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Moving to Kauai – A Guide to Which Side of the Island is Right For You

There are so many reasons I choose to live on Kauai, but I know island life is not for everyone. Before making the move to Kauai, you should ask yourself:

  • Do you feel most at home when you are at the beach with your toes buried in the sand and salt water on your skin?
  • Does your body feel rejuvenated by the warmth, energy, and activities of our beautiful island?
  • Does the vision of never seeing any high-rises here appeal to you? (No building on Kauai may be higher than a coconut palm.)
  • Are you passionate when chatting about Hawaii and try to plan your yearly holiday to visit?

This is me paddling the 3rd Annual 17.5 mile Na Pali Challenge Race. I have participated each year~ Even better, I completed the race!

I know that is what my family thought in 1988. We bought a one-way ticket from Ventura, California, and here we are. You too can turn your dreams into a reality…make a list, check it twice. Soon you too can be living your dream.

Popular Kauai Activities

Kauai is a place where eating healthy and playing outdoors comes naturally and is part of your everyday routine. Popular Kauai activities include:

  • Surfing
  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Swimming
  • Horseback riding
  • Boating, kayaking, and canoe paddling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Golfing
  • Off-road ATV & 4×4

Kauai Guide

Let me help you find which side of the island is a good fit for you! There are great neighborhoods to choose from all over the island. Each side offers something a little different, yet is a relatively short drive to other sides of the island.

The popular Tunnels Reef (great snorkeling spot!) on the north shore

Because of the Na Pali Coast, you are unable to drive in a complete circle around Kauai. To drive from the north shore to the west side takes about 2-3 hours depending on traffic. Whichever side of the island you decide on, you can’t really go wrong in a place like Kauai.

North Shore

Kauai’s north shore is famous for its beautiful cliffs, mountains, and endless white sand beaches – and especially the 17-mile long Na Pali Coast. All along the Na Pali Coast are 3,000-foot tall cliffs featuring majestic green valleys and amazing waterfalls.

The north shore is also home to some famous surf spots with winter swells reaching 30 feet. If you are a surfer looking to ride the wave of a lifetime, your opportunity awaits you on the north shore of Kauai.

Hawaii’s largest living reef is found at Anini on Kauai’s north shore

The north shore is home to the Kilauea Lighthouse, Anini Reef (Hawaii’s largest living reef) and Hanalei Bay, just to name a few. The north shore is for those looking for a Hawaii lifestyle surrounded by lush foliage and gorgeous beaches.

Being roughly a 45-minute drive from Lihue (Kauai’s main town), the north shore is more secluded and “in the country.” There are no fast food restaurant chains or even stoplights, but plenty of natural beauty and outdoor activities.

East Side

Kauai’s east side, also called the Coconut Coast because of all the coconut palm groves growing there, is also home to one of the most breathtaking – and most easily accessible – waterfalls in all of Hawaii: Opaekaa Falls (pictured below).

opaekaafalls

Beautiful Kauai waterfalls can be seen on many of Kauai’s mountains – especially after a good rain

This side of the island is also home to the Wailua River, Hawaii’s only navigable river. The Wailua River offers kayaking, boating, and swimming, providing endless entertainment and fun for families and people of all ages on those warm Kauai days. Also near the river is Smith’s Kauai, offering botanical and cultural garden tours, river cruises, garden luaus, and much more.

The east side of the island is just 10-15 minutes from Lihue and is home to Waipouli Shopping Center, which includes several familiar franchise chain stores, such as Safeway, McDonald’s, etc. The Kapaa boat ramp is also nearby for those who have boats.

Lihue

Lihue is both our government and commercial center for the entire island. Practical and convenient, Lihue is also the location for our main airport. Kalapaki Beach is a popular destination for people who love body surfing, swimming, and windsurfing.

Nawiliwili Harbor is located in Lihue and is Kauai’s main shipping port, also offering recreational boat owners a place to keep their boats or simply a place to launch from. Lihue is for those who seek a more “city” lifestyle with amenities and shopping close by to their homes.

Lihue still offers gorgeous Kauai beaches and views while being conveniently located in the center of the island, about the same traveling distance from both the west side and north shore.

South Shore

Kauai’s south shore is popular for its beautiful beaches, offering amazing water activities, prime surf spots, and plenty of sunshine for sunbathers. The best known south shore town is sunny Poipu, which gets its nickname from its great weather, being almost always sunny even when the rest of the island is not.

spoutinghornsunset

Spouting Horn – One of Kauai’s most photographed natural attractions

Also on the south shore you will find the Spouting Horn, which is an opening in the lava rock that sends a geyser of water into the sky with every incoming wave, and is where you can find a panoramic view of the southern coastline. Poipu is also home to many resorts and condominiums.

The south shore is tourist-friendly with lots of local boutiques and souvenir shops, in addition to its natural attractions. The south side also boasts gorgeous and challenging golf courses that attract many high profile golfers. It is roughly a 20-minute drive from Lihue.

West Side

Kauai’s west side is home to Waimea Canyon, known as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” which is one of the most spectacular sights of the island. It is 10 miles long, 2 miles wide and 3,600 feet deep. Kauai’s Kokee State Park is also located on the west side and offers camping, hiking, and scenic lookout points boasting breathtaking views of the Na Pali Coast.

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Waimea Canyon: “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”

Port Allen is Kauai’s other major boat harbor and is located on the west side of the island. Many fishing charters and activities are stationed in the Port Allen area. Skydive Kauai is located near Port Allen on this side of the island.

The west side is about a 40-minute drive from Lihue and is home to several Kauai businesses including Kauai Coffee (company tours are available), Kauai Kookie, and Kauai Chocolate Company. These local businesses make delectable treats perfect for enjoying yourself or picking up as gifts and souvenirs.

Making the Garden Island Home

Kauai offers so many activities and views, I couldn’t possibly list them all. So, if you’re looking to live in a tropical paradise, Kauai should be on your list of considerations. Come experience the Garden Island for yourself and see why those who live here never want to leave and why those who vacation here come back year after year. If the islands are calling to you…let me be your guide.

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Shaylyn Kimura

November 2, 2012

Wow, what a wonderfully comprehensive blog post, Carol! Thanks for taking the time to present the best of each area of our beautiful Kaua’i!

Allan

June 26, 2015

Hi guys…..retired single professional man with fab boy dog looking to “finish” on the GARDEN ISLE. May not be able to buy, but wish to rent the fab place. Coming from Santa Barbara, CA so know what first class is about. Lived in Kula for a year….need sun and surf…..quarantine issues with boy dog Bodhi that I am starting….Any help ? Allan
hygrnd@yahoo.com

Kathy Hannon

August 18, 2016

I am moving to the Garden Isle as well from San Diego. I started the 120 quarantine process already. Your Vet can get you started. I have received notice from the agricultural department already stating my dog can come into the state October 22. Good Luck. See you on Kauai. Kathy

Shaylyn Kimura

November 2, 2012

Wow, what a wonderfully comprehensive blog post, Carol! Thanks for taking the time to present the best of each area of our beautiful Kaua’i!

Allan

June 26, 2015

Hi guys…..retired single professional man with fab boy dog looking to “finish” on the GARDEN ISLE. May not be able to buy, but wish to rent the fab place. Coming from Santa Barbara, CA so know what first class is about. Lived in Kula for a year….need sun and surf…..quarantine issues with boy dog Bodhi that I am starting….Any help ? Allan
hygrnd@yahoo.com

Kathy Hannon

August 18, 2016

I am moving to the Garden Isle as well from San Diego. I started the 120 quarantine process already. Your Vet can get you started. I have received notice from the agricultural department already stating my dog can come into the state October 22. Good Luck. See you on Kauai. Kathy

nancy sterns

December 16, 2013

Why not let your son go to public school so you could work fulltime? This would give you both a secure lifestyle. It sounds as if your sister is controlling whether you live in oregon, maui,or kauai. This is your issue and physical distance will not stop her need to control. Or your need to remain in the role you do. Be a caregiver to yourself and get counseling; you and your son would benefit. I wish someone had shared this advice to me when I was your age.

nancy sterns

December 16, 2013

Why not let your son go to public school so you could work fulltime? This would give you both a secure lifestyle. It sounds as if your sister is controlling whether you live in oregon, maui,or kauai. This is your issue and physical distance will not stop her need to control. Or your need to remain in the role you do. Be a caregiver to yourself and get counseling; you and your son would benefit. I wish someone had shared this advice to me when I was your age.

nancy sterns

December 16, 2013

P.S. chronic fatigue syndrome is very often caused by not growing emotionally. Your sis’s controlling behavior is a gift to you. At least you know what to start counseling for. 🙂

nancy sterns

December 16, 2013

P.S. chronic fatigue syndrome is very often caused by not growing emotionally. Your sis’s controlling behavior is a gift to you. At least you know what to start counseling for. 🙂

Merilee Dodson

December 30, 2013

Wendy, find me on FB, I would like to chat with you. I am also going to be moving to Kauai with my son. He is 23 and has Downs.

Merilee Dodson

Merilee Dodson

December 30, 2013

Wendy, find me on FB, I would like to chat with you. I am also going to be moving to Kauai with my son. He is 23 and has Downs.

Merilee Dodson

Frank Serpico

January 9, 2014

I am moving to Kauai in a few months shy of 3 years (Dec 2016) with wife and son who will be 6. I am a transplant, raised in Aiea on Oahu from 1970-78 and have lived in Southern California since. I am looking at buying a home from 350-450K, I need a nice mixed neighborhood of locals and dare I say, “Haole’s” I’m Happa Haole Brat so it’s okay, LOL. Anyway, would Wailua Homesteads be a nice place to live? I want a home well away from Tsunami zones in the wetter areas, with a good elementary public or private school. I am so homesick, Kauai reminds me of home when growing up, slow and peaceful. Any recommendations would be great thanks.

Frank.

Frank Serpico

January 9, 2014

I am moving to Kauai in a few months shy of 3 years (Dec 2016) with wife and son who will be 6. I am a transplant, raised in Aiea on Oahu from 1970-78 and have lived in Southern California since. I am looking at buying a home from 350-450K, I need a nice mixed neighborhood of locals and dare I say, “Haole’s” I’m Happa Haole Brat so it’s okay, LOL. Anyway, would Wailua Homesteads be a nice place to live? I want a home well away from Tsunami zones in the wetter areas, with a good elementary public or private school. I am so homesick, Kauai reminds me of home when growing up, slow and peaceful. Any recommendations would be great thanks.

Frank.

