Whether you’ve lived your entire life in Hawaii, or risked everything to move to the islands, thinking about leaving your own little slice of paradise is difficult, and there are undoubtedly things everyone misses about Hawaii once they leave – even if they were only here for a week long vacation.
1) The Breathtaking Views
There are few places in the world with a prettier landscape than the Hawaiian Islands, and you are sure to miss the constant postcard-worthy views when you leave Hawaii.
2) Phenomenal Beaches
From pristine white sand to the gorgeous, crystal clear turquoise waters, you will struggle to find beaches this amazing anywhere – especially on the mainland. And in Hawaii, going to the beach is easy. You throw on a swimsuit, hop in the car, and drive to your favorite (or sometimes just the nearest) beach. It’s not a production, and you can easily justify going for just an hour or two.
3) And more specifically, the warm water.
The water temperature in Hawaii averages approximately 78 degrees year-round, something that should not be taken for granted. And even if you have easy beach access on the mainland, the water will never be as warm as Hawaii.
4) The Aloha Spirit
The Aloha Spirit is more than just a tourist slogan or a greeting; it’s the essence of affection, peace, compassion, and friendship. It’s a feeling and a lifestyle you can only find in Hawaii.
5) The Hiking
Hawaii is home to some of the best hiking in the world – from trails up mountain ridges to paths through bamboo forests and thick jungles, nothing compares to hiking in Hawaii.
6) Hawaiian Food
From loco mocos, spam musubi and ahi poke to haupia pie, shave ice, and lilikoi-flavored everything, the Aloha State is home to some unique food offerings you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
Hawaii is all about ohana, and, even if you don’t have any blood relatives on the island, you’re sure to miss all of your cousins, aunties and uncles when you leave. I remember being introduced to my property manager’s son when we first moved to Hawaii as “Auntie Megan." The sense of family is something I’m sure to miss if we leave.
8) A Lack of Crime
In Hawaii, crime really isn’t on your radar. Sure, you might experience a broken car window or some stolen stuff every once in a while, but violent crime is rare throughout the islands – particularly on the outer islands.
9) Sunrises, Sunsets & Rainbows!
Hawaiian sunsets, sunrises and rainbows are second to none - and if you spend any time outside, you’re likely to see at least one of these each day. I mean really, where else can you see a rainbow every day, or witness incredibly vibrant sunsets over the ocean?
10) The ease of island living.
Everything is slower in Hawaii - business, customer service, the traffic, etc. It’s something you’re sure to crave when living in a big city, like New York.
11) Basically everything else.
Because Hawaii is absolutely paradise, and there are a thousand things to miss about the islands, it is impossible to write an inclusive list.