February 20th, 2008

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Name: nikki

Age: 36

Location: Boulder, CO

Interests, Please: stay-at-home-mother, previously in medical school, knitting, dogs, twins

Have you been to Hawai'i? (if applicable): yes, once, on vacation, around 1993, to Maui

What do you like about Hawai'i? weather, sense of community, general nice attitude of locals

What do you dislike about Hawai'i? not sure. see below.

Hello all. I just joined for a very specific reason. We're considering moving to Hawai'i, but there are some things we're not getting information about, as it's difficult to weed through the massive volume of information on the web. We want to talk to people from the islands.

In reading past posts, I've seen many "moving there soon" posts, but not one of them was from a family with children, and everyone wants to move to the beach. We have twin toddlers and really want to move to Kula, on Maui. Do any of you have information about Kula?? Anyone from there??

One of our concerns is that being farther away, and a requisite plane trip from relatives, we're not sure if they'll visit as often as they do now. Do any of you have relatives on the mainland? What are your experiences with visitation of said relatives?

I understand that some Hawai'ians (sp?) are concerned with mainlanders with money moving in and changing the economic landscape of Hawai'i. I grew up in a tourist town, here in Colorado, and I totally relate to the concept of not caring much for tourists and people moving in and calling themselves "locals". How can we move to Hawai'i and not be one of those "foreigners"? I want to learn the language, and the information provided by the mod will definitely help with that. Is there anything else we can do to ease our transition and acceptance by locals? Am I just being too weird about it?

We have twins and I am the President of our local twins club. I have only found one twins club in Hawai'i, and it's on O'ahu. Is it difficult to get back and forth to the other islands for a simple 2-3 hour meeting? I'm not sure it would be worth it to start a new club on Maui, seeing that Hawai'i has the lowest incidence of twinning in the US. So I would just need to get over to O'ahu on a regular basis. Anyone else here have twins in Hawai'i??

Ok, I guess that's it for now. Any help is much appreciated and I thank you in advance for anything you can tell me.

Taking a trip to Hawai'i

Name: Susan

Age: 33

Location: St. Cloud, MN

Interests, Please: Warm sun, no snow. That's my main interest of late.

Have you been to Hawai'i? (if applicable): No, never!

What do you like about Hawai'i? It's warm, it's beautiful, the culture, lots of Buddha statues and tiki dudes, flowers, whales, Hawaiian cows, flowers, and um, everything really.

What do you dislike about Hawai'i? That I'm not there right now! It's 12 below zero here. Plus, I'm not looking forward to the 10 hour plane ride.

I'm taking a trip to Hawaii soon, as you can see, and I am super-excited about it! I'm going with some friends and family, and we'll be visiting Oahu and Maui for a week. We're cramming as much stuff as possible into our trip, while still leaving some free time to explore things on our own. I thought maybe I could post some of our plans here and get some tips or opinions from the locals or those that have been there/done that. I'm cool with a certain level of cheesy tourist stuff, but I would like to explore the history and culture of Hawaii. The "real" Hawaii, if you will.

Here's the itinerary, from what I understand it (I didn't do all the planning). First, we're going to Oahu after two (hopefully only two, and on time) long flights. We're staying in this hotel in Waikiki. On the second day we're going on a tour of Pearl Harbor. We'll be spending the next day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. I'm curious about that one - is it really a cultural center, or is it more of a corny tourist thing? We're taking the bus or cabs on Oahu, so I'm hoping those are easy to figure out.

After that we're flying to Maui. In Maui, we'll be staying at Kaanapali Beach Hotel and renting a van. Then we're taking a boat to go whale watching. We're also going to the Old Lahaina Luau, taking a helicoptor tour, and seeing 'Ulalena, which is some sort of Hawaiian Cirque du Soleil thing, I guess.

We're going to be staying near the Jodo Mission in Maui, where the big Buddha statue is. The giant banyan tree is in the neighborhood too.

Two things that restrict my travel somewhat is that I use a wheelchair, and I'm a vegetarian. So, recommending surfing or steakhouses isn't going to help me, but if you have anything to recommend with that in mind, I welcome your suggestions. Thanks!