Top 7 Reasons for Living in Honolulu

Glass framed skyscrapers reflect the boldly colored blue of the Pacific Ocean by day and a light-filled cityscape at night. Palm trees sway and the fragrant scent of Plumeria flowers is carried by the breeze. This is what living in Honolulu on Oahu is like. Tempted to make the move yet? Here are six more reasons to pull up the stakes and move to paradise.

Bye, Bye Snow, Hello Sun

Just think about it, no shoveling snow, no dressing up like the Michelin man to run errands and no driving to work on roads that sometimes resemble skating rinks. Though it does rain a lot in some parts of Oahu, such as the North Shore, Honolulu is on the drier side of the island. It’s hot and sunny most of the year, perfect for hitting the nearby beaches or relaxing on your lanai. Though the traffic gets a little crazy at times, you won’t find yourself digging out of a snowbank.

Waikiki Beach

Burning Calories is a Lot More Fun when living in Honolulu

Traditional gyms do exist, but somehow burning calories seems a lot more fun in the great outdoors. Hit one of the nearby beaches and learn to surf or paddleboard. Go horseback riding along the shore. Hike to the top of Koko Head crater for a panoramic view of your new home. Spend time in Waikiki’s Kapiolani Park picnicking on the grass or maybe strolling through the Honolulu Zoo. Head to Kailua Beach Park on the Windward side of Oahu and go windsurfing, kite surfing or kayaking. Take a horseback ride along the shore. Living in Honolulu allows for an amazing array of outdoor activities.

Koko Head Hike

A Foodie Haven

When you live in Honolulu, you have unlimited food options. Thank goodness for all those calorie burning activities. One bite into a still-warm “malasada” and you’ll be in love. It’s like a donut without the hole, but better. Leonard’s Bakery near Waikiki started the malasadas craze back in 1952 and the sweet treat is an island favorite. Tasty traditional foods include kalua pig, roasted in an “imu” or underground oven and “lomi-lomi” salmon, fresh raw salmon, diced and mixed with finely chopped tomatoes, onions, salt and sometimes chili peppers. Grab a bite at one of the roving food trucks serving everything from fresh seafood with a Chinese twist to fish tacos. Or, head out to one of the hundreds of dine-in eateries in Honolulu, Waikiki or beyond. Don’t forget to try a Blue Hawaiian cocktail. It was, after all, invented at the Hilton Hawaiian Village back in 1957.

Lunch by Waikiki Beach

 Shop ‘Til You Drop

Ala Moana Center, where the shopping mall craze started in Hawaii, is still one of the largest malls in the USA. The four-level property offers upscale merchandise from around the globe. The Waikiki area alone has the Waikiki Beach Walk, the International Marketplace and dozens of boutiques. Find even more malls in Kahala, Pearl City, and along the Windward coast. For something more low-keyed that features local goods and fun, try the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet and Marketplace in Aeia, northwest of Honolulu. It’s easy on the wallet and who knows what you’ll find.

Ala Moana Center

Aloha Fridays

The best part of living in Honolulu is the casual lifestyle. While on the mainland you can sometimes ditch the suit and tie on Casual Fridays, in Hawaii, even government officials often show up in colorful aloha shirts and leis. Some companies go all out on Aloha Fridays, allowing shorts and “slippas,” the Hawaiian word for “flip flops.” No harm in getting an early start to the weekend. Before you know it, it’ll be “pau hana” or quitting time and you’ll be relaxing with a cold one, anticipating that eye-popping sunset.

Hawaiian Sunset

Honolulu Real Estate

Honolulu has amazing real estate. Say bye to the ordinary, and hello to the extraordinary. You don’t even have to look far to find beautiful homes and condos. With the blue ocean at the edge of the city, many of the properties have spectacular ocean views. One of the newer neighborhoods is Kakaako. It’s a vibrant community located close to the ocean, shopping, the beach, and amenities. If you prefer a home, you have many options as well. Hawaii Loa Ridge, Manoa, Hawaii Kai, and the famous Kahala, all have beautiful real estate. There are so many options. From small condos to ultra luxury estates, you will find it all in Honolulu.

Symphony Honolulu in Kakaako

Symphony Honolulu in Kakaako

If living in Honolulu, Oahu is your dream, I look forward to hearing from you. Paradise awaits!

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Kinga Mills

Kinga Mills is a REALTOR Associate, Forbes Global Properties, Luxury Portfolio Affiliate, & Military Relocation Professional with Hawai'i Life. I adore Hawaii, its people, and the natural beauty that surrounds me. I live on Oahu. It's a pretty incredible place to call home. There is a little bit of everything here. From pristine beaches and quiet neighborhoods to the trendiest of restaurants in the urban Honolulu. I simply love Oahu and the variety it offers. My real estate career allows me to enjoy the Island life, and to work with some amazing people. With over a decade of experience and hundreds of closed sales, I provide my clients with expert buying and selling advice. My goal for clients is to enjoy the process, while my team and I handle the details. As a member of the Hawaii Life Military Specialized Team, I regularly provide real estate assistance to active-duty military personnel who are PCSing to Hawaii, to the mainland, or overseas. For the Luxury Real Real Estate buyers and sellers, I am affiliated with Luxury Portfolio International and Forbes Global Properties. These exclusive affiliations extend an even greater reach, exposure, and effectiveness within the global luxury marketplace. In my time off, I love walking along the beach, enjoying meals out on the town, and taking family vacations. Sign up for my Oahu Hawaii Life blog updates and follow my journey. You can also find me on HGTV "Hawaii Life" Season 14. I look forward to helping in making your Hawaii Life real estate dreams happen! You can email me at or via phone at (808) 722-3985.

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