Is Hawaii A Great Place to Live?

Hawaii is a wonderful place to live. But New York, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico are also wonderful places to live. Each place you live has it’s own unique sense of place.

But there is nothing quite like Hawaii with amazing beaches and amazing weather…
Hawaii Sunset, Kaka'ako Park from HawaiiSecret.com/blog

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You need to decide what your values are and why you want to live in Hawaii.

1) Hawaii is a very expensive place to live. Gas, food, real estate and rents are some of the most expensive in the nation. And prices are going up all the time. If you want to live here be prepared to spend most of your income on the necessities.

And if you live on Oahu, be prepared to spend lots of time on traffic going from one place to another. Some of the outer Islands also may have traffic issues.

2) Jobs are hard to find. The best plan would be to have a job lined up before you move to Hawaii.

Unless you are independently wealthy, you will need an income. Depending on your profession and what you bring to the table, jobs can be very difficult to find in Hawaii.
There are jobs here, however, thinking because you had a good job on the mainland does not mean you will find an equivalent job in Hawaii

3) Be prepared for culture shock. Hawaii is a wonderful blend of many different cultures. You will find Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and even Portuguese cultures represented.

The islands are a true melting pot of various cultural stews. If you are open to new and different cultures and embrace all of the differences, you will do well. If you are Caucasian, be prepared to hear the term “Haole”, often. Do not take offense.
4) You will get out of Hawaii what you put in.
If you are open minded and willing to embrace new cultures and experiences, you will do well in Hawaii. For me, I choose to live no where else. It is beautiful with incredible beaches and amazing mountains. Being able to wear shorts 12 months out of the year has its own special charm!
All of the Islands are different and have their own unique features. I love it here and would choose to live no where else. Is Hawaii a good place to live? For me it is. You will have to make up your own mind. I have lived in a number of places but my choice is clear: Hawaii is my home.

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The Magic of the Hawaiian Islands

Here are some Hawaii Island Secrets….

Hawaii is a magical, wonderful place.

There are many different sensory experiences on the Hawaiian Islands. First there are the Islands themselves. Each one has a special aura. Each Island is a special places. Each one is magic.

Maui is a land of valleys and mountains. Haleakala is a very special place.
It is named the House of the Sun for good reason. Hiking into Haleakala
crater takes you to one of the most interesting places on the planet.

Kauai is lush and green. This piece of paradise has wonderful sights and sounds. It boasts Waimea Canyon, with views and incredible hiking trails. Kauai is the oldest of the Islands. Kauai also boasts having the wettest place on the planet, Mount Waialeale. Rain falls every day of the year.

The Big Island has created some of the newest land on earth. Lava has been spewing out of Kilauea Volcano continuosly for almost 30 years. And there is no sign of letting up.
Contrast the fiery heat of the crater with Mauna Kea, a mountain where you will find snow.
You could actually witness a lava flow and a snow storm on the same day.

Molokai is known as the Friendly Isle. Small in contrast to the others, but still
possessing special places. There are hikes here which are like no other in all of Hawaii. Molokai is also home of Kalaupapa, the settlement of Hanson’s patients who were ministered by the revered Father Damien.

Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach

Lanai was at one time full of pineapple. The days of intense agriculture are over,
however, Lanai is a world class resort. And is a special place. A little known fact is this: Bill Gates rented nearly the entire Island for his wedding.

Oahu, known as “the gathering place” is home of Honolulu and Waikiki.
There are countles special places to be found on Oahu. These include Pearl Harbor as
well as the famed North Shore. The North Shore boasts some of the best surfing on the planet and is known as the Surfing Capital of the World.

And if that were not enough, there are incredible beaches on each of the Islands. Each Island has it’s
own special ocean retreats. There are countless places to greet the blue, blue Pacific, here on the Islands.

Know this: every beach in Hawaii is public. There are no private beaches. There are many different ways to access the beaches in Hawaii. But again, you need to know where to look and how to find them.