Carol Andrews

January 10, 2014

Hi Frank-
Happy New Year! Thank you for your comments. I am going to email you today directly.
Aloha,
Carol

Carol Andrews

January 10, 2014

Hi Frank-
Happy New Year! Thank you for your comments. I am going to email you today directly.
Aloha,
Carol

Katie Brown

January 19, 2014

I am a registered nurse with alot of experience in various specialties. My son is on his own and my daughter will be out of college next year. How difficult is nursing and finding a small place in Hawaii? I have been to Oahu (long ago). Lived in Sarasota, FL, and Ponce, PR. I don’t crave anything fancy at all. I’m not big on crowds, night clubs or anything like that. I’m most comfortable in shorts and tees. I’m planning on bringing my Corgi (I know the laws). I’m happy with farmers markets and fresh fish. I like small local spots for a drink and snack. Any suggestions??

Katie Brown

January 19, 2014

I am a registered nurse with alot of experience in various specialties. My son is on his own and my daughter will be out of college next year. How difficult is nursing and finding a small place in Hawaii? I have been to Oahu (long ago). Lived in Sarasota, FL, and Ponce, PR. I don’t crave anything fancy at all. I’m not big on crowds, night clubs or anything like that. I’m most comfortable in shorts and tees. I’m planning on bringing my Corgi (I know the laws). I’m happy with farmers markets and fresh fish. I like small local spots for a drink and snack. Any suggestions??

Carol Andrews

January 20, 2014

Hi Katie-
Thank you for your interest on Kauai. I will email you directly today to answer your questions and concerns. Aloha,
Carol

Merilee Dodson

January 21, 2014

Carol if you could post your replies publicly instead of email that would be helpful to others who may have the same questions.

Carol Andrews

January 20, 2014

Hi Katie-
Thank you for your interest on Kauai. I will email you directly today to answer your questions and concerns. Aloha,
Carol

Merilee Dodson

January 21, 2014

Carol if you could post your replies publicly instead of email that would be helpful to others who may have the same questions.

Carol Andrews

January 21, 2014

Hello everyone-
In response to Merilee’s request for me to publicly post my initial reply to other comments I receive instead of just emailing those people directly- Here you go… I will hope that this information will be helpful to others and welcome any questions/concerns any of you may have in regards to assisting with your Kauai real estate dreams! Being as it is the beginning of the new year- Here are copies of my response to Katie and Frank’s questions above….

To Frank I replied….

Dear Frank-

Thank you for your interest on our Hawaii Life Blog. You are right on in your opinion. Wailua/Kapaa unless you are on the beach- great area and out of tsunami zone. Close to all of the public and private schools. Other areas and possible choice for location that are just as convenient to schools and out of the tsunami zone could be Omao, Lawai, and Kalaheo. These areas are also a bit more wet.

I am going to send you an mls link to review properties in your criteria. Please feel free to contact me anytime. If you find a property you wish to purchase now you may consider renting it out long term until you are ready to make the move. Rentals are scarce and usually never a problem to find a tenant.

If you would like any information on local lenders- let me know and I will send you a list. Interest rates are still low depending upon your down payment the rental income may off set the mortgage payment. On long term rentals the tenant usually pays for the utilities.

I look forward to helping you find your perfect dream on Kauai and curing your homesick feeling…

With Aloha,

Carol

To Katie I replied…

Dear Katie-

It sounds like Kauai would be ideal for you. Kauai offers a very casual life style and wearing your shorts and tees would be a very common wardrobe for here. We do not offer much in the way of night life so that would not be a problem either. As you suspect-Kauai is a very laid back island and most people choose to live here for the natural beauty that surrounds you every where you go. Being a day time person is most definitely a must.
Our culture here is full of creative people with many types of artistic abilities. We also have a wide range of natural healers in addition to regular physicians island wide. As you probably know our main hospital Wilcox is located in Lihue. We do have another hospital in Waimea and one in Kapaa.
Your skills as a nurse with specialties I would imagine would give you a big foot in the door. Our farmers markets are island wide and take place on a different side of the island each day of the week except Sunday. We also have a nice variety of natural food stores.
Here is a great link to some of our health food/natural stores. Most of our regular supermarkets have a natural health food section.
http://www.kauaihealthguide.com/directory/categories.htm?dirID=2

You may be interested to know just 2 weeks ago a new dog park opened in Kapaa. Small local spots are about all we offer so you will be great in this area too. Also a nice range of spots island wide. Congratulations on your kids- my daughter is in her 3rd year of college right now at UH Manoa.

Were you thinking of renting a small place to begin or were you interested in purchasing? Of course the price range you are in will help determine the are too. Also if you prefer a condo or house. Your vision seems like a positive reality for a move to Kauai. I am happy to help you and assist with answering your questions and concerns. Each side of the island has something to offer and as I learn more about your priorities and interests I will be able to help guide you in the right direction. If you plan on working in your nursing field you may want to live near your place of employment. I wondered if you were going to apply for jobs prior to making your move?

I have traveled a lot however I have not been to Puerto Rico- sounds interesting and I look forward to hearing about it.

Okay- I look forward to hearing from you.

With Aloha,

Carol

Frank Serpico

June 2, 2014

Thanks Carol, we are planning on going back to Kauai for 2 weeks during the rainy season in December, I havent been home in over 10 years. My goal is to get the lay of the land, I would like to get a list of available homes in the Wailua Homesteads area if possible so I can see some local homes in person while on vacation. If I can meet with you and get the MLS that would be awesome.

Thank you for taking the time to respond, all I think about is going home when I am at work and by home I mean Kauai.

Again, thank you.

Carol Andrews

January 21, 2014

Hello everyone-
In response to Merilee’s request for me to publicly post my initial reply to other comments I receive instead of just emailing those people directly- Here you go… I will hope that this information will be helpful to others and welcome any questions/concerns any of you may have in regards to assisting with your Kauai real estate dreams! Being as it is the beginning of the new year- Here are copies of my response to Katie and Frank’s questions above….

To Frank I replied….

Dear Frank-

Thank you for your interest on our Hawaii Life Blog. You are right on in your opinion. Wailua/Kapaa unless you are on the beach- great area and out of tsunami zone. Close to all of the public and private schools. Other areas and possible choice for location that are just as convenient to schools and out of the tsunami zone could be Omao, Lawai, and Kalaheo. These areas are also a bit more wet.

I am going to send you an mls link to review properties in your criteria. Please feel free to contact me anytime. If you find a property you wish to purchase now you may consider renting it out long term until you are ready to make the move. Rentals are scarce and usually never a problem to find a tenant.

If you would like any information on local lenders- let me know and I will send you a list. Interest rates are still low depending upon your down payment the rental income may off set the mortgage payment. On long term rentals the tenant usually pays for the utilities.

I look forward to helping you find your perfect dream on Kauai and curing your homesick feeling…

With Aloha,

Carol

To Katie I replied…

Dear Katie-

It sounds like Kauai would be ideal for you. Kauai offers a very casual life style and wearing your shorts and tees would be a very common wardrobe for here. We do not offer much in the way of night life so that would not be a problem either. As you suspect-Kauai is a very laid back island and most people choose to live here for the natural beauty that surrounds you every where you go. Being a day time person is most definitely a must.
Our culture here is full of creative people with many types of artistic abilities. We also have a wide range of natural healers in addition to regular physicians island wide. As you probably know our main hospital Wilcox is located in Lihue. We do have another hospital in Waimea and one in Kapaa.
Your skills as a nurse with specialties I would imagine would give you a big foot in the door. Our farmers markets are island wide and take place on a different side of the island each day of the week except Sunday. We also have a nice variety of natural food stores.
Here is a great link to some of our health food/natural stores. Most of our regular supermarkets have a natural health food section.
http://www.kauaihealthguide.com/directory/categories.htm?dirID=2

You may be interested to know just 2 weeks ago a new dog park opened in Kapaa. Small local spots are about all we offer so you will be great in this area too. Also a nice range of spots island wide. Congratulations on your kids- my daughter is in her 3rd year of college right now at UH Manoa.

Were you thinking of renting a small place to begin or were you interested in purchasing? Of course the price range you are in will help determine the are too. Also if you prefer a condo or house. Your vision seems like a positive reality for a move to Kauai. I am happy to help you and assist with answering your questions and concerns. Each side of the island has something to offer and as I learn more about your priorities and interests I will be able to help guide you in the right direction. If you plan on working in your nursing field you may want to live near your place of employment. I wondered if you were going to apply for jobs prior to making your move?

I have traveled a lot however I have not been to Puerto Rico- sounds interesting and I look forward to hearing about it.

Okay- I look forward to hearing from you.

With Aloha,

Carol

Frank Serpico

June 2, 2014

Thanks Carol, we are planning on going back to Kauai for 2 weeks during the rainy season in December, I havent been home in over 10 years. My goal is to get the lay of the land, I would like to get a list of available homes in the Wailua Homesteads area if possible so I can see some local homes in person while on vacation. If I can meet with you and get the MLS that would be awesome.

Thank you for taking the time to respond, all I think about is going home when I am at work and by home I mean Kauai.

Again, thank you.

Merilee Dodson

January 21, 2014

Thank you Carol and the link to the health guide is awesome. I will be visiting Kauai the first week of Feb to lay down some seed so to speak.

~Namaste~

Merilee Dodson

January 21, 2014

Thank you Carol and the link to the health guide is awesome. I will be visiting Kauai the first week of Feb to lay down some seed so to speak.

~Namaste~

Carol Andrews

January 21, 2014

Hi Merilee-

February is just around the corner. Please give me a call when you are on island so we can meet. Have a safe flight and I look forward to your arrival.
Aloha,
Carol

Carol Andrews

January 21, 2014

Hi Merilee-

February is just around the corner. Please give me a call when you are on island so we can meet. Have a safe flight and I look forward to your arrival.
Aloha,
Carol

Edward Greenlee

February 1, 2014

Coming to Kauai in April for a two week due diligence trip on where we want to live. This post was very informative.

Carol Andrews

February 3, 2014

Hello Edward-
Excellent decision. I hope you will visit each side of the island. Let me know when you are arriving so I can arrange to show you property on our island. If I may be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact me direct at 808.652.6104 or carol.andrews@hawaiilife.com
With Aloha,
Carol Andrews, R(B)

Edward Greenlee

February 1, 2014

Coming to Kauai in April for a two week due diligence trip on where we want to live. This post was very informative.

Carol Andrews

February 3, 2014

Hello Edward-
Excellent decision. I hope you will visit each side of the island. Let me know when you are arriving so I can arrange to show you property on our island. If I may be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact me direct at 808.652.6104 or carol.andrews@hawaiilife.com
With Aloha,
Carol Andrews, R(B)

Allen Edwards

February 3, 2014

Hi Carol,
I found your website and appreciate all your excellent information on Kauai. I have been getting the Calling from the Island for quite some time, and need a Cold Hard Truth answer from a Long Time Resident like yourself….Can I find affordable housing and Senior Citizen benefits (I am 69) on a Fixed Income of $2000/month??

