Living In Hawaii:  Oahu

You've arrived!  Aloha!  Now, get out and LIVE!

Road to Hana (Maui) family selfie!

So you're now kama'aina, but not quite local.  You made the move, survived the trip...and now what?  Get comfy, you're home!

Important:  Make sure you take care of yourself. 

Burnout is real, and very possible with the burdens and stress of a massive move.  And it can lead to other problems.  Rest when you need to, and try to eat right.  It seems obvious, but most of us don't do this, and we are ALL paying the price.

  1. Got your crap?  Unless you're a master-mover (with a touch of Jedi), chances are you'll have to wait a bit for your stuff.  Keep in touch with the shipping companies for their ETA.  Arrange a local moving company if you haven't already, or hire a truck.  Hire a cab to bring you to the pier when your car arrives, and make sure you have your insurance info, driver's license, receipts, etc., with you when you go to accept shipment.
  2. Find your local professionals.  This means doctors, specialists, dentists, veterinarians, etc., and get established.  Bring your records or have them request your records if you weren't able to bring them.  You'll find it's much better to have an established doctor and not need them than to need one and not be able to find one.
  3. Make sure the schools are set for transfers.
  4. Find a local bank and open an account, if you need to.  Some won't.
  5. Forward your mail if you're in a stable home, or open a P.O. box.
  6. Begin the process of getting your car inspected, registered, and plated and get your new Hawaii driver's license.  Just get on it ASAP and be done.
  7. Find your local stores.  I'm a huge proponent of local, sustainable agriculture, so finding a good farmer's market is one of the first things I did in Hawaii (and they are AWESOME).  Costco is HUGE here.  But, you know, so is Spam, so...
  8. Figure out traffic patterns.  You'll have done some of this when you were figuring out where to work and live, but it doesn't hurt to try to go out at all hours and just see how it is.  Nothing like trying to run for a last minute meeting to find you can't get out of your driveway because of traffic.
  9. Find your "spots".  Try the different beaches, restaurants, parks, coffee shops, etc. 
  10. Build your ohana!  Nothing is better when you're living thousands of miles from your support system than finding people you can really count on.  Churches, interest groups, courses, volunteering, and work are all great places to meet new people.  I would have added gyms to that list, but Hawaii is a wonderland of outdoor exercise opportunities...so if fitness is your thing, get outdoors!

*FYI, staycations here are kind of ridiculous :D

Olomana Ridge Trail, Oahu

The Unspoken Part of a Move...

Chances are, if you're in the market for any kind of move, you're in the market for change.  The bigger the move, the bigger the change you're looking for.  I get it. 

The thing about change is that it isn't as easy as flipping a switch.  I personally think that a move is a fantastic time to institute changes.  Scientists say it takes 66 days for a change to become habit, so, in some cases, the time it takes you to pack up, ship, and receive your household goods, you could have brand new habits.

Use your new environment to make the changes you want.  You want to be healthier?  Make it a habit to walk in the morning before you move, and then plant a garden at your new place in Hawaii.  The habit of walking then just needs to be tweaked a bit to grab whatever is ready on your way back inside.

I try to make it a point to continually upgrade habits, rather than just stop one thing cold turkey and do something different.  The cold turkey thing works for a lot of people, but not always for me.  Crowding out the bad by substituting in the good works very well for me.

Break your goals into manageable steps.  If you've moved to Hawaii, you've achieved more than most people.  For some reason, Hawaii brings out an urge to better everything about my life.  And honestly, I don't have much to complain about, even on a bad day. 

Remember:  Action begets action, so keep moving!

The air is fresher, the colors brighter, the food tastier...but the honeymoon phase will end.  Traffic jams, illness, and annoying people all exist in Hawaii too.  But, just like anywhere else, they only have power over you if you allow it to. 

Live Aloha!

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