Hawaii has become a melting pot of many different cultures. Each one leaving there own influence. Each one leaving their own special gift to the Island culture. And with these cultures have come different tastes.

The food in Hawaii is simply outstanding.

These are some of the Secrets of Hawaii we wanted to share with you.

You will discover hidden gems here. You will be amazed and in awe. And your life will be
touched by these Hawaii Secrets. So visit Hawaii yourself and discover some of these
secrets on your own.

You will not be disappointed.

Aloha

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Hawaii Farmer’s Market on Oahu

There are a number of Farmer’s Markets operating on Oahu.

You just need to know where to look. A very enjoyable one on Oahu is the one held at Ward Warehouse on Saturday Morning. This is fairly easy to get to. There are busses that will take you right to the market. This is also a short distance from Ala Moana Shopping Center. You can easily walk from there.

This particular Farmer’s Market was in fact located at Ala Moana Shopping Center. The support of the local community was evident with the large crowds who attended. Due to all of the construction going on at the shopping center, the weekly market was forced to move down the street to Ward Center.

We were there on the last day at Ala Moana, and it was kind of sad until we realized that the food event had secured a new location!

The new location at Ward Center is a pleasant one. There is ample parking and a very festive atmosphere.

You will find a large array of various locally grown produce. As a matter of fact all of the produce sold at this market, must be locally grown. You will not be disappointed with the wide variety of fruits an vegetables that are available. From bananas to papaya, guava, limes from tomatoes to mushrooms, onions, star fruit, the exotic dragon fruit as well as eggplants and a mixture of different farm fresh sprouts. Of course don’t forget the fresh pineapple and fruit smoothie drinks that are also available.

There is also a nice selection of prepared food. you can find a wide assortment of vegetarian fare, freshly baked breads, rolls and seafood.

Here’s a video we created on a recent visit:

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Oahu Farmers Market at KCC

One of the best best kept secrets on Oahu is the Farmer’s Market at Kapio’lani Community College.

This event is held every Saturday from 7:30 to 11:00 AM. So you better get there early!

This Farmer’s Market on Oahu, has a festival atmosphere. The food is extraordinary. You can find all types of gourmet delights. These are specially made to delight all of your senses and tastes. We are talking food that speaks to you. Food that will delight you. Food that will ask you to get up and dance… OK so I’m exaggerating a bit. But in reality you will find all types of food that is wonderful.

You will find all types of amazing food from Sweet Potato to Pizza, from Soul Food to other ethnic types of food. There is breakfast food, a noodle bar and even several homemade lemonade stands.

I made a video of the festivities here:

Of course you will find all manner of farm fresh Hawaiian produce. Almost everything you will find here is grown locally. There are mangoes, papaya, pineapple and other fresh fruit. Of course you will find many exotic flowers.

But for me the biggest spectacle at this event is the crowd. You will find all types of people from very local folks to tourists just out for a stroll. There is much aloha and joy here. This is an event you really want to make sure you check out.

Here is another video I created:

So if you have some time on your hands early Saturday morning, you definitely want to go down and check out the KCC Farmer’s Market. The event is non-profit and sponsoered by the Hawaii Farm Bureau

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Eat the Street in Hawaii: Honolulu Street Food

One of the biggest Secrets about Hawaii is Eat the Street.

Eat the Street is a food truck food festival held in the Ka’kaako section of Honolulu on the last Friday of the month.

You can find over 40 different mobile food trucks at this event. All of the food featured is as diverse as the scenes of the Hawaiian Islands.

You can sample different types of Islands foods like Hawaiian plates, filipino, food, Mexican Food, all types of BBQ pork and beef, Mexican Food, Italian Food, Japanese food as well other award winning food combinations. You can discover freshly created pizza cooked in an authentic kiawe wood fired oven. There are not only ethnic variations but ethnic combinations as well. The tastes are incredibly diverse.

