I’ve lived in Oahu for a little over two weeks, so I thought I’d share my first thoughts about how it’s been.
Although Hawaii is part of the US, it still seems sort of foreign to me since it’s so far away from the mainland (that’s what where y’all live is called). I’m absolutely loving it though!
Here’s some things that have stood out to me about living here.
1 // Everyone is really friendly, for the most part. We have had so many conversations with people in stores or when we’re out. The locals seem really willing to just chat with you. I was told that Hawaiians can be sort of cranky/rude and we have encountered some, but I think there’s rude people everywhere. So far I feel people are extra nice here.
2 // There’s a lot of smokers. Maybe it’s because I’ve been in Waikiki, but I can smell cigarette smoke almost every time I go outside! Maybe it’s just the tourists, but it’s been really noticeable and annoying.
3 // There’s a huge Asian culture and influence. Specifically in Waikiki, there are TONS of Asian tourists because the next closest land besides California is Japan. There’s so much Asian food here too. The first week we were here, I think we eat almost exclusively Asian.
4 // All the stereotypes you think about Hawaii are true. People really do say Aloha (all the time!), spam is on all the menus, even at McDonald’s, everyone surfs, is tan, wears flip flops, and Hawaiian shirts, and eats pineapple. I’ve also seen rainbows quite a few times already.
5 // Homelessness is a huge problem here. Sadly, homeless people are sometimes shipped here by their families because of the climate, which makes it easier for them to live. I’ve never seen more homeless people than here. I’m wanting to learn more about it and see of a way I can donate to a cause or volunteer here somehow.
6 // Flip flops are never called that here. They are slippers!
7 // Everything is in Hawaiian here, of course. Their alphabet only has 12 letters. All the street names are in Hawaiian. I know I’m butchering all the words!
Almost everything starts with the letters H, M, K, N, or A and there are soooo many vowels, especially double vowels like “puu ali’i.” Some words are very long too. It’s definitely going to be a while before I get the hang of all the names of things.
8 // There are a lot of cookie companies here. So far we have absolutely loved Honolulu Cookies and The Cookie Corner.
9 // There is no Chic-fil-A or Chipotle here. I’m now questioning my decision to move here. Someone please send me some.
10 // They do have Target though (thank goodness), and I went to one of THE nicest stores ever. I was told it’s one of the largest stores in the US. Score!
Questions for You:
- What’s the first thing you tend to notice about new places?
- If you’ve been to Hawaii before, what were your observations about it?