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Coming to Hawaii is not always a happily ever after. Stress and life challenges still come flying at you. Flying Cockroaches Yes, the bugs are big and plentiful.
With its shockingly good looks and tantalizing charm, most people conjure up scenarios of selling all their belongings, quitting soul sucking jobs and grabbing a one-way ticket to trade in your suit for slippers (flip flops). Although people who live here tend to be happier, healthier and more balanced than many other places, you need to know a few things before you move here.
Which is a good thing because I got to peel back the layers and see the pulse of paradise.
They land in your hair, on your shoulders and even on your plate of food.
If you move to Hawaii, you may as well make peace with the little guys and accept them as your new roommates. Out of Stock Your favorite creamer, toothpaste or even your go-to wine might be out of stock.
I've spent the past three months exploring each island.
SH&CC Caption: One of Laird Hamilton's hydrofoil boards, a Dyno kneeboard, a '70s Victoria Skimboard, a '60s "Paipo" bellyboard, a Hawaiian plywood, fiberglass and resin paipo, a balsa twinfin bellyboard, some swim fins (including 1 of Mark Cunningham's), a Mc Donald's tray, a canvas mat (good for rashes from neck to knees), an early Boogie Board, a Hawaiian bellyboard (popular with visiting tourists in the '30s, '40s & '50s), and a Peruvian Caballito de Totora. Looks like a foam/glass board and the rider is wearing a pair of Da Fins swim fins and paddling gloves. Jeff Chamberlain test riding his newest board, "Mega Platter," one of many in his paipo experimentation adventure.
Unidentified paipo surfer at Maria's Point, Rincn, Puerto Rico, March 18, 2016.
This makes it a social circus -- a circulation of new faces returning to old places. Soul Sucking Traffic The average Honolulu resident will sit in traffic jams for 58 hours annually. The sunny days and beautiful landscape beg you to go out and play with the world.
But Oahu isn't the only island where you will wilt away on the concrete jungle. Being on a small landmass in the middle of the Pacific Ocean makes for tight quarters with nowhere to go but grow old in traffic. Random Power Outages I've been in Hawaii for three months and experienced five power outages. Maybe the electric company employees are out surfing. But for the days you just need a good couch session, the sun guilt sets in. Indifference to Current Events Besides being slower to adopt new trends, living on the islands makes you apathetic to most current events.