Lots of my friends/peers/coworkers/etc. kind of just give me stink eye when I make a complaint about Hawai’i. “Yeah, whatever, you’re from Hawai’i so I don’t feel bad for you,” is the usual response I get. Although deemed paradise, there are lots of struggles living in Hawai’i – yes, like anywhere else – but as my parents always tell me when I do complain, “It’s the cost of paradise.”
Cost of living.
The rumors you hear about our milk costing ~$8 are absolutely true. We do have to import pretty much everything… How is someone with a ~$40,000 salary supposed to ever afford groceries for the week when a gallon of milk costs 8 freaking dollars?! We somehow just do.
The same goes for buying a house. Most times, people will live with their parents, or their parents and their grandparents, and said house will get passed down to the next generation. And in cases where people can actually afford a home in Hawai’i, it probably won’t be on a very big property because land is limited, and your home will most likely be older and used, unless you can somehow afford a $2-3 million house like in the above picture.
Believe or not, Hawai’i is up there on the list of worst traffic in the U.S. That’s only hard to believe because it is an island and how is possible for all of these people to live here? It also doesn’t help that most households have around 3 cars each.
Whenever Obama is in town he closes down half the island. He adds to the already bad traffic, and thinks he’s earned the right to close down the east coast of Oahu. Sure, he’s the President, and sure, he went to Punahou, but he is not even from Hawai’i, shouldn’t he be vacationing in Chicago instead? Or, you know, leading the country?
Seeing people you know, everywhere you go, is both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes you see a long lost friend that you would love to catch up with, but most often it’s someone you try to avoid but feel obligated to say hello to. If you think the world is small, think about how small Hawai’i is.
Homeless people are basically taking over the island of Oahu – and it sure doesn’t help that they are being sent there. It’s pretty disgusting and puts quite a damper on our “beautiful” island.
I have a love/hate for tourists because they really help Hawai’i’s economy by being such a large industry, but they. are. everywhere. The island is crowded enough as it is, and since I moved away I basically only visit during tourist season, so that part is my fault.
Sure, we tried it but we didn’t meet all of the environmental requirements and for political issues, this genius idea went to crap. It would have been so convenient to be able to island hop without having to pay ridiculous airfare.
All photos in this post are from Google.