I love to visit Maui, the Big Island, and Kauai, but when it comes to my home base, my vote has always been for Oahu. The island offers everything that one would want or need for day to day living, as well as plenty of options for relaxation. From urban Honolulu to the beautiful beaches that surround the island on all sides, Oahu’s landscape provides as much variety as anyone would wish for. Oahu’s access to businesses, hospitals, education, and transportation, also make island living easier and more convenient. I love Oahu!
For foodies, Oahu is heaven. Some of the best chefs in the world create mouth-watering menus with Hawaiian, Asian, classic American, and other International flavors. From fancy meals to shrimp trucks, poke bowls, and acai bowls, food choices are endless on Oahu. Oh, and of course, the Food Festivals add yet another layer to the Oahu culinary experience. For individuals who prefer to cook, farmers’ markets provide fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables accessible to anyone.
We don’t often think of Hawaii as being a shopping magnet, but for the people who are all beached out, love some luxury, or who simply need day-to-day essentials, Oahu has them covered. Beaches, snorkeling, and turtles are all great and available to experience at any time, but for Oahu residents who work and have typical responsibilities, having access to regular shopping is also important. Ala Moana Center is the largest mall in Honolulu. It’s a mecca for local and tourists. Ka Makana Alii Mall in Kapolei, is the newest addition to Oahu, and it serves the western communities. These are just two shopping centers, but there are more. Whatever one needs, including all types of grocery stores, it’s all on Oahu.
Ease of Travel
Let’s face it. The Hawaiian Island chain is one of the most isolated places in the world. That doesn’t mean that it’s not easily accessible, but it’s still pretty far from any land, in every direction. That’s where living Oahu comes handy. With the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport minutes away from Honolulu, traveling to and from Oahu is easy. With multiple daily flights to the mainland, Asia, Australia, Canada, and other destinations, the hardest part is deciding where to go. That’s yet another convenience of living on Oahu.
Medical Care Within Reach
We don’t always think of medical care until it’s needed, but when it is needed, it’s nice to have it easily available. For many outer island residents, that’s not always that easy. They often have to fly to Honolulu for specialized or emergency care. It is also important to note that VA health services for our active and retired military are also on Oahu. Hospitals, clinics, and emergency care facilities are spread around Oahu to meet the needs of all the residents on the island.
Kailua Beach was recently named the most beautiful beach in the US, and lucky for us, the beach is on Oahu. That’s just one special spot, but there are many around the island. Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu has golden sand and pristine blue ocean water beachgoers love to enjoy. Ko Olina in Kapolei has several lagoons for visitors and Ko Olina homeowners to relax by. While Waikiki Beach is the most visited beach on Oahu, and loved by thousands of people, it is only one of many amazing beaches that are found all around the island. Oahu is all about variety, and that is certainly also true for beaches. The same high surf spots that surfers love may not be good for little keiki, and the other way around, but that’s the great part. There is definitely something on Oahu for everyone.
Real Estate…So Many Choices
Oceanview, oceanfront, big yard, small yard, home, condo, townhome, the choices are endless. The Oahu real estate market has so much variety that no matter what type of home one is after, it’s here. Honolulu is home to approximately 400,000 residents where 1/3 of the population living in high rise condos and the remaining 2/3 occupy homes that line many of the hillside ridges and the waterfront. For many Honolulu residents, it’s the urban lifestyle filled with convenience to beaches, shopping, and amenities that keep people tied to the core of the city.
Beach towns like Kailua and Haleiwa offer a living experience opposite to that of Honolulu. With a pretty setting, beautiful beaches, mostly single-family homes, these towns attract residents who enjoy a slower pace of life.
The west side of Oahu is currently one of the most popular areas on the Island, with new and newer homes, favorable prices, and pretty neighborhoods, Ewa Beach and Kapolei offer a laid back lifestyle with easy access to shopping and amenities.
Oahu is such a beautiful island. It’s full of natural beauty but also full of modern conveniences, where “Island Fever” is non-existent.
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