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xemira in abouthawaii

considering I know nothing

This community seems a little inactive but I thought I'd throw these questions out. To anyone who can help, it's much appreciated.

I'm moving to Hawaii in a year, to Oahu to be exact, and I had a few stock questions:

1)How is transportation without a car? Would it be easy to get around?

2)If you order things online, are there any major places that don't ship to Hawaii?

3)How easy would it be to get things like dairy replacements? (almond milk, etc.) nut powders-I guess I'm asking if there are alternative health food stores around?

4)What are typical meals?

5)Even though there are many different cultures, are the people divided and stay within their own?(IE would you see Japanese and maybe Filipinos hanging out together as a normal thing?)

6)Is Hawaii affected a lot by current trends/music/styles/movies from the mainland states?

7)How easy is it to travel back and forth from the mainland states?


Thank you so much! <3

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1)How is transportation without a car? Would it be easy to get around?
Hawaii's public transit system (http://www.thebus.org/) is pretty good, and goes almost everywhere. One of my pet peeves is that the bus stops often don't say what bus lines stop there, but that seems to be getting better and people are very helpful. It will also depend on where you live, living in town is going to make it much easier to get around.


2)If you order things online, are there any major places that don't ship to Hawaii?
Most places will ship to Hawaii, but there are exceptions, and there are places that tack on an extra fee (which can be large) or you won't be eligible for free shipping. A few I've personally encountered: Ikea won't ship, and I've never been able to get Overstock.com to ship, Amazon.com won't ship it's food things and the the free shipping for tools and some other items doesn't apply. It can vary widely, but with smaller companies I've had good luck calling them and asking them to ship in the flat rate priority boxes from the post office.


3)How easy would it be to get things like dairy replacements? (almond milk, etc.) nut powders-I guess I'm asking if there are alternative health food stores around?
There are a few small health food stores (Kokua Market (co-op), Umeke Market, Huckleberry Farms, and Down to Earth are the ones that come to mind) and Whole Foods recently opened one location and is opening two more on this island.

4)What are typical meals?
Typical meals vary, but the stereotypical meal is the "plate lunch" (http://www.dakine.net/hawaii/guide/oahu/oahu-platelunch.shtml). While finding things like brown rice in restaurants is much more common that on the mainland, many places don't place much emphasis on vegetables. But there is such a wide variety of food that you can find almost anything you want.

5)Even though there are many different cultures, are the people divided and stay within their own?(IE would you see Japanese and maybe Filipinos hanging out together as a normal thing?)
So many people in Hawaii are a mix of cultures, so the lines are often blurred. Of course there are divides, but for the most part people mix together, at least on ethnic backgrounds.

6)Is Hawaii affected a lot by current trends/music/styles/movies from the mainland states?
I'm not totally sure what you are trying to get at here. Hawaii has it's own culture/attitude/vibe. But yes, there are influences. There are probably some "scene" that aren't as popular/common here, but there's a very wide variety and we are exposed to everything (especially with the internet and tv and movies, etc.)

7)How easy is it to travel back and forth from the mainland states?
Depends on where you want to go. Most of the flights go to the west coast, so if you want to go somewhere else then you may have to connect. Prices can vary widely.
Thank you so much for responding and for the links!<3 This will help me alot.
PS- Darn, no Ikea. I'll have to stock up before I get there.
I, too, am moving to Oahu in December 2009 and I thought the same thing about Ikea LOL! I wanted to get an apartment and fill it up with Ikea furniture, but I guess not. Bummer.