Many Thanks in advance for your reply!

Allen

Carol Andrews

February 3, 2014

Dear Allen-
I appreciate hearing from you and happy you found my article to be helpful. I am not far behind you in age and certainly have every intention to retire on this beautiful island. Personally I feel overall healthier living in a warmer climate. I know I am more active. There are standard costs of living and unexpected occurrences no matter where you live. Currently there are a fair amount of options for senior living. Most are centrally located in Lihue. As far as living off of a $2,000 month income- Depending upon what other expenses you need to factor in will of course determine if it is realistic. Not knowing you or your additional expenses I am unable to give you a definitive answer. I have not inquired on the cost of the of the retirement /assisted living homes and what is inclusive. I have been told Regency at Puakea a retirement and assisted living community has a solid reputation and very comfortable. Here is a direct link http://www.regencypuakea.com There is even a plan to build a new senior housing project in Lihue. Here is a link to an article that was in our local newspaper last year with more details.
http://thegardenisland.com/news/local/senior-housing-project-plans-clear-hurdle/article_4a62be2a-d713-11e2-91c0-0019bb2963f4.html
You may also find our County of Kauai website full of valuable information http://www.kauai.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=139
Please feel free to contact me direct for additional information and assistance on Kauai property.
Aloha,
Carol Andrews, R(B)

Allen Edwards

February 3, 2014

Hi Carol,
I found your website and appreciate all your excellent information on Kauai. I have been getting the Calling from the Island for quite some time, and need a Cold Hard Truth answer from a Long Time Resident like yourself….Can I find affordable housing and Senior Citizen benefits (I am 69) on a Fixed Income of $2000/month??

Many Thanks in advance for your reply!

Allen

Carol Andrews

February 3, 2014

Dear Allen-
I appreciate hearing from you and happy you found my article to be helpful. I am not far behind you in age and certainly have every intention to retire on this beautiful island. Personally I feel overall healthier living in a warmer climate. I know I am more active. There are standard costs of living and unexpected occurrences no matter where you live. Currently there are a fair amount of options for senior living. Most are centrally located in Lihue. As far as living off of a $2,000 month income- Depending upon what other expenses you need to factor in will of course determine if it is realistic. Not knowing you or your additional expenses I am unable to give you a definitive answer. I have not inquired on the cost of the of the retirement /assisted living homes and what is inclusive. I have been told Regency at Puakea a retirement and assisted living community has a solid reputation and very comfortable. Here is a direct link http://www.regencypuakea.com There is even a plan to build a new senior housing project in Lihue. Here is a link to an article that was in our local newspaper last year with more details.
http://thegardenisland.com/news/local/senior-housing-project-plans-clear-hurdle/article_4a62be2a-d713-11e2-91c0-0019bb2963f4.html
You may also find our County of Kauai website full of valuable information http://www.kauai.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=139
Please feel free to contact me direct for additional information and assistance on Kauai property.
Aloha,
Carol Andrews, R(B)

Stacey

February 4, 2014

I am a 59 yr old female- live on $1533 social security disability, Son is planning to move to Kawaii and wants me to go..what do you see as a problem????

Carol Andrews

February 5, 2014

Hi Stacey~
We are in the same age bracket and personally I cannot think of a better place to live. I wondered if your son is living with you now? If you are managing on your income now what we can do is compare the differences you would have expense wise if you moved to Kauai. Keep in mind you do not need heating or air conditioning here- So these are 2 bills that can be eliminated. If you enjoy nature and the outdoors and being surrounded by beauty Kauai is calling. If you prefer the atmosphere of an active night life- night clubs then you should consider somewhere else. Please do not hesitate to contact me direct with any questions/concerns I am happy to assist further.
Aloha,
Carol

Stacey

February 4, 2014

I am a 59 yr old female- live on $1533 social security disability, Son is planning to move to Kawaii and wants me to go..what do you see as a problem????

Carol Andrews

February 5, 2014

Hi Stacey~
We are in the same age bracket and personally I cannot think of a better place to live. I wondered if your son is living with you now? If you are managing on your income now what we can do is compare the differences you would have expense wise if you moved to Kauai. Keep in mind you do not need heating or air conditioning here- So these are 2 bills that can be eliminated. If you enjoy nature and the outdoors and being surrounded by beauty Kauai is calling. If you prefer the atmosphere of an active night life- night clubs then you should consider somewhere else. Please do not hesitate to contact me direct with any questions/concerns I am happy to assist further.
Aloha,
Carol

Kathy Ensign

February 4, 2014

I am looking to move to Hawaii in a few months after graduating with my MSW. I am wondering where would be the best place on Kauai for a masters of social worker to find and job and also for my family. I have two boys- one who will be a senior in high school next year and one who will be a freshman. My husband is also a probation officer (prior military officer) and also looking for work. I think we are going to be looking in the 350-450k range for a home. Any suggestions? How about the high schools on the island?
Thanks!
Kathy

Allen Edwards

February 5, 2014

Thanks for taking the time to respond Carol, and All the Great Info!! After 7″ of Snow here in Iowa Yesterday, temperature 4 degrees and warmup to Only low 20’s for another week….I hear those Hawaiian Chorus calling me Even more Strongly!!

Carol Andrews

February 5, 2014

Hi Allen~
Sounds good- yes the Hawaiian waters can be your reality. I can not relate to the climate you are in as I am cold when it hits below 70 degrees. If you would like to compare the difference in cost of living feel free to email me anytime. As I mentioned to another reader- Heating and air conditioning are 2 bills you can eliminate if you move to Kauai.
Aloha,
Carol

Carol Andrews

February 5, 2014

Hi Kathy-
Congratulations on the tremendous achievement of earning your MSW. We have a fair amount of inventory right now in your price range.
Most of the homes are located on our east side of island- Wailua-Kapaa area. There are even a few more from Lihue to Kalaheo. These areas would be ideal for both your work and kids school. Lihue is where all of our county buildings are located and our main police department. There is a public high school located in Lihue called Kauai High as well as another Kapaa High- a public high school in Kapaa.
Here is a link for the schools. http://hawaii.schooltree.org/Kauai-County-Schools.html
In addition we have a private school called Island School located in Puhi next to our community college. It was a fabulous reputation. http://www.ischool.org/

You may want to view our Kauai county web site as it is a wealth of information http://www.kauai.gov/

I will send you an email with a list of property available. This will help you clearly see what options you have for buying a home. You should receive this list today- if you do not please let me know. I look forward to hearing back from you and how I may further assist with your Kauai dreams. Please feel free to contact me directly anytime carol.andrews@hawaiilife.com 808.652.6104
With Aloha,
Carol

Kathy Ensign

February 4, 2014

I am looking to move to Hawaii in a few months after graduating with my MSW. I am wondering where would be the best place on Kauai for a masters of social worker to find and job and also for my family. I have two boys- one who will be a senior in high school next year and one who will be a freshman. My husband is also a probation officer (prior military officer) and also looking for work. I think we are going to be looking in the 350-450k range for a home. Any suggestions? How about the high schools on the island?
Thanks!
Kathy

Allen Edwards

February 5, 2014

Thanks for taking the time to respond Carol, and All the Great Info!! After 7″ of Snow here in Iowa Yesterday, temperature 4 degrees and warmup to Only low 20’s for another week….I hear those Hawaiian Chorus calling me Even more Strongly!!

Carol Andrews

February 5, 2014

Hi Allen~
Sounds good- yes the Hawaiian waters can be your reality. I can not relate to the climate you are in as I am cold when it hits below 70 degrees. If you would like to compare the difference in cost of living feel free to email me anytime. As I mentioned to another reader- Heating and air conditioning are 2 bills you can eliminate if you move to Kauai.
Aloha,
Carol

Carol Andrews

February 5, 2014

Hi Kathy-
Congratulations on the tremendous achievement of earning your MSW. We have a fair amount of inventory right now in your price range.
Most of the homes are located on our east side of island- Wailua-Kapaa area. There are even a few more from Lihue to Kalaheo. These areas would be ideal for both your work and kids school. Lihue is where all of our county buildings are located and our main police department. There is a public high school located in Lihue called Kauai High as well as another Kapaa High- a public high school in Kapaa.
Here is a link for the schools. http://hawaii.schooltree.org/Kauai-County-Schools.html
In addition we have a private school called Island School located in Puhi next to our community college. It was a fabulous reputation. http://www.ischool.org/

You may want to view our Kauai county web site as it is a wealth of information http://www.kauai.gov/

I will send you an email with a list of property available. This will help you clearly see what options you have for buying a home. You should receive this list today- if you do not please let me know. I look forward to hearing back from you and how I may further assist with your Kauai dreams. Please feel free to contact me directly anytime carol.andrews@hawaiilife.com 808.652.6104
With Aloha,
Carol

Carol Andrews

February 4, 2014

Hi Stacey and Kathy! Thank you each for posting on this article. I am just headed out to an appointment this evening and will do my best to respond by tomorrow.
Much Aloha,
Carol

Carol Andrews

February 4, 2014

Hi Stacey and Kathy! Thank you each for posting on this article. I am just headed out to an appointment this evening and will do my best to respond by tomorrow.
Much Aloha,
Carol

Carol Andrews

February 7, 2014

Aloha~~~
I want to first thank all of you who have been contacting me directly with your questions/concerns on making your move to Kauai.
I would like to clarify for you that although Kauai is relatively a small less developed island in comparison to others- daily drives from the opposite shore for work is not a realistic realty once you are living here full time. Here is some food for thought…It is my personal belief that whenever possible you should locate to the area you you will be spending the most time. Buy the best home you are able in the area you will be working. Once you make the move and become acclimatized- You will be asking yourself if you really need to make the ride. Although you may have been use to driving up 2 hours or more a day in traffic to get to work on the mainland- you will now find yourself not willing to do the same here. For instance….If you start employment at the Pacific Missile Range on the west side of our island- You would not want to be looking for a home on the north shore. If you are moving here and will require more medical attention or assistance- you may want to consider being centrally located near Lihue as this is where a large source of our medical facilities and physicians are located. Or, if your priority is to have your children go to a private school in Puhi- You may not want to find a home in Haena. Although Haena is beyond stunning your child would be on the road 3 hours a day. If they were participating in after school sports- The school buses will not be running and you will need to make arrangements to pick them up daily. The good news is our island has beauty on every shore and when you are off you are able to explore freely.
Keep those comments coming. I look forward to helping with your real estate dreams!

