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!
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Todd W. Barrett, Realtor(S), ABR