Megan Shute for Only In Hawaii
on the things residents of Hawaii love. Join us for a snorkel tour or manta ray tour
and add something to the things you love list!
Hawaii is perhaps the most unique of the 50 American states, and as a result, people who call the Aloha State home have a distinct perspective on life. While living on an island chain in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has its frustrations and annoyances
, most locals will agree that there is no place they’d rather live — and here are 14 reasons why. There’s certainly so much to love about Hawaii.
1. Hanging out at the beach.
Is there really anything better than spending time with your friends in or near the crystalline waters of the Pacific Ocean?
2. Staying active.
From surfing, SUP, and scuba diving to hiking, kayaking, and even skydiving, Hawaii locals ove it all and we’re lucky to have access to these activities year round. No need for a gym membership here!
3. Malasadas, shave ice, spam musubi, acai bowls, rice, mac salad, etc.
Everyone who lives in Hawaii loves these amazing foods, though honestly — we also just like eating in general.
4. We also absolutely adore fresh fruit.
This includes pineapples, mangos, papaya, lilikoi, guava, coconut and many others. Have you really lived until you’ve tried lychee fresh from the tree?
5. Near-perfect tropical weather.
Let’s be honest: we like our sun bright, our trade winds constant, and our weather warm. Don’t forget about the rain showers — yeah, we like those ten minutes a day, too.
6. Living slowly.
In Hawaii, life is meant to be lived a little slower than on the mainland — and that’s exactly how we like it.
7. Getting up early.
Whether you are trying to squeeze in a pre-work surf session or catch the sunrise from the top of a mountain, getting up early is just part of the life. Besides, it’s easier to wake up in the morning when you are promised a cup of Kona coffee. or a signature Hawaiian sunrise.
8. Being barefoot.
People in Hawaii don’t wear shoes on the beach — and definitely not in anyone’s house. When we do wear shoes, they’re “slippahs.” The only time I put on regular shoes is to go on a particularly strenuous hike where good traction is a must.
9. Living amongst wildlife.
From honu (green sea turtles) and vibrant tropical fish to whales, dolphins, and geckos, Hawaii has got it all. If you haven’t been swimming with a Hawaiian green sea turtle yet, add the experience to your bucket list immediately!
10. Hawaiian sunsets.
There is really nothing more magical than a Hawaiian sunset — except maybe a beautiful sunrise.
Hawaii is known as the Rainbow State for a reason. It doesn’t matter how often I see a rainbow, I always stop and admire the beauty that is Hawaii.
12. Free entertainment.
The cost of living in Hawaii may be astronomical, but at least many of our favorite activities — like swimming, hiking, and snorkeling — are free!
13. A welcome lack of snakes.
Yeah, you read that right. There are no snakes in Hawaii, and we definitely love this fact.
14. Spreading the Aloha spirit to everyone they meet!
The Aloha Spirit sure is intoxicating.