Sunday, January 23, 2011

What's the Best Hawaiian Island to Live On?

So you're wondering which Hawaiian island is best for you to move to. Well, the answer is (as with most things having to do with one's personal lifestyle tastes), it depends. All of the Hawaiian Islands are beautiful and definitely worth visiting, but each of them offers something different. If you want your residency in Hawaii to be solitary and relaxed, for example, you might want to move to Molokai, which is ideal for nature lovers who want peace and quiet. You won't want to move to Oahu, which is more suited for someone who wants to live in a more populated, urban setting. So without further ado, here's a brief rundown of Hawaii's major islands that should help you decide which would make the ideal home for you.


We'll start with Oahu (aka O'ahu), nicknamed “The Gathering Place.” It is the third largest island in Hawaii and the most populous. A million people live in Oahu and 5 million visit it each year. Oahu has highly developed cities and offers plenty of cultural attractions and modern amenities. If you want to enjoy Hawaii's beaches and natural beauty but still have access to the convenience of big cities and the accompanying crowds, then Oahu will be a good choice for you.

The Big Island

The Island of Hawai'i, also called “The Big Island” due to its being the largest of the Hawaiian islands, is divided into five sections by five volcanoes. The east side of the island is Hilo and the west side is Kona. This is worth noting because moving to Hilo and moving to Kona each offer a different living experience. Hilo is on the windward side of the island. It gets lots of rain and has lush vegetation as well as beautiful calm river running through it. It's not as busy as the west side of the island, so if you enjoy rain and medium sized crowds, Hilo is the place to be. Kona is more crowded but also more diverse and it's famous for its water activities and coffee.


Dubbed “The Garden Island,” Kauai is famous for its beautiful green valleys and rugged Na Pali coastline. Kauai is a significantly less crowded than Oahu and the Big Island, but it still has easily accessible downtown areas. There are about 70,000 residents and it gets about one million tourists each year. If you want to live in some of Hawaii's most beautiful green settings while still having the option of a high end restaurant right around the corner, Kauai might be the right place to go.


Maui is famous for its whale watching and gorgeous beaches. It gets about 2 million tourists a year, though, and is a popular vacation spot for surfers and college students, so if you don't mind the frequent partying going on around you, you'll be okay. Maui is a choice place to move to if you love the beach and water-related activities and don't mind a little tourist noise.


Molokai is called “The Friendly Isle” and it is indeed a beautiful and relaxing place. Only 7,000 people live there. If you move to Molokai you'll be able to enjoy plenty of peace and quiet, long empty beaches and virginal forests. A great place to live if you want to get away from the noise and the crowds.



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