You can discover Fresh Island fish, pork dishes, beef and even fresh lobster. All the food is amazingly fresh and cooked for you right in front of you. You senses are literally bombarded. Of course the food is pleasing to the eye, but your other senses such as smell are also enticed.

You can discover all of the secret tastes Hawaii has to offer in one place. Eat the Street, has brought together the best new age chefs on the Islands. These masters of food are constantly thinking outside the foodie box and it appears magically in their food trucks.

This is a very pedestrian friendly event. There is bike parking, and a limited amount of seating. There is a problem with parking, which due to the large crowd is somewhat limited. My advice is to search for parking on some of the side streets. The event starts around 4 PM, so if you are able to get there early, parking will not be a problem.

There are a number of desserts available such as fresh created doughnuts, sweet savory pies and even a local cookie company showcases their talents. There are various types of cold desserts such as tropical flavored ice pops made with actual tropical juices. You will discover hand crafted Belgian Waffles. There is also mouth watering Italian Ice cream known as gelato.

If you are ready to experience some real Hawaii Secrets, make sure you check outEat the Street.

Here is a visual tour of this incredible Food Festival:

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Galapagos Tortoise from Honolulu Zoo

Here is a slide show video of one of our favorite aninmals at the Honolulu Zoo, the Galapagos Tortoise.

From Wikipedia comes the following:

The Galápagos tortoise or Galápagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) is the largest living species of tortoise and 10th-heaviest living reptile, reaching weights of over 400 kg (880 lb) and lengths of over 1.8 meters (5.9 ft). With life spans in the wild of over 100 years, it is one of the longest-lived vertebrates. A captive individual lived at least 170 years.

 

You can find more about the Honolulu Zoo at their website:

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Best Car Repair in Honolulu: G.T. Mobile Services

Best Auto Repair in Honolulu

Find a good car repair  shop can be difficult at best. You can always take your car to a Car Dealership. You will get good service, but you will also pay top dollar.

The best way to prevent costly car repairs is to keep your car running well with regular maintenance. You need to have your oil changed on a regular basis. you need to check your tires and brakes to make sure everything is in good shape. you want your car to run as well as possible. With the price of gas it is in your best interest to keep your car running well.

The Best Car Repair Shop in Honolulu,  I have ever found is G T Mobile Service. Grant the owner has years of experience in working with both domestic and foreign cars. He knows electrical and air conditioning. He is reasonable and honest. He is the best car repair shop in Honolulu.

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Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza at Ward Center

In the last several years there has been a renaissance as far as pizza is concerned.

The Artisan Pizza movement has caught up with Hawaii in a big way. Seems like everyone is now interested in creating great pizza. Now these are not pizzerias that are obvious to the everyday person. And visitors to Hawaii will never find them unless you know where to look.

I’m happy to share the opening of a new pizzeria at Ward Center, in Honolulu. As you read this Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza will have opened their doors.

While not a new operation, these pizzioli, have paid their dues. They are John and Kyle, and until recently they operated a mobile pizza operation. They created pizza that was good, very good.

They were relentless in their pizza production. At first they were located in a furniture store parking lot. They slowly built up a reputation as more and more crowds flocked to this outdoor operation seeking out great pizza. It was inevitable to anyone who ate pizza there that this location could not last.

They were just getting to big for the parking lot. And their customers were crowding out the furniture store customers. Their next location was an obscure part of town. Immediately their pizza production took a big hit. No one could find them any more. So they moved once again.

They relocated to a major street with pleny of traffic. Business started to pick up agian. It looked they had found a new home. However, the owner of the property raised the rent, and once more they were on the road.

They decided to take the pizza show on the road. They were fixtures at varous farmer’s markets, fund raisers and private parties throughout the Island of Oahu. but all along they have been searching for a permanent home and it looks like John and Kyle may have found one.

Now they are ready to show their talents in a full scale pizza restaurant. The pizzeria will be a full time operation for them. They plan on retaining the pizza cart, however, it appears the Ward Center location will be a permanent home.

