While it is true that Hawaii is absolutely incredible, with gorgeous beaches, perfect weather and panoramic views, there are some aspects of island life that aren’t necessarily ideal. Don’t get me wrong, I have fallen in love with the islands, but every once in a while, even those who live in paradise need to complain a little.
1) Not knowing which beach to go to.
With so many phenomenal beaches, how do you choose just one? An indecisive attitude will ruin you in Hawaii.
2) The cost of living in Hawaii is outrageous.
Because there is a limited about of developable land in Hawaii, and island life is quite desirable, housing costs in Hawaii are astronomical. You will also find that food costs approximately 50 percent more than it does on the mainland, and utility costs are almost 70 percent higher.
3) Two words: sun guilt.
Yes, sun guilt is a real thing, and it sucks. Sometimes, all you want to do is stay inside and binge watch Netflix. But enjoying a lazy day at home can be hard when you feel guilty about not enjoying the weather and taking advantage of exploring Hawaii’s magnificent landscapes whenever you get the chance.
4) The traffic is absolutely soul crushing.
5) Despite the amount of time spent driving in Hawaii, the radio stations are generally a few months behind the mainland in terms on new music.
6) When tourists discover your favorite spot.
Sorry for my contribution to that, guys.
7) Though it is easy to find fresh fruits and vegetables being grown in Hawaii, approximately 90 percent of the food eaten in Hawaii in imported.
This means that produce tends to go bad rather quickly, unless you shop exclusively at farmer’s markets.
8) Once you leave Oahu, the main island for government, industry and tourism, access to healthcare is rather limited.
Sometimes, due to a lack of easily accessible medical care, those who live on less populated islands sometimes have to fly to Oahu just to see a specialist.
9) You are expected to be swimsuit-ready year round.
In Hawaii, there is no hiding that holiday weight gain under a bulky sweater. Plus, if you’re a woman, you will never have a break from shaving your legs.
10) Hawaii is a revolving door.
Many people move to the islands for a good ol' adventure, and then head back to their mainland reality. While this means that you can constantly make new friends, there will always be people who are leaving.
Vog, or the volcanic smog, that wafts over from the Big Island when the trade winds die down, is absolutely killer. We’re talking itchy eyes, sinus headaches, and more. Plus, it’s unpredictable.
12) Throw out your dreams of big concerts.
Oh, you love live music? Well, you’ll never see a big concert again. Even when a major artist makes a stop in Hawaii, tickets are expensive and extremely hard to come by.
13) The Mexican food is sub-par, at best.
Unfortunately, good Mexican food is hard to come by in Hawaii. At least the Japanese, Korean and Hawaiian food is absolutely to die for.
14) You have constant tour guide duties.
While it is fun to play tour guide for your closest friends and family members, when you’re hiking Diamond Head for the zillionth time this year, you’ll wish you could ditch that guest bedroom so no one would come visit.
15) You will – quite possibly – live on a street with a name no one can pronounce.
Not only will your mainland friends not be able to pronounce your street, some online data entry forms won’t accept your address as it is because it’s too weird.
16) You must rely on your Starbucks cup – or your Facebook friends - to tell you what season it is.
How else are you supposed to know it’s winter when it is 80 degrees and sunny year-round? If you moved to Hawaii from the mainland, you probably miss wearing boots and sweaters sometimes.
17) When you’re online shopping and fall in love with something only to put it in your shopping cart and realize that it won’t ship to Hawaii.
Or – equally as frustrating – that the shipping will cost more than the item you want to buy. Amazon Prime is almost a necessity for anyone who lives in Hawaii.
18) Casual attire gets old after a while.
While no one expects you to get more dressed up than a sundress and your “fancy” slippahs, you might grow to miss your days of wearing high heels, blazers and ties.
19) 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.
20) You’re not allowed to complain – about anything, ever.
You definitely won’t be getting any sympathy for your problems when your friends have just been caught in a blizzard. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve tried to vent about something only to be told, “Relax. You live in Hawaii. Life is good.”