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13 June 2006 @ 05:01 pm
well hi.  
First, the introduction;

Name: Ambrosia, but Amber please.

Age: 17

Location: Indiana. yeah.

Interests, Please: Laying out, beaches, work, jazzercise, volunteering, watching movies, going to shows, music, ect.

Have you been to Hawai'i? (if applicable): Nah.

What do you like about Hawai'i? It seems like an absolutely gorgeous place to get away from the media and typical American culture. Like listening to fallout boy, which is playing on the radio right now.

What do you dislike about Hawai'i? I've never been, so I'm not sure.


Alright, all shallow attempts for you guys to know me aside.

Me and a friend were talking about living in Hawaii. We're both kind of spontaneous girls, and her family's already lived there, and we talked about getting a small, two bedroom apartment and getting some waitressing jobs and living there for a while.

Of course the initial idea is unrealisitc, but I was curious. Assuming any of you live in Hawaii, how's the cost of living? Does it vary from a touristy-place like honolulu to a more secluded place? Is it really hard to find a job that will at least pay the bills? Is housing outside of tourist towns hard to find? How are your bills? Sorry to play 20 questions, I'm just really curious.
 
 
 
Lisaquixoticfish on June 13th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
how's the cost of living?
Expensive. Expensive. Expensive. Expensive. Expensive. Expensive. Expensive. Expensive. Expensive. Expensive. Expensive. Expensive. Expensive. Expensive. Expensive. Remember, almost all goods and foods are imported from out of state, and all businesses reflect that cost in their pricing.

Does it vary from a touristy-place like honolulu to a more secluded place?
It does, but not significantly if you factor a 2 hour commute in hot traffic. Leaving the house by 6 am to get to town before 8 am, without traffic the drive would take you half an hour. Oahu traffic does not even come close to traffic in Indiana. Rents here are expensive for extremely crappy housing. You will be surprised at how crappy most of the rentals are and how many high rises are out here. Oahu is extremely overpopulated and even the sewer systems can't handle the load anymore. Honolulu makes Indianapolis look like the country.

Is it really hard to find a job that will at least pay the bills?
Depends on what you do. We've got the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, but most of the jobs offered are lower paid service sector jobs in hotels like housekeeping. Expect to pay for parking no matter where you go if you drive. However, even my software engineer and doctors friends constantly bitch about the cost of living. Compared to Indiana, it's insane. For instance http://www.hawaiigasprices.com/

Is housing outside of tourist towns hard to find?
There's a housing crisis right now. There's actually been a housing crisis for the last couple of years. There's really no such thing as outside of the tourist town. Our #1 industry is tourism, and everything on every level is reflected in that.

How are your bills?
Electric bills here are insane even if you don't have the AC on all the time because we import electricity. Internet, phone, and cable are just about the same. Insurance like car and property are much higher due to hurricanes. Car prices are higher, even used cars, though the used cars have less mileage.

My boss once said that a nice, large house on 3 acres in Carmel could buy you a decent condo in Hawaii.
suqit on June 14th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
Wow. That made me sad, haha, sounds like hawaii will just be a place to visit. It was a nice thought though.

Thanks for all the answers though! and holy crap the gas.