Emerald coastlines, spectacular beaches, majestic mountains, and a stress-free lifestyle. There are countless reasons why living in Hawaii is awesome. Here are our top 10 picks.
1. Sublime Weather
Sick of the sluggish, chilly days when you dread getting out the bed? You can forget about that in Hawaii. The state has perfect weather year-round, with average temperatures ranging from 73˚F to 81˚F. You can lounge on the beach on one of the coldest days of the year and still enjoy the warm, breezy weather.
2. Several Islands to Choose From
This American state has six major inhabitable islands to choose from, each with its own perks. The Island of Hawaii, also known as “The Big Island,” is the youngest and largest of the island chain. Then, there’s Maui with its gorgeous valleys; Oahu, home to the capital city, Honolulu; Kauai, the greenest of the islands; Molokai, the place with no traffic lights; and Lanai, the smallest of the islands, which was once known as the “Pineapple Island,” thanks to its vast pineapple plantations.
3. Spectacular Nature
The remote location of the state resulted in a rich, varied natural landscape and wildlife. This secluded, untouched paradise is a sight for sore eyes; there are so many out-of-this-world attractions to visit and lose yourself in all of nature’s complexity. Here are some of the must-see places:
- Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes (island of Hawaii)
- Kalalau trail along Na Pali Coast (Kauai)
- Haleakala Volcano (Maui)
- Lanikea Beach with its sea turtles (Oahu)
- Kilauea, the Earth’s most active volcano (Island of Hawaii)
- Molokai’s high cliffs
- Wailua Falls (Maui)
- Moaula Falls (Molokai)
- Hulopoe Beach (Lanai)
- Hana Highway waterfalls, ocean views and rainforests (Maui)
4. Heavenly Food
Local cuisine is a fusion of flavors, with influences from all around the world and interesting, savory recipes. Poke is one of the stars of the Hawaiian cuisine that combines raw cubed fish with sea salt, seaweed and other ingredients into a delicious salad. Other favorites include Spam musubi, a snack made of grilled spam, white sticky rice and seaweed; Loco Moco, which combines white rice, hamburger patty, fried egg, and a delicious salty brown gravy; and Poi, the traditional staple food. Revel in all the glorious flavors and enchant your palate in Oahu. The island is famous for its food trucks, farmer’s markets and fusion plates from Hawaii’s star chefs.
5. Free Entertainment
Life in Hawaii is never boring. There are many activities to choose from, and the best part is that most of them are completely free! For example, Hawaii’s warm waters and variety of fish make it perfect for snorkeling and diving, and adrenaline junkies will enjoy kiteboarding and surfing the big waves. Or, if water sports aren’t your thing, there are plenty of gorgeous hiking trails and campsites to choose from.
6. Beachfront Living
If you dream about waking up to the infinite ocean, then having a home in Hawaii might be the answer. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the state offers gorgeous, beachfront properties on all of its major islands.
7. Lowest Real Estate Tax
Hawaii has the highest median home price in U.S. at $563,900. However, it also has the lowest real estate tax rate in the country. According to SmartAsset, the average effective property tax rate in Hawaii is 0.27% (compared to the national average of 1.08%), making a huge difference for homeowners and those planning to buy a property on the islands. For example, for a $500,000 dwelling in Hawaii, you would pay just $1,350 annually for real estate taxes. Conversely, the national average tax amount for the same property price would be $5,400.
8. Hawaiian Culture
Hawaii has a rich historic and cultural heritage. Among the many traditions are the hula dance and the popular “luau,” a celebratory feast accompanied by music and activities. The Hawaiian culture is guided by the “Aloha Spirit,” a way of living that values treating others with love and respecting nature. One of the best things about living in Hawaii is the warmth and friendliness of the people who live and breathe the Aloha Spirit.
9. Healthy Living
Clean air, fresh water, and the stress-free life all have a strong, positive influence on the quality of life in Hawaii. According to America’s Health Rankings, the state is the healthiest in the U.S. All the sun-soaking and ocean-bathing do wonders for the health of people living in Hawaii!
10. Laid-back Lifestyle
In the end, living in Hawaii is all about that simple, laid-back lifestyle. There’s no rush, people are smiling and problems seem much smaller when you’re surrounded by such natural beauty. Finding bliss and serenity in everyday life comes naturally here.
If good food, nice people, exciting adventures and a carefree lifestyle are on your wish list, then search no more – Hawaii is the place to be!