Carol Andrews

February 7, 2014

Aloha~~~
I want to first thank all of you who have been contacting me directly with your questions/concerns on making your move to Kauai.
I would like to clarify for you that although Kauai is relatively a small less developed island in comparison to others- daily drives from the opposite shore for work is not a realistic realty once you are living here full time. Here is some food for thought…It is my personal belief that whenever possible you should locate to the area you you will be spending the most time. Buy the best home you are able in the area you will be working. Once you make the move and become acclimatized- You will be asking yourself if you really need to make the ride. Although you may have been use to driving up 2 hours or more a day in traffic to get to work on the mainland- you will now find yourself not willing to do the same here. For instance….If you start employment at the Pacific Missile Range on the west side of our island- You would not want to be looking for a home on the north shore. If you are moving here and will require more medical attention or assistance- you may want to consider being centrally located near Lihue as this is where a large source of our medical facilities and physicians are located. Or, if your priority is to have your children go to a private school in Puhi- You may not want to find a home in Haena. Although Haena is beyond stunning your child would be on the road 3 hours a day. If they were participating in after school sports- The school buses will not be running and you will need to make arrangements to pick them up daily. The good news is our island has beauty on every shore and when you are off you are able to explore freely.
Keep those comments coming. I look forward to helping with your real estate dreams!

Chell

April 11, 2014

Carol,
I have enjoyed reading your comments for each person. I too have a question. I am a very good muralist, faux painter and fine artist specializing in natural science illustration. I make a decent living in the area I live in which is not very artsy at all- very rural and no tourism. But a low cost of living.
I am working on a move plan for 5-6 yrs from now, for me and my special needs adult daughter. I feel at home in Hawaii and cry coming back to the desert. I love exploring nature, photographing and painting and really don’t enjoy nightlife of urban environments.
I am wondering if I could find a niche there teaching art lessons to residents or tourists, or create some sort yoga and art tourist activity, or is this something that is a saturated market? If this is beyond your scope maybe you can send me in right direction when I come visit this fall. I also would like to find out about special needs activities and programs she could do when I work.

I’m planning a trip in either August or Sept and would like to connect. Maybe look at some houses/ condos.. Just to get an idea of what prices are. Nothing fancy. 2 bdr.
Thank you for your time and honesty.

carol andrews

April 14, 2014

Aloha Chell~

I’m happy to hear this article has been helpful to you. I do personally feel the Garden Island attracts and calls to those who are artistic and creative and also to people who are into all forms of natural healing. The natural beauty here is astounding and many find it to be very spiritual. Kauai is a photographers dream. The landscapes are endless. From what you are saying I would have to agree that the priorities that are of value to you can be found on Kauai. Tourism is important to our economy. I feel if a person is good at their skill/art they most likely will be able to find a niche to fulfill. Innovative new activities are positive. Not everyone is able to go hiking and enjoy the rigorous adventurous activities that are offered. We have numerous tourist desks ~ concierges- that sell activities both in and out of hotels/resorts. You may want to consider getting a marketing plan together and present it to a few different proprietors when you come on island. How your plan is received may be a strong indicator for you to feel confident on how to proceed. I would suggest a google search on the specific areas you wish to teach on Kauai to see what is being offered. You can then work off that to create your own vision.

In regards to activities for your adult special needs daughter- without knowing what her needs are I am not sure what direction to guide you.

Please feel free to email and/or contact me direct and I am happy to provide additional information that may be useful. email: carol.andrews@hawaiilife.com

If you would like I can send you a direct link to active listings to review. Just let me know your search parameters.

Also if I may provide a list of local lenders for you to inquire with on financing- just let me know. If you do plan on purchasing property always best to be prepared.

I will look forward to meeting you- keep me informed when you book your flight.

Warmest Aloha,

Carol

Chell

April 11, 2014

Carol,
I have enjoyed reading your comments for each person. I too have a question. I am a very good muralist, faux painter and fine artist specializing in natural science illustration. I make a decent living in the area I live in which is not very artsy at all- very rural and no tourism. But a low cost of living.
I am working on a move plan for 5-6 yrs from now, for me and my special needs adult daughter. I feel at home in Hawaii and cry coming back to the desert. I love exploring nature, photographing and painting and really don’t enjoy nightlife of urban environments.
I am wondering if I could find a niche there teaching art lessons to residents or tourists, or create some sort yoga and art tourist activity, or is this something that is a saturated market? If this is beyond your scope maybe you can send me in right direction when I come visit this fall. I also would like to find out about special needs activities and programs she could do when I work.

I’m planning a trip in either August or Sept and would like to connect. Maybe look at some houses/ condos.. Just to get an idea of what prices are. Nothing fancy. 2 bdr.
Thank you for your time and honesty.

carol andrews

April 14, 2014

Aloha Chell~

I’m happy to hear this article has been helpful to you. I do personally feel the Garden Island attracts and calls to those who are artistic and creative and also to people who are into all forms of natural healing. The natural beauty here is astounding and many find it to be very spiritual. Kauai is a photographers dream. The landscapes are endless. From what you are saying I would have to agree that the priorities that are of value to you can be found on Kauai. Tourism is important to our economy. I feel if a person is good at their skill/art they most likely will be able to find a niche to fulfill. Innovative new activities are positive. Not everyone is able to go hiking and enjoy the rigorous adventurous activities that are offered. We have numerous tourist desks ~ concierges- that sell activities both in and out of hotels/resorts. You may want to consider getting a marketing plan together and present it to a few different proprietors when you come on island. How your plan is received may be a strong indicator for you to feel confident on how to proceed. I would suggest a google search on the specific areas you wish to teach on Kauai to see what is being offered. You can then work off that to create your own vision.

In regards to activities for your adult special needs daughter- without knowing what her needs are I am not sure what direction to guide you.

Please feel free to email and/or contact me direct and I am happy to provide additional information that may be useful. email: carol.andrews@hawaiilife.com

If you would like I can send you a direct link to active listings to review. Just let me know your search parameters.

Also if I may provide a list of local lenders for you to inquire with on financing- just let me know. If you do plan on purchasing property always best to be prepared.

I will look forward to meeting you- keep me informed when you book your flight.

Warmest Aloha,

Carol

Mark Clawson

May 31, 2014

Hello Carol,
I am a 51 year old man who is young at heart and loves the warm weather and tropical life style. I can’t get enough of Hawaii and even though I have only been to Oahu and Maui I plan on coming to Kauai in 2015.
I have been in the shipping industry for what is now 28 years and counting. I want to retire in Hawaii and possibly live there before that. What are the prospects of continuing my line of work in Kauai? I know you sell real estate but you are in the know I am sure with talking to lots of people on a daily basis. Is there room for me? I can’t stand the winters and cold weather of Oregon 10 months, it seems, out of the year. Oregon, albeit is beautiful, is not Hawaii. I am tired of fog, rain, and miserable winters. One can only read so many books during the long weeks and months of winter.
I would be interested in a condo to start that is furnished. I don’t want to bring all of my things over necessarily so could you help me out with some ideas.
Thank you and God Bless,

Mark Clawson
My feet are in Oregon but my mind is in the tropics

Carol Andrews

June 2, 2014

Hi Mark~

Thank you for writing. Being young at heart and enjoying a tropical life style can only be positive wonderful things! Good idea to plan a trip to Kauai and take in the amazing Garden Island. This island is a much slower pace than Maui and Oahu. I am sure you will find quite a contrast.

If you wish to stay in the same line of work I might suggest you looking into the following resources for employment opportunities. To the best of my knowledge- these 3 companies are the main source for shipping on our island. I would also imagine everything is on a much smaller scale than that of the mainland. Here are the links so you may contact direct for additional information. All are located in Lihue which is near the airport.

Matson- http://www.matson.com/matnav/services/hawaii.html

Young Brothers- http://www.htbyb.com/yb/index.php

Royal Hawaiian Movers- http://www.royalhawaiianmovers.com/kauai-movers-and-moving-company.html

Keep in mind literally everything on an island gets shipped in and out. You may even wish to contact the cargo companies at the airlines, Fed Ex, UPS, etc. Your occupation is certainly necessary on an island- you may just need to think outside the box of your specific job duties to gain willful employment here.

When you are ready to consider purchasing a condo I will begin sending you lists of available property. Let me know then if you will be needing the services of a lender so I can send you contact information. There are a lot of condos located near the places of business I mentioned above.

Your toes will be in the warm sand sooner than you think! Living an outdoor lifestyle is what Hawaii Life is all about. Books are still great and perhaps you can trade a few in for a surf board or hiking shoes. Keep your dreams alive… Feel free to email me directly anytime.

With Aloha,

Carol

Mark Clawson

May 31, 2014

Hello Carol,
I am a 51 year old man who is young at heart and loves the warm weather and tropical life style. I can’t get enough of Hawaii and even though I have only been to Oahu and Maui I plan on coming to Kauai in 2015.
I have been in the shipping industry for what is now 28 years and counting. I want to retire in Hawaii and possibly live there before that. What are the prospects of continuing my line of work in Kauai? I know you sell real estate but you are in the know I am sure with talking to lots of people on a daily basis. Is there room for me? I can’t stand the winters and cold weather of Oregon 10 months, it seems, out of the year. Oregon, albeit is beautiful, is not Hawaii. I am tired of fog, rain, and miserable winters. One can only read so many books during the long weeks and months of winter.
I would be interested in a condo to start that is furnished. I don’t want to bring all of my things over necessarily so could you help me out with some ideas.
Thank you and God Bless,

Mark Clawson
My feet are in Oregon but my mind is in the tropics

Carol Andrews

June 2, 2014

Hi Mark~

Thank you for writing. Being young at heart and enjoying a tropical life style can only be positive wonderful things! Good idea to plan a trip to Kauai and take in the amazing Garden Island. This island is a much slower pace than Maui and Oahu. I am sure you will find quite a contrast.

If you wish to stay in the same line of work I might suggest you looking into the following resources for employment opportunities. To the best of my knowledge- these 3 companies are the main source for shipping on our island. I would also imagine everything is on a much smaller scale than that of the mainland. Here are the links so you may contact direct for additional information. All are located in Lihue which is near the airport.

Matson- http://www.matson.com/matnav/services/hawaii.html

Young Brothers- http://www.htbyb.com/yb/index.php

Royal Hawaiian Movers- http://www.royalhawaiianmovers.com/kauai-movers-and-moving-company.html

Keep in mind literally everything on an island gets shipped in and out. You may even wish to contact the cargo companies at the airlines, Fed Ex, UPS, etc. Your occupation is certainly necessary on an island- you may just need to think outside the box of your specific job duties to gain willful employment here.

When you are ready to consider purchasing a condo I will begin sending you lists of available property. Let me know then if you will be needing the services of a lender so I can send you contact information. There are a lot of condos located near the places of business I mentioned above.

Your toes will be in the warm sand sooner than you think! Living an outdoor lifestyle is what Hawaii Life is all about. Books are still great and perhaps you can trade a few in for a surf board or hiking shoes. Keep your dreams alive… Feel free to email me directly anytime.