Here is a promo video created for them by Hawaii Business Videos, a Hawaii Internet Marketing company :

Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza

Ward Center
1200 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, Hawaii

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Best Hawaii Airline for a Hawaii Vacation

Flights for Your Hawaii Vacation

If you are planning a vacation to Hawaii, the first thing you need to decide is: how you are going to get to Hawaii. You need to find the best Hawaii flights.
There are certainly many choices open to you. This is a Hawaii visitor’s market. And you are in control. Don’t forget that for a minute. Many airlines are eager to get you to use their services. As a result you may find some good prices, and at first glance this may seem to be a good deal. The most important thing is to look below the surface. Really look at what you are getting for your money.
Know this: anytime you spend money on anything, you need to follow this very important tip: buyer beware and carefully weigh out all of your choices, before you make a final choice.

I have flown in and out of Hawaii countless times. Some of the flights I have taken have been very pleasant, while others have become a complete nightmare. Honestly, I’ve been on flights to and from Hawaii, where the airlines felt they were doing me a favor. I was treated poorly right from the start. This treatment lasted the entire flight until I left the plane.

And the reason is many airlines are more interested in making a profit rather than taking care of their passengers. I’ve seen this happen time and time agian.

There are a numbr of airline that treat their passnegers rather badly. So what may seem like a good deal at first glance, becomes a traveling disaster.

What if there were an airline, that really showed the aloha spirit. Shouldn’t airlines really take care of their passengers? Shouldn’t you feel that your flight to and form Hawaii is something special? Don’t you at least deserve a meal at no extra charge?

Best Air Fare to Hawaii

There is such an airline. And they offer flights to many different mainland cities. There is only one airline that stands head and shoulders above the rest: Hawaiian Airlines Official Website

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Kava at Eat the Street in Honolulu

Eat the Street is one of the premier dining experiences in Honolulu. This is a gathering of dozens of food trucks and portable food vendors that takes place once a month.

The food is in a word amazing. There are all kinds of different tastes from Inferno’s Wood Fired Pizza to ribs, lox, bagels, korean-mexican fusion food,  and even deep fried twinkies. The food is all over the map. The various explosive flavors are memorable and enticing. If you go once, you will want to return again and again.

In addition to all of your food groups, you will also discover hidden secrets, available to those who seek them out.

One of the Secrets was a full on Kava Bar right in the middle of all of the food vendors.

According to Wikipedia: 

Kava or kava-kava (Piper methysticum) (PiperLatin for ‘pepper’, methysticum: (Latinized) Greek for ‘intoxicating’) is a crop of the western Pacific.

The name kava(-kava) is from Tongan and Marquesan;[1] other names for kava include ?awa (Hawai?i), ava (Samoa), yaqona (Fiji), and sakau (Pohnpei).

The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties. Kava is consumed throughout the Pacific Ocean cultures ofPolynesia, including HawaiiVanuatuMelanesia and some parts of Micronesia. Kava is sedating and is primarily consumed to relax without disrupting mental clarity.

Kava is one of the oldest methods to relax in Hawaii. The unique properties allow it to be to used to take care of ones body and alleviate stress. The most important features of kava is the ability to relax while at the same time helping to enhance thought functioning.

One of the best places to experience Kava is through: KavaBoy. You can visit visit their website, and learn about Kava, right here.

In an effort to discover more, I spoke with Sarah, of KavaBoy.

Here is what she said:

 

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Natural Vibrations: Live Music in Hawaii

Natural Vibrations

Natural Vibrations have been part of the Hawaiian music scene for over 20 years. Their brand of music is a mixture of local rhythms and tastes. While their music could be labeled Jawaiian, they are much more.

According to Wikipedia, Jawaiian is a Hawaiian style of reggae music. Reggae music is a genre that evolved in the late 1960s and early in Jamaica. has become popular across the world, especially among ethnic groups.

 

Their music while tinged with Jamaican styles and rhythms, is a unique blend of music which they can call all their own. They have energy and are able to interact with their audience in a way that sets them apart. They have also been true to their music.

