Many people view Hawaii as paradise on earth. They aren’t necessarily wrong, but there are a few things many people who are from the islands – or who have made Hawaii their home – have grown to dislike, or even hate.
1) Terrible, soul-crushing traffic.
Honolulu traffic is second only to Los Angeles when it comes to terrible traffic; the average Honolulu resident sits in traffic for approximately 58 hours annually, but if you commute in and out of the city, that number can be a lot higher. My estimates for the 8 months I worked in Honolulu and lived in Ewa Beach total approximately 20 hours spent in traffic… every month.
2) Feeling as though you can never get dressed up.
Those suits or blazers and pencil skirts are most likely just taking up space in the back of your closet. Living casually is fun for a while, but there are occasions where you wish you could dress up just a little bit without getting weird looks all night.
And wearing heels? Forget about it.
3) Not being able to complain - at all.
Have friends or family on the mainland? You definitely won’t be getting any sympathy for your problems when they’ve just been caught in a blizzard.
4) The astronomical cost of living.
Yeah, Hawaii is paradise, but if you moved here from the mainland, you will never get used to your grocery bills; a gallon of milk costs twice as much in Hawaii verses the rest of America.
5) You won’t get to experience big concerts again.
Your favorite band will never tour in Hawaii, and even if they do, tickets will be hard to come by, and cost upwards of $300.
In Hawaii, there is no allergy season, but instead an unpredictable source of pain, and discomfort known as vog, the volcanic smog that wafts over from the Big Island when the trade winds change course.
7) Being constantly swimsuit-ready.
Not that you shouldn't be confident in your own skin, but you can never really take a day off from shaving, and good luck hiding those holiday pounds under bulky sweaters.
8) Sun Guilt.
Sometimes, you need to recharge by binge watching Netflix all day, but that can be hard when you feel guilty for not enjoying the weather, and taking advantage of exploring Hawaii’s beautiful landscape any chance you get.
9) You can’t escape from people.
When you live on a small island, there’s no avoiding that annoying friend from college who you want nothing to do with, or your clingy ex you never want to see again.
10) A lack of quality Mexican food.
Yeah, the bibimbap is absolutely divine, but if you’re in the mood for spicy and guacamole-filled tacos, you’re out of luck. Hawaii is known for bad Mexican food.
11) Or limited access to popular food chains, for that matter.
Sometimes, all you want are breadsticks from Olive Garden, a Chipotle burrito, or even Caribou Coffee, Dunkin Donuts, or whatever coffee chain is most popular in your area of the country.
12) Island Fever.
Island fever is real, y’all. It’s easy to go stir crazy when you live on a small island, especially when the only road trip you can take is the drive around the island, and your weekend getaways consist of visiting a neighboring island.
For every bad thing about living in the Aloha State, there are a hundred reasons to love it here. What do you dislike about living in Hawaii? Would you ever consider moving to the mainland?