With Aloha,

Carol

Daniel Murphy

June 14, 2014

Visiting 9/11/14to9/21/14 from Thousand Oaks CA, do you have any property in the 400.000 ++range we are retired and have friends that just moved to your island ,and would love to do the same! staying at islander on the beach Dan/ & Cindy Murphy 805 495 9610 cel , 805 796 5528, may be we could see a few places. that is if your not retired & just beaching it ,does it bother islanders to be (hated)by there mainland friends???

Daniel Murphy

June 14, 2014

Visiting 9/11/14to9/21/14 from Thousand Oaks CA, do you have any property in the 400.000 ++range we are retired and have friends that just moved to your island ,and would love to do the same! staying at islander on the beach Dan/ & Cindy Murphy 805 495 9610 cel , 805 796 5528, may be we could see a few places. that is if your not retired & just beaching it ,does it bother islanders to be (hated)by there mainland friends???

Carol Andrews

June 16, 2014

Hi Dan & Cindy~

Nice to hear from you. I moved to Hawaii from Ventura in 1988 so I know right where you are.
How great that your friends just moved here. What side of the island did they move to?
We do have properties that I will be able to show you when you are here. I will send you an email direct so that you are able to receive the current listings to review prior to coming. You have exciting times ahead as you complete your vision on moving to Kauai.
Look for my email and contact me direct anytime…

Aloha,

Carol

Carol Andrews

June 16, 2014

Hi Dan & Cindy~

Nice to hear from you. I moved to Hawaii from Ventura in 1988 so I know right where you are.
How great that your friends just moved here. What side of the island did they move to?
We do have properties that I will be able to show you when you are here. I will send you an email direct so that you are able to receive the current listings to review prior to coming. You have exciting times ahead as you complete your vision on moving to Kauai.
Look for my email and contact me direct anytime…

Aloha,

Carol

Brigid Flynn

June 30, 2014

Hi Carol,

I recently graduated from college and was offered a teaching job at Kauai High School. I am wondering where a fun/ not super expensive place would be for a young recent grad to live?
i would appreciate any advice!

Thank you,

Brigid

Carol Andrews

June 30, 2014

​A Huge congratulations on your success of graduating college and already having a job in your profession! Kauai High is located in Lihue.

If you are looking for a rental- Lihue to Puhi would be ideal. These areas are very close to the high school. You may have some good choices for renting condos at an affordable rate. Perhaps even the administration at Kauai High will have options for you as well. If you are unable to locate a rental in these areas you can venture a little farther east to Kapaa or even as far south as Koloa-Poipu. Most fun on Kauai happens in the day with our amazing outdoor lifestyle. Night life can be pretty quiet.

Gathering with friends is usually a favorite past time.

Welcome to Kauai and best of luck with your new teaching career!

Warmest Aloha,

Carol

Brigid Flynn

June 30, 2014

Hi Carol,

I recently graduated from college and was offered a teaching job at Kauai High School. I am wondering where a fun/ not super expensive place would be for a young recent grad to live?
i would appreciate any advice!

Thank you,

Brigid

Carol Andrews

June 30, 2014

​A Huge congratulations on your success of graduating college and already having a job in your profession! Kauai High is located in Lihue.

If you are looking for a rental- Lihue to Puhi would be ideal. These areas are very close to the high school. You may have some good choices for renting condos at an affordable rate. Perhaps even the administration at Kauai High will have options for you as well. If you are unable to locate a rental in these areas you can venture a little farther east to Kapaa or even as far south as Koloa-Poipu. Most fun on Kauai happens in the day with our amazing outdoor lifestyle. Night life can be pretty quiet.

Gathering with friends is usually a favorite past time.

Welcome to Kauai and best of luck with your new teaching career!

Warmest Aloha,

Carol

Chastity

July 1, 2014

Hi Carol,
Me and my family are planning on moving to Kauai next summer. We have been saving money and researching for over five years. I am a nurse and my husband is working on computer programming. I have a 6 year old daughter and a 4 year old special needs son. We really liked Kapaa. Any recommendations or ideas would I would be greatful!

Aloha-Chastity

Chastity

July 1, 2014

Hi Carol,
Me and my family are planning on moving to Kauai next summer. We have been saving money and researching for over five years. I am a nurse and my husband is working on computer programming. I have a 6 year old daughter and a 4 year old special needs son. We really liked Kapaa. Any recommendations or ideas would I would be greatful!

Aloha-Chastity

Mark

July 21, 2014

Brigid & Carol,
Was hoping you could help give me info on whereabouts to look for possible teaching job at Kauai HS. Little bout myself: I’m a 30 yr old male, with B.S. In SPE. ED. Have been teaching here in the states for 6 years. Gain valuable experience and would love to have the chance of teaching in Kauai. My experience is Secondary level so HS/Middle school. Brigid, your question to Carol regarding living advice I hope to have that apply to me as well, but for time being I’m asking you two for help in acquiring teaching job or any job for that matter…? Thank you and Aloha,

Mark

Mark

July 21, 2014

Brigid & Carol,
Was hoping you could help give me info on whereabouts to look for possible teaching job at Kauai HS. Little bout myself: I’m a 30 yr old male, with B.S. In SPE. ED. Have been teaching here in the states for 6 years. Gain valuable experience and would love to have the chance of teaching in Kauai. My experience is Secondary level so HS/Middle school. Brigid, your question to Carol regarding living advice I hope to have that apply to me as well, but for time being I’m asking you two for help in acquiring teaching job or any job for that matter…? Thank you and Aloha,

Mark

Mark

July 21, 2014

Was hoping you could help give me info on whereabouts to look for possible teaching job at Kauai HS. Little bout myself: I’m a 30 yr old male, with B.S. In SPE. ED. Have been teaching here in the states for 6 years. Gain valuable experience and would love to have the chance of teaching in Kauai. My experience is Secondary level so HS/Middle school. Brigid, your question to Carol regarding living advice I hope to have that apply to me as well, but for time being I’m asking you two for help in acquiring teaching job or any job for that matter…?

Thank you,

Mark

Carol Andrews

July 22, 2014

Hi Mark~

Thank you for visiting our Hawaii Life Web Site and reading my blog.
I have no inside information on job opportunities for the school district. I imagine you have googled information on the board of education and Kauai High web site but just in case here it is…http://www.kauaihigh.org/ Being as my profession is a full time realtor I have never had the need to stay on top of teaching jobs that become available.
I encourage you to contact the appropriate departments of your field and to pursue your goals and dreams of teaching. I am a strong believer if you want something enough you will find a way for it to happen. If by chance I read or hear of anything I will be sure to let you know. I wish you the very best of luck.
Warmest Aloha,
Carol

Mark

July 21, 2014

Was hoping you could help give me info on whereabouts to look for possible teaching job at Kauai HS. Little bout myself: I’m a 30 yr old male, with B.S. In SPE. ED. Have been teaching here in the states for 6 years. Gain valuable experience and would love to have the chance of teaching in Kauai. My experience is Secondary level so HS/Middle school. Brigid, your question to Carol regarding living advice I hope to have that apply to me as well, but for time being I’m asking you two for help in acquiring teaching job or any job for that matter…?

Thank you,

Mark

Carol Andrews

July 22, 2014

Hi Mark~

Thank you for visiting our Hawaii Life Web Site and reading my blog.
I have no inside information on job opportunities for the school district. I imagine you have googled information on the board of education and Kauai High web site but just in case here it is…http://www.kauaihigh.org/ Being as my profession is a full time realtor I have never had the need to stay on top of teaching jobs that become available.
I encourage you to contact the appropriate departments of your field and to pursue your goals and dreams of teaching. I am a strong believer if you want something enough you will find a way for it to happen. If by chance I read or hear of anything I will be sure to let you know. I wish you the very best of luck.
Warmest Aloha,
Carol

Fredrick

October 26, 2014

Similar to alot of So. Californians, I am tired of the high density “concrete” living experience that So Cal has regretfully turned in to. Yes, if you live on the coast, it’s still fairly nice but the California lifestyle we once had is gone forever and has been replaced by one that is much more stressful and unfriendly than what used to be. Like everyone else, when my wife and I visit Hawaii, our minds start clicking on how to make a new life there work. Anyone who has decent equity in their homes in So. Cal can generally get something in Hawaii but the road block is what to do for income. Living on social security and a little investment income most often won’t be enough. With a little luck we are hoping to make the move to a better quality of life in Hawaii within the next few years. We do like the Big Island but it’s almost a little too rural and barren for us. We have never been to Kauai and plan on doing so the next time. I would like to be within 10 or 15 minutes of the coast…I don’t think we can afford the immediate coast. I want to be able to be in fairly close access to a Home Depot or any decent hardware/building matl’s store (I’m a fix-it myself guy) and need to be in somewhat close proximity to good medical care/facilities. With these tech moguls like Larry Ellison and Mark Zuckerberg buying up big swatches of Hawaii, I think real estate will become much less affordable in the not to distant future. Anyway, with the above criteria in mind…what about a fixer up’er close to the beach somewhere. Thanks for the page Carol…it’s a great resource.

Carol Andrews

October 27, 2014

Hi Frederick-

Thank you so much for writing. I appreciate the opportunity to assist in your Kauai dreams. I have emailed you a direct link to homes located in Lihue to review.
This is where both Home Depot, other hardware stores, and many of our medical facilities along with our hospital are located. You will find all that you need in this area. It is also just a few minutes to a fabulous beach at Kalapaki Bay. You are so right in the key reason people move to Kauai is for the quality of life. Hard to put a price tag on that. I look forward to helping you find your Hawaii Life here on Kauai.
Please feel free to contact me direct for further assistance.
Mahalo ui Loa
Carol

Fredrick

October 26, 2014

Similar to alot of So. Californians, I am tired of the high density “concrete” living experience that So Cal has regretfully turned in to. Yes, if you live on the coast, it’s still fairly nice but the California lifestyle we once had is gone forever and has been replaced by one that is much more stressful and unfriendly than what used to be. Like everyone else, when my wife and I visit Hawaii, our minds start clicking on how to make a new life there work. Anyone who has decent equity in their homes in So. Cal can generally get something in Hawaii but the road block is what to do for income. Living on social security and a little investment income most often won’t be enough. With a little luck we are hoping to make the move to a better quality of life in Hawaii within the next few years. We do like the Big Island but it’s almost a little too rural and barren for us. We have never been to Kauai and plan on doing so the next time. I would like to be within 10 or 15 minutes of the coast…I don’t think we can afford the immediate coast. I want to be able to be in fairly close access to a Home Depot or any decent hardware/building matl’s store (I’m a fix-it myself guy) and need to be in somewhat close proximity to good medical care/facilities. With these tech moguls like Larry Ellison and Mark Zuckerberg buying up big swatches of Hawaii, I think real estate will become much less affordable in the not to distant future. Anyway, with the above criteria in mind…what about a fixer up’er close to the beach somewhere. Thanks for the page Carol…it’s a great resource.