Their latest release,Got This Music, is a testament to this fact. They are consistent in the music they release although Got This Music, shows them spreading out in uncharted musical territory. As Wayne, explained to me: “we usually practice a lot before we go into the studio. This time we went into the studio and are doing a lot of practice to get it right.”

From Wikipedia:

Natural Vibrations was formed by Penidean Pua’auli (vocals), Shane Abraham (keyboard, vocals), Kayton Macarlola (percussion, vocals), Stacy Medeiros (drums), Jehua Evans (bass, vocals), and Wayne Enos (guitar, vocals) in 1993.[1] What started out as a group of friends playing small house parties became a professional music career as the band began recording albums and going on tours. Natural Vibrations soon became one of the most popular bands in Hawaii[1] Although fame doesn’t come easily on the isolated Hawaiian Islands, word of Natural Vibrations’ chill reggae music began to quickly spread to the beach cities of the mainland

The band is able to perform in large festival type venues as well as small clubs. Wherever they play the make believers out of their audience. And converts to the passion of their unique style.

There is an acoustic version of the band, which has regular gigs all around the Islands. Here is an example of some of their music at a recent gig at Tiki’s Bar in Waikiki:

Note the tight musical harmonies and the tight musical interactions of the band members. While each song is obviously well rehearsed there a looseness to their style. A backyard “Hawaiian kine” feel. They are able to jam and take their songs to a higher more fluid level.

When they finished their first set, I asked if I could chat with them for a couple of minutes. Peni and Wayne were very open and forthcoming. They were excited to talk about their latest adventure in the studio as well as an upcoming tour.

This was not your typical interview as you can see here. Wayne explained;

“We’re just a small kind of band of misfits, somehow we get together, and somehow we make music, and it all works out pretty good”.

The music is way more than pretty good. Their music is truly memorable and outstanding.

They have an upcoming mainland tour which will take them up and down the West Coast.

You can visit their website at this link:

Natural Vibrations

Their latest release is: Got This Music

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University of Hawai’i Settles Data Breach

University of Hawai’i Settles Data Breach Class Action

The University of Hawai’i has settled a class action data breach lawsuit
involving five data breaches between 2009 through 2011. The settlement will
provide class members with two (2) years of credit monitoring and fraud
restoration services. The settlement in Gross v. University of Hawaii will impact
approximately 98,000 UH students, faculty, alumni, UH employees and others who
were part of the five data breaches. The breaches occurred at University of
Hawai‘i at Manoa, University of Hawai‘i at West Oah‘u, Kapio’lani Community
College, and Honolulu Community College.

“We have researched more than forty (40) data breaches at colleges and
universities across the country. In almost every instance, two years of credit
monitoring and fraud restoration was offered to data breach victims,” said Bruce
Sherman, one of the attorneys representing the class. “Offering two years of credit
monitoring and fraud restoration services to breach victims should be the standard
response by any breaching entity in Hawai’i, including government agencies,”
Sherman noted.

“The settlement is significant for several reasons,” said Thomas Grande,
who also represents the class. “This settlement is the first data breach settlement in
Hawai’i and affects almost 100,000 persons,” Grande noted.

“Credit monitoring provides for continuous checking by a credit agency of a
class member’s credit file. If there is suspicious activity, the class member is
notified immediately and is given assistance to resolve the problem,” Sherman
said.

“Credit monitoring services may cost as much as $5 to $15 per month if
purchased individually. We are extremely pleased that the University has

negotiated a settlement package that provides these services to every class member
who wants them,” Grande said.

The settlement, which is still subject to court approval, will be administered
by Kroll Background America, Inc., a firm specializing in providing credit
monitoring and fraud restoration services. Class members will be sent a letter by
March 1, 2012 that will allow them to sign up for the credit monitoring services
online. University faculty, students and alumni will also be sent e-mails to inform
them of the credit monitoring services.

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