the dick (suqit) wrote in hawaii_exiles,
the dick

Hi there!

Alright, sorry guys. I'm sneaky and I've never lived in Hawaii before.

However, the interest is there. Assuming any of you remember the area or even live there now, think you could be really generous and answer some questions?

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? Anything along those lines would help us a lot. Websites tell the cost of living, but they're always super general.
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thank you so much! I xposted this to another lj community and I got a lot worse of a .. review? but I appreciate it a lot. We just threw out the waitress idea 'cause we imagined since its such a tourist place that the turnover rate must be pretty good. We're both servers anyways.

What do you usually do as far as freetime's concerned? Beach? Internet? haha.
I don't live there now, but I'm from Kauai, and I think Phil is from Oahu, which will be more expensive.

Did a tad of research and pulled that up. Most apartments range 900+.

In case you didn't already find that section. Some good openings there.

My advice, bring a tent and get a camping license. Bathe in the ocean or in any river for a little while, till you get on your feet. Or, bring a conciderable savings.

For fun? Beach, beach, beach. At least on Kauai. No big city areas, a few bars/clubs, but learn to surf. Buy yourself a snorkle, mask and fins. And a boogie board.

I'm not surprised you got negativity from other communities. Hawaii is in the middle of a sort of power struggle, and hostilities against non-hawaiians are high. It's because everyone wants to run off to paradise that the poor native family can't afford their rent, or the owner decides to evict to turn the building into a vacation rental.

My advice? Save up and visit whenever you can. Uprooting and being there might not be the wisest of moves right now, given the current political state.
Not sure about Oahu, but as far as Kauai goes...

When I graduated highschool in 1995, I was working 2 jobs - 60+ hours/week - to save money for college. I got lucky - I found a job, then landed it, because the lady doing the hiring knew me as "the daughter of the lady across the street with the dress shop". Job #2 was full time as a waitress at a buffet at one of the hotels, & i'm still not sure how I landed that one with no previous experience.

Thing is, my calabash cousin, who was very active in school - sports, student government - related to half the island & knew a good chunk of the ones she wasn't directly related to - she spent the entire summer looking for a job - actively looking, pounding the pavement, turning in applications, calling people back to follow up on openings she'd applied for - & got NOTHING by the time september rolled around & we were all heading out to whatever school we wer going to.

In contrast, in 1996 in Seattle (which is where I landed for school) I had a girl I knew from Kauai move out to be roommates & she took the bus to apply for a job, and before she'd finished the 30 min bus ride home they were calling for an interview.

Not sure if its any different now, or on Oahu if that's where you're headed... but it seemed to me that (at least on the outer islands) it helps if you know someone or are related to someone. As far as the housing goes, from those I knew who were renting, it was bloody expensive & you either had tons of roommates, or so many jobs that the idea of freetime was a wild fantasy.

but, hey, you'd be in hawaii, which for me, some days, would almost make it worth going back.
I did the same the a while ago, some friends and I suddenly decided we really wanted to live in Hawai'i... so we went. We were able to get a 2.5 bedroom, 2 bath condo for 2,000 a month. We were right in the heart of Kona though and ocean front so Im sure that is more expensive then what you would pay farther away from a tourist hot stop. Beth and I were both waitresses and were able to pay our bills. While the cost of living is higher than a lot of other places (though really not much worse than other tourist areas like Boston or Seattle), you get paid a lot more. Minimum wage is something around 7 an hour, but most places I inquired about paid a lot more than that. One job I had was working as a hostess at a Bubba Gumps ( I suggest not doing this- it was an awful job) I made 10 an hour plus tips averagine out to about 15. Beth and I would make about 200 a night as a waitress at a resort. If you are willing to live without a ton of extras, it is not hard to live. There are so many free things to do there and if you can go without driving a lot, you will be fine.
I forgot to mention that I also suggest camping. It is an amazing experience and a very cheap way to live. The earth is so alive on the islands it will provide you with just about everything you need. The only downside is that after a while, your things stay constantly moist because of how close you are to the ocean.
Hoa aloha...
I have found the best way to live in hawaii is being a nurse, there is convalescent centers, kahuku hospital. queens, straub, may, even pays good and there is awlays work, hospice if you like....good luck be seein ya Kaavi kalani