Carol Andrews

October 27, 2014

Hi Frederick-

Thank you so much for writing. I appreciate the opportunity to assist in your Kauai dreams. I have emailed you a direct link to homes located in Lihue to review.
This is where both Home Depot, other hardware stores, and many of our medical facilities along with our hospital are located. You will find all that you need in this area. It is also just a few minutes to a fabulous beach at Kalapaki Bay. You are so right in the key reason people move to Kauai is for the quality of life. Hard to put a price tag on that. I look forward to helping you find your Hawaii Life here on Kauai.
Please feel free to contact me direct for further assistance.
Mahalo ui Loa
Carol

Julie

October 31, 2014

Hi Carol-
I have visited the island three times and have fallen in love! I have fibromyalgia and my symptoms disappear when I am on the island. I was wondering if that is something you hear often.
We would love to move to Kauai but we have four grown children and the travel to the island is quite expensive. Seeing my grandchildren is important to me so I might have to endure the pain and stay stateside. But I promise I will be visiting the island as much as possible!
Julie

Carol Andrews

November 3, 2014

Hi Julie~
I do hope you continue to visit Kauai and who knows- maybe your family will all want to move here with you one day. In answer to your question I cannot say I have heard one way or the other specifically on people with fibromyalgia getting relief from their symptoms while on Kauai. However, I can tell you that many people do come to the Garden Island specifically to heal whatever symptoms they may have. Kauai is a wellness and healing destination. Our island attracts healers around the world. Most every type of healing can be found her from acupuncture, art therapy, breath therapy, crystal healing, and kinesiology just to name a few. People say to come to Kauai is to be nourished. There is also nothing more healing than spending time in our warm tropical waters. Between the ocean and the majestic beauty of our mountains- Most people are captivated on this magical island of Kauai. Best of luck to you and your family.
With Aloha,
Carol

Julie

October 31, 2014

Hi Carol-
I have visited the island three times and have fallen in love! I have fibromyalgia and my symptoms disappear when I am on the island. I was wondering if that is something you hear often.
We would love to move to Kauai but we have four grown children and the travel to the island is quite expensive. Seeing my grandchildren is important to me so I might have to endure the pain and stay stateside. But I promise I will be visiting the island as much as possible!
Julie

Carol Andrews

November 3, 2014

Hi Julie~
I do hope you continue to visit Kauai and who knows- maybe your family will all want to move here with you one day. In answer to your question I cannot say I have heard one way or the other specifically on people with fibromyalgia getting relief from their symptoms while on Kauai. However, I can tell you that many people do come to the Garden Island specifically to heal whatever symptoms they may have. Kauai is a wellness and healing destination. Our island attracts healers around the world. Most every type of healing can be found her from acupuncture, art therapy, breath therapy, crystal healing, and kinesiology just to name a few. People say to come to Kauai is to be nourished. There is also nothing more healing than spending time in our warm tropical waters. Between the ocean and the majestic beauty of our mountains- Most people are captivated on this magical island of Kauai. Best of luck to you and your family.
With Aloha,
Carol

Christen Bishop

December 1, 2014

I am so excited! I got a promotion with work and I will be moving to Kauai in less than 3 weeks. I understand you are a realtor, but would you possibly be interested in helping me find an apartment rental? I have tried craigslist, etc but I can only find a few things that are out of my price range. Can you help? Thank you so much.

Carol Andrews

December 2, 2014

Hi Christen-
Congratulations on your promotion! Not sure what area of the island you are wanting to find a rental? You may also want to search vrbo.com- put in your parameters and if you find a property that seems to be wide open- you may consider contacting the owner to see if they would rent long term. As you suspected- I do not have any rentals as I only deal with sales. Check your sources often as when the opportunity does come up rentals are taken quickly. There are companies on island that manage long term rentals- perhaps google the area you wish to live-
Lots of luck and Aloha
Carol

Christen Bishop

December 1, 2014

I am so excited! I got a promotion with work and I will be moving to Kauai in less than 3 weeks. I understand you are a realtor, but would you possibly be interested in helping me find an apartment rental? I have tried craigslist, etc but I can only find a few things that are out of my price range. Can you help? Thank you so much.

Carol Andrews

December 2, 2014

Hi Christen-
Congratulations on your promotion! Not sure what area of the island you are wanting to find a rental? You may also want to search vrbo.com- put in your parameters and if you find a property that seems to be wide open- you may consider contacting the owner to see if they would rent long term. As you suspected- I do not have any rentals as I only deal with sales. Check your sources often as when the opportunity does come up rentals are taken quickly. There are companies on island that manage long term rentals- perhaps google the area you wish to live-
Lots of luck and Aloha
Carol

Alberto

January 1, 2015

Hi Carol.
I’m from Costa Rica but I agreed 100 % with you about the beauty of Kauai. Any time I go to visit kauai I feel i’m in home a “local”. I’m a Surgical Technologist and my wife is a Prof. of Social Work in New Jersey in few more years we will retire.She love Costa Rica very much and I love Hawaii so much so for the reason we desire to retire in between Kauai, Costa Rica and New Jersey. We will probably rent a property in kapaa, kauai.
Thank you so much for posted this blog It’s help a lot.
Aloha Mahalo
Alberto.

Carol Andrews

January 2, 2015

Hi Alberto~
Thank you so much for your comment. I am so glad that you found it helpful. I have been to Costa Rica a couple of times and I do love visiting. I must say I am always so happy to call my home Kauai and be living in the USA. If you feel I can be of further assistance with specific concerns please feel free to email be direct anytime. Sounds like you have a terrific plan and I am excited for your adventure.
Much Aloha,
Carol

Alberto

January 1, 2015

Hi Carol.
I’m from Costa Rica but I agreed 100 % with you about the beauty of Kauai. Any time I go to visit kauai I feel i’m in home a “local”. I’m a Surgical Technologist and my wife is a Prof. of Social Work in New Jersey in few more years we will retire.She love Costa Rica very much and I love Hawaii so much so for the reason we desire to retire in between Kauai, Costa Rica and New Jersey. We will probably rent a property in kapaa, kauai.
Thank you so much for posted this blog It’s help a lot.
Aloha Mahalo
Alberto.

Carol Andrews

January 2, 2015

Hi Alberto~
Thank you so much for your comment. I am so glad that you found it helpful. I have been to Costa Rica a couple of times and I do love visiting. I must say I am always so happy to call my home Kauai and be living in the USA. If you feel I can be of further assistance with specific concerns please feel free to email be direct anytime. Sounds like you have a terrific plan and I am excited for your adventure.
Much Aloha,
Carol

Valinda Beasley

February 4, 2015

My husband and I are retired and planning a move to the islands within the next year. We’ve visited Oahu, Maui and the Big Island. Oahu is too crowded, Maui was our vacation destination for 7 years but getting crowded as well and the Big Island is wonderful but wishing for more of the tropical atmosphere. We are avid hikers and love the outdoors so of course we want to explore Kauai before making a decision. Would you give us an idea how the cost of housing compares to the Big Island? A quiet little condo near or with an ocean view is ideal.

Thank you

Carol Andrews

February 5, 2015

Hi Valinda~

I guess you have saved the best for last to visit Kauai truly a Garden Island Paradise.
There is no shortage in being able to explore the beautiful outdoors. Kauai is all about nature and we have amazing hiking trails all over the island. Sounds like a perfect fit for the lifestyle you choose to live. As far as condos near the water…We have a selection and I will refer to prices for 2 bedroom fee simple units starting centrally in Lihue near Nawiliwili Harbor prices begin around $230,000. On the south shore units begin at $325,000. On the east side- Coconut Coast they begin at $227,000 and north $330,000. Keep in mind all condos have a monthly maintenance fee and it varies in price from an average of $500 + per month. You can find homes on the west side near the water starting at $370,000 for 1,200sq ft of living area and on the east $470,000 for nearly 1,000 sq ft. North and south shore homes will start closer to the $600,000 plus range. Please feel free to contact me direct to elaborate on any information.
As far as comparing Kauai to the Big Island- totally different islands.
Aloha,
Carol

Valinda Beasley

February 4, 2015

My husband and I are retired and planning a move to the islands within the next year. We’ve visited Oahu, Maui and the Big Island. Oahu is too crowded, Maui was our vacation destination for 7 years but getting crowded as well and the Big Island is wonderful but wishing for more of the tropical atmosphere. We are avid hikers and love the outdoors so of course we want to explore Kauai before making a decision. Would you give us an idea how the cost of housing compares to the Big Island? A quiet little condo near or with an ocean view is ideal.

Thank you

Carol Andrews

February 5, 2015

Hi Valinda~

I guess you have saved the best for last to visit Kauai truly a Garden Island Paradise.
There is no shortage in being able to explore the beautiful outdoors. Kauai is all about nature and we have amazing hiking trails all over the island. Sounds like a perfect fit for the lifestyle you choose to live. As far as condos near the water…We have a selection and I will refer to prices for 2 bedroom fee simple units starting centrally in Lihue near Nawiliwili Harbor prices begin around $230,000. On the south shore units begin at $325,000. On the east side- Coconut Coast they begin at $227,000 and north $330,000. Keep in mind all condos have a monthly maintenance fee and it varies in price from an average of $500 + per month. You can find homes on the west side near the water starting at $370,000 for 1,200sq ft of living area and on the east $470,000 for nearly 1,000 sq ft. North and south shore homes will start closer to the $600,000 plus range. Please feel free to contact me direct to elaborate on any information.
As far as comparing Kauai to the Big Island- totally different islands.
Aloha,
Carol

Martha Robinson

March 24, 2015

Hello. Interested in learning more about relocation options. I am a pharmacist. Single. Two english setters. After 25 years of full time work, looking for options of part time work and living beneath my means. Visiting this summer for 6 six nights. Would be buying (cash) with a likely max of $ 200-300K. Any guidance about next steps would be appreciated! Martha (knoxvolgirl@gmail.com) xoxo

Carol Andrews

March 25, 2015

Hi Martha-

Thank you for taking an interest in this article. I am going to send you information on property in your parameters direct to your email. I will also include information pertaining to your occupation for opportunities on Kauai. Summer is just around the corner and I will look forward to meeting you then. Please feel free to contact me direct anytime.

