Hawaii is paradise on earth for those who enjoy surfing, swimming, and other outdoor activities. Here’s what you need to know before moving to the Aloha State.
- It’s home to about a third of all endangered species in the United States
Animal lovers will love living in Hawaii – after all, this is where you’ll find around one-third of the country’s endangered species, such as the Hawaiian monk seal, the Hawaiian hoary bat, and the Hawaiian goose, just to name a few.This is why this group of islands is referred to as “The Endangered Capital of the World.”
Over the years, there have been numerous local efforts to help save endangered animals. Living here gives you the rare opportunity to see these animals in the wild, as well as join organized efforts to save them from extinction.
- Stars live here
Celebrity sightings aren’t unusual in Hawaii. Celebrities from Oprah to Willie Nelson to Hawaii’s most famous native son, President Obama, own homes or vacation frequently in the islands. With gorgeous beaches and a laidback vibe, this is where stars go to let their hair down and relax.
- It’s the birthplace of surfing
The island of Maui is renowned for surf spots like Honolua Bay, Hookipa Beach, and Peahi, also called Jaws by surfers. There’s also Olowalu, Ma’alaea, and Laihana Harbor. Bring your board and ride the waves, or sit on the beach and watch the pros.
- The restaurant scene is unparalleled
Fine dining may not be the first thing you think about when people mention Hawaii, but the islands boast a vibrant culinary scene that includes amazing restaurants like Monkeypod Kitchen, Mama’s Fish House and The Mill House. There’s also Merriman’s and The Gazebo. With so many dining options, choosing is the hard part.
- There are numerous shopping options
Need retail therapy? The Outlets at Maui carries big brand names like Coach and Michael Kors. The Shops at Wailea features upscale brands like Prada and Gucci, while Queen Ka’ahumanu Center brings you major retailers. And if you don’t have one already, definitely get an Amazon Prime membership – it’s one of the best ways to shop in the islands.
- Hawaii residents have the longest life expectancy in the U.S.
Experts have found that life expectancy in Hawaii exceeds the national average, and continues to increase over time. In 2010, life expectancy was 82 years – three years higher than the national average. Life expectancy in the state has also increased by 13 years since 1950, with women living six years longer than men on average.
- It attracts roughly six million tourists each year
As many as six million tourists visit Hawaii each year and spend a total of $11 billion during their stay. That makes Hawaii a great place to put up a business, as well as invest in vacation homes and rentals.
Ready to move to Hawaii? If you want a luxury beachfront home of your own or you need help with your transition, call me, Greg Burns. I’d be more than happy to help.