 26, 2013 at 5:58 am #

    I will be locating to the big island in 2014. I’m thinking of buying a home to live in until I build. How is the rental market? I would like to rent it out after building my home. Donevon

    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      September 16, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

      Aloha Peggy! I will be contacting you in a separate email concerning the resources available for rental housing on the Big Island, as well as potential vacant building parcels, and approximate costs per square foot to building in order that you may have an idea of what to budget for when constructing a home here in Hawaii. When will you be moving to Hawaii in 2014? I look forward to assisting you in your relocation! A hui hou!

  17. Hena
    September 14, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    I am seeking to invest in big island in agriculture – seeking land and a home with view in big island. Any recommendation will be appreciated.

    Hena & R

  18. Hena
    September 14, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    I am seeking to invest in big island in agriculture – seeking land and a home with view in big island. Any recommendation will be appreciated.

    Please contact us at

    Hena & R

    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      September 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

      Aloha Hena,

      Thank you for reading and commenting on my “Moving to Hawaii” blog post series. I have sent you a direct email to begin assisting you in your relocation to the Big Island of Hawaii. I look forward to working with you!

  19. frank,chang
    September 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    I am seeking to buy coffeefarm in big island – seeking land and a home (2 bed) in big island. Any recommendation will be appreciated.

    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      September 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      Aloha Frank! Thank you for reading through my blog post series on “Moving to Hawaii”. I will forward you a list of potential Kona coffee farms, as well as agricultural properties, in a separate email. Mahalo again for your interest in Big Island real estate.

  20. Jacque
    September 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Will you please send me some information on long term rentals? We are looking to rent an apartment or partialy funished condo and looking in the range of no more than 1,300 monthly. I’m not sure what area of the big island maybe you could recommend what’s best for us as
    we will be working on Pahakuloa training area.


    • Jacque
      October 24, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

      Please send me an email in response to my questions.


  21. Mike
    October 14, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I’m looking for a established vacation rental home that I can eventually move into with a large family.


    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      October 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

      Aloha Mike,

      Please feel free to contact me directly at: 808-937-1629 or

      I’m sure that we can find you what you are looking for in a vacation/relocation home.

      Mahalo nui loa, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  22. Jill
    October 16, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    I am relocating to the Big Island in May of 2014 with my two dogs, twin sister and husband. I am looking for something afforadable and dog friendly to rent. Any suggestions?

    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      October 16, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      Aloha Jill! Thank you for contacting me through my Relocating / Moving to Hawaii blog post; much appreciated.

      If you are seeking an affordable, pet-friendly rental here on the Big Island, I would suggest checking the online classified ads of both the West Hawaii Today, as well as the Star Advertiser. I have also had several clients who had good luck checking the listings on as well.

      Good luck, and A hui hou!

      Todd Barrett, RS
      Accredited Buyer Representative
      p. 808-937-1629

  23. Donevon Smith
    October 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    How about answering ?

  24. Karen
    November 17, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Wanted some info on real estate and moving to Big Island. Husband and I are visiting in January for our 3rd time and would like to more there in 3 years or so. Wanted an idea of what areas might work for us and info on what’s available and what to expect in purchasing real estate on the island.

    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      November 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      Aloha Karen! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my blog post. I’ll be forwarding you a private email, and we can start a conversation about what areas might work for you and your Husband here on the Big Island. I look forward to seeing you in January! Mahalo nui loa!

  25. Tracey
    November 25, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    Aloha, I am interested in relocation from east coast U S to hawaii within 18 months. I have never been to big island and hope to do a month long rental this summer 2014. I have 2 children, so schools are very important to us. I have just started research on big island but would love some advice for where to rent this summer. Looking for beach living in a somewhat residential area so we can see what life is like on the island.

    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      November 26, 2013 at 9:50 am #

      Aloha Tracey! Thank you for your inquiry into Big Island real estate. I have sent you a private message concerning your questions. Please feel free to call me directly as well at (808) 937-1629. I look forward to assisting you in your search. Mahalo!

  26. Jessica
    January 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    I’m needing information on renting. Is that something that you can help me with?

  27. Cherine
    January 26, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    My husband And I have been to Oahu twice and fell in live with the Island lifestyle. Lately we can’t get out of our heads to move there, preferably the big island as Oahu is great to visit but a bit too touristy to live (in our opinion) We have three kids all 5 and under so schools are incredibly important. Family friend communites would be great, and keeping in mind we are as white as it gets! Our relocation would be contingent on selling our current home for the price we want and a job opening at the usps for my husband. I currently work for Regal cinemas and i know there is a theater over there so hopefully i could transfer, but again, it all depends…could you please tell me some possible good locations we could look into and research? If all works out according to plan, we’d visit the area this coming fall to get an idea of location and the like.

    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      January 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

      Aloha Cherine! Thank you for posting your information and comment; always appreciated. I will be contacting you privately by email soon. Please feel free to contact me as well anytime at either or (808) 937-1629 . Mahalo!

  28. Ann Kompsi
    February 1, 2014 at 4:07 am #

    Please share info on jobs. I am a teacher and my husband is a beauty school instructor. We don’t want to sell our house in CA until we have jobs. We are ready to put it on the market and buy on the big island as soon as we know who to contact re jobs. I have put an app in office of ed in hawaii but cant find much for beauty school. Thanks

  29. Kristina
    March 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    I’ve only been to Oahu. How do the other islands compare to each other?

