Retiring in Hawaii is a dream many people have. And why not? Whether you’ve been to Hawaii or not, the concept of slower paced island living, coupled with beautiful tropical breezes all year through can excite just about anyone.
On the surface, to question retiring and living in paradise seems to be a no-brainer. Yet in reality it can be a very complicated – and personal – question.
If you’re nearing retirement, life can be filled with all sorts of thoughts and dreams. After all, you’ve worked hard to get where you are today, why not enjoy it in the best place possible? If you’ve set your sights on Hawaii, even that decision alone isn’t enough. There are many other things to ponder as you move forward with your decision, with the most important being to choose where.
The Hawaiian Islands are an archipelago of eight major islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Lahoolawe and the Big Island. Located 2,390 miles from California, Hawaii has its own time zone (Hawaiian Standard Time) and there is no daylight savings time – Hawaiian Standard Time is 2 (or 3 hours, depending on time of year) hours behind Pacific Standard Time and 5 hours (or 6 hours depending on time of year) behind Eastern Standard Time
Each of the islands has its own style of living. Niihau is privately owned with limited access to the general public. Oahu is home to Honolulu, which is the nation’s 11th largest metropolitan area. Maui is home to the world’s largest dormant volcano, Haleakala Crater. Molokai contains the world’s highest sea cliffs, Hawaii’s longest waterfall, and the largest white sand beach in the state. Lanai is considered the most secluded island. And the Big Island is Hawaii’s largest at 4,038 square miles. It is twice the size of all other Hawaiian Islands combined.
For many reasons, the Big Island stands apart from the others when it comes settling down and enjoying a slower paced lifestyle during retirement years. Living on the Big Island has a number of benefits to mainlanders.
Because it’s the biggest of the islands, it lessens the chances of “island fever”. You can’t expect the same lifestyle you lead if you’ve vacationed in Hawaii, nor how you lived life on the mainland. Hawaii definitely has its own pace, one you’ll come to appreciate over time.
The Big Island also has 11 of earth’s 13 climate zones. If you want a specific temperature or weather pattern, you can find it on the Big Island, and be back at home before dinner.
The Big Island is also a growing island, having added 568 acres since 1983 thanks to eruptions from the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea.
Because there is so much to do, you’ll find plenty of people that share your love for whatever you choose to do in your retirement years. And by having a home in Hawaii, you’ll find friends and family choose to visit you more than they ever have before.
So the only question to ask yourself now is:
“How fast can we get there?”
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