With aloha,
Carol

Carol Andrews

March 26, 2015

Hi Martha-

You should now be in receipt of a list of properties to review as well as information on possible Job opportunities on Kauai in your profession. There re a lot of pharmacies island wide so you will have options for determining the best side of the island for you.
Feel free to contact me direct after reviewing the information.
Aloha,
Carol

Martha Robinson

March 24, 2015

Hello. Interested in learning more about relocation options. I am a pharmacist. Single. Two english setters. After 25 years of full time work, looking for options of part time work and living beneath my means. Visiting this summer for 6 six nights. Would be buying (cash) with a likely max of $ 200-300K. Any guidance about next steps would be appreciated! Martha (knoxvolgirl@gmail.com) xoxo

Carol Andrews

March 25, 2015

Hi Martha-

Thank you for taking an interest in this article. I am going to send you information on property in your parameters direct to your email. I will also include information pertaining to your occupation for opportunities on Kauai. Summer is just around the corner and I will look forward to meeting you then. Please feel free to contact me direct anytime.

With aloha,
Carol

Carol Andrews

March 26, 2015

Hi Martha-

You should now be in receipt of a list of properties to review as well as information on possible Job opportunities on Kauai in your profession. There re a lot of pharmacies island wide so you will have options for determining the best side of the island for you.
Feel free to contact me direct after reviewing the information.
Aloha,
Carol

Rene Williams

March 25, 2015

Moving to Kauai – A Guide to Which Side of the Island is Right for You
Hi, my name is Ren’e Williams and I am seeking to see whether or not is Kauai Hawaii cost of living is expensive. I am seeking to live in a two bedroom condo or apartment with my mother. My mama has social security and we will have other income. We need to be somewhere safe, easy to buy grocery, easy to walk to the beach. Somewhere we can have fun but not to spend too much. So, can you please help us to see what will be a great guide to do? We live in St. Louis, Mo she’s a homeowner something much better. Do, you have any options. Such as transfer her home mortgage to up all. Maybe, Kauai, HI isn’t the particular area we need to be. Please tell something. I really appreciate.

Carol Andrews

March 25, 2015

Hi Ren’e~
I will send you a direct email from our real estate listings and you can decide if the information and cost of living on kauai is suited for you and your mom. Easy living and a stroll to beach and grocery store are some of our high lights. Kauai is very relaxed so I know that part is a fit. Please feel free to contact me direct after reviewing the information. Thank you again for contacting me.
Aloha,
Carol

Carol Andrews

March 26, 2015

Hi Renee-

I sent you a list of condos to review. Lihue would be a good location for your needs expressed. Kapaa would also be convenient to stores and beaches. There is a terrific jog/walk/bike path in Kapaa that runs along the coastline. It is all paved and easy for walking. Please check your email for the list. As far as transferring your mortgage- If you were to need financing on a home on Kauai you would need to obtain a new mortgage on that property. If you intend on keeping your mainland property and have enough equity- you may be able to use that equity to purchase here. We would need to go more in detail on this matter in order for me to give you accurate information. Please contact me direct for further guidance.
aloha,
Carol
Aloha,
Carol

Rene Williams

March 25, 2015

Moving to Kauai – A Guide to Which Side of the Island is Right for You
Hi, my name is Ren’e Williams and I am seeking to see whether or not is Kauai Hawaii cost of living is expensive. I am seeking to live in a two bedroom condo or apartment with my mother. My mama has social security and we will have other income. We need to be somewhere safe, easy to buy grocery, easy to walk to the beach. Somewhere we can have fun but not to spend too much. So, can you please help us to see what will be a great guide to do? We live in St. Louis, Mo she’s a homeowner something much better. Do, you have any options. Such as transfer her home mortgage to up all. Maybe, Kauai, HI isn’t the particular area we need to be. Please tell something. I really appreciate.

Carol Andrews

March 25, 2015

Hi Ren’e~
I will send you a direct email from our real estate listings and you can decide if the information and cost of living on kauai is suited for you and your mom. Easy living and a stroll to beach and grocery store are some of our high lights. Kauai is very relaxed so I know that part is a fit. Please feel free to contact me direct after reviewing the information. Thank you again for contacting me.
Aloha,
Carol

Carol Andrews

March 26, 2015

Hi Renee-

I sent you a list of condos to review. Lihue would be a good location for your needs expressed. Kapaa would also be convenient to stores and beaches. There is a terrific jog/walk/bike path in Kapaa that runs along the coastline. It is all paved and easy for walking. Please check your email for the list. As far as transferring your mortgage- If you were to need financing on a home on Kauai you would need to obtain a new mortgage on that property. If you intend on keeping your mainland property and have enough equity- you may be able to use that equity to purchase here. We would need to go more in detail on this matter in order for me to give you accurate information. Please contact me direct for further guidance.
aloha,
Carol
Aloha,
Carol

Don Perman

April 18, 2015

Please send me listings of homes and condos on the south area, near beach and golf , been there twice and would love to move in a few years , thanks

Carol Andrews

April 20, 2015

Hi Don-
Sounds like a good plan. I would be happy to send you information on property.
You should be receiving another email from me with some listings to review.
I will be able to help you more when I have a few specifics of what type of property you are seeking and the price range to search up to. Please feel free to contact me direct anytime.

Aloha,
Carol

Michelle

May 12, 2015

I have a tentative job offer in Kauai; I would be relocating from the Washington, DC Metro Area. I’m a city girl, but I’ve lived places a rural as Alaska. Aside from the beautiful beaches, what else is in KAUAI? I’m not big on clubs, but what type of “night life” activities dose the island offer? I have a small child (1st grade in the fall) and need to be in a great school district and preferably out of the tsunami zone. It is easy to get to/from Maui or Oahu? Im 28, divorced, mother of 1, and ready for my next adventure.

Carol Andrews

May 12, 2015

Hi Michelle-

Congratulations on your job offer. You guessed it…Kauai is quiet as far as night life. Most people come here to enjoy the outdoors. Your not being big on night clubs- is not a problem here as we have few options in this department. There are different types of events you will find around the island like street fairs, maybe art exhibits, etc. Different types of clubs- depending upon your interest that you can get involved in. Each side of the island has elementary school. Middle and high are convenient unless you are on north shore. Then you have approx 25 minute bus ride. There are private schools around the island with Island school in Puhi being one of the top. They go from K-12. You might want to googles these for additional information. Traveling inter-island is simple. Short flights are offered daily. As long as you are not living ocean front or at close level to sea- Not a problem at all to live outside tsunami zone. As far as adventure….It is all around us on Kauai. Excellent lifestyle for a child in my opinion. They learn to play in the outdoors and develop an appreciation for nature and all it has to offer. I raised 2 kids here as well. There are play groups and many, many activities, sports, cultural learning your child can become involved in.
Good luck with your decision and I look forward to meeting you when you come to Kauai.Aloha
Carol

Don Perman

April 18, 2015

Please send me listings of homes and condos on the south area, near beach and golf , been there twice and would love to move in a few years , thanks

Carol Andrews

April 20, 2015

Hi Don-
Sounds like a good plan. I would be happy to send you information on property.
You should be receiving another email from me with some listings to review.
I will be able to help you more when I have a few specifics of what type of property you are seeking and the price range to search up to. Please feel free to contact me direct anytime.

Aloha,
Carol

Michelle

May 12, 2015

I have a tentative job offer in Kauai; I would be relocating from the Washington, DC Metro Area. I’m a city girl, but I’ve lived places a rural as Alaska. Aside from the beautiful beaches, what else is in KAUAI? I’m not big on clubs, but what type of “night life” activities dose the island offer? I have a small child (1st grade in the fall) and need to be in a great school district and preferably out of the tsunami zone. It is easy to get to/from Maui or Oahu? Im 28, divorced, mother of 1, and ready for my next adventure.

Carol Andrews

May 12, 2015

Hi Michelle-

Congratulations on your job offer. You guessed it…Kauai is quiet as far as night life. Most people come here to enjoy the outdoors. Your not being big on night clubs- is not a problem here as we have few options in this department. There are different types of events you will find around the island like street fairs, maybe art exhibits, etc. Different types of clubs- depending upon your interest that you can get involved in. Each side of the island has elementary school. Middle and high are convenient unless you are on north shore. Then you have approx 25 minute bus ride. There are private schools around the island with Island school in Puhi being one of the top. They go from K-12. You might want to googles these for additional information. Traveling inter-island is simple. Short flights are offered daily. As long as you are not living ocean front or at close level to sea- Not a problem at all to live outside tsunami zone. As far as adventure….It is all around us on Kauai. Excellent lifestyle for a child in my opinion. They learn to play in the outdoors and develop an appreciation for nature and all it has to offer. I raised 2 kids here as well. There are play groups and many, many activities, sports, cultural learning your child can become involved in.
Good luck with your decision and I look forward to meeting you when you come to Kauai.Aloha
Carol

Joshua Cartagena

June 15, 2015

I am interested in finding land for purchase.

Carol Andrews

June 15, 2015

Hi Joshua
I wi email you direct to better find what you are looking for.
aloha,
Carol

Carol Andrews

June 29, 2015

Hi Joshua

Please contact me direct so I may help you find the type of land you are looking for.

Appreciate the opportunity to help you find your perfect piece of paradise on Kauai.

Aloha,

Carol Andrews

carol.andrews@hawaiilife.com

Joshua Cartagena

June 15, 2015

I am interested in finding land for purchase.

Carol Andrews

June 15, 2015

Hi Joshua
I wi email you direct to better find what you are looking for.
aloha,
Carol

Carol Andrews

June 29, 2015

Hi Joshua

Please contact me direct so I may help you find the type of land you are looking for.

Appreciate the opportunity to help you find your perfect piece of paradise on Kauai.

Aloha,

Carol Andrews

carol.andrews@hawaiilife.com

Dennis & Tonya Dotson

June 17, 2015

I would like to find more possibilities of long term rentals in case I get a job offer there.

Carol Andrews

June 29, 2015

Hi Dennis & Tonya

Sorry for the delay in responding. I just returned from travel around Thailand. I tried writing you back from there but it would not go through.

As far as finding long term rentals- In addition to regularly checking on Craig’s list and our local newspaper The Garden Island http://thegardenisland.com
I would highly suggest completing rental applications with property managers in the areas on island you are considering moving to. You may want to do this beginning 2 months prior to your wanting to move.

Good luck with your job offer and I wish you all the best.

Aloha,

Carol

Dennis & Tonya Dotson

June 17, 2015

I would like to find more possibilities of long term rentals in case I get a job offer there.

Carol Andrews

June 29, 2015

Hi Dennis & Tonya

Sorry for the delay in responding. I just returned from travel around Thailand. I tried writing you back from there but it would not go through.

As far as finding long term rentals- In addition to regularly checking on Craig’s list and our local newspaper The Garden Island http://thegardenisland.com
I would highly suggest completing rental applications with property managers in the areas on island you are considering moving to. You may want to do this beginning 2 months prior to your wanting to move.

Good luck with your job offer and I wish you all the best.

Aloha,

Carol

Rolando

November 10, 2015

Hi Carol, we are looking/researching the possibility of uprooting our family and planting them in Kauai over the next year or so.

We have a home in California that we might be able to pay off before going to Kauai. We are thinking of either selling our home then moving and purchasing in Kauai or maybe rent out our house, then still purchase in Kauai and have new mortgage payments. Not sure which is more wise?

We would like to be close to elementary and pre-schools of course by the beach. We love Hanalie Bay area, but not sure how the schools are housing are in that area. Looking at the mid-300k range for housing.

Other option is that we rent until we stay there for awhile, then decide on the best place to live. We are a family of 5 which 6 year old twins and a 2 year old.

Any recommendation/advice would be appreciated.

Carol Andrews

November 12, 2015

Dear Rolando~

Thank you for your interest. I can tell you from personal experience that Hanalei town has an excellent elementary and pre-school. Children thrive here. I have raised both of my children here in this area. Purchasing a home in the $300,000 price range on the north shore is not going to be realistic for our current market values. I am going to send to you directly a list of homes to preview in your price range as well as local lenders to contact. I suggest you contact a lender to understand what loan programs they may offer you. Then you can determine if you should rent your home in the mainland and get a mortgage on your new home in Kauai- Or… if you will feel better selling your mainland home and then proceeding with your purchase. As far as our rental market- It is slim and if you decide to go this route- I suggest being ready to commit to a house immediately when you find one that suits your needs.

Okay- please look for my other email- I will be sending to you today.

Feel free to contact me direct at anytime.

With Aloha~
Carol Andrews,RB

Rolando

November 10, 2015

Hi Carol, we are looking/researching the possibility of uprooting our family and planting them in Kauai over the next year or so.

We have a home in California that we might be able to pay off before going to Kauai. We are thinking of either selling our home then moving and purchasing in Kauai or maybe rent out our house, then still purchase in Kauai and have new mortgage payments. Not sure which is more wise?

We would like to be close to elementary and pre-schools of course by the beach. We love Hanalie Bay area, but not sure how the schools are housing are in that area. Looking at the mid-300k range for housing.

Other option is that we rent until we stay there for awhile, then decide on the best place to live. We are a family of 5 which 6 year old twins and a 2 year old.

Any recommendation/advice would be appreciated.

Carol Andrews

November 12, 2015

Dear Rolando~

Thank you for your interest. I can tell you from personal experience that Hanalei town has an excellent elementary and pre-school. Children thrive here. I have raised both of my children here in this area. Purchasing a home in the $300,000 price range on the north shore is not going to be realistic for our current market values. I am going to send to you directly a list of homes to preview in your price range as well as local lenders to contact. I suggest you contact a lender to understand what loan programs they may offer you. Then you can determine if you should rent your home in the mainland and get a mortgage on your new home in Kauai- Or… if you will feel better selling your mainland home and then proceeding with your purchase. As far as our rental market- It is slim and if you decide to go this route- I suggest being ready to commit to a house immediately when you find one that suits your needs.

Okay- please look for my other email- I will be sending to you today.

Feel free to contact me direct at anytime.

With Aloha~
Carol Andrews,RB

Rolando

November 12, 2015

Perfect, thank you Carol. Appreciate the feedback!

Rolando

Carol Andrews

November 12, 2015

Hi Rolando-

Please check your email as I have sent you a few things!

Aloha,

Carol

Rolando

November 12, 2015

Perfect, thank you Carol. Appreciate the feedback!

Rolando

Carol Andrews

November 12, 2015

Hi Rolando-

Please check your email as I have sent you a few things!

Aloha,

Carol

Rolando

November 12, 2015

Thank you, I received the lists and will look it over tonight.

Rolando

Rolando

November 12, 2015

Thank you, I received the lists and will look it over tonight.

Rolando

Thom Ray

December 7, 2015

Hi Carol,
My wife is applying for a job on Kauai- she is in healthcare. I am ready to retire and we want to live somewhere warm. I’ve vacationed on Kauai as well as on all the other islands. Since it would just two of us (no kids) we would downsize and live in a small home or condo if available. I guess my biggest question is how “livable” is it Kauai on a retirement investment and a single earner couple. I’d probably work part time as timeshare sales or golf course attendant or something. So my two questions early in this process:
– what is your experience with main island people relocating there for retirement / work and they adjustments they need to make. I know Kauai is very laid back.
– secondly what needs to be taken into account for expense differential from Midwest US

Mahalo & Aloha,
Thom

Carol Andrews, REALTOR BROKER (B), SFR, ABR

December 8, 2015

Hi Thom~
Thank you for contacting me. Congratulations on wanting to relocate to Kauai.
As I am sure you know many people choose to retire here on the Garden Island.
The warm climate is wonderful and healing. In response to your questions….
I have found the people who move here from mainland for retirement to be very positive. Island life is not for everyone. If you prefer a slower pace life, no high rises or large shopping malls, no freeways, to be surrounded by beauty- then Kauai may be the ticket. Entertainment tends to be the outdoors and get togethers with friends. There is no night life to speak of. We do have a lot of activities and social interest groups island wide. Kauai does have some excellent doctors however, any specialty health care needed has many more options on Oahu. As far as making it on your retirement income…Everyone has a different situation and I of course I have no idea what your income is or your expenses. I am sure you have heard our electric is high- This can be countered by not needing to pay for any heating or air conditioning bills as mainland people tend to need. If you find housing for a similar monthly payment of what you are currently paying- then perhaps this will not be an issue. I can say of course cost of living on one of the most beautiful islands in the world will certainly not be less than you are paying. I have found what once what use to be called sacrifices by those who moved disappeared by the Hawaii life style they began living in return.
Please feel free to contact me direct.

With Aloha~
Carol

Thom Ray

December 7, 2015

Hi Carol,
My wife is applying for a job on Kauai- she is in healthcare. I am ready to retire and we want to live somewhere warm. I’ve vacationed on Kauai as well as on all the other islands. Since it would just two of us (no kids) we would downsize and live in a small home or condo if available. I guess my biggest question is how “livable” is it Kauai on a retirement investment and a single earner couple. I’d probably work part time as timeshare sales or golf course attendant or something. So my two questions early in this process:
– what is your experience with main island people relocating there for retirement / work and they adjustments they need to make. I know Kauai is very laid back.
– secondly what needs to be taken into account for expense differential from Midwest US

Mahalo & Aloha,
Thom

Carol Andrews, REALTOR BROKER (B), SFR, ABR

December 8, 2015

Hi Thom~
Thank you for contacting me. Congratulations on wanting to relocate to Kauai.
As I am sure you know many people choose to retire here on the Garden Island.
The warm climate is wonderful and healing. In response to your questions….
I have found the people who move here from mainland for retirement to be very positive. Island life is not for everyone. If you prefer a slower pace life, no high rises or large shopping malls, no freeways, to be surrounded by beauty- then Kauai may be the ticket. Entertainment tends to be the outdoors and get togethers with friends. There is no night life to speak of. We do have a lot of activities and social interest groups island wide. Kauai does have some excellent doctors however, any specialty health care needed has many more options on Oahu. As far as making it on your retirement income…Everyone has a different situation and I of course I have no idea what your income is or your expenses. I am sure you have heard our electric is high- This can be countered by not needing to pay for any heating or air conditioning bills as mainland people tend to need. If you find housing for a similar monthly payment of what you are currently paying- then perhaps this will not be an issue. I can say of course cost of living on one of the most beautiful islands in the world will certainly not be less than you are paying. I have found what once what use to be called sacrifices by those who moved disappeared by the Hawaii life style they began living in return.
Please feel free to contact me direct.

With Aloha~
Carol

Jammie Bachand

March 17, 2016

Creative blog post – I was fascinated by the points , Does anyone know if my company can get a template a form copy to type on ?

Carol Andrews, REALTOR BROKER (B), SFR, ABR

March 18, 2016

Hi Jammie

Not sure exactly what you are wanting- feel free to contact me direct.
Thank you for visiting our web site!
Aloha,
Carol

Jammie Bachand

March 17, 2016

Creative blog post – I was fascinated by the points , Does anyone know if my company can get a template a form copy to type on ?

Carol Andrews, REALTOR BROKER (B), SFR, ABR

March 18, 2016

Hi Jammie

Not sure exactly what you are wanting- feel free to contact me direct.
Thank you for visiting our web site!
Aloha,
Carol

Olga Volkova

June 30, 2016

Hi Carol, it’s so great to read your comments about the island. We live in NJ for almost 25 years and now would like to visit Kauai with a dream to move there. This is first time for us visiting this island. We will be there 09/03/16 till 09/18/2016.

I am 58 and my husband is 61. We are planning to retire. Have a lot of questions of course about financial affordability. Please call me at your spare time. My Email is attached, send me please your email, I will give you my phone #. Thank you in advance.

Olga Volkova

June 30, 2016

Hi Carol, it’s so great to read your comments about the island. We live in NJ for almost 25 years and now would like to visit Kauai with a dream to move there. This is first time for us visiting this island. We will be there 09/03/16 till 09/18/2016.

I am 58 and my husband is 61. We are planning to retire. Have a lot of questions of course about financial affordability. Please call me at your spare time. My Email is attached, send me please your email, I will give you my phone #. Thank you in advance.

Gabriel Schroll

July 5, 2017

I love the post! Just one request – can you reload the images? Seems about half of them don’t show up anymore. Perhaps hosted somewhere that isn’t active anymore?

For me, I want a garden and fruit trees. Which side of the island is best for that? Mangos, for example.

Chris Gamby

July 7, 2017

Nice catch! Thanks Gabriel.

Carol Andrews

July 7, 2017

> Hi Gabriel~
Most of the island has rich fertile soil and it is not a problem to have fruit trees and plant a garden. Kilauea on the north shore has many organic farms. The east side of the island also has great areas and a lot of agriculture. South shore another good option
The dry western side of Kauai may be difficult. I know you like mangos- The mango season is June- October. The exotic fruits are plentiful. I highly recommend you visit our local farmers markets for the freshest produce on the island.
Aloha~~~

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September 15, 2017

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Melanie

May 27, 2018

Hi Carol,

I have been offered a teaching position on the beautiful island of Kauai and am in need of a reasonably priced rental with the potential to purchase. Would you be able to provide any resources to get me started with my search? I believe I’ve exhausted all of my internet resources for Kauai (Zillow, CL, Truvila, etc) and none of them have what I’m looking for. I will be working on the west side of the island but am open to a commute time of 15-45 minutes. I would like to be near an excellent elementary school for my son to attend (private/public/charter), if possible. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

Hunter DeMello

July 15, 2019

I was actually born on Kauai in 2002 and lived there until I started 1st grade on Molokai in 2008. I plan to go back their for college at KCC in 2020.

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