    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      March 8, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      Aloha Kristina! Thank you for taking the time to read through my “Relocating to Hawaii” blog post series; much appreciated. Your question, while an excellent one, really cannot be answered within the confines of this comment section. Please feel free to call me directly at: 808.937.1629 OR email me at: Mahalo!

  30. scott cursey
    March 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm #


    My wife and I along with our son will be relocating soon we will be needing a rental can you help us with that?

  31. Jade
    March 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    Aloha Todd,
    We’re living on Maui now and transferring to UH Hilo this fall (my boyfriend and another classmate). I would like to live near campus. We have two dogs we want to bring with us. It always difficult finding landlords that will allow dogs. Can you recommend a place?
    Thank you,

    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      March 20, 2014 at 11:59 am #

      Aloha Jade! The best places to search for mid to long-term rentals that may accept a pet are the following:

      It would also be a good idea to look up and contact the many professional rental agencies in Hilo that may be able to put you into the perfect place. Good luck!

  32. Kathy Ensign
    March 23, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Just got a job offer for Hilo Hawaii so will be moving first week of May 2014. Thinking of certain areas to rent/ buy and would love to chat with someone to help me get this process started! Ready to live the dream :)

    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      March 24, 2014 at 9:17 am #

      Aloha Kathy! Congratulations on your new job here on the Big Island; very exciting! I’ll be sending you a private email with my contact information (which you can also find anywhere in this blog comment string) and we’ll get the ball rollling. Mahalo!

  33. Jeanne LaFrantz
    March 30, 2014 at 3:17 am #

    Hi I’m looking to move to the Big Island (Hilo side) with a particular interest in Kurtistown.
    I’m not so concerned with the choice of properties as I am with getting my 4 dogs over to the island. I know requirements change periodically for getting them released to me at the airport (with the Dept of Agriculture) but I need a reliable source so I don’t get any surprises.
    Can you help me with this information.

  34. Ady
    August 6, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Hi Todd,

    Thank you for providing all this great info!. I wanted to ask you about the internet on the Big Island, can you get high-speed internet there?. As a freelancer I depend on high-speed internet 100%, so this is a must have for me. Is it possible to get it there?


    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      August 6, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

      Aloha Ady,

      Thank you for your kinds words, and for reading through my “Moving to Hawaii” blog post series; sincerely appreciated.

      Yes, we have high-speed internet across the majority of the Big Island, and many of my recently relocated families here work remotely as well.

      Please feel free to write me directly at: or call 808.937.1629 for more information on relocating to paradise.

      Mahalo nui loa!

  35. Sandra
    November 11, 2014 at 2:13 am #

    I am interested in locating a piece of land to purchase. I am very interested in Permaculture & living a more natural lifestyle. I have located quite a few locations, but i am worried about volcanic activity & gases in the areas. Is there an area that there would be no need to worry about volcanic activity, land slides & flooding? I would like to also use solar panels, so lots of sun would be a requirement. Of course I am also looking for a safe area as well, but i love people & i am one that believes in helping out my neighbors. It’s a big list for a small budget! Hoping you can help. Thank You.

  36. Tori H
    November 23, 2014 at 12:02 am #


    I came to Hawaii a couple years ago to visit my uncle who is in the navy. I was there for about 2 months and almost didn’t come home. I regret to this day not staying. Now, I am determined to move to Hawaii in a year or two but I only want to live there for a year for now (could be forever) just to live life. I just am looking for a few tips about the cost for someone my age yearly 20′s. Anyone who has any advice I would greatly appreciate it.

    • Todd W Barrett, RS, ABR
      November 24, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      Aloha Tori! Thank you for your comments; much appreciated. Which island are you seeking to live on? That will have an impact on your living expenses if you will be renting a place to live. Also, have you secured employment here in the islands yet? This can be one of the major challenges for people who are looking to relocate here to Hawaii.

      While there can be challenges to moving to Hawaii, I have found it to be hands-down the best decision I’ve ever made!


      Todd W Barrett, RS
      Accredited Buyer Representative
      Hawaii Relocation Expert
      808.937.1629 – DIRECT

  37. Ed W
    December 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Hi Todd- in the process of relocating to the Big Island from nj- will be renting for about 1 year and will be looking to build a home afterwards- Could you please recommend an area that benefits from both the climates on the island- I enjoy the rainforest as well as beach equally and would want to build in an area similar….would need to be able to grow fruits,trees,etc . Thanks so much

  38. Mark Russell
    March 1, 2015 at 7:39 pm #


    I was thinking about cashing out my 21 year old equity on my home in California, About $200,000 and buying a home to retire in the Puna district, I’m on a fixed income so not worried about finding a job. Maybe I watched to much “Dog the Bouty Hunter”, But, There seems to be a lot of crime on the big island with Ice (Meth), That’s the main reason I want to move from California.
    I seen some nice homes a couple of blocks from the beach for $200,000 or less.
    I need to look at Dr’s in the area and do some studying up on Health care, We have something called “Covered California” which a lot of people don’t like it, But, It work’s out pretty good for the wife and I.
    